• Feb. 3-5, Hawks Cay Island Resort

    2017 ACMI Winter Symposium

2017 ACMI Winter Symposium

Symposium open to only ACMI Fellows and Guests

Instructions for Submission |  Hotel Information  |  Schedule At-a-Glance

What Now?
Next Steps for Informatics in a Time of Shifting Paradigms

We invite you to participate in the 2017 ACMI Winter Symposium—to connect, learn, and grow—examining our future within a historical context for a number of today’s important challenges. The leadership of Fellows in the American College of Medical Informatics provides the needed expertise, foundational knowledge, and perspectives to propose important solutions and next steps in exploring these issues.

A decade ago, EHRs were not ubiquitous; the Clinical Translational Science Award was emerging; regulatory and quality programs were relatively minimal in number and scope, and concepts such as data science and precision medicine were nascent. Likewise, the field of informatics was poorly recognized by many in mainstream biomedicine and healthcare.

Today, informatics has emerged as an integral component to the success of a number of issues for biomedical discovery and healthcare that are both important and urgent. The pace of change in the past decade has occurred so quickly for healthcare as a whole and informatics more specifically that many of our primary messages and key foci need adaptation and reframing within this “new normal”. This fundamental shift represents an important and welcome call to action for informaticians. Despite our field’s new recognition and increased opportunities, the landscape and exact role within this landscape have been fundamentally altered both in traditional informatics areas (e.g., electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology) where we need to adapt and in emerging areas (e.g., precision medicine and population health) where we need to react to meet current needs.

Recognizing the pioneering and influential contributions that ACMI Fellows make to the biomedical and health ecosystem well beyond the informatics community that will influence the future state of informatics, health, and healthcare, our program will be organized into the four topic areas. Our first two topics are traditional informatics areas where a reframing of informatics is needed whereas the latter two topics represent new emerging challenges that we need to meet.

Topic 1: EHRs and informatics in a vendor dominated and regulatory market

(SPC Lead – David Kaebler)

  • Certified HIT after Meaningful Use (Advancing Care Information and MIPS/MACRA)
  • Optimizing vendor-based HIT
  • The future of clinical informatics innovation
  • Improving and minimizing the contribution of EHRs to front-line clinician burnout

Topic 2: Research and informatics for service and discovery

(SPC Lead – Rachel Richesson)

  • Changing funding environments (e.g., AHRQ, NLM, PCORI)
  • Informatics as a research service or discipline?
  • Enabling the learning health system and implementation science
  • Team science and informatics

Topic 3: Precision medicine and informatics

(SPC Lead – Yves Lussier)

  • Getting translational discovery to front line care
  • Improving throughput and scale to precision medicine initiatives
  • The value proposition of precision medicine
  • Bringing ‘precision” to health care decisions – next generation clinical decision support? Or the revival of expert systems?

Topic 4: Population Health, data science and informatics to support value-based care and discovery

(SPC Lead – Adam Wilcox)

  • Informatics and infrastructure enabling population health management
  • Mechanisms to support value-based care and regulatory programs
  • Data science and informatics as cousins – distinctions and overlap
  • Administrative informatics and data science roles – CAO, CDO, CRIO, CHIO - bringing data science insights to discovery and practice

In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year’s Ignite presentation format as well as the desire by many to have more time for discussion and added perspectives, this year’s program will include the Ignite format as well as debate-style pro-con presentations and thematic panels for each of our topic areas. This year, the annual Winter Symposium will also include a formal program committee to enhance the program’s content.  Overall, meeting participants will have the opportunity to engage in active dialog, professional networking, and gain new perspectives into our field and the broader external environment at this important and exciting time.

Schedule At-a-Glance: Events and Program

Friday, February 3, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast 
8:00 am – 12:30 pm Day 1 Scientific Program  
8:00 – 10 :00 am Topic 1 Session
10:00 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Topic 2 Session 
12:30 pm onwards Optional Tour (details forthcoming)
5:00 – 6:30 pm Hospitality Time

Saturday, February 4, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 12:30 pm Day 2 Scientific Program 
8:00 – 10:00 am Topic 3 Session
10:00 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Topic 4 Session 
6:00 – 9:00 pm Reception and Dinner
6:00 – 7:00pm Reception
7:00 – 9:00 pm Dinner

Sunday, February 5, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 – 10:30 am Day 3 Scientific Program
8:00 – 10:00 am Potpourri Final Session
10:00 – 10:30 am Wrap-up Discussion
10:30 am Adjourn/Departure

Registration Fees

Fellow/International Associate: $795
Guest: $565
Young Adult: $350 (children under 18)

Instructions for Submission

To submit your idea for a 5-minute Ignite presentation or 12-minute debate (pro and con for a topic) by December 20, please send an email to Genevieve Melton-Meaux (gmelton@umn.edu) with a copy to Jeffrey Williamson (jeff@amia.org) with the following information (see below). We will let you know by December 27 which submissions were chosen for presentation.

If your presentation is chosen, we will send you a formal invitation letter to the ACMI Winter Symposium to assist you with the advocacy for travel resources within your organization.

There are two types of submissions – Ignite and Debate.  Please see details for instructions. The submission process is meant to be very straightforward.

Please submit - it's quick and a great opportunity to share with your colleagues and the greater informatics community!

Ignite-style Presentation:

  • Ignite-style presentations provide a unique platform to share perspectives around important topic areas
  • The goal in delivering an Ignite talk is to stimulate discussion among the attendees and those who later view the presentation.
  • Talks will be timely, provocative, and creatively address one of the meeting’s topic areas.
  • We encourage you in your presentation delivery to advocate and share your perspectives! Some of the ways to do this include:
    • Describing research or an activity
    • Telling a story
    • Promoting a new program
    • Advocating for a policy initiative
    • Illustrating a lesson learned
    • Offering a strong opinion, including potentially a controversial opinion
    • Providing advice
  • Fellows will have five minutes to talk on a subject area accompanied by automatically advanced slides (can adjust between 15 to 60 seconds).

Submission Format for Ignite Presentation:

Title of Presentation:
Presenter Name, Year of ACMI election, Email Address:
Focus: research, EHRs, precision medicine, population health, other (select one)

Debate Pro-Con Presentations:

  • One highly effective way to explore a challenging topic is to formally present multiple sides of an issue.
  • In this first year of ‘debate’, we challenge ACMI fellows to team up with a colleague to present opposing viewpoints along one of the conference’s timely and provocative topic areas.
  • Our goal in adding the debate format is to stimulate dialogue among the attendees and those who later view the presentation, including bringing out areas of dialogue and opportunities for solutions.
  • In addition, we encourage teams to present both mainstream as well as more divisive perspectives around topic areas.
  • Debate teams will have an initial eight minutes to talk on a subject area (four minutes per presenter). Slides are allowed, and a two-minute rebuttal will be allowed for each presenter.
  • Fellows may optionally choose to further challenge themselves and utilize the Ignite format for their initial four-minute presentation with automated slide advancement.

Submission Format for Debate Presentation (Teams of two!):
Title of Presentation:
(Pro Side) Presenter Name, Year of ACMI election, Email Address:
(Con Side) Presenter Name, Year of ACMI election, Email Address:
Focus: research, EHRs, precision medicine, and population health (select one)

Hotel Information

Hawks Cay Island Resort
61 Hawks Cay Boulevard
Duck Key, FL 33050
(800) 432-2242

Rate: $229 single/double 

Click here to reserve your room. (reservation group code is AMIA)

Reservations received after January 11th or after ACMI’s block is filled (whichever comes first) are subject to availability and  prevailing rates.

Cancellation Policy

ACMI Symposium cancellation does not constitute a cancellation of your hotel room. You should directly contact the resort to cancel your reservation and check the cancellation policy to avoid a penalty.

You may withdraw your symposium registration at any time up until January 19, 2017 for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee.  After January 19 we are committed to the hotel and no refunds will be issued.

Arrival and Departure

Hawks Cay Resort is located 102 miles south of Miami International Airport and 60 miles north of Key West International Airport. The Symposium will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 3rd and will end at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 5.