AMIA e-News 1.10.13 - Kevin Johnson - D&I PAR Webinar - CIS Certification - DOL Credentials Forum

Thursday, January 10, 2013

AMIA e-News

January 2013 VOL 5 ISSUE 1 

Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, FACMI, is the newest Face of AMIA

Since the first time I thought about being a physician, I was aware of the challenge physicians had managing all the information they needed to do a good job. … I think it’s going to be very important for our field to have a new generation of leaders who are going to be able to continue to evolve health care using information technology and using decision making.

Dr. Johnson has 25 years of experience and is currently the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor & Chair of Biomedical Informatics, Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University. He points to a paper published in Pediatrics, “(It was a) big study that we did about using a computer program called Clic Tate, which was a documentation system that was in use at Hopkins in pediatrics for at least 10 years.  Computer Based Documentation: Effect on Parent Provider Communication During Pediatric Health Maintenance Encounters.

Joseph Kannry, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center Enterprise Davis Award 

AMIA member, Joseph Kannry, MD, Lead Technical Informaticist, Epic Clinical Transformation Group, is a proud team member from Mount Sinai Medical Center, organizational recipient of the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award. The Mount Sinai Hospital, is a 1,171-bed tertiary and quaternary care teaching facility. In 2011, nearly 60,000 people were treated and with approximately 1M million outpatient visits. Read case studies.
“I was a member of that team from the beginning of the project through now. As a long time Clinical Informatician I was able to bring Informatics science into the project wherever it was needed most. It was truly a team effort and I was proud to be a part of it,” said Kannry. He is also the Chair, AMIA Clinical Information System Working Group.
AMIA Career Center Spotlight: NLM
Did you know that jobs posted to AMIA’s Career Center automatically feed to the Official Group of AMIA LinkedIn page? Bookmark job search on and join the Official AMIA LinkedIn group.

Dream Job? National Library of Medicine: Head of Medical Subject Headings

Registration and Hotel Rooms Open for
Joint Summits on Translational Science TBI-CRI

Register online! Early bird deadline is February 7.  March 18-22, San Francisco

Hotel Registration: Click to reserve your room online.The room rate is $214 plus tax per night single/double. Hotel information Reserve today: Please refer to AMIA-American Medical Informatics Association to receive the group rate. Keynote Speakers

Ross Martin, MD, MHA, named AMIA Vice President of
Corporate Relations and Business Development

Dr. Martin joined the AMIA headquarters staff in mid-December.  A long time AMIA member, Dr. Martin was a Specialist Leader for Deloitte Consulting and led the Deloitte-AMIA Health Informatics Industry Maturity Survey project. He brings both corporate and consulting experience from years with Pfizer and Bearing Point. Dr. Martin will support the Industry Advisory Committee activities and broaden AMIA connections in industry, government and nonprofit arenas. Congratulate him by email or 202-697-3077.

Northeastern University

Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Certification Exam Date Oct. 7 - 18, 2013 

The first examination for certification in the subspecialty of Clinical Informatics will be offered from October 7-18, 2013. The American Board of Preventive Medicine confirmed that it will be a one-day, multiple choice examination administered at Pearson VUE Professional Centers throughout the United States and several International sites.

10x10 Virtual Courses January 2013

Kickstart your virtual learning for 2013 with the following 10x10 courses that are completely online! Earn CME/CEs. Register for any course.   Excellent optional prep courses to help candidates refresh prior to the AMIA Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Certification Exam Preparation Program. 

Space still available in all classes. (Started January 7)

  • Clinical Research Informatics course – The Ohio State University Description
  • Pharmacogenomics course – Stanford University Description
  • Nursing Informatics course – University of Minnesota School of Nursing Description

Coming up!

  • January 28 – Survey of the Field of Health Informatics, Kansas University Medical Center. Description.  
  • March 12 – The Role of IT in Healthcare Delivery, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Description.

