Many people know AMIA for the Annual Symposium, JAMIA, or our Working Groups, but have you ever wondered if you should attend the “Joint Summits?” Just what is this activity that in 2010 attracted over 500 informatics professionals to San Francisco? The Joint Summits are held annually and are composed of the Summit on Translational Bioinformatics (TBI) and the Summit on Clinical Research Informatics (CRI). These paired meetings represent the best opportunities for sharing basic research findings from bench to bedside and from beside to the health system. Many participants have described TBI and CRI as the most purely scientific meetings on their calendar while also providing world-class networking for a progressive group of informatics professionals.
Since 2008, the Summit on Translational Bioinformatics has been recognized as a key venue for the exchange of ideas in translational bioinformatics. AMIA seeks the best work by leading biomolecular and clinical informaticians, geneticists, computational biologists, biologists, clinicians, technologists, computer scientists and public health scientists. The TBI Summit highlights the cross-disciplinary nature of this burgeoning research field and provides a unique opportunity to bring together the finest minds in translational bioinformatics from the academic, industry, government and nonprofit sectors.
Started in 2010, the AMIA Summit on Clinical Research Informatics is the preeminent forum for investigators and practitioners to learn about, discuss and collaborate on the current and future state of CRI science, knowledge, education and practice. During the past several years, the CRI community has experienced unparalleled growth and increased visibility. With this rapid evolution comes an exciting and increasing body of foundational and applied CRI research and development that promises dramatically to improve clinical research, and ultimately, human health. The 2011 Summits Supplement is available here.
To preview the 2012 Joint Summits program, please view the 2012 itinerary planner. For hotel information, click here to see details and rates for the Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!
Joint Summits Lunch and Learn Unveils New Clinical Research Tools
There is such thing as a Free Lunch at AMIA’s Joint Summits on Translational Science, March 19-23! On Wednesday, March 21, from 12:15 to 1:15 pm, Julie Eckstrand, Assistant Director, Clinical Support Services and Quality Management, Duke Clinical Research Unit (DCRU), will demonstrate how the Velos P1V solution addresses the common need for rapid volunteer recruitment while meeting ethical and compliance standards. Julie will address how key elements such as recruitment workflow, ease of use and intuitive UI have been built into this new product from Velos. Don’t miss “New Clinical Research Tools: Introducing a Solution to Your Volunteer Recruitment Needs While Maintaining Compliance and Ethical Standards” and the other lunch and learn sessions throughout the week!
Registration is open for NI2012, June 23-27, in Montreal, Canada. Nurses and other healthcare professionals who want to advance their careers in informatics shouldn’t miss the opportunity to network and learn from the industry’s top leaders at this important event. Learn more about NI2012 online.
If you arrive in Montreal early and want to learn more about the area’s cultural and historic highlights, consider signing up for a pre-Congress Tour. For more information about the tours, click here.
Dr. Eta S. Berner, Professor and Director of the Center for Health Informatics for Patient Safety/Quality in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), serves as the Director of the UAB 10x10 offering, which begins March 1. The UAB 10x10 course is a completely virtual, web-based course which provides an overview on the role of health information in improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery. A sampling of some of the topics that the UAB 10x10 course will cover include: organizational and financial context in planning; implementing and evaluating healthcare IT, legal and ethical context for managing health information; and historical antecedents of the present use of IT; and current and likely future uses of health information.
Also available through the 10x10 program:
10x10 with OHSU - begins March 28
10x10 with University of Minnesota School of Nursing - begins April 9
10x10 with OHSU in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - begins April 25
Coming soon, registration will open for May 10x10 courses offered by University of Illinois Chicago and Nova Southeastern University.
To register for any of the above courses or to view course descriptions, click here.
AMIA is co-sponsoring the upcoming Military Electronic Health Records Conference at the Holiday Inn, Rosslyn, Va., March 15-16. The Department of Defense has been at the forefront of developing and installing Electronic Health Record Systems, serving over 9 million patients, 130,000 Medical Health System (MHS) staff, more than 400 medical clinics and more than 60 military hospitals. Health care professionals in all fixed military medical facilities and in many deployed environments have access to EHRs. Join AMIA and Technology Training Corporation for this special event and take advantage of the association discount rate of $995. AMIA members need to provide a membership number when registering with the discount. Registration information is available here.
AMIA will be exhibiting at this year’s AMSA Annual Convention in Houston, Texas, March 8-10, at the Hyatt Regency Houston. Representatives from UT Houston’s Informatics program will be joining us to talk to some of AMSA’s more than 1,000 medical student attendees about AMIA’s programs and about the field of informatics.
If you’ll be attending this year, please be sure to stop by and see us at booth T13.
A petition to increase the National Institutes of Health budget by $2.3 billion to $33 billion next fiscal year is circulating until March 18. The White House will review and respond to the petition if it displays 25,000 signatures by the deadline. Under the proposed budget, the NIH would receive a flat $30.7 billion. To view the petition, click here.
The Department of Health and Human Services released two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) related to Stage 2 Meaningful Use, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs that detail proposed expectations for providers and the Standards & Certification Criteria (S&CC) that delineate proposed requirements for certified EHR products.
