• March 23-27, San Francisco

    2015 Joint Summits on Translational Science

2015 Joint Summits AMIA Town Hall

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

(not eligible for CME)

Join AMIA leaders for an open Town Hall event with updates on AMIA’s precision medicine related activities, President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and Q&A with the audience. 

We want to keep AMIA members informed and brainstorm about how we can continue to leverage the expertise of the informatics community to serve these important initiatives. We welcome your engagement and full participation.

Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI @fridsma
President and CEO, AMIA

Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACMI @bfm
Chair, AMIA Board of Directors
Professor of Biomedical Informatics, and of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Atul Butte, MD, PhD, FACMI
Professor of Pediatrics (Systems Medicine) and of Genetics
and, by courtesy, of Computer Science, of Medicine
(Immunology and Rheumatology) and of Pathology
Stanford School of Medicine

Joshua C. Denny, MD, MS, FACMI
Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD
Associate Director, Bioinformatics
Duke Translational Medicine Institute

The Precision Medicine Initiative Update

In January, AMIA leaders and members were invited to the White House and heard President Obama announce his $215 million investment in the Precision Medicine Initiative. This is a White House and National Institute of Health priority, and has the potential to affect hundreds of millions of Americans. As AMIA continues to serve our translational bioinformatics and clinical research informatics communities, what is our opportunity for getting involved in this initiative?

Finding ways for us to engage the public and leveraging the expertise of AMIA members will be critical to the success of this work. While this initiative is research-based, precision medicine goes beyond the traditional -omics. Precision medicine is about asking the question "what kind of information do I need to more precisely target interventions to improve a person's health?" We can't ask or answer these questions without informatics.

In addition to the President’s announcement, NIH has convened a Precision Medicine Workshop and a series of working groups that will engage experts from government, academe, industry, non-profit, health system providers, and advocacy groups.  The topics to examine include

  • Genomics/PGx/Other omics
  • Epidemiology, population & clinical
  • Policy, Ethics, Law
  • Computer science (mobile platforms, UI)
  • EHRs
  • Measures of the personal environment
  • Health services, implementation, & outcomes research

These groups are expected to address critical issues affecting the Precision Medicine Initiative and EHR-derived health data with the goal to establish a national cohort of 1 million plus individuals.

Other resources

  • New England Journal of Medicine article by NIH Director Francis Collins, MD and Harold Varmus, MD posted today
  • White House Fact Sheet on Precision Medicine Initiative
  • Blog – Precision Medicine Initiative Data Driven Treatments as Unique as your Own Body
  • Infographic