The AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium is November 3-7 in Chicago. Before the big event, AMIA volunteers devote hours of time to design the program. The Scientific Program Committee manages a significant task with the orchestration of the peer-review process. This year, 700 reviewers will examine close to 1,100 submissions in 10 submission categories. In 2011, close to 960 submissions were received. Here are our totals by submission type for 2012:
The AMIA Board of Directors endorsed a set of recommendations to develop and launch an educational program to meet the needs of physicians preparing to sit for the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Board examination. The educational program will include face-to-face and online offerings along with sample exam items for those who are interested in sitting for the CI board exam. For more information about AMIA’s program when details become available, please click here.
Task Force Members include Jaap Suermondt (Chair), Eta Berner, Don Detmer, Bob Greenes, Kevin Johnson, Gil Kuperman (ex officio), Ben Munger, Mark Musen, Gretchen Purcell, Ted Shortliffe (ex officio), Elaine Steen (staff) and Jeff Williamson (staff).
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, AMIA and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) are pleased to offer this special version of the 10x10 course aimed at Registered Dietitians (RD) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR). The AMIA-OHSU 10x10 program provides a detailed overview of biomedical and health informatics to those who will work at the interface of healthcare and information technology.
Virtual Course begins April 25, register now!
In-Person Session takes place at the 2012 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Exposition in Philadelphia from October 6 - 9.
Upcoming 10x10 Virtual Courses:
May 7 10x10 with Nova Southeastern University
May 25 10x10 with University of Illinois Chicago
June 27 10x10 with OHSU in conjunction with ACEP
July 23 10x10 with University of Texas Health Science Center
If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the entire Accountable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional it would also hamper health information technology according to a report for the Senate Committee of Health Education Labor. The report on ACA's impact on health reform was prepared by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). More information.
Six members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the FDA and FCC explaining the importance of wireless health devices and medical apps. The letter cautions against slow and inconsistent regulations and asks for a progress report on how the two regulatory bodies are working together to co-regulate the technologies. More information.
On April 17, 2012 HHS published the proposed rule that would delay the compliance date for ICD-10 from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014. The ICD-10 compliance date change is part of a proposed rule that would adopt a standard for a unique health plan identifier (HPID); adopt a data element that would serve as an “other entity” identifier (OEID) and add a National Provider Identifier (NPI) requirement. There is a 30-day comment period. The proposed rule is available here. More information about ICD 10 is available from CMS here.
The “Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge” asks multi-disciplinary teams to develop an application that facilitates the reporting of patient safety events, whether implemented in hospital or ambulatory settings.
Register for the challenge at www.challenge.gov website.The contest runs through July 23 and offers a $50,000 first prize and $15,000 and $5,000 prizes.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors will hold a special open meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The Board will discuss and vote on PCORI's revised National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda and review proposed Pilot Project funding awards. Members of the public are invited to participate, although no public comment period is scheduled. More information.
In January, AMIA launched new online communities for all working groups. Here is how to navigate your new working group communities.
Updating Your Profile – Go to communities.amia.org and use your AMIA login and password to make changes. Changes are pushed automatically at midnight, but if you want the changes to take effect immediately you must log out and log back in to the communities site.
Adding Another Email Address – For those members who have an email alias or like to send from more than one e-mail, you have the opportunity to designate an alternate e-mail address. Go to communities.amia.org, click “My AMIA” profile and select the “Edit Community Settings” button.
Adding/Removing Working Groups – Your list of working groups exists on your AMIA profile. This is the list the online communities platform uses to determine which working groups you can view and send messages to. To add or remove working groups, simply visit your AMIA profile. Remember to log in to communities.amia.org for any changes to take effect.
AMIA is an exhibitor at the American College of Physicians, Internal Medicine 2012 conference in New Orleans, April 19 – 21. Visit with AMIA staff, Director of Member Services Rob Rader and Vice President of Education and Academic Affairs Jeff Williamson. AMIA’s booth is 1755.