Pre Symposium Colloquia*

The EHR Usability Symposium 2011, "Usability Present and Future,"
Friday, October 21, 2011, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

presented by Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects – Cognitive (SHARPC)

EHR usability is a major barrier to the adoption and meaningful use of EHR. AMIA members are invited to attend a collaborative discussion to learn about the science of EHR usability, the methods to improve the status quo, the innovations that could radically improve EHR usability, the policy implications of EHR usability, and the perspectives of EHR vendors.

By the end of the symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Understand usability as a science
  • Learn about the implications of EHR usability for the adoption and meaningful use of EHR
  • Learn about the current and future approaches to EHR usability
  • Learn about the perspectives of federal agencies and EHR vendors

Interact with usability experts, representatives from industry, federal agencies and researchers from the ONC-sponsored SHARPC project.

You are a prospective attendee if you are a consumer, vendor, usability professional, academic, researcher or practitioner. For more information please visit

Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare/WISH 2011 Workshop
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

presented by the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM)

ACMWith growing emphasis on adoption and impact of Health IT (HIT), HIT researchers and practitioners are increasingly focusing on the design of interactive systems, human factors, and human–computer interaction. Despite this progress, however, there is largely untapped potential to create deeper and more profound connections among the biomedical, informatics, human–computer interaction, human factors, medical sociology and anthropology communities that would lead to the development of new methods, approaches, and techniques for removing the barriers to the adoption of HIT.

To address this limitation, the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'2010) hosted the 2010 Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH 2010), which attracted over 150 participants from a variety of disciplines and institutions. Building on the success of last year's workshop, AMIA is hosting WISH 2011 and co-locating it with the Annual Symposium. The workshop will feature invited talks, panels and a peer-reviewed technical program.

NIWG Symposium: Human Factors, Modeling, and Workflow: Methods for Implementing Health Information Technology
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Sponsor: AMIA Nursing Informatics Working Group Gregory L. Alexander, Sinclair School of Nursing; University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Thomas Clancy, School of Nursing; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mical DeBrow, Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, Pennsylvania
Rosemary Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

This activity is designed to explore three major areas: (1) the use of human factors science as a method to evaluate care delivery workflow and automation within health information technology (HIT); (2) the use of care delivery process modeling as a practical tool to optimize workflow efficiency and quality when implementing HIT; and (3) the application of best practices when implementing electronic workflow systems to streamline processes.

Participants will learn methods to represent interprofessional care delivery processes and decision-making within the design and implementation of electronic workflow. Through hands-on exercises, participants will apply modeling principles to clinical scenarios such as bar-code medication management, clinical documentation, and transfer of responsibility of care. In addition to capturing data and providing decision support, HIT can facilitate the flow of information and completion of care activities, thereby improving quality and safety. Participants will learn how to maximize use of HIT to optimize workflow and decision making covering the following objectives:

  • Provide a step by step understanding of human factors science in planning, designing, and implementing workflow solutions, process improvement, and HIT.
  • Demonstrate use of computational modeling and simulation as tools to represent workflow processes within HIT.
  • Review methods for understanding and representing interprofessional workflow within HIT.
  • Demonstrate tools, methods, roles and processes, used in the implementation of electronic workflow systems.

Who Should Attend?
Attendees should be clinicians, informaticians, and engineers, involved in the development, design, and implementation of HIT.

AMIA Annual Symposium CMIO Informatics Workshop
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 1:00 to Sunday October 23, 2011, 12:00 pm

Program Committee:
Paul Fu, Jr., Gil Kuperman, Joe Kannry, Dick Schreiber

Program Faculty:
Paul Fu, Jr., Joe Kannry, Dick Schreiber, Ferdinand Velasco, David Bates

The CMIO community is an important segment for AMIA outreach. AMIA provides a combination of personal experience and anecdote with firm grounding in evidence-based biomedical informatics literature, informatics theory, foundational knowledge, and proven best practices, in a thoughtful and coherent educational setting. The following activity is designed a precursor to the more in-depth, AMIA CMIO Boot Camp held annually over four-days.

The goal of this offering is to introduce new and established CMIOs and others who play similar roles such as Medical Directors for Information Systems, CNIOs, clinical leadership to a set of topics that will help them carry our their professional responsibilities and also provide them with a deeper understanding of the field of informatics. The offering will help to assure that their organizations realize the potential benefits that health IT can bring and also to assure that the organizations will meet their meaningful use requirements. The activity will focus on maximizing value from your clinical systems/EHR implementation with the following objectives:

  • Link back to something practical that attendees can bring back "home" and use, especially for the CMIO in the community hospital
  • How to advance in academic medicine when what you’re doing is "operations"
  • Obtain up-to-date practical information on selected biomedical informatics topics

If you are a new CMIOs seeking new skills, an established CMIOs seeking to develop new skills and build knowledge, or an individuals aspiring to serve in the role of CMIO seeking to understand the position and its challenges, this activity is appropriate for you with sessions focused on CMIO career development, clinical decision support systems, quality reporting, Meaningful Use, and informatics.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

  • 1:00–4:30 pm, CMIO Challenges
    • The Dynamic Role of the CMIO
    • Implementing Clinical Decision Support
  • 5:00—8:00 pm, Dinner Session
    • Common mistakes in EHR implementation from the vendor perspective that every CMIO should know (and know how to avoid)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

  • 8:30–12:00 pm, CMIO Best Practices
    • Quality Reporting, Meaningful Use, and building the link to Informatics
    • Health IT Policy
    • Workshop Wrap: How can AMIA best support the continuing education needs of new and of established CMIOs?

* Registration for these events is not included in AMIA Symposium rates. Separate fees and registration apply and are required to attend.