2018 ACMI Winter Symposium

Symposium open to only ACMI Fellows and Guests.

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.

Program Committee

Rachel Richesson (Chair), David Dorr, Marc Williams, Mark Samuel Tuttle, Rainu Kaushal, John Holmes, and Christopher Chute (Ex-officio)

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?

Schedule At-a-Glance: Events and Advance Program

6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Buffet

7:30 am – 8:00 am Continental breakfast

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, and Framing for Day
Christopher Chute, Rachel Richesson, Marc Williams

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote and Discussion: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Strategic Plan Patricia Brennan

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Ignite-style Talks: Clinical Settings and Practice Change

  • • A multisite collaboration to translate fall prevention evidence into practice, Patricia Dykes

  • • Patient and Provider Responses to Restricting Provider Access to EHR Information, Bill Tierney

  • • A whole system approach to social and behavioral determinants and patient reported outcomes, William Stead

  • • Cybersecurity Implications of Collaborative Data Sharing and Knowledge Integration, Ross Koppel

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Ignite-style Talks: Observational Research and Global Collaboration

  • • Never apologize for an observational study, Mark Samuel Tuttle

  • • OHDSI: Drawing reproducible conclusions from network-based observational clinical data, George Hripcsak

  • • Knowledge sharing and peer review on a global scale, Geoffrey Rutledge
  • • The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, TBA

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Panel: Improving Collaboration Between Clinical Research and Clinical Care
Chunhua Weng, Marc Williams, Suzanne Bakken

12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Free time for collegial activities

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Optional Outing – Jeep Tour – $105 Additional Registration
The most popular way to see the desert is to experience a jeep tour excursion. The jeep will pick you up right at your resort for your adventure into the Sonoran Desert, where you will meet first hand the desert wildlife and plants. Your Native American/Cowboy guide will entertain you with myths of the desert as you 4-wheel your way through the terrain. Once deep in the desert foliage your guide will lead you on a short hike introducing you to such things as pack rats home or a giant 30 foot Saguaro cactus. During your visit to the desert you will learn how the ancient Indians used the plant life to make medicine, tools and food. It’s a great way to see and learn all aspect of the Sonoran Desert and what it has to offer. $105.00 per person based on a minimum of 5 guests per jeep.


  • • Round-trip 4-wheel drive transportation

  • • Native American/Cowboy Guide

  • • Guided nature walk

  • • Soft drinks and water

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Hospitality Reception

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Panel: Delivering Computable Knowledge to the Point of Care: Perspectives from Industry and Academe
Aziz Boxwala, Julia Adler Milstein, Blackford Middleton, Marc Overhage

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Ignite-style Talks: Education and Socio-Technical Challenges

  • • Education on Informatics and Value-based Care: Lessons from the ONC Workforce Training Program, Eta Berner

  • • An Educational Vision for Informatics in Healthcare - Enhancing the Collaborative Potential of our Students, Stuart M. Speedie

  • • Team collaboration - eliciting and balancing multiple stakeholders' perspectives, Ann Moen

  • • Socio-technical challenges in translating predictive analytics into useful and effective decision support tools, Eric Poon

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Discussion: Leveraging ACMI for Informatics
Douglas B. Fridsma

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Panel: Collaborative Science Within Academic Medical Centers - Opportunities and Challenges for Informatics
William Hersh, Christopher Longhurst, Philip Payne, Justin Starren

12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Free Time

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Presentation: Models of Informatics Collaboration Constantin Aliferis

8:15 – 9:15a.m. Group Discussion: Exploration of Projects and Meeting Outcome
Rachel Richesson & Rainu Kaushal, Program Committee and Fellows

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Ignite-style Talks: Interoperability and Collaboration

  • • Enabling interoperability between EHRs and health information exchanges using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard, Titus Schleyer

  • • Can FHIR® solve the curly braces problem? Howard Strasberg

  • • The Clinical Information Interoperability Council (CIIC): Standardizing the Representation of Data Across All of Healthcare, Stan Huff

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Group Discussion: Genomic Clinical Decision Support White Paper
Mark Williams, Blackford Middleton, and Fellows

11:00 a.m. Adjourn

Registration Fees

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

A La Carte Food and Beverage Pricing for Guests

Thursday Welcome Buffet: $150 per person
Friday Hospitality Reception: $65 per person
Saturday Farewell Banquet: $150 per person
Continental Breakfast: $55 per person per day

The collegial environment of the symposium requires a fairly small group and, traditionally, we have had a policy of limiting registration.  We have not established a formal registration limit this year, but we encourage you to register early.  All registrants must have their 2018 ACMI dues paid to participate. 

The Symposium registration will be conducted entirely online.

ull participation for the fellow and guest categories include Thursday evening welcome buffet dinner; buffet breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings breakfast; Saturday night dinner, and morning program sessions.  Young Adults can participate in the evening welcome buffet dinner; buffet breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings; and Saturday night event.  Children can participate in welcome buffet dinner and the buffet breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Registration for young adults and children is a la carte only.

Your guest is encouraged to not only accompany you to the symposium but also to participate in the morning sessions. This gives them a glimpse at the issues in informatics. This is also a great chance to relax and enjoy the resort and local area.  In the past, several fellows have brought their children, and children of all ages are more than welcome at the symposium.

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.