The full document can be located here and here. Summaries are available here and here.
The ONC’s Mobile Devices Roundtable, “Safeguarding Health Information,” is scheduled March 16 and will include three panels comprised of federal agency representatives, practicing providers and representatives of research, provider and industry organizations. The event will be an interactive discussion with moderators encouraging conversation between the panelists and the audience. Questions will be accepted in person, through e-mail and via Twitter. The Roundtable event is free and open to the public, through in-person or webcast participation, but online registration is required.
AMIA members were among the presenters recently at the Institute of Medicine’s workshop on informatics needs and challenges across the broad spectrum of 21st Century cancer research. Members discussed issues ranging from basic discovery science to translational research, product development, clinical trials, comparative effectiveness and health services research. Appropriately addressing informatics needs and challenges are essential to advancing research progress and improving patient care.
JAMIA is calling on authors to submit their best work on biomedical data privacy. The journal is interested in papers on:
novel computational and policy approaches to biomedical data privacy protection when used and disclosed for secondary purposes; •
review papers on the state-of-the-art in privacy protection with practical applications to biomedical data;
case studies on privacy respective clinical research and public health architectures already in deployment;
perspective papers from leaders in this field about the present state and future of privacy protection in clinical and biomedical data (from the perspective of challenges and opportunities).
The deadline for submission is April 12. General Information about the journal can be found by clicking here, and information about the special issue can be directed to Brad Malin via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or viewed here.
Biomedical informatics trainees interested in serving on the JAMIA Student Editorial Board (SEB) are invited to submit application materials by March 5. JAMIA will select six SEB members who will be expected to serve a one-year term, which may be renewed for a second term by mutual agreement. SEB members will be assigned up to six manuscripts per year to review. Students will receive feedback about their reviews from the journal editors, and will be invited to attend annual Editorial Board meetings. Application materials may be found on the AMIA web site, and must be submitted by March 5, 2012.Click here for more information.
AMIA board member John Holmes has been appointed to succeed David Bates as AMIA’s representative to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Chairman Gil Kuperman expressed his enthusiasm for John’s willingness to assume this role on behalf of AMIA’s Global Programs, now known as our Global Health Informatics Partnership (GHIP). Not only does John have extensive personal experience with global informatics activities, but he is a member of the AMIA Board and can therefore help assure that our global programs are well aligned with the strategic directions of the organization. He is also co-chair, with Patti Abbott, of AMIA’s International Affairs Committee, and chaired the advisory board that oversaw AMIA’s Global Partnership Program (GPP) and Health Informatics Building Blocks (HIBBs) activities. Dr. Kuperman also thanked David Bates for his years of service to AMIA in a variety of roles, including Board Chair, Public Policy Chair, and IMIA representative.
AMIA would like to acknowledge ACMI fellow Janet Corrigan, PhD, MBA, for her influential leadership and outstanding work as CEO of the National Quality Forum. Janet released a statement Thursday indicating that her resignation will take effect at the end of June 2012. Janet’s deep commitment to improving the quality of healthcare and striving to ensure accessibility to the uninsured and underinsured has made a positive impact on the industry. We wish Janet the best in her future endeavors.
AMIA, in conjunction with HIMSS, recently announced the release of Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide, Second Edition. Many influential AMIA members served as co-authors of the book. The new edition of the authoritative guide to clinical decision support implementation has been substantially enhanced with expanded and updated guidance on using CDS interventions to improve care delivery and outcomes in diverse care settings. The book may be accessed online by clicking here.
The establishment of the AMIA Global Health Informatics Working Group (GHI-WG) was recently authorized by the AMIA Board of Directors and is currently seeking “charter” members. The mission of the GHI-WG is to share informatics best practices in resource-constrained countries. Specifically, the GHI-WG fosters the dissemination of global health informatics practices and principles, provides opportunities to increase capacity in informatics, facilitates collaboration in investigations of emerging technologies and disruptive innovations, advocates for the effective evaluation of informatics interventions, and supports a forum for exchange of experiences and expertise.
The group is led by interim chair Dr. Denise Richards. Dr. Richards has been an AMIA member for more than 10 years and is currently a Health Scientist (Informatics) and works as a Senior Informatics Advisor in the Global Aids Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this position, she participates in strengthening health systems in PEPFAR funded countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana and Kenya, through providing technical assistance in health information systems assessment and evaluation and informatics capacity development.
To join the GHI-WG—or any AMIA WG—log into your AMIA profile and scroll down to see your WGs. You can click the “plus” icon and select the working group from the drop-down menu. Once you have added the WG, you can logon to the community and begin sending messages immediately. Alternatively, if you do not need to login right away, your change will take effect at midnight during our daily update.
Old Working Group Listservs officially Shutting Down
Please note that all working group listervs are now fully migrated to the new online communities platform. We will therefore be shutting down the old listservs (those with a domain of mailman.amia.org) at tonight at midnight.
If you’re not sure what the new listserv is for, or the working groups that you are a member of, please visit the working group pages on the AMIA website.
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