Webinar Jan. 31: Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research PARs

Topic: The Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research PARs which are supported by 14 NIH institutes, as well as the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, are being re-issued.  This webinar addresses the changes and is an opportunity for discussion among interested investigators.  Ask questions and discuss issues related to the application process and re-issued program announcements.
Speakers:  Dr. David Chambers, Ross Brownson, Chair of the NIH D&I Research in Health Study Section, will be on the webinar to reflect on the review process.
Questions contact Peyton Purcell,  
Date:  Thursday, January 31, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

  • Call the conference line #: 1-888-791-0639 (toll-free) or 1-210-234-9648 (toll) for audio connection
  • Enter the Participant Passcode: 3580846 followed by # sign
  • View the slides for the call, click on (or copy and paste into your browser) the following web log-in link:  
  • This link should automatically connect to the meeting, if not, the Confirmation # is RW3301304 and the Passcode is 3580846.

Reminder: Renew 2013 Today. AMIA membership officially expired December 31.

2013 ACMI Winter Symposium: 
What should informatics do to address the healthcare crisis?

February 7-10, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The 2013 Winter Symposium of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) meeting is open to ACMI fellows and the body is seeking input and suggestions from AMIA members.  What critical issues should be discussed?  Where is informatics falling short in its potential to positively affect healthcare? Please e-mail Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, program chair, with suggestions

AMIA 2012 Symposium CME/CEs

Credits are available for AMIA 2012. Attendance earns 27.75 credits. Tutorial and Pre-symposia-only attendees earn 3, 6 and/or 9 credits.

  • Click here for instructions. Scroll to the bottom. Disclosures are also available. CME site (MyAMIA) works best with IE 8 or above version and Chrome, Firefox. 
  • Once you have applied for CME/CEs as instructed above, LOG OUT to confirm the process in the database.
  • To print out certificate: Log back in. Go to ‘My Profile.’  Click on the ‘AMIA Activities’ tab. Click ‘download’ under the ‘My CME’ section.

AMIA Collaborates with AcademyHealth:

National Health Policy Conference

AMIA is partnering with AcademyHealth to convene two special sessions at the National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), Washington, February, 4-5, 2013. AMIA is helping develop a plenary session entitled “Health Information Technology and National Health Policy Moving Forward” and a breakout session on EHR Usability. More information. The conference convenes administration officials, congressional leaders, clinicians, and industry executives who will share their insights on the 2013 policy agenda and how it translates to care.

Agenda: Confirmed Speakers include AMIA members

Jacob Reider, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Paul Tang, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

In case you missed it ... 

CES 13 News: FCC chair Julius Genachowski announced plan to improve conference wifi -Forbes 

2013: The Year of Digital Health - Forbes

A Glimpse of the Next 100 Years in Medicine; authored by AMIA member, Isaac S. Kohane, MD, PhD, and Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD, and Edward W. Campion, MD. N Engl J Med 2012; 367:2538-2539 > December 27, 2012 > DOI: 10.1056/NEJMe1213371

AHIMA/ACMCS join forcesL AHIMA welcomes the more than 500 members of the American College of Medical Coding Specialists (ACMCS), who have voted to dissolve their organization and join forces with AHIMA.

CHIME-HIMSS 2012 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year - James Turnbull, FHIMSS has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Turnbull is Chief Information Officer at the University of Utah Health Care (UUHC). 


2013 TEDMED Speakers announced

  • Christopher J.L. Murray: What does a $100 million public health data revolution look like?
  • Deborah Estrin Biometric apps - can there be too much of a good thing?
  • Elazer Edelman: The Big Bang in Medicine and Engineering - will the knowledge explosion actually hurt innovation across disciplines?
  • Elizabeth Marincola: With open access, who translates medical research?
  • Isaac Kohane: How can every clinical visit be used to advance medical science?
  • John Maeda How can design principles lead to more discovery and better treatment?
  • Larry Smarr: Can you coordinate the dance of your body's 100 trillion microorganisms?
  • Peter Attia: Is the "obesity crisis" just a disguise for a deeper problem?
  • Sue Austin: When is a wheelchair an ultra-light submarine?
  • Susan Desmond-Hellmann: Can we innovate better by throwing out our favorite tools?

AMIA 2012 Health Policy Invitational Resources

Health Data Use, Stewardship and Governance: Ongoing Gaps and Challenges. Materials from the December meeting are available. 

Patient advocate, Regina Holliday, blogs and paints AMIA Health Policy meeting

JAMIA Student Editorial Board Applications Due February 15

JAMIA is seeking applications from biomedical informatics trainees for positions on the Student Editorial Board (SEB). Details about this program may be found in a published editorial in JAMIA.  A goal of the program is to improve all of these skills through experience and mentorship, and several full JAMIA Editorial Board members initially served as SEB members during their training.  More information on

  • Direct questions via email to Michael F. Chiang, MD, JAMIA Assistant Editor,
  • Send application before February 15, 2013 via email to


NQF 2013 Annual Conference
“The Next Decade of Performance Measurement: Meeting the Needs of a Rapidly Changing Healthcare System“
March 7-8, 2013, Washington Hilton, DC

Health care policy and delivery have changed considerably in the ten years since NQF endorsed its first performance measures, and the American health care system is at a crossroads. This year’s conference will focus on the future of performance measurement, capturing the experiences of those who contribute to each domain.

PM 2013
Population Health is Good Medicine: Improving the Health of People from the Clinic to the Community.
Phoenix Scottsdale, February 20-23
Salud America!
ACPM-AJPM Scientific Research Symposium

Preventive Medicine 2013, the annual meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine. The meeting will present state-of-the art research and innovations in four major areas: Population Health Practice, Clinical Preventive Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine Practice, Technology and Informatics; and Medical Quality.

Public Policy Updates & Reports

HITRUST Healthcare Data Breach Report
Analysis of U.S. healthcare data breaches from 2009 to the present is available in the HITRUST report "A Look Back: U.S. Healthcare Data Breach Trends."  Download the full report: PDF – large file

HHS: Mobile Device Privacy US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), online portal "Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information," is available.Tips, fact sheets, posters, and videos to help providers lock down private information.

CMS, ONC Revise Final Rules for Meaningful Use 2
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT once again have issued changes to the final rules implementing Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program.  PDF download. Large file, not recommended for mobile viewing.

Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3. The Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) has issued a request for comment on MU Stage 3. Comments are due to ONC by January 14. AMIA’s Public Policy Committee conducted a webinar as part of ongoing activities to obtain member input to AMIA’s formal response.  Members may also submit their own comments directly to ONC.

ONC Draft Health IT Patient Safety Plan.   ONC has released for comment the Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan. Open for public comment through February, 4.

E-Reporting via Electronic Health Records.  CMS has published a request for information (RFI) as part of efforts to help hospitals use electronic health records to automatically report patient data required to meet clinical quality standards. (QRDA) Comments are due by February 22.  . 

2013 Health Data Palooza IV Submission Portal Open
The submission portal for participating in the 2013 Health Datapalooza IV, June 3-4, 2013, is now open. Deadline for submission of materials for consideration to be a speaker or an exhibitor is April 5, 2013. 

Funding Opportunities

HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration has announced plans to distribute $1.9 million for the creation of six telehealth resource centers. 

PCORI Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research PCORI.  Letters of Intent Due January 15, 2013. PCORI will award $12 million for up to 14 contracts in this inaugural cycle.

DOL Launches Credentials Forum to identify the key credentials that employers look for when making hiring decisions. Piloting four industry sectors -- Advanced Manufacturing, Utilities, Healthcare Practitioner & Support, and Information Technology.   

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Fresh Fickenscher Files Blog
AMIA President and CEO, Dr. Kevin Fickenscher, blogs bi-weekly on The Fickenscher Files. Foodies check out the Weekly Whisk. Follow Dr. Kevin @MDKev

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