Accessibility and Usability in Health Information Technology (HIT): A Research & Action Conference to Empower People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Caregivers


U.S. Department of Education, Washington D.C.


To advance the priority of accessibility in HIT systems and tools from a compliance-oriented approach toward one that is user-driven, responsive to human-centered consumer experiences, and results in increased patient engagement and improved health and wellness for individual disabilities, older adults, and caregivers.


  • To elevate the importance of accessibility and usability in the nation’s HIT agenda to better meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, and providers. 
  • To exchange perspectives among diverse stakeholder groups and identify barriers and potential levers of change for creating an accessible HIT ecosystem.
  • To highlight the latest research findings and identify best practices and actionable strategies that advance knowledge about health care methods, models, and tools associated with accessible, interoperable and person-centered health IT systems. 
  • To catalyze new research and development initiatives and collaborative partnerships that move the accessible HIT agenda forward to achieving the Triple Aim of improved patient care, reduced costs, and improved health outcomes for individuals with disabilities, older adults and caregivers. 

Who Should Attend? 
Disability, aging, accessibility, and HIT researchers and developers, policymakers, government and industry representatives, aging and disability advocates, providers, people with disabilities, older adults and caregivers.. Seating is limited so please register early and plan to participate in the entire conference. 

The United States is moving rapidly to develop and implement smart, interconnected, health information technology (HIT) ecosystems geared to improving both the quality of care and the health of the Nation as well as to reducing costs. With the creation of health information technologies, such as electronic and personal health records (EHRs/PHRs), mobile and telehealth technology, cloud-based services, medical devices, remote monitoring devices, assistive technologies, and the underlying infrastructure that enables the exchange, consumers and health care providers can access and use HIT systems and tools to inform decision-making, support coordinated health management, and to engage as partners to improve health outcomes. However, to deliver on the “promise” of HIT for all Americans, including persons with disabilities, older adults and caregivers, electronic health information must be both accessible and usable for providers and consumers alike. Having accurate and accessible health information available when, where, and how it is needed is also pivotal for supporting the new person-centered health paradigm. This state of the science conference is devoted to advancing the accessible HIT agenda. Facilitated discussions among diverse stakeholder groups will identify gaps and barriers, and propose actionable solutions that will promote a shared culture of inclusion and person-centered care.

Conference Products:

  • Archived Presentations
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Potential Journal Publication Submission