Discovery and Innovation in Health IT


An invitation-only workshop, "Discovery and Innovation in Health IT" was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Library of Medicine, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Computing Community Consortium, and the American  Medical Informatics Association. It was held at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco on October 29 and 30, 2009.

The goals of the workshop were to:

Explore and define fundamental research challenges and opportunities in healthcare IT in both the near- and long- term;
Provide opportunities for relevant academic and industrial researchers, healthcare practitioners, and IT healthcare suppliers to identify mutual interests in healthcare IT, as they relate to both near- and long- term challenges and solutions;
Identify a range of “model” proof-of-concept, integrative systems that might serve as motivating and unifying forces to drive fundamental research in healthcare IT and that might accelerate the transition of research outcomes into products and services;

The workshop had four half-day sessions.  Each of the first three sessions had two plenary talks followed by small-group breakout discussions to define particular research challenges, multiple lines of attack, and possible test-beds or demonstration systems. Each of these sessions, which are further described subsequently, ended with short reports from the breakouts. The workshop concluded with a session in which the participants synthesize the research opportunities defined in the earlier sessions and frame a call-to-action for the future.

The participants were selected to represent a wide variety of interests and expertise.  In addition to interacting at the workshop with fellow participants coming from other disciplines and backgrounds, the participants brought the results of the workshop back to their communities to foster increased interest in innovative uses of computing and information science and engineering for healthcare.

CCC to Hold Fall 2012 Symposium

Aug. 18, 2012 - The Computing Community Consortium today announced that it will hold an invitation-only symposium in October 2012 titled "Computing and Health: New Opportunities and Directions." This two-day event, to be held in Bethesda, MD, near the campus of the National Institutes of Health, will serve as a follow-on to the workshop archived here. 
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New Report Published

May 26, 2010 - The CCC has prepared a white paper titled Information Technology Research Challenges for Healthcare: From Discovery to Delivery, following this workshop. The paper draws its ideas from the vision for basic research and development in health IT that was articulated by leading computer scientists, systems engineers, social scientists, and medical practitioners who attended the workshop—including the need for a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary R&D agenda driven by multiple Federal funding agencies that these experts voiced.


Thursday, October 29, 2009


7:15am - 8:15am

(Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer)


7:30am - 8:30am

(Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer)

First Session - (Watch at YouTube)

8:15am - 12:15pm

Perspectives: Patient, Caregiver, Public Health

8:15am - 9:50am → Cyril Magnin Ballroom


Workshop Organizers
Jeannette Wing, National Science Foundation


William Stead, Vanderbilt University
Latanya Sweeney, Carnegie Mellon University

09:50am - 10:10am → Break → Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer
10:10am - 11:25am → Breakout discussions (Watch at YouTube)
11:25am - 11:35am → Break → Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer
11:35am - 12:15pm → Reports from Breakout discussions → Cyril Magnin Ballroom


12:15pm - 1:30pm

Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer

Second Session - (Watch at YouTube)

1:30pm - 7:30pm

Processes: Prevention, Prediction, Diagnosis, Intervention, Rehabilitation and Monitoring.

1:30pm - 2:40pm → Plenary talks → Cyril Magnin Ballroom


William Rouse, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dietrich Stephan, Navigenics

2:40pm - 3:00pm → Break → Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer
3:00pm - 4:15pm → Breakout discussions (Watch at YouTube)
4:15pm - 4:30pm → Break → Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer
4:30pm - 5:15pm → Reports from Breakout discussions → Cyril Magnin Ballroom


5:15pm - 6:00pm

(Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer)


6:00pm - 7:30pm

(Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer)
Friday, October 30, 2009


7:15am - 8:15am

(Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer)


7:30am - 8:30am

(Cyril Magnin Ballroom Foyer)

Third Session - (Watch at YouTube)

8:30am - 12:15pm

Bold Ideas that will Make a Difference

8:30am - 10:15am → Plenary talks


Craig Feied, Microsoft
Richard Bucholz, St. Louis University

Followed by participant discussion of out-of-the-box research ideas, new opportunities for technology push, etc.

10:15am - 10:40am → Break (Good time to check out of your room, and to sign up for a Friday breakout group if you have not already)
10:40am - 12:00pm → Breakout discussions (self-selected on the basis of the “brainstorming board”) (Watch at YouTube)


12:15pm - 1:30pm

Pick up lunch and bring to Cyril Magnin Ballroom. Reports from breakout discussions will be given during lunch. Participants will have an opportunity to review the material developed in the first three sessions.

Fourth Session

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Putting It All Together

1:30pm - 3:00pm → Synthesis across Breakouts
                                       Discussion of infrastructure needs and how to satisfy them
                                       Wrap up/Next steps/Final remarks


Susan Graham
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley (Co-Chair)

Isaac Kohane
Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Co-Chair)

Deborah Estrin
Department of Computer Science, University of California at Los Angeles

Guido Gerig
Departments of Bioengineering, Psychiatry and Computer Science, University of Utah

John Guttag
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eric Horvitz
Microsoft Research

Yoky Matsuoka
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Elizabeth Mynatt
College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

Edward Shortliffe
American Medical Informatics Association and School of Health Information Sciences, University of Texas

William Stead
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Keith Strier
Health Sciences & Government Division, Deloitte LLP


Richard Bucholz
School of Medicine, St. Louis University

Craig Feied

William Rouse
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

William Stead
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dietrich Stephan

Latanya Sweeney
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


New England Journal of Medicine
Article by Zak Kohane, a co-chair of the workshop organizing committee.

CCC Blog Post
A Report on the Discovery and Innovation in Health IT Workshop

The workshop "twibe"
A Twitter conversation about the workshop

Health IT: What's the Future?
Steve Down's blog entry summarizing the workshop.