2018 ACMI Winter Symposium

February 01 - 04, 2018

Symposium open to only ACMI Fellows and Guests.

Hotel Information  |  Schedule At-a-Glance

Collaborative Science: Informatics Challenges for Data and Knowledge Integration

We invite you to participate in the 2018 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.

Background and Rationale

The pressure on health care organizations to deliver "value-based care" and to use "real world evidence" to evaluate medical treatments has generated business cases and subsequent demonstrations of multi-organizational collaboration.  The delivery of value-based care requires follow-up of patents across different provider organizations to ascertain patient status and utilization of health services. Developing "real-world evidence" requires applying and evaluating different treatments in various practice conditions to a great number of patients representing a wide number of features.  In response, research networks (of varying designs and funding approaches) and collaborations across organizations have formed to share data and knowledge to advance health care delivery and biomedical knowledge. In response to this new era of multi-organizational interaction, the ACMI SPC is seeking talks on important activities, roles, competencies and training aspects for informatics that are relevant to multi-organizational research and health care collaborations.

Some questions to be explored during the meeting:

  • What are features of successful collaboration – for either research or clinical (and population health) purposes?  Who are the players and the stakeholders?  What are the incentives? Synergies? Are there best practices?  Should our conduct or training evolve to meet these needs?
  • Statistical or analytic methods to overcome biases in quality of data from multiple sources, and collaborative approaches for integrating data and knowledge from multiple sources.
  • What does this mean for informatics as a discipline and for individuals that identify as informatics?  What kinds of skills and knowledge, specifically, does informatics need to embrace moving forward to lead in this era?

Please consider attending this meeting and sharing an experience of success or failure related to data or knowledge integration across one or more organizations. Topics can include (but are not limited to) the following aspects of multi-disciplinary and/or multi-organizational collaboration:

  • Case studies that describe benefits of cross-institutional data-enabled collaborations
  • Standardizing approaches to un-standardized data (e.g. common data models of various flavors, shared clinical phenotype definitions, sharing methods for "operationalizing" phenotypes or guideline-driven CDS in your organization)
  • Organizational structures and interactions (related to informatics and data) between research and clinical staff/faculty
  • Knowledge and methods repositories
  • Approaches for collecting Patient Reported data from institutional systems versus other sources (social media, etc.) and using for clinical applications or research
  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration and "team science"
  • Decentralized networks
  • Collaboration between informatics and data science
  • Implementation science and sustaining practice changes
  • Coordinated learning across multiple organizations
  • Communication
  • Governance

Formats for Participation:

  • Ignite talks
  • Panels
  • Moderated discussion (accepting volunteer moderators)
  • Other format (suggest and the SPC can consider)
  • Submisssions are closed but contact jeff@amia.org if you wish to contact the program committee

Features of this program:

  • Agenda will include a mix of short presentations, panel discussions, and audience discussions and lots of free time for networking, recreation, and leisure
  • Significant time for discussion will be allotted in the program; with flexibility for the audience to select discussion topics based upon the content of the presentations
  • Possibility of developing a set of Case Studies derived from the meeting content as an ACMI product for educational purposes, or a JAMIA submission on barriers, challenges, and solutions for collaborative science

Preliminary Schedule At-a-Glance: Events and Program

Thursday, February 1, 2018

6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Buffet

Friday, February 2, 2018

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 3, 2018

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 4, 2018

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)

Hotel Information

Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort
5401 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85250-7090
USATEL: +1-480-947-5400 ~ FAX: +1-480-946-1524
Rate: $199 single/double

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

Reservations received after January 11, 2018 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 contact the resort directly 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 18, 2018 for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee.  After January 18  we are committed to the hotel and no refunds will be issued.

Arrival and Departure

Doubletree Paradise Valley is located minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Arizona and 12 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.   The Symposium will begin at with a welcome buffet on Thursday, February 1st, and will end at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 4.