William Hersh, MD, FACP, FACMI, professor and chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, has been selected by AMIA’s leadership to serve as the Scientific Program Committee Chair for AMIA 2012. Bill is well known as the original and popular instructor of 10x10 at OHSU, one of AMIA’s online informatics distance learning programs. He will be joined by John H. Holmes, PhD, associate professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. John will serve as vice chair of the Foundations track. Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota is the vice chair of the Applications track. All three individuals have held numerous leadership position within AMIA. The AMIA Annual Symposium 2012 will take place Nov. 3-7, 2012, in Chicago. Mark your calendars now!
AMIA’s Joint Summits on Translational Science will feature the hottest scientific research available in Translational Bioinformatics and in Clinical Research Informatics, from March 19-23, 2012, in San Francisco. Adding to the impact of the Summits is a trio of fascinating keynoters that includes Trey Ideker, Howard Jacob and Robert M. Califf.
Trey Ideker, PhD, a pioneer in using genome-scale measurements to construct network models of cellular processes and disease will open the Summit on Translational Science on Monday, March 19, 2012. Dr. Ideker is Division Chief of Medical Genetics at University of California San Diego School (UCSD) of Medicine. He also serves as professor of bioengineering, adjunct professor of computer science and member of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. His recent research activities include assembly of networks governing the response to DNA damage, development of software for protein network cross-species comparisons, and network-based diagnosis of disease. Dr. Ideker was named one of the Top 10 Innovators of 2006 by Technology Review magazine and was the 2009 Overton Prize recipient from the International Society for Computational Biology. His work has been featured in news outlets such as The Scientist, the San Diego Union Tribune, and Forbes magazine. To read more about Dr. Ideker click here.
Howard J. Jacob, PhD, director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Jacob will deliver the second TBI keynote on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Dr. Jacob is best known for his success using genome sequencing to identify a casual mutation in a poorly understood disease that led to treatment. The case involved Nicholas Volker, a 6-year-old boy who suffered from an extreme form of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Jacob is a professor in the MCW’s Department of Physiology and Pediatrics, and vice chair of research, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. To read more about Dr. Jacob, click here.
Robert M. Califf, MD, vice chancellor for Clinical Research at Duke University’s Translational Medicine Institute, will speak at the Bridge Day Plenary that connects the TBI and CRI Summits. Dr. Califf, professor of medicine in the Institute’s Division of Cardiology, has led some of the best-known clinical trials and health outcomes studies in cardiovascular medicine and has published over 1,000 peer-reviewed original articles in collaboration with his colleagues. He is currently the seventh most frequently cited author in the field of medicine, according to the Institute for Scientific Information. He is considered a leader in the fields of quality of care, technology development and health policy. After 10 years as founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute he founded the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, which encompasses the spectrum of translational research at Duke. To read more about Dr. Califf, click here.
Times are rapidly changing in health care. To make sure you and your team are up-to-date on Meaningful EHR Use, register to fill the last remaining spaces in AMIA’s CMIO Boot Camp. AMIA has called upon leading informatics experts to serve as faculty at the CMIO Boot Camp Sept. 7-10 in Houston. This intensive program for CMIOs and CNIOs addresses challenges clinicians face in selecting and implementing EHR systems. The Boot Camp provides briefing material, best practices, experiential knowledge and expertise to support clinical leaders as they prepare to lead health delivery organizations to meaningful use of electronic health records. View the list of faculty and their qualifications, click here.
