AMIA and JAMIA in the News

  • Report from AMIA: Beyond Electronic Versions of Paper Charts
    David Raths
    Healthcare Informatics
    October 25, 2011

    Panelists describe going beyond established uses of EHRs to transform care By David Raths The impact of meeting meaningful use requirements is one of the hot topics at this year’s Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association in Washington, D.C..

  • Professional medicine officially embraces IT
    Joseph Conn
    Modern Healthcare
    September 27, 2011

    The big news in healthcare information technology last week was the announcement by the American Medical Informatics Association that "official medicine" is finally climbing aboard the IT train.

    By late 2012, for the first time, physician informaticists will be able to sit for an exam and gain board certification in the subspecialty of clinical informatics.

  • Clinical Informatics Becomes Board-certified Medical Specialty
    Diana Manos
    Healthcare IT News
    September 23, 2011

    WASHINGTON – The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has now recognized clinical informatics as a subspecialty, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

    AMIA officials announced the news Thursday following what they called “a multi-year initiative” to elevate clinical informatics to an ABMS subspecialty.

    According to AMIA, the certification will be available to physicians who have primary specialty certification through ABMS.

  • Discover 9 Hot College Majors
    U.S. News & World Report
    September 19, 2011

    Want to major in a field of the future? Colleges have been responding to developments in technology and business by creating majors that hardly existed five or 10 years ago. Other more established fields are suddenly hot at the undergraduate level as demand for workers spikes. Consider several emerging options:

  • AMIA Airs CDS Concerns to FDA
    September 15, 2011

    WASHINGTON – The American Medical Informatics Association argues that when it comes to oversight of clinical decision support systems, the most critical factor in determining the risk classification of different types of software is whether the CDS is mediated by a human being or not.

    Meryl Bloomrosen, AMIA's vice president for public policy and government relations, has offered those comments in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) invitation to participate in a public workshop related to FDA's Draft Guidance on mobile medical applications.

  • AMIA and Philips Healthcare Host Clinical Decision Support Webinar
    August 29, 2011

    Newswise — AMIA and Philips Healthcare will co-host a free Webinar focusing on the role and usefulness of clinical decision support (CDS) systems titled, “Decision Support and the Soul of a (Nearly Perfect) Machine.”

    CDS has the potential to make a significant positive impact on health care by providing timely guidance to clinicians who are managing the care for more patients while working with smaller staffs. However, in some cases, the uptake and acceptance of CDS systems developed to aid clinicians in their work has been slow.

  • Clinical Informaticists Could Become Certified Medical Subspecialty
    August 1, 2011

    On July 27, a committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties proposed that clinical informatics be board certified as a subspecialty of medicine, InformationWeek reports.

    The recommendation was co-sponsored by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Pathology.

  • Medical informatics likely to become board-certified subspecialty
    Medical Economics
    July 8, 2011

    Medical informatics, which has long fallen into a gray area between information technology and medicine, may soon be recognized as a full-fledged medical subspecialty. If this recognition occurs, it will come just as many healthcare organizations and physician practices are beginning to view health information technology as an essential tool for improving the quality and lowering the cost of healthcare.

  • E-Prescribing Doesn’t Slash Errors, Study Finds
    U.S News & World Report
    June 30, 2011

    Outpatient electronic prescribing systems make the same common mistakes that occur in manual systems, a new study finds.

    Researchers examined 3,850 computer-generated prescriptions received by a commercial pharmacy chain in three different U.S. states over a four-week period in 2008. Of those prescriptions, 452 (nearly 12 percent) contained a total of 466 errors, of which about one-third were deemed to be potentially harmful...

  • JAMIA: Long-term EHR usability depends on design
    CMIO Magazine
    June 23, 2011

    Recent research published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association suggested that factors related to technology design have strong effects on acceptance, even one year after an EHR implementation.

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