Session ID: 

Maximizing Synergy Between Federal Health Information and Technology Programs

8:30am - 9:30am Thursday, February 14
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Unique missions, program-specific goals, and administrative requirements sometimes create differences and apparent siloes between programs, which can translate to additional burden on and potential misalignment among grantees, contractors, and other stakeholders participating in multiple initiatives. Though there are challenges inherent in the way federal programs are administered (e.g., separate funding streams that usually cannot be combined between agencies or used for items not specified by the appropriation), federal agencies strive to identify ways to effectively collaborate and align in order to provide greater value to shared stakeholders. One such opportunity arose when the goals and timing of initiatives at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coordinated in a way that allowed close partnerships that complement each other well.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss challenges with operationalizing national health IT infrastructure across federal agencies and meeting the needs of many different stakeholder organizations
  • Identify specific opportunities that led to CDC and AHRQ collaborating on Adapting Clinical Guidelines for the Digital Age, CDS Connect, and the Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network
  • Outline ways that the stakeholder community and federal agencies can work more closely together to strategically build national health IT infrastructure


Chief of Clinical Informatics,
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Public Health Advisor,
Centers For Disease Control & Prevention