Accessibility, Usability and Health Information Technologies: Key Tools in Redesigning the Future of Person-Centered Services for Individuals Aging with and into Disability

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Walmart Sam's ClubPart of the “Disabilities in Aging: A Future Redesigned” Series, sponsored by Walmart

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

Together, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA), has spurred rapid development of smart and interconnected health information technologies (HIT) geared to improving the quality of care and the health of the nation, as well as reducing costs. With electronic and personal health records, mobile and telehealth technology, remote monitoring devices, assistive and wearable technologies and the underlying infrastructure that enables information exchange, consumers and healthcare providers can use HIT systems and tools to inform decision-making, support coordinated health management and engage as partners to improve health outcomes.

But to deliver on the promise of HIT for all Americans, including persons with disabilities, older adults and caregivers, electronic health information must be accessible and usable for providers and consumers alike. Having accurate and accessible health information available when, where and how it is needed is also critical to supporting a person-centered health paradigm. This webinar will advance understanding of the importance of accessibility and usability in effective design and implementation of HIT tools and systems that are person-centered, and support ACA goals by promoting consumer engagement and self-management, improving coordination across the care continuum and contributing to better health and community living outcomes for individuals aging with and aging into disability in mid- to later life.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Define health information technologies (HIT) and describe the status and limitations of HIT policies in the United States, as well as the evolving landscape and opportunities for leveraging HIT;
  • Describe the potential of HIT to enhance consumer engagement and improved health management and facilitate the redesign of person-centered services for individuals aging with and aging into disability;
  • Define accessibility and usability, understand differences between the terms, and describe their implications for redesigning the future of aging and disability person-centered services; and,
  • Identify gaps that limit the potential of HIT tools and systems and list four critical steps that can be taken to remove these barriers and enhance consumer engagement, self-management, care coordination, integration of services and improved health and community living outcomes for individuals aging with and aging into disabilities in mid- to later life.


Margaret Campbell, Ph.D., is a senior scientist with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, within the Administration on Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services.
Kathleen McCoy, Ph.D., is a technology and cloud consultant for the National Institute on Disability, Independent living and Rehabilitation Research.
Samantha W. Meklir, M.P.A., directs the Division of Strategic Policy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Office of Policy, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.