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The new, updated 10x10 course with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing will be led by Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the 10x10 offering and associate professor and co-director of the Center for Nursing Informatics. This exciting course includes a generic overview of nursing and health informatics, and a specific application of information and communication technologies in the clinical area. The primary focus is on the analysis, modeling, standardization and development and deployment of the electronic health record and safe exchange of patient data. The course examines the implications of informatics for practice, including nursing, public health and healthcare in general. It will discuss electronic health record issues, relate ethical, legislative and political issues of informatics, and explore global and future informatics issues. The course begins Oct. 10 and includes an all-new in-person session during the AMIA Annual Symposium on Sunday, Oct. 23. To register, click here.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is asking for input on its plan to reduce health IT disparities. ONC's Health IT Disparities Workgroup led a focused effort to further define the federal government’s strategies and tactics to reduce health IT disparities within underserved communities. The workgroup recently developed a draft set of strategies and tactics (aligned with the five goals of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan) and is asking for public comment. Click here for complete information and details about the plan and about how to comment.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking proposals for its 2012 NIH Director's Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards for innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research. Pioneer Awards feature support up to $2.5 million in direct costs over five years and are open to scientists at any career stage. New Innovator Awards feature support up to $1.5 million in direct costs over five years and are for early career stage investigators (ESI). NIH expects to make at least seven Pioneer Awards and at least 33 New Innovator Awards in the summer of 2012. The deadline for submitting Pioneer Award applications is Oct. 7, while the deadline for submitting New Innovator Award applications is Oct. 14. More information about each award is available, respectively, here and here.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a public workshop on its Mobile Medical Applications Draft Guidance. On July 19, FDA began asking for input on its oversight approach for certain mobile applications specific to medicine or health care mobile medical apps designed for use on smartphones and other mobile computing devices. Through this draft guidance, the FDA defined a small subset of mobile medical apps that may impact the performance or functionality of currently regulated medical devices and as such, will require FDA oversight. The purpose of the workshop (Sept. 12-13 at the FDA's Silver Spring, Md., campus), is to provide a forum for discussion with FDA and to encourage public comment from interested stakeholders on how the agency should approach mobile medical apps. Click here for workshop details and registration information.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is partnering with the Department of Defense (DOD) to build a central database on traumatic brain injuries. Named the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) database, the $10 million effort is designed to accelerate comparative effectiveness research on brain injury treatment and diagnosis. FITBIR will serve as a central repository for new data, link to current databases and allow valid comparison of results across studies. Click here for more details.
The National Quality Forum's Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) is a public-private partnership created to provide input to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs. MAP recently issued two draft reports for public comment. The first report is titled, "The Clinician Performance Measurement Coordination Strategy," and aims to enhance alignment across federal programs focusing on aligning measures and data sources. Click here to read the report and find information about making comments.
The second report, "The Coordination Strategy for Healthcare-Acquired Conditions and Readmissions Across Public and Private Payers," identifies three focus areas for aligning public and private efforts to reduce health care-acquired conditions and readmissions: measures, data and specific coordination strategies. Click here to read the report and get more information about making comments.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program final rule. The final rule modifies the electronic prescribing (eRx) quality measure used for certain reporting periods in calendar year (CY) 2011; provides additional significant hardship exemption categories for eligible professionals and group practices to request an exemption during 2011 for the 2012 eRx payment adjustment due to a significant hardship; and extends the deadline for submitting requests for consideration for the two significant hardship exemption categories for the 2012 eRx payment adjustment that were finalized in the CY 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule with comment period. Click here for more information.
Meanwhile, CMS has also announced an upcoming "Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs National Provider Call" to cover registration and attestation for eligible professionals. The call is set for Friday, Sept. 9 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Click here for more information and to register.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the comment period for its recent advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on how current regulations for protecting human subjects might be modernized and revised to be more effective. That ANPRM titled, "Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay and Ambiguity for Investigators," was published in the Federal Register in July with a deadline for comments of Sept. 26. However, since the ANPRM was published, HHS received requests to extend the comment period to allow sufficient time for a full review of the ANPRM. The comment period has been extended by 30 days and thus will end Oct. 26. Click here to view a copy of the notice currently available for public inspection.
The September edition of JAMIA, enroute to you if not already in your hands, is replete with interesting features: (AMIA members can download articles freely online as well!)
Prakash M. Nadkarni and colleagues discuss natural language (NLP) processing techniques as a potential solution to EHR incompatibility issues. While the Nadkarni article addresses successes of the methods and techniques in clinical care, it does note that the field has been slow to progress.
In a guest editorial, Wendy W. Chapman and colleagues discuss the need to overcome barriers to NLP in order to hasten development so that new healthcare applications are more readily available. This editorial raises questions about whether the NLP community can accomplish more by collaborating as a large team rather than working as a single group.
Colin A. Banas and colleagues write about the difficult road to EHR implementation in conjunction with lessons learned.
Gilad J. Kuperman analyzes the challenges of the health information exchange and why some efforts in the field have failed.
To preview highlights of the September 2011 edition of JAMIA, click here.
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