ACMI 2013 Winter Symposium

Open to ACMI Fellows only.

“What should informatics do to address the healthcare crisis?”

The title and theme of the 2013 Symposium is "What should informatics do to address the healthcare crisis?" Healthcare in the United States is in crisis. Its ailments include: in part, suboptimal outcomes given what we invest; high variability of practice; health disparity and access issues; and unsustainably rising costs. For the US, addressing the healthcare crisis has become a matter of economic and societal survival.

Health information technology (HIT) is often touted as an important remedy for many problems in healthcare. However, business model of biomedical informatics, the "engine of innovation for HIT," is broken in many respects. Informatics is struggling for relevance in a landscape increasingly dominated by other players laying claim to “information.” Much informatics research fails to achieve the end goal of affecting healthcare processes and outcomes in a positive and meaningful way. Successful cooperation and collaboration between informatics and industry on practical applications at the point of care is scarce. The informatics community is fragmented, unnecessarily competitive and without a common vision.

The purpose of this ACMI Symposium is to help informatics begin to reflect critically on what it needs to do to become more effective and efficient at helping address the country's healthcare crisis.

As is the tradition with ACMI Winter Symposium, the program will include ample time for reflections and discussion by the entire group. The official dress code of the 2013 symposium is business casual, including the dinner and activity on Saturday evening.

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Scientific Program Committee

Carolyn Clancy, Enrico Coiera, Milton Corn, Patricia Dykes, Paul Gorman, John Holmes, Blackford Middleton, Danny Sands, Titus Schleyer, (chair), Stuart Speedie, Steve Steindel, Jon White

Preliminary Schedule of Events and Program

Thursday, February 7, 2013
6:00 to 8:30 PM Welcome Reception and Buffet Dinner Room: Salon Del Mar
Friday, February 8, 2013
7:30 to 8:00 AM Continental breakfast Room: Flamingo Foyer
8:00 - 12:30 PM Day 1 scientific session   Room: Flamingo
8:00 - 8:15 AM Opening remarks by Alexa McCray and Titus Schleyer
8:15 - 8:45 AM


Tribute to a founding father of informatics: Homer R. Warner, M.D., Ph.D., 1922-2012 (Alexa McCray)

8:45 - 9:30 Rebooting informatics to save the healthcare system (Trisha Greenhalgh, Blizard Institute)
9:30 – 9:45 AM Break
9:45-10:30 AM Making informatics essential to healthcare by evolving its culture (Blackford Middleton)
10:30 – 11:15 PM Consumer health – A wedge to break the healthcare logjam? (Danny Sands)
11:15 – 12:15 PM Discussion – Making informatics more effective in supporting healthcare (Moderator: Titus Schleyer)
12:30 - 5:30 PM Free time for collegial activities
4:45 - 11:30 PM Optional outing: Vieques Bioluminescent Bay Tour (see )
5:30 - 7:00 PM Hospitality time, dinner on own      Room: Gazebo
Saturday, February 9, 2013
7:30 - 8:00 AM Continental breakfast   Room: Flamingo Foyer
8:00 - 12:00 PM Day 2 scientific session    Room: Flamingo
8:00 - 8:15 AM Introduction to Day 2 (Titus Schleyer)
8:15 - 9:00 AM What industry needs from informatics (Bret Shillingstad, Epic) 
9:00 - 9:45 AM Creating virtuous cycles through academic-industry collaboration (Marc Overhage)
9:45 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 - 11:00 AM Clinical Informatics in the (post-)industrial age (Charlie Safran)
11:00 – 12:00 PM Discussion – Maximizing synergy between informatics and industry (Moderator: Marc Overhage)
12:00 - 6:00 PM Free time/collegial activities
6:00 - 9:00 PM Reception, dinner and activity Room: Las Olas
6:00 - 7:00 PM Reception
7:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner and activity
Sunday, February 10, 2013
7:30 to 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast  Room: Flamingo Foyer
8:00 to 10:30 AM Day Three Scientific Session Room: Flamingo
8:00 - 9:30 AM Closing Panel (Trisha Greenhalgh, Bret Shillingstad, Stewart Speedie, … ) (exact topic to be determined)
9:30 – 9:45 AM Break
9:45 – 10:30 AM Getting the message out: Beyond preaching to the choir (Moderator: Titus Schleyer)
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.

Awards & Recognition

  • NY Times recommends staying at Caribe Hilton when visiting San Juan on a family-friendly winter getaway
  • San Juan voted Best City for winter travel by Travel+ Leisure 
  • Green Globe and Green Key Award Hotel
  • AAA Four Diamond Award Winning Hotel
  • 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner

Room rate: $199 per night single/double plus resort fee

Please do one of the following to reserve your room:

  1. Call 787-721-0303 ext. 2156 or toll-free number 1-800-468-8585. In doing so, request the group rate for 2013 ACMI WINTER SYMPOSIUM. Group Code: ACMA13
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  4. Reservations received after January 17, 2013, or after the ACMI block is filled (whichever comes first) are subject to availability and prevailing rates.