• Nov. 14-18, San Francisco

    AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium

AMIA 2015 Call for Participation

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 12, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time – No exceptions.

IMPORTANT! Submissions that do not meet the following requirements may be rejected without review:
READ the submission guidelines and follow the sample format

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

If your submission is accepted, AMIA will request that you write multiple choice questions (MCQ) to allow us to provide MOC-II credit for your session. The multiple choice question with a referenced explanation for the correct answer is the hallmark of MOC-II credit. Number of questions required per submission type:

  • Papers: 2 MCQs
  • Panels: 5 MCQs
  • System Demonstrations: 3 MCQs
  • 3-hour Tutorials: 10 MCQs
  • 6-hour Tutorials: 20 MCQs

To learn more about how to write good multiple choice questions, here is an excellent article by Jannette Collins: http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/pdf/10.1148/rg.262055145

A tutorial from the National Board of Medical Examiners on the same topic is here: http://download.usmle.org/IWTutorial/intro.htm

AMIA 2015 Program Themes

AMIA 2015 will be organized around the following themes subject to modification by the Scientific Program Committee:

  • Achieving Meaningful Use: Sessions will focus on promoting the successful and effective development, implementation, and evaluation of Electronic Health Records as the nation works toward "meaningful use" of these systems
  • Biomedical Data Visualization: Sessions will include tools and application of data visualization toward decreasing information overload and increasing acceptance of information.
  • Clinical Informatics: Sessions will present findings related to the design, development, and implementation and maintenance of state-of-the-art clinical systems, including electronic health records, standards and interoperability, clinical decision support, and effects on clinical quality, safety, and patient outcomes.
  • Clinical Research Informatics: Sessions will focus on addressing the critical need for effective information management to address the many challenges facing clinical research and the rapid evolution of the biomedical informatics methods specifically designed to address clinical research information management.
  • Clinical Workflow and Human Factors: Sessions will focus on the human factor aspects of clinical information system implementation and use that revolves around usability, workflow, and patient safety.
  • Consumer Informatics and PHRs: Sessions will explore Personal Health Records (PHRs) and the consumer perspective in the use of health information science designed to improve patient engagement, medical outcomes, and the health care decision-making process.
  • Data Interoperability and Health Information Exchange: Sessions will discuss methods to develop and implement various clinical data integration and exchange activities, including use of standard data formats (e.g., continuity of care document or HL7, Clinical Document Architecture) and vocabularies (e.g., SNOMED, LOINC, ICD-9).
  • Data Mining and Big Data Analytics: The Sessions will highlight research and applications of data mining in all areas of biomedicine leveraging big data analytics, architectures, and technologies as well as external data and knowledge repositories in order to increase the capability of analyzing and interpreting clinical and research data bases, including electronic phenotyping.
  • Global eHealth: Sessions will highlight informatics approaches to Global eHealth challenges and the need for: scalable and interoperable HIT solutions, a global informatics workforce, and a scholarly network to support current and future eHealth implementations around the world.
  • Imaging Informatics: Sessions will explore the intersection of imaging science, biomedical engineering, and biomedical informatics, including topics such as imaging ontologies, methodologies, and techniques of image processing, standards for image information sharing, content-based image retrieval, decision support in image detection and interpretation, integration of genomic and drug information, computer-aided systems, and evaluations of image-based systems.
  • Informatics Education and Workforce Development: Sessions will explore efforts to create a trained HIT workforce to support the national “build out” of clinical information systems and the informatics contributions embedded within this movement. Other topics will include certification and accreditation efforts.
  • Informaticians, Innovations, and Entrepreneurship: Sessions will include discussions with AMIA members, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists with experience in running, starting, owning their own businesses or selling their research/ ideas/ services/ products to existing corporations. Sessions will bring together individuals wanting to develop informatics related products/services with commercial potential; motivated business entrepreneurs and researchers interested in partnering on collaborative R&D projects, and organizations interested in developing strategic alliances with informatics researchers.
  • Informatics in Health Professional Education: Sessions will highlight the application of information technology in health professional education and promote the teaching of informatics as a discipline.
  • Interactive Systems: Sessions will highlight human-computer interaction (HCI) research, compelling designs, or innovative interactive technologies, including those that improve our understanding of the social and human elements of health technologies.
  • Mobile Health: Sessions will cover mHealth, Web 2.0, social media, telehealth/telemedicine, Quantified Self, and related topics.
  • NLP, Information Extraction and Retrieval: Sessions will highlight research and explore the application of natural language processing information extraction and retrieval to all areas of biomedicine to increase the amount of usable data and information that can be accessed from clinical patient databases and biomedical literature.
  • Policy and Ethical Issues: Sessions will highlight the unprecedented national HIT activity and ethical considerations posed as more practitioners and the public interface with these technologies.
  • Public Health Informatics and Biosurveillance: Sessions will focus on leading-edge approaches to disease detection, communications, workforce development, standards and interoperability, and best practices to combine the domains of health information science and technology with the practice and science of public health.
  • Simulation and Modeling: Sessions will explore the use of computer-based simulation and modeling methodologies and tools as they can be applied within the field of biomedical informatics to help researchers and clinicians explore complex healthcare interactions.
  • Terminology and Standards Ontologies: Sessions will explore the complex issues surrounding standard syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of design, development and use of various application-specific and general-purpose clinical terminologies and ontologies.
  • Translational Bioinformatics and Biomedicine: Sessions will focus on opportunities in biomedical informatics that arise from the storage, retrieval, analysis, and dissemination of molecular and genomic information in a clinical setting context.

