AMIA e-News 11.1.12 - AMIA Signature Award Winners/Standards Standard/ONC and CMS reports

Thursday, November 1, 2012

AMIA e-News


"I have worked in five different countries: U.S., Canada, Germany, Nepal and Switzerland, where I was posted to the World Health Organization about six years ago and ran a project. Working in these different countries has greatly expanded my horizons."

Ida Sim, University of California, San Francisco, is the newest Face of AMIA. Dr. Sim's research is spotlighted in a highly tweeted article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research on Open M Health, Making Sense of Mobile Health Data: An Open Architecture to Improve Individual and Population-Level Health.

AMIA 2012 Symposium kicks off November 3 - 7

Informatics: Transforming Health and Healthcare is the first AMIA symposium to top 2000+ preregistrants. With 673 papers, posters, panels and presentations featured; a sold-out exhibit floor with 75+ exhibit booths; new Industry Showcase presentations; ONC listening sessions; and a highly anticipated latebreaking session on the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Certification; the attendees will also celebrate the first ever Chicago Informatics Week.

Follow @AMIAinformatics and #AMIA2012 for updates and announcements.

Congratulations! AMIA Signature Award Winners Announced

Morris F. Collen Award Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics New Investigator Award

Nancy M. Lorenzi, PhD, MS, MA, FACMI

Judith J. Warren, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, FACMI

Charles Friedman, PhD

James J. Cimino, MD

Joshua C. Denny, MD, MS

AMIA Standards Standard Launches Fall 2012 issue

Now in the third year of online publishing, The Standards Standard is published twice annually and edited by Dipak Kalra, MD, Clinical Professor of Health Informatics, Director, Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education, University College London. The Fall 2012 issue is now online.

AMIA supports The International Year of Statistics

The International Year of Statistics, Statistics2013, is a worldwide celebration and recognition of the contributions of statistical science. Through the combined energies of organizations worldwide, Statistics2013 will promote the importance of Statistics to the broader scientific community, business and government data users, the media, policy makers, employers, students, and the general public. Statistics2013 flyer.

HL7 Will License Standards for Free in 2013

Health Level Seven International (HL7), which develops interoperability standards for health IT, will make much of its intellectual property, including standards, freely available under licensing terms.

National Institutes of Health EHR deployment team welcomes AMIA CEO

Kevin Fickenscher, CEO and President, AMIA, joined members of the EHR  team at NIH who are involved in supporting deployment. Patricia Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, Deputy CIO and Chief, Clinical Informatics at the NIH Clinical Center invited Dr. Fickenscher to meet the team and learn more about their efforts. Sengstak serves as Regional Director IV on the ANIA board of directors.

AMIA Newest User Group Heats Up: Implementation and Optimization

AMIA members are quickly joining an active group on The group will be gathering informally at AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium  A recent post included sharing this paper from the Journal of Applied Clinical Informatics. The False Security of Blind Dates: Chrononymization’s Lack of Impact on Data Privacy of Laboratory Data, Jim Cimino, NIH Clinical Center.

Check out the threads: Log-in, click the AMIA Communities button, click Communities in the nav bar and select Public Communities to find Implementation and Optimization.

AMIA co-sponsors the 5th Annual Personalized Medicine World Conference

PMWC 2013 is January 28-29, Silicon Valley, California. The meeting provides an opportunity to learn from and engage in dialogue to further the field of personalized medicine. The event brings together CEOs, entrepreneurs, researchers, clinicians, regulators and payers to present the latest progress and next challenges for the implementation of personalized medicine within a framework to address the coverage barriers.

IOM White Paper on Health IT-Related Patient Safety Events

Comparative User Experiences of Health IT Products: