AMIA engages frequently in collaborative policy initiatives and strategic relationships with key external partners. These have included other scientific societies and associations, coalitions, health advocacy groups, foundations, public agencies, educational institutions, research organizations, corporate entities, and information technology and service providers.
Below are some of AMIA's current and past policy projects and collaborations.
Health Informatics and eHealth Capacity Building
In summer 2008, The Rockefeller Foundation hosted Making the eHealth Connection: Global Partnerships, Local Solutions, a month-long conference series at their Bellagio Center in Italy. While gathered there, more than 200 experts, working across disciplines and sectors, set and championed a new agenda to expand use of technology in health systems. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, AMIA convened a week long session on Health Informatics and eHealth capacity building. For more information see:
- Press release: www.rockefellerfoundation.org/news/press-releases/innovative-uses-technology
- Bellagio Call to Action: http://ehealth-connection.org/content/bellagio-ehealth-call-action
- Final report: From Silos to Systems: An Overview of eHealth’s Transformative Power www.rockefellerfoundation.org/uploads/files/e331d255-059f-4fc6-b814-5938f8ee017e-rf.silos_1-13.pdf
ARGOS eHealth Consortium
The ARGOS eHealth Consortium is a project funded by the European Commission with the overall goal of contributing to the formation of a "Transatlantic Observatory for Meeting Global Health Policy Challenges through ICT-Enabled Solutions" to develop and promote common methods for responding to global ehealth challenges in the EU and the US. The observatory will promote mutual understanding and learning among EU and US policy researchers and policymakers on health IT challenges with a global dimension. AMIA is one of the project’s coordinators and organized a meeting at AMIA's 2010 annual symposium. The meeting aimed at furthering the work of establishing the transatlantic observatory and featured a number of themed breakout sessions focused on developing and promoting common methods for responding to global eHealth challenges in the EU and in the US. In 2011, AMIA helped coordinate the project’s final meeting in Budapest, Hungary. Read AMIA’s news release.
Unintended Consequences of HIT and HIE
AMIA is working with Westat, Inc., on a project to establish and leverage the expertise of a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) and two workgroups to identify and address unanticipated consequences that may result from the use of health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE). The TEP and workgroups will identify and develop resources, tools, and policies that will support clinicians and providers to avoid and mitigate the unanticipated consequences of HIT and HIE.
HIT’s Impact on Health Disparities: Will It Help or Harm?
AMIA helped convene leaders in healthcare to consider health IT’s potential in promoting greater health equity and patient-entered care vs. its capacity to unintentionally increase existing disparities in health and health care. A diverse group of healthcare stakeholders met to address questions related to health IT’s impact on health and healthcare disparities in a two-day invitational roundtable on March 7-8. The event was sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and AMIA. Participants represented the perspectives and concerns of community health centers, health systems, health plans, clinicians and other providers, and consumers. A background paper, the roundtable agenda, and participants list are online.
Core Competencies for Health Information Management and Informatics
In 2005, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) created a process and a committee to jointly develop and address a common public policy agenda. One of the first action items on the joint committee’s agenda was to address the urgent need to support investments in education and training for health informatics and health information management (HIM) professionals. Recognizing the demands of an increasingly global and electronic healthcare environment, AMIA and AHIMA hosted a work force summit meeting in November 2005 and in 2006 issued a report entitled, "Building the Work Force for Health Information Transformation."
One of the recommendations from the 2005 work force summit and contained in the 2006 report was to: Convene a joint task force to define basic competencies for those who use EHRs in their daily work. In order to carry out that recommendation, the associations created a joint work force task group. The work force task group convened during 2007-2008 and completed its work with the issuance of a final report.
The Morningside Initiative is a public-private partnership that has evolved from a meeting at the Morningside Inn sponsored by the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). Participants were subject matter experts in clinical decision support (CDS) and included representatives from the military health system Department of Defense (DoD), Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA), Kaiser Permanente, Partners Healthcare System, Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), Arizona State University (ASU), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and TATRC. Intermountain Healthcare joined by consensus vote of the Steering Committee in January 2008. These organizations are co-signers to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). AMIA hosted a briefing at the 2007 AMIA Annual Symposium. The concept paper is available online. In addition, a copy of the presentation is available.
Clinical Decision Support Roadmap
The Roadmap for National Action on Clinical Decision Support recommends a series of activities to improve CDS development, implementation and use throughout the United States to help enable improvements in health, and the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery. A Roadmap for National Action on Clinical Decision Support June 13, 2006. The key Findings of the CDS Roadmap report were presented to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and the American Health Information Community during a meeting of the Community on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in Washington, DC. Click to read the Clinical Decision Support Roadmap.