John H. Holmes, PhD, FACE, FACMI, AMIA 2013 SPC Chair
On behalf of the 2013 Scientific Program Committee, I extend a warm welcome to informatics researchers, practitioners, students, and the curious to the 2013 AMIA Annual Symposium.
The Symposium is the leading scientific meeting for biomedical and health informatics research and practice. Biomedical and health informatics is the scientific discipline that seeks to develop and use information to improve health care, to assist biomedical research across the continuum from molecules to populations, and to empower practitioners and the public in their quest for better health for all. Please review the Schedule-at-a-Glance and the itinerary planner is an excellent tool for getting the most out of the meeting.
AMIA Symposium presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field -- translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics. But that’s not all: computer scientists, information scientists, computational biologists, social scientists, and any others who work with information in health domains are very much welcome to attend!
This is an exciting time for the field, between the opportunities and challenges posed for the information sciences by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the ever-growing concern for patient safety in an increasingly information technology-laden environment, and the need for health information and communication by researchers, practitioners, and the public. Without doubt, biomedical and health informatics is capturing the attention and interest of virtually everyone who hears the word “informatics”.
The Symposium is an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in informatics, network with colleagues old and new, develop collaborations, and interact with leaders in the field. The 2013 Symposium includes full-length papers, abstracts, poster sessions, panel discussions, cutting-edge policy presentations, keynotes, tutorials, system demonstrations, and pre-Symposium workshops. The exhibit hall will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the latest products and services in health information and information technology.
Key note speakers Dave deBronkart, ePatientDave and Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft, will open and close the Symposium.
The Informatics Year in Review will be on the schedule, which is so popular that it plays to standing room-only crowds every year. So for 2013, we are planning a second Year in Review session that focuses on informatics in the media.
The Student Design Challenge, which will provide students or teams of students with the opportunity to design a solution to a problem in informatics.
The Student Paper Competition, so students from all computing, information science, and design disciplines will have a venue for recognition of their work.
Special social events including the AMIA Casino Night Meet-Up to dispel the myth that informaticians are all work and no play!
We are back in Washington, D.C. for 2013, in lovely Dupont Circle. It is a great location in a great city, and there is much to do outside of the Symposium, but I know that the program will keep you happily busy inside.
The Scientific Program Committee has prepared a fantastic program. I look forward to seeing you in November!
John H. Holmes, PhD, FACE, FACMI
Chair, Scientific Program Committee
Associate Professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology and Director, Doctoral Program in Epidemiology at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine