2015 ACMI Winter Symposium

Open to ACMI Fellows only.

Learning all the way from genes to the globe: The grand challenges for informatics across the continuum

Scientific Program Committee Chair: Leslie Lenert

Health care and biomedicine continue to evolve creating new challenges for the field of informatics. Advances in genetics are leading to precision medicine and tailored therapies for particular diseases. Patients have access to more information about themselves and their health than ever before. The rapid adoption of electronic health records has changed in how health care is delivered and managed, but also created new challenges in provider-patient communication, safety, and analysis of resulting "big data." The pipeline for research and translation of good ideas into practice continues to be stretched to keep pace with the data and the policies.

At this ACMI winter symposium, in collaboration with the new CEO of AMIA, the College will focus on contributing its vision of the future of informatics to the field and to AMIA. We will lay out the new "grand challenges" for the next five years in a brainstorming and visioning session that will provide input into strategic discussions that the AMIA Board will undertake in March.  Using the Learning Health System (LHS) as a framework and extending LHS concepts into the basic sciences, we will identify the unique informatics challenges within each type of LHS and scale, and as well as the cross cutting critical problems that span LHS domains and scales. Discussions will seek to characterize where LHSs are fractal-like (where techniques and methods work across scales) and where LHSs are quantum-like (where systems require unique approaches at each scale.)

What are the specific challenges that the field of informatics and AMIA need to address? In the basic sciences, we will look at different scales and foci for discussion from the 10^14 connections in the human brain to the 10^9 base pairs in the human genome, to the 10^6 numbers of small molecules known to affect human physiology, to 10^3 human diseases to the combined overall impact on one patient, informatics can provide a multiscalar, methodologically-based view to looking at the problems that are common and cross cutting across different areas. Our approach to the applied sciences will move in parallel in a multiscalar way, from individual patient (10^0) to a clinical practice (10^3), to population and public health (10^6), to clinical and translational research intended to create knowledge that is applicable to (potentially) the global population (10^9); and will discuss the wide range of consumer, EHR, public health and clinical and translational challenges, as well as their common underlying informatics problems, that also should lay at the nexus of AMIA’s revised agenda.

ACMI fellows have the expertise to inform AMIA's vision and to help guide its future. Join us this year in beautiful Puerto Rico to contribute your part. Our agenda is focused on thoughtful collegial discussions over two days, with a final half-day session devoted to summarizing and identifying overall priorities for the informatics community. We look forward to an interesting and challenging meeting of the College designed to both synthesize the field at a critical time and inform AMIA Board strategy sessions on the future of the organization.

Registration Fees

  • Fellow/International Associate: $660
  • Guest: $460 
  • Young Adult (11 – 21 years old): $220 
  • Child (<=10 years old): Free

Preliminary Schedule of Events and Program

Thursday, February 19, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 PM – Welcome Buffet Dinner (Room: Salon del Mar)

Friday, February 20, 2015

7:30 – 8:00 AM Continental breakfast (Room: Flamingo Foyer)

8:00 – 12:30 PM Day 1 Scientific Session (Room: Flamingo)

8:00 – 9:30 AM Genes, Molecules and Diseases

9:30 – 10:00 AM Break

10:00 – 12:30 PM Patients and Practice

12:30 – 5:30 PM Free time for collegial activities 

1:00 – 5:00 PM Optional outing:  El Yunque Rainforest

5:30 – 7:00 PM Hospitality Time (Room: Oasis Garden)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

7:30 – 8:00 AM Continental breakfast (Room: Flamingo Foyer)

8:00 – 12:30 PM Day 2 Scientific Session (Room: Flamingo)

8:00 – 9:30 PM Patients and Practice

9:30 – 10:00 AM Break

10:00 – 12:30 PM Population and Public

12:30 – 6:00 PM – Free time/collegial activities

6:00 – 9:00 PM – Reception and Dinner (Room: Palmeras)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

7:30 – 8:00 AM – Continental breakfast (Room: Flamingo Foyer)

8:00 – 10:30 AM – Day 3 Scientific Session (Room: Flamingo)

8:00 – 10:30 AM  Discussion

  • How should AMIA adapt to support the multiscalar research/LHS?
  • How should academic health systems adapt to support this new model of research and learning?

10:30 AM – Adjourn

Hotel Information

Caribe Hilton

1 San Geronimo Street
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

Resting on a beautiful peninsula in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Caribe Hilton San Juan hotel is one of the island's luxury hotels. Set in 17 acres of exotic gardens, the hotel is ideally located – just a short drive from old San Juan and the Condado area. It's also just 15 minutes' drive from Luis Muñoz Marín Airport. Enjoy panoramic ocean, lagoon or garden views from your room or relax in a hammock on the hotel's secluded beach, unwind with spa treatments at Olas Spa and cool off from the Puerto Rico sun in the oceanfront swimming pools and whirlpools.

Room rate: $219 per night single/double

Online reservation link is available here. external link AMIA guarantees room rates and availability in the hotel block until January 19, 2015 or until the block is filled, whichever comes first. After that the rooms are subject to availability and prevailing rates.