Clinical Informatics Becomes Medical Subspecialty—AMIA to Examine Interprofessional Certification
Following a decision by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) last week to approve Clinical Informatics as a board-certified medical subspecialty, AMIA announced the success of a multi-year initiative to reach this milestone. Possibly as early as Fall 2012, clinical informaticians who are physicians with primary specialty certification through one of several dozen ABMS board members, will be able to sit for an examination administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, which sponsored the proposal to ABMS. The American Board of Pathology has also signed on as a co-sponsor. The goal is to award the first certificates early in 2013. Because AMIA is interested in gaining respected certification for non-physicians and for physicians who are not board-certified, a task force has been established by AMIA’s Academic Forum to explore the issue of certification for informatics professionals and to complement the subspecialty certification for physicians. The Task Force is composed of leaders from a range of professional disciplines who were appointed by the Academic Forum Executive Committee with approval granted by the AMIA Board Chair and AMIA President and CEO. The group will engage perspectives of stakeholders and experts from the participating professions to develop a white paper, including recommendations for consideration by the Academic Forum Executive Committee and membership and the AMIA Board of Directors. Members of the Advanced Interprofessional Informatics Certification (AIIC) Task Force, as it is called, are Cynthia Gadd, Vanderbilt University (Chair); Gregory Alexander, University of Missouri; J.T. Finnell, Regenstrief Institute; Rita Kukafka, Columbia University; Ann Peden, University of Mississippi; Nancy Roderer, Johns Hopkins University; Dean Sittig, University of Texas Houston; and Stuart Speedie, University of Minnesota (ex-officio).
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Peter Embi, MD, MS, FACP, associate professor of biomedical informatics and medicine and vice-chair of Ohio State University’s department of biomedical informatics, will serve as the course director for a web-based 10x10 course designed to provide students with an introduction to Clinical Research Informatics (CRI). In addition to defining the CRI domain and highlighting the key challenges and opportunities facing CRI, the course will assure that students are exposed to key models, approaches, tools, regulatory/ethical issues and initiatives driving CRI developments and practice. The course, which begins Jan. 6, will provide students with an understanding of the relationships that exist between CRI and the clinical informatics and bioinformatics domains.
Also available through the 10x10 program:
University of Minnesota School of Nursing – course begins Oct. 10.
Oregon Health and Science University – course begins Nov. 30.
Coming soon – registration to open for Kansas University’s January 2012 10x10 course and University of Minnesota’s January 2012 course.
To register or view course descriptions for any of the above courses click here.
JAMIA Editor-in-Chief Lucila Ohno-Machado and guest author Gilad Kuperman, MD, adjunct associate professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and director of interoperability informatics at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, will discuss Dr. Kuperman’s article, "Health information exchange: why are we doing it, and what are we doing?" during a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 3 pm (EST). The article appears in Vol. 18, Issue 5 of JAMIA, the peer-reviewed research journal that reports on what’s happening in informatics in biomedicine and health six times a year and online daily. This is a free webinar, but advanced registration is required.
To register, download the article, and view archived Journal Club presentations, click here.
AMIA members and non-members are welcome to participate, and to earn CME credit.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will launch the Data Segmentation Initiative (DSI) during a webinar on Oct. 5. The Initiative builds on the vision of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which recommended the development of metadata tags to be used for exchanging data across organizational structures while maintaining the privacy and security of the information. The technology potentially could be used to give patients a choice over which health information is shared by providers electronically. For more information, click here.
ONC also released a model privacy notice for vendors of personal health records (PHR). The goal of the standardized and templated notice is to build greater consumer trust in PHRs by making it easier for consumers to compare the privacy and data use practices of PHR companies. The notice is intended to inform consumers succinctly about privacy and security policies. More information, including the privacy notice template, implementation guide and a consumer guide, is available by clicking here.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a call for papers dedicated to the emerging area of e-Health (+ mHealth) for a special issue of its journal, Medicare & Medicaid Research Review. Topics of interest include mHealth (or mobile health), meaningful use of health IT, health IT and quality reporting, health information exchange (HIE) between providers, consumer use of health IT and HIE, and health IT and patient safety. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 3, and anticipated publication of accepted articles will be next Spring.
In another ‘MU’ initiative last month, CMS hosted a National Provider Call to discuss the meaningful use requirements of the EHR incentive programs. The presentation, a transcript, and the audio recording of the call are now available by clicking here.
AHRQ Releases New Reports on Effective Health Care
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) Effective Health Care (EHC) Program recently released two new reports and opened them for public comment: (1) Framework for Considering Study Designs for Future Research Needs (FRN); and (2) A Comprehensive Overview of the Methods and Reporting of Meta-analyses of Test Accuracy. The EHC program funds individual researchers, research centers, and academic organizations to work together with AHRQ to produce effectiveness and comparative effectiveness research for clinicians, consumers and policymakers. To view and comment on the reports, click here.
Also, AHRQ Health Information Technology Portfolio released its 2010 Annual Report, which is designed to disseminate information on the research areas and progress at the portfolio and project levels. The portfolio is summarized by a number of broad categories of projects, including: Health IT Portfolio strategic goals, AHRQ business goals, funding mechanisms, geographic distribution and lifetime funding as of 2010. This report describes activities that took place throughout the year, and synthesizes challenges, successes and outputs of the 180 active projects. In addition, an individual project summary for each of the 121 grants and 59 contracts provides an overview of each project’s long-term objectives, status updates of the specific aims and objectives, and updates on completed or ongoing project activities. The report also highlights the dissemination activities of the projects and the AHRQ Health IT team.
The AMIA home page now has a link to Ted Shortliffe’s President’s page. Ted’s current column, which also appears in this month’s JAMIA issue, outlines the strategic relationship between AMIA and its Corporate Partners. Many changes have occurred in this program over the past year since AMIA Vice President of Corporate Relations and Development Jonathan Grau joined the staff. If you’ve noticed a lot more activity in this space and want to understand how it all works, take a look at Ted’s current column here. All columns, including an archive of past reports you may have missed, are linked to “President’s Page” in the “What’s Hot” section of the home page (just below the top nav bar). The columns appear on the AMIA site and are also accompanied by links to the original articles as published in JAMIA.
International Use of Standardized Care Plans Discussed in ACI Article
The current issue of Applied Clinical Informatics (ACI) includes an article titled, “Evidence-based Standardized Care Plans for Use Internationally to Improve Home Care Practice and Population Health.” The lead author is K. A. Monsen of University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Home care practice and population health are emerging topics to many AMIA members--the abstract, which can be viewed here, was submitted to E-news by ACI Editor-in-Chief Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, an AMIA Board member.
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