Working Group

OpenMRS: Open-source EHR and support for patient care in low income settings

OpenMRS is a leading open source EHR system implemented in more than 60 low or middle income countries, providing support for the treatment of HIV, MDR-TB, oncology, heart disease and primary and inpatient care. OpenMRS grew out of a collaboration between AMIA members starting at Medinfo 2004. In this talk, presenter Hamish Fraser will outline briefly the history of the project, the current scale of the use of OpenMRS and the range of health care areas supported. He will also discuss the evidence base on clinical impact from OpenMRS, and future directions. 

Pharmocogenetics, Clinical Avatars and Predictions of Personalized Medicine

This webinar will present a general approach, mathematical model and computational method to predict clinical efficacy of genetic discoveries using 'clinical avatars' to conduct simulations of the effect of genotypes on risk, diagnosis and treatment. Clinical avatars are individual medical data records produced from a stochastic model and statistical parameters developed to reflect actual patient populations. Clinical variables (clinical, prescription, and genetic) used in the model were derived from examination of published warfarin prediction and decision support algorithms.

Predicting Suicide Attempts and Suicide Deaths Using Electronic Health Records

Suicide accounted for nearly 45,000 deaths in the United States in 2016. Unfortunately, tools currently used to predict an individual’s risk of a suicide attempt or dying by suicide, such as brief self-report measures, have only moderate accuracy. Speaker Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, was the lead author on a paper published online on May 24, 2018, in the American Journal of Psychiatry in which Dr.

Open-Source NLP Platforms in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges

One of the major barriers to leveraging EHR data for clinical and translational science is the tremendous unstructured or semi-structured clinical narratives remain unparsed and underused. As demonstrated by large scale efforts such as ACT (Accrual of patients for Clinical Trials), eMERGE, and PCORnet, using EHR data for research rests on the capabilities of a robust data and informatics infrastructure that allows the structuring of clinical narratives and supports the extraction of clinical information for downstream applications.

Challenges and Opportunities in Studying Health IT Implementation: Understanding People, Processes, and Practices

The author Paul Auster once wrote, “The truth of the story lies in the details.” While medical informatics often focuses on the technical details of health information technology (IT) implementation, the actual story of implementing health IT is much deeper and more nuanced. People and process components are often critical drivers in the implementation and adoption of new health IT systems, as both research and experience demonstrates.

Implementation Science and Health Informatics: Mutual Benefits

The purpose of this webinar is to learn about mutually beneficial intersections between health informatics and implementation science, a discipline that studies the translation of evidence into routine practice to achieve sustained improvements in health outcomes. Participants will learn about both sides, from the use of health informatics tools in implementation science, to implementation science strategies for better adoption of health information systems to improve health care.

FAMIA Applied Informatics Recognition Program: NIWG Q&A

This webinar will provide an additional opportunity for NIWG to learn about the FAMIA Applied Informatics Recognition Program and ask questions about the application process.  This is in addition to an AMIA-wide webinar the prior day.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discern if they may qualify for FAMIA status
  • Better understand the process of applying for FAMIA recognition

Speakers Information

Sarah Collins, RN, PhD 
Jeff Smith, MPP


Report from Workshop on Sociotechnical Interventions for Health Disparity Reduction

This webinar is brought to you by a number of AMIA working groups. These working group co-sponsors include, Clinical Information Systems Working Group, Clinical Research Informatics Working Group, Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Working Group, People and Organizational Issues Working Group, and Consumer and Pervasive Health Informatics Working Group. 

Forging a Path to Nursing Informatics Leadership within AMIA

Nursing Informatics Leadership within AMIA is crucial to its mission, continued growth and vitality.  The Nursing Informatics Working Group (NIWG) identified the need to develop future nurse leaders within AMIA as part of their 2017 strategic plan. This webinar builds upon the AMIA NIWG member meeting Panel Presentation that was held in the Fall of 2017. It is intended for individuals who are seriously considering advancement to leadership roles within AMIA.


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