AMIA and JAMIA in the News

  • Health informatics field gives nurses an edge
    Laura Raines
    October 18, 2012

    The crossroads of health care and information technology – the career field known as health care informatics – is booming. About 70,000 health informatics specialists are needed by employers, according to the American Medical Informatics Association.

  • Recent Studies Show Value Of EHRs
    Ken Congdon
    October 17, 2012

    A few weeks ago, I wrote an article titled Health IT Savings Are Not Hype in response to an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal questioning the value of EHRs to the U.S. healthcare system. It appears I wasn’t the only one with something to say. Since the Wall Street Journal article was published in mid-September, a wave of new studies has emerged that clearly show how EHRs are helping improve patient care and increase physician efficiency.

  • Winkelstein to lead health care informatics
    Ellen Goldbaum
    October 8, 2012

    Peter Winkelstein, professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, chief medical informatics officer for UBMD and former chief of the division of general pediatrics, has been appointed executive director of the medical school’s Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

  • Large-Scale Study Shows How EHRs Can Advance Clinical Research
    September 4, 2012

    A recent study[1] that used electronic health records to analyze data on nearly one million patients demonstrates how health IT can help advance clinical research, InformationWeek[2] reports. Study Details Researchers at MetroHealth Medical Center and Explorys conducted the study -- which was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association -- to determine the effects of height and weight on blood clots in the lung or leg. For the study, researchers used an Expl...

  • Effective CDS could routinely implement personalized medicine
    Luke Gale
    Clinical Innovation + Technology unveiled
    August 27, 2012

    Genetically guided personalized medicine’s (GPM) potential will not be fully realized until it can be incorporated into routine daily healthcare. Clinical decision support (CDS) could help propel it there, but research proving its effectiveness is absent, according to a review published Aug. 25 by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

  • August 1, 2012

    Robert S. Ledley (1926-2012)

    AMIA and the field of informatics lost a pioneering contributor to our discipline when Bob Ledley passed away on July 24th at the age of 86. A founding fellow of ACMI, an early keynote speaker at the Annual Symposium, and a Collen Award recipient in 1998, Bob and his colleague Lee B. Lusted wrote a seminal 1959 paper in Science that many people cite as the publication that launched the field (Reasoning Foundations of Medical Diagnosis).

  • Study: Preventable Wrong-Patient Orders With CPOEs Occur Frequently
    Kathleen Roney
    Becker's Hospital Review
    July 12, 2012

    Researchers at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City found that wrong-patient electronic orders occur frequently with computerized provider order entry systems, and electronic interventions can reduce the risk of these errors occurring, according to a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. The study aimed to evaluate systems for estimating and preventing wrong-patient electronic orders in CPOE systems. There were two phases to the study.

  • Study: Clinical Trial Alerts in EHRs Have Limitations
    Joseph Goedert
    Health Data Management
    July 6, 2012

     Physicians using electronic health records that give alerts about appropriate clinical trials experience alert fatigue but rates of response remain relatively high, according to a new study. Still, overall results are mixed.

    Researchers for 36 weeks documented the response patterns of 178 physicians receiving alerts for an ongoing clinical trial, collecting data on response rates to the alert and patient referral rates. Response rates declined over time, but even after 36 weeks remained in the 30 to 40 percent range, concludes the study.

  • AMIA Board: specification of core competencies in Biomedical Informatics
    Health Care Renewal
    June 24, 2012
  • Health care industry feels the shortage of IT workers
    Jackie Crosby
    Star Tribune
    June 23, 2012
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