Due to a number of structural factors not the least of which is the high risk associated with delivery, healthcare is one of the last sectors of the economy to fully implement and benefit from information technology. Over the last twenty years, significant momentum has been generated to help maximize implementation and adoption thanks to the work of AMIA members in both academia and industry.
AMIA members have created trans-disciplinary programs to help translate research findings into optimal and safe utiliation of electronic systems. They have worked as chief medical information officers and clinical product engineers to help introduce innovative product into the marketplace. In recent years, significant public and prive sector investment in innovations to support clinical decision support, electronic health records, clinical research and more have propelled the science of Informatics to the fore. Health Information Technology is complex and AMIA, its members, and its corporate partners are collaborating to understand workforce capacity and professional competency issues, realize improvements in human-centric design and usability, and introduce best practices for health information governance vis-a-vis reuse and public health. The adoption of healthcare information technology is essential for modern healthcare delivery and research to gain greater efficiencies, reduce overal costs, and improve outcomes. AMIA and its members are the Informatics leaders defining the future in healthcare and information technology.