Annual Symposium Tracks

AMIA 2015 submissions will be categorized as either foundational contributions to informatics methods, or as reports of the application of informatics in the informatics sciences or the day-to-day practice of health care. To help attendees identify sessions in which they are most interested, the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) will organize accepted submissions into the following tracks listed below.

From the time that authors begin to prepare their papers, abstracts, or proposals, they should consider whether their principal results and insights would more aptly be presented as a foundational or applied presentation. Contributions that emphasize methods should be submitted to the Foundations of Informatics track, chaired by Riccardo Bellazzi. Contributions that emphasize specific problems should be submitted to the Applications of Informatics track, chaired by Sarah Ingersoll. We believe that almost all contributions to AMIA 2015 will have both foundational and pragmatic elements in them, and in many cases the assignment of papers and tracks will be less than obvious. Authors may be in the best position to make a final decision about track at the time they classify their contribution. After classifying a submission according to the method(s) employed and problem(s) addressed, authors who: (1) believe that the primary contribution of their work relates to the methods employed, should submit to the Foundations track; or believe that the primary contribution relates to the problems addressed, should submit to the Applications track. All track assignments by authors will be reviewed by the SPC. The Committee may change the assignments in selected cases.

Foundations of Informatics

The emphasis of this track is on the conceptual and methodological advances that underpin the spectrum of biomedical informatics innovation. Contributions in this track will include work that presents progress in the structuring, processing, managing, and using of biomedical and health information. Overall priority areas include the description and demonstration of methodologies that show promise in advancing the understanding and support of research and education in biological, clinical, and public health contexts.

Applications of Informatics

This track emphasizes innovations in the design, technology, implementation, use, and evaluation of information systems and knowledge resources across the full spectrum of health care - in acute, ambulatory, and chronic care settings, public health departments, libraries, educational centers, and homes. Contributions to this track should emphasize applications that work in the real world to solve important problems.

Categories of Submission

The types of submissions considered for AMIA 2015 and general requirements for each are listed on these pages. All submissions must conform to the format and presentation requirements described herein, and on the AMIA 2015 submission site. Specific file formatting requirements as well as an example template are given in the submission instructions section.

IMPORTANT! Deviation from the prescribed format, especially the number of pages, will result in rejection of the submission without review.

