AMIA 2016 Program Themes

AMIA 2016 will be organized around the following themes:

  • Achieving Meaningful Use: Promoting the successful and effective development, implementation, and evaluation of Electronic Health Records as the nation works toward "meaningful use" of these systems.
  • Clinical Informatics: 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: 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 Implementation: Clinical information technology implementation and use related to a variety of organizational or person-centered issues including ease-of-use, workflow, and patient safety.
  • Consumer Informatics and PHRs: Research related to patient-facing technologies--such as Personal Health Records (PHRs), symptom tracking, fitness trackers, etc. Includes efforts to understand the consumer perspective and design technology to improve the patient’s experience.
  • Data Interoperability and Health Information Exchange: 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 Science: Research and applications of data science in all areas of health and biomedicine, including visualization and exploration of large data sets, data mining, modeling and analytics approaches, technologies to scale to large datasets, and use of simulations to model complex healthcare and health phenomena.
  • Global eHealth: 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: Includes 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, and evaluations of image-based systems.
  • Informaticians, Innovations, and Entrepreneurship: Brings 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 Education and Workforce Development: 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.
  • Informatics in Health Professional Education: Information technology in health professional education and the teaching of informatics as a discipline.
  • Human-computer Interaction and Human Factors: Compelling designs, usability, innovative interactive technologies, and studies that improve our understanding of social, organizational, and human elements of health technologies.
  • Mobile Health: Covers mHealth, Web 2.0, social media, telehealth/telemedicine, Quantified Self, and related topics.
  • NLP, Information Extraction and Retrieval: Use of natural language processing, and information extraction or retrieval to increase the amount of usable data and information from existing patient-generated texts, clinical patient records, and the biomedical literature.
  • Policy and Ethical Issues: Highlights the unprecedented national HIT activity and ethical considerations posed as more practitioners and the public interface with these technologies.
  • Public Health Informatics and Biosurveillance: 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.
  • Terminology and Standards Ontologies: 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: Opportunities in biomedical informatics that arise from the storage, retrieval, analysis, and dissemination of molecular and genomic information in a clinical setting context.