AMIA 2014 Semi-plenary Sessions

Monday, November, 17

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

S12: Semi-plenary Session - Year in Review 1

Room: International Ballroom Center, Concourse Level

Informatics in the Media Year in Review
D. Sands, Society for Participatory Medicine/Harvard Medical School

We all think the work we do is important, but how often do issues related to clinical informatics make it into mainstream media? In this year-in-review session we present news items from this past year that touch on clinical informatics.

Public and Global Health Informatics Year in Review
B. Dixon, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing/Regenstrief Institute/Veterans Health Administration; J. Pina, RTI International/Emory University; J. Richards, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; H. Kharrazi, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; A. Turner, University of Washington School of Public Health

The disciplines of public health and global health informatics are rapidly expanding within the field of biomedical informatics. Increased attention and activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. as well as health ministries, the World Health Organization, and non-governmental organizations are generating new knowledge and lessons regarding the development, implementation, and use of information systems in health care delivery around the globe. Thus, a growing body of literature now contains important insights and lessons from international informatics activities, stimulating the need to synthesize the knowledge for the field. In this panel, a review of recent literature in the areas of public health and global health informatics will be presented. Key articles revealing trends, methods, and lessons will be summarized to bring attendees up-to-date on the use of informatics in low resource settings.

S13: Semi-plenary Session – ACMI at 30 – Evolution of Themes and Topics in Biomedical and Health Informatics

Room: International Ballroom West, Concourse Level

B. Humphreys, National Library of Medicine; P. Szolovits, MIT; P. Flatl  ey Brennan, University of Wisconsin-Madison; G. Hripcsak, Columbia University; S. Liaw, The University of New South Wales; L. Ohno-Machado, University of California San Diego; W. Chapman, University of Utah; N. Sarkar, University of Vermont

This panel will provide an overview of the main themes of research and practice in the field of biomedical and health informatics from the decade that saw the founding of ACMI to the present. Panelists will contrast the themes from each period with current themes and challenges in the field so that a picture of the evolution of themes and topics will emerge. The panel will cover: a)1980’s and the founding of ACMI and IMIA (Betsy Humphreys and Peter Szolovits); b) 1990’s and the founding of AMIA (Patricia Brennan and George Hripcsak); c) First decade of the millennium (Siaw-Teng Liaw and Lucila Ohno-Machado); d) The 2010 decade and the future (Wendy Chapman and Neil Sarkar).  The audience will be encouraged to join in identifying and commenting on ACMI Fellow contributions and the challenges of research and practice in biomedical and health informatics, trying to distinguish between those that have proven persistent vs. those that have changed radically due to either scientific and technological innovation, organizational, economic, and societal changes in the creation, management and use of biomedical and health information.

S14: Semi-plenary Session - Informatics Careers in Industry:  Help Wanted

Room: International Ballroom East, Concourse Level

J. Cai, Celgene, E. Chapman, Department of Veteran Affairs; S. Labkoff; R. Tayrien, HCA Healthcare; M. Weiner, IBM; H. Strasberg, Wolters Kluwer Health

Industry represents an exciting and challenging career path for informaticians.  These individuals work on complex, real-world problems in areas such as Big Data, terminology, drug discovery, interoperability, clinical decision support, EHR system design and implementation, mobile applications, strategy and consulting. On this panel, representatives from AMIA’s corporate members will discuss the knowledge and skills that companies are seeking in new informatics hires.  For example, panelists will discuss the relative importance of advanced informatics degrees, informatics board certification, and relevant informatics experience as well as leadership, management and communications skills in hiring decisions.  Following an initial presentation, the panel will take questions from the audience on a range of topics related to the role of informaticians in industry.

Tuesday, November 18

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Semi-plenary Sessions
S46: Year in Review 2

Room: International Ballroom Center, Concourse Level
(not eligible for Dental CEs)

W. Hersh, J. Ash, Oregon Health & Science University

This annual session will cover the Year in Review for Biomedical and Health Informatics. This year's session is being reconfigured to reflect areas of the field now covered in other Year in Review sessions, such as clinical research informatics, translational bioinformatics, and public health informatics. As in the past, this session will review a sample of notable publications and events that have occurred in the past twelve months. This includes new findings from the published literature, achievements in operational applications of informatics, changes in public policy and government, and emerging new technologies. This presentation will have two presenters who will review advances in two broad areas, foundational informatics and clinical informatics, and cover both quantitative and qualitative methods.

S47: Student Design Challenge Presentations

Room: International Ballroom East, Concourse Level


Student Design Challenge Finalists

Online Patient Center: Expanding Patient Portals by Integrating Patient-Generated Data Directly into a Primary Care Provider’s EHR Workflow
J. Ethington, J. Shi, University of Utah; S. Nelson, University of Utah/Department of Veterans Affairs

The Use of a Gamified Platform to Empower and Increase Patient Engagement in Diabetes Mellitus Adolescents
G. Giunti, A. Ciancaglini, C. Otero, D. Luna, F. Gonzalez Bernald de Quiros, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires

On the SamePage: Supporting Communication and Informed Decision Making Through a Surgical Portal Extension
R. Hazen, University of Washington

Sintesi: Making Health Information Meaningful
S. Jiang, J. Prey, J. Hirsch, A. Chiang, Columbia University

Beyond Patient Portals: Engaging Patients with their Healthcare Providers: “HealthUp”: An Active Patient Portal Beyond Sickness
M. Khelifi, A. Aljadaan, M. Seng, University of Washington

UHealth for Your Health: Enhancing Utilization of Patient Portals and Its Experience
M. Salimi, A. Stanley, M. Rais, V. Nguyen, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A Patient Portal for Clinical Trials: Towards Increasing Patient Enrollment
M. Tong, M. McNamara, UCLA

Drawn Together: Enhancing Patient Engagement and Improving Diagnostic Tools through Electronic Draw-and-Tell Conversation
D. Woodcock, S. Williamson, D. Womack, K. Gray, K. Fultz Hollis, M. Hribar, Oregon Health & Science University

S48: Featured Presentation – ACMI Debate

Room: International Ballroom West, Concourse Level

J. Glaser, Siemens Medical Solutions; Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania; J. Silverstein, NorthShore University Health System; A. McCray, Harvard Medical School

As is customary for all ACMI debates, this year’s debate will treat an important informatics topic that is of broad interest. This year’s topic is:

“Resolved: The lack of interaction and collaboration between health IT vendors and academic clinical informatics units is stifling innovation and will continue to have a detrimental effect on the evolution of commercial products.”

In the tradition of debating practices, debaters will take strong opposing positions in order to stimulate discussion. There will be ample time for audience comments and observations. At the conclusion of the session, the audience will be asked to vote for or against the resolution.