Papers

The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) solicits paper proposals both on foundational and applied biomedical and health informatics. The FIRST author of an accepted paper will have 15 minutes to present the paper at the symposium with 5 minutes for questions and discussion. An individual may be a first author of only one paper, student paper, or podium abstract presentation submitted for consideration. Proposals must not be in press or under consideration for presentation or publication elsewhere. Authors must adhere to the formatting guidelines to avoid rejection.

Manuscripts must be formatted to fit on between 5-10 (8.5 x 11 inch) pages and include:

  • The names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state, and country, if international) of all authors
  • Introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion sections
  • A structured manuscript must be submitted that includes the following sections:
    1. An abstract of 150 words summarizing the submission. The abstract must also be entered on the submission website in the Abstract box in Step
    2. Introduction – A short background and objective(s) of the study
    3. Methods – Design, setting (if appropriate), patients or participants (if appropriate), interventions (if appropriate), and main outcome measurement
    4. Results – Key findings
    5. Discussion – Key conclusions with direct reference to the foundational or methodological advancement or biomedical application
  • Optional illustrations (figures or tables)
  • References, if applicable
  • A CV for the primary author will need to be uploaded as a separate file (“NIH-style” bio-sketch is preferred)

Student Papers

The SPC invites students to submit papers that describe complete or nearly complete research or development efforts in informatics. All designated student papers must follow the paper format requirements (see above) and will first be reviewed through the SPC’s standard review process, along with all other submitted papers. Student papers that are accepted by the SPC will be presented in a regular paper session and included in the Annual Symposium Proceedings. An individual may be a first author of only one paper, student paper, or podium abstract presentation submitted for consideration. Proposals must not be in press or under consideration for presentation or publication elsewhere. Papers can only be submitted as a student paper or a regular paper, not both.

All accepted student papers will be referred to the Student Paper Advisory Committee (SPAC) for consideration for student paper awards. Eight student papers will be selected by the SPAC as finalists for the award competition and these eight papers will be presented at a special session. The eight finalist papers will also be presented during the symposium in a regular session. It is up to the submitting student to ensure that his/her paper is correctly identified as a student paper proposal.

Individuals, who as of March 1, 2015, are enrolled in a degree granting program or in an academic program such as a medical residency or a post-doctoral fellowship, are eligible to enter a paper into the Student Paper Competition. Work performed as part of a large, collaborative effort is acceptable; however, the student paper will be judged on the student’s specific contributions to the project, which must be clearly delineated. Only individual students, not groups, may submit papers for consideration in the Student Paper Competition. Preparation of a manuscript must be entirely the work of the student, and single authorship is strongly encouraged. Co-authorship is usually limited to the student’s academic advisor. Entries from international students are encouraged. Papers submitted for consideration in the Student Paper Competition must adhere to the same requirements as described in the papers category, and in addition, student authors must provide in the online form:

  • The name and address of the training program
  • Clear identification of the primary advisor/mentor of the student submitting the paper
  • All co-authors and a description of that particular author's contribution to the work
  • An attestation of the student's contribution to the manuscript with respect to the following items: (a) The text of the manuscript itself; (b) The data collected for any analysis; (c) The actual data analysis; (d) The review of the literature; (e) If a system was developed, the role of the student in the coding/development of the system; and (f) The evaluation of the results and the formation of the conclusion
  • The student will be asked to upload a PDF of the attestation letter signed by their primary advisor confirming items a-f above

Podium Abstract Presentations

The podium abstract presentation format allows for the presentation of research for which the author wishes to reserve publication rights for future consideration. Authors of accepted abstracts will have up to 15 minutes to present their work at the symposium with five minutes for questions and discussion. An individual may be a first author of only one paper, student paper, or podium abstract presentation submitted for consideration. Submissions cannot be under consideration at, or previously presented at, other conferences with published proceedings. Podium abstracts will not be indexed in MEDLINE, enabling authors to submit their best work that is destined for other journal publications in the future.Authors must adhere to the formatting guidelines to avoid rejection.

The main body of the submission must be formatted to fit on 1 page (8.5 x 11 inch) document and must include:

  • The names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state, and country, if international) of all authors
  • A structured manuscript must be submitted that includes the following sections:
    1. Introduction – A short background and objective(s) of the study
    2. Methods – Design, setting (if appropriate), patients or participants (if appropriate), interventions (if appropriate), and main outcome measurement
    3. Results – Key findings
    4. Discussion – Key conclusions with direct reference to the foundational or methodological advancement or biomedical application
  • One optional page (second) may be included for figures or tables and references.
  • All podium abstract submissions must have a brief (50-75 words) abstract. The abstract does NOT have to be part of the document, but must be entered on the submission website in the Abstract box in Step 1 (please DO NOT copy and paste the entire one-page document into that box).

Posters

Posters are the preferred format for presenting preliminary research results or results of small scale studies. With the poster, authors illustrate and discuss innovative systems and services; describe experimental and in-practice projects and programs; and report experiences with educational programs and other dimensions of medical informatics. The poster sessions are vibrant and popular components of the symposium, offering direct access to the authors in a way not possible through podium presentations. Each accepted poster is displayed during one of the 90-minute poster sessions at the symposium. At least one author must be present at the poster session. An individual may be a first author of only one proposal for a poster presentation. Authors must adhere to the formatting guidelines to avoid rejection.

Your uploaded poster manuscript file must be submitted as a one-page (8.5 x 11 inch) document and must include:

  • The names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state, and country, if international) of all authors.
  • A description of the problem addressed and specific purposes of the system, service, or project; or, in the case of original research, an overview of the methodology, evaluation results, and conclusions
  • Optional illustrations (figures or tables), which must fit in the one-page limit
  • References, if applicable
  • Accepted posters will be presented on poster boards which are 4’ high by 8’ wide
  • All poster submissions must have a brief (50-75 words) abstract. The abstract does NOT have to be part of the document, but must be entered on the submission website in the Abstract box in Step 1 (please DO NOT copy and paste the entire one-page document into that box).

Panels

In 2015, there will be two styles of panels, the traditional AMIA panel, which has been revised (Option 1: Didactic), and an active discussion panel (Option 2: Interactive). An individual may be the primary organizer of only one panel and may not participate on more than two panels.d

Option 1: Didactic Panel

Panel topics may be on a specific aspect of theory, application, or experience pertaining to any aspect of biomedical or health informatics, or may provide interdisciplinary viewpoints that cut across traditional themes. Panels should be limited to four participants and a moderator. Panel sessions will typically consist of four 10 minute presentations, each followed by 5 minutes of questions, with 30 minutes for closing discussion. Panels are 90 minutes and panels should submit a list of discussion points that will be included in the last 30 minutes of the panel session to increase audience participation. Authors must adhere to the formatting guidelines to avoid rejection.

Your uploaded panel manuscript file must not exceed a maximum of three (8.5 x 11 inch) pages and must include:

  • The names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state, and country, if international) of the panel organizer and all participants
  • An abstract of 150-200 words, describing the panel and its learning objectives, which should also be entered into the Abstract text box in Step 1 of the online form to be used in the online and print programs
  • A general description of the panel and the issue(s) that will be examined and a brief description of each panelist's presentation
  • An explanation why the topic of this panel is timely, urgent, needed, or attention grabbing is required with a discussion of anticipated audience.
  • A list of discussion questions to enhance audience participation.
  • A statement from the panel organizer that all participants have agreed to take part on the panel.
  • A CV for each presenter will need to be uploaded as separate files ("NIH-style" bio-sketch is preferred).

Option 2: Interactive Panel

This panel format aims to create an interactive event between the organizers and an active audience. To qualify for an Option 2 Panel, the proposal must include a topic that is either controversial or is deemed to elicit varying opinions and questions, as well as active discussions. The Option 2 Panel format is a short introduction by a moderator and positions statements of 3-5 speakers to engage the audience. Authors must adhere to the formatting guidelines to avoid rejection.

The Panel’s topic can be broad and potential topics include:

  • Discussion of a scientific topic or a topic of emerging importance to the informatics community
  • Exploration of experiences including challenges in professional collaboration, unintended consequences, ethical dilemmas, or legal jurisdictions as a result of the application of informatics
  • Exploration of novel technologies or applications that have the potential to be disruptive to the science or application of clinical informatics.
  • Discussion of political, societal, ethical aspects of health information technology, clinical informatics research, or recent technical developments

Your uploaded panel manuscript file must not exceed a maximum of three (8.5 x 11 inch) pages and must include:

  • The names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state, and country, if international) of the panel organizer and all participants
  • An abstract of 150-200 words, describing the panel and its goals, which should also be entered into the Abstract text box in Step 1 of the online form to be used in the online and print programs
  • The proposal should include a description of the intended audience, an introduction of the topic, the aim of the discussion, the specific contribution of each speaker, and expected discussion
  • An explanation why the topic of this panel is timely a controversial is required.
  • A statement from the panel organizer that all participants have agreed to take part on the panel.
  • A CV for each presenter will need to be uploaded as separate files ("NIH-style" bio-sketch is preferred).

Systems Demonstrations

Systems demonstrations are presented during program sessions, and most often illustrate one or more aspects of a leading edge system that is in use, under development, or in a testing or prototype stage. Each demonstration is 30 minutes long, with an additional 15 minutes for audience questions and comments. An individual may be a first author of only one proposal for a systems demonstration. Authors must adhere to the formatting guidelines to avoid rejection.

Your uploaded systems demonstration manuscript file must be submitted as a one page (8.5 x 11 inch) document and must include:

  • The names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state, and country, if international) of all presenters
  • An abstract of 150-200 words summarizing the proposal, which should also be entered into the Abstract text box in Step 1 of the online form to be used in the online and print programs
  • A description of the specific purposes of the system, service, or project; the problems in health care practice, biomedicine, or research in informatics that it is designed to address; and the purpose or features of the system, service, or project that make it particularly innovative
  • A statement of the degree to which the system or service has been deployed, as of the date of submitting the proposal

Pre-symposium Tutorials

Half-day and full-day tutorials are dedicated to in-depth treatment of special topics and interests of relevance to informatics. Half-day tutorials include three hours of instruction; full-day tutorials include six hours of instruction. The SPC seeks a balance between tutorials that address essential core informatics theory and principles, with those that address practical applications, current issues, and emerging trends and developments in informatics. Tutorials range from the general introductory level through specialized advanced treatments. All instructors should be available to give their tutorial on Saturday, November 14 or Sunday, November 15, and should confirm their availability on each of those days. AMIA seeks tutorial proposals related to the AMIA 2015 themes.

Full-day slots are available on November 14 only. The ratio of full-day to half-day slots is subject to change based on submitted content. Expanding the total number of slots available is not possible because space is limited in the hotel.

Authors must adhere to the formatting guidelines to avoid rejection.

Tutorial proposals must not exceed a maximum of four pages in length and must include:

  • The names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state/province, and country, if international) of all instructors
  • An opening summary of 250 to 300 words that describes the content of the tutorial which should also be entered into the Abstract text box in Step 1 of the online form. Please keep in mind that this paragraph will be used in the online and print programs, so please write it accordingly.
  • An outline of topics to be covered
  • Length of pre-symposium (3 or 6 hours)
  • Properly constructed Learning Objectives (please see the Submission tab for examples)
  • A description of who should attend (e.g., clinicians, educators, leaders in healthcare or other organizations, researchers, policy makers, IT professionals)
  • An indication of the level or combination of levels of the content (percentage of basic, intermediate, and advanced material covered)
  • A description of prerequisites, if any
  • Experience of instructors in teaching similar content
  • A curriculum vitae or biosketch for each instructor will need to be uploaded as a separate file.

AMIA Working Group Pre-symposia

AMIA would like its Working Groups (WG) to propose 3- or 6-hour programs that will be featured at the Annual Symposium as “Working Group Pre-symposia.” These pre-symposia are a means of raising the profile of AMIA’s WGs at the Annual Symposium and should promote formal discussion among constituents sharing common interests. AMIA encourages proposals that will bring together individuals with similar or different roles in developing, implementing, or using informatics in practice, management, education, research, or policy.

Full-day slots are available on November 14 only. The ratio of full-day to half-day slots is subject to change based on submitted content. Expanding the total number of slots available is not possible because space is limited in the hotel.

Proposals must not exceed a maximum of four pages in length and must include:

  • An outline of topics to be covered
  • Length of pre-symposium (3 or 6 hours)
  • Properly constructed Learning Objectives (please see the Submission tab for examples)
  • A description of who should attend (e.g., clinicians, educators, leaders in healthcare or other organizations, researchers, policy makers, IT professionals)
  • An indication of the level or combination of levels of the content (percentage of basic, intermediate, and advanced material covered)
  • A description of prerequisites, if any
  • Experience of instructors in teaching similar content
  • A curriculum vitae or biosketch for each instructor will need to be uploaded as a separate file.

Student Design Challenge (SDC)

In this challenge we invite teams of graduate students from different scientific disciplines and of various backgrounds to propose creative solutions to a specified problem related to healthcare. We seek novel solutions that incorporate cutting edge computational and interactive technologies and take advantage of the considerable advances in such research areas as biomedical informatics, human-computer interaction, computer science, information visualization, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, among many others. A panel of distinguished members of the AMIA community will review the proposed solutions and select the best proposals based on a number of criteria, including their originality and transformative potential. Eight teams selected as finalists will be asked to attend AMIA Annual Symposium and present their solutions during the AMIA poster session. The top four teams as selected by the SDC panel will be invited to participate in a formal presentation at AMIA. This year’s challenge is The Human Side of Big Data – Facilitating Human-Data Interaction. For the detailed description and submission instructions, please go to www.amia.org/amia2015/student-design-challenge Submission deadline is June 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Submission Process

All submissions must be made through the ScholarOne submission site.

Complete the online submission form as instructed and attach your submission in compliance with directions provided on the AMIA 2015 submission web site and Call for Participation.

IMPORTANT! All information in the Onsite Program and in the Itinerary Planner – presentation title, author names, author affiliations, and the order in which the authors are listed – is extracted directly from the online form authors complete in ScholarOne. Therefore, please enter everything exactly the way you would like it to appear. The person designated as a Presenter will receive all communications from AMIA regarding the submission.

Learning Objectives (LO)

Each submission at the AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium, regardless of the type, will require at least one learning objective as part of the Scholar One submission. You may add additional learning objectives if you believe they are appropriate.

AMIA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education to physicians. As an accredited provider, AMIA must design our activities to inspire change in physicians. That change may be a difference in knowledge/competence, performance, or in patient outcomes. Educational design in this environment includes creating “outcomes-based learning objectives.” Creators of content should ask themselves, "What do I want the learner to be able to do, or to do better, after participating in my session?"

To write a good learning objective, define the desired outcome of your presentation. Perform a needs assessment: what knowledge gap is your presentation going to fill? Then write the LO to address the gap you just identified.

Examples of well-written learning objectives:

After participating in this session, the learner should be better able to:

  • Reduce clinical “alarm fatigue” in the general medical-surgical unit by determining variables that may safely reduce noncritical telemetry and monitor alarms
  • Formulate an approach to adoption of health information technology for the small physician group practice [From the AMA]
  • Evaluate healthcare information systems, involving: how to collect/store confidential medical records, describe complex relationships between database fields, and query databases to produce the desired information [From the AMA]

Examples of poorly-written learning objectives:

After participating in this session, the learner should be better able to:

  • Define the healthcare protocol for the treatment and prevention of Stage III and IV pressure ulcers and apply to your own practice [Too many verbs; can break it into: 1) Define the healthcare protocol for the treatment of Stage III and IV pressure ulcers; 2) Define the healthcare protocol for the prevention of Stage III and IV pressure ulcers; and 3) Apply this knowledge to their own practice. From the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care]
  • Explain and discuss current initiatives and effective modalities to prevent incidence of complications such as infection or wrong-sided block. [This is a teaching objective. A learning objective on the same topic would be: “Prevent incidence of complications such as infection or wrong-sided block using current initiatives and effective modalities.” [From Winthrop University Hospital]
  • Become familiar with common eye problems. [The outcome is not measurable, there is no action the learner can take, and there is no context regarding the patient’s condition. Better LO: Screen for eye conditions commonly associated with type 2 diabetes. [From the AAFP]

Additional resource: Guide to Writing Objectives for Continuing Medical Education, from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine: http://casemed.case.edu/cme/documents/learn_obj_jh09-12-05.pdf

File Format Requirements

Your manuscript file, as described in the "Categories" tab, must be in compliance with the requirements noted below. Papers, podium abstracts, posters, panels, and systems demonstrations will appear in the AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium Proceedings. Adherence to the following requirements throughout all categories of submission ensures a consistency that facilitates the review process and proceedings.

IMPORTANT! Submissions that do not meet the following requirements may be rejected without review:

  • File has to be in a PDF format.
  • Be certain to adhere to the font and page length restrictions stated in the category descriptions.
  • Format for 8.5 x 11 inch paper size with one inch margins left, right, top, and bottom.
  • Place the title in 14 point Times Roman typeface, single column, bold, centered, and upper and lower case using initial capitals for each word in the title other than articles and prepositions.
  • Include below the title, the names, credentials, institutions and locations of the author(s) or panelists, exactly as they are to appear in the online and print programs and the Proceedings, using 12 point Times Roman typeface, single column, bold, centered, and upper and lower case using appropriate capitals.
  • Include the main text of the submission single-spaced in 10 point Times New Roman typeface, justified, one-column format.
  • Do not number individual pages.
  • Do not use all caps unless it is an abbreviation.
  • Disable track changes in Word before uploading.
  • Download a sample template

The format of credentials and other author information appearing in the online and printed materials is subject to revision by the AMIA office. It is the responsibility of the first author of each proposal to provide full and accurate information about all authors named.

Reference Format

Bibliography and references must follow the Vancouver Style (see: www.icmje.org/index.html). Use the following reference format: Cite all references in the text, tables, or figure legends. In the text, use eight point superscript if possible to indicate reference numbers; if not possible, use 10 point numbers in square brackets. Under a centered heading “References” at the end of the submission, provide a list of references cited, in order of occurrence in the manuscript, and with titles using initial capital only. References must fit within the allotted page(s). List all authors of any cited work when there are six or fewer authors; if more than six, list only the first three followed by “et al.”

Working Group Submissions

AMIA Working Groups may submit in any one of the categories of submission described in this Call for Participation. Submissions must come from a member of the working group, be sponsored by the working group, and confirmed by the WG Chair, and be clearly identified on the online submission form as a specific working group submission.

Working group submissions are subject to the same submissions and review requirements, deadlines, and processes as all other submissions in each category. Submissions from WGs should be the product of working group activities that have taken place over the course of the year. Acceptance of submissions from working groups is not guaranteed. The AMIA WG Policies & Procedures Manual contains additional details.

Industry Submissions

Industry-authored and industry-client collaborative papers, abstracts, panels, demonstrations, and posters are welcome for submission as described above. No special submission designation is required. All industry submissions will follow the existing review processes.

Scope and Breadth of the Annual Symposium

Thoughtful classification of your submission greatly enhances the quality of the review that it receives. Using the forms below, you will select a topic track and three subject axes reflecting the methods employed, goals or problems addressed, and overall health care domain or venue. This classification helps to ensure that each submission is reviewed by the best reviewers - persons knowledgeable in its content domain. In addition, it helps greatly in the structuring of the sessions, allowing better grouping of papers and presentations by area of interest. For the topic track, generally speaking, contributions emphasizing information science or general methods will be part of the Foundations track, while those emphasizing specific designs or application to healthcare problems should be submitted to the Applications track. We recognize that no classification system is perfect and ask you to use your best judgment in making these determinations.

AMIA 2015 Classification Scheme

FOUNDATIONS -- Axis I

I.A. INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION

FI – I.A.: Controlled terminologies, ontologies and vocabularies
FI – I.A.: Knowledge bases and data models
FI – I.A.: Knowledge representation, acquisition, and management

I.B. INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE PROCESSING

FI – I.B.: Cryptography, anonymization, and other methods for security and policy enforcement
FI – I.B.: Data mining and statistical data analysis, including big data analytics and electronic health records-based phenotyping
FI – I.B.: Identifying, representing, or modeling genomic data
FI – I.B.: Human-computer interaction and human-centered computing
FI – I.B.: Image representation, processing, analysis, and display
FI – I.B.: Information (text and image) storage, representation, processing and retrieval
FI – I.B.: Intelligent tutoring and tailored information representation
FI – I.B.: Methods for integration of information from disparate sources
FI – I.B.: Modeling physiologic and disease processes
FI – I.B.: Natural language processing and Text Mining
FI – I.B.: Networking methods
FI – I.B.: Simulation of complex systems
FI – I.B.: Social Media and mobile technology (mHealth)
FI – I.B.: Temporal and Spatial Reasoning
FI – I.B.: Uncertain reasoning and decision theory
FI – I.B.: Visualization of data, information and knowledge

I.C. EMPIRICAL RESEARCH AND EVALUATION METHODOLOGY

FI – I.C.: Cognitive study (including experiments emphasizing verbal protocol analysis and usability)
FI – I.C.: Classical experimental and quasi-experimental study methods (lab and field)
FI – I.C.: Legal, policy, historical, ethical study methods
FI – I.C.: Qualitative/ethnographic field study
FI – I.C.: Social/organizational study (people and organizational issues)
FI – I.C.: Surveys and needs analysis

APPLICATIONS -- Axis II

II A. INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE RETRIEVAL

AI – II.A.: Digital multi-media/ Image libraries
AI – II.A.: Health Information and biomedical literature: applications for providing just-in-time access
AI – II.A.: Integration of biomedical information from diverse sources (includes automated indexing)

II B. INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE PROCESSING

AI – II.B.: Clinical data standards, interoperability and health information exchange
AI – II.B.: Clinical decision support and guideline systems
AI – II.B.: Diagnostic systems
AI – II.B.: Security and privacy of information systems
AI – II.B.: Surveillance and monitoring systems (includes outbreak detection as well as ubiquitous sensors)
AI – II.B.: Workflow and process evaluation

II C. INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE PRESENTATION

AI – II.C.: Delivering health information and knowledge to the public
AI – II.C.: EHR applications (results review, medication administration, disease progression, and image management)
AI – II.C.: Healthcare quality and safety
AI – II.C.: Implementation, management and evaluation of information systems
AI – II.C.: Mobile health (mHealth), social media and telemedicine
AI – II.C.: Outcomes measurement for specific conditions and patient subgroups
AI – II.C.: Usability testing and human computer interaction

II D. ADDITIONAL INFORMATICS APPLICATIONS

AI – II.D.: Clinical research applications
AI – II.D.: Consumer health informatics (includes personal health records and self-care systems)
AI – II.D.: Education and training
AI – II.D.: Global health informatics/informatics in resource-poor settings
AI – II.D.: Legal, ethical, and regulatory issues
AI – II.D.: Public health and population health: applications that support
AI – II.D.:Translational bioinformatics - applications that support translation of biological knowledge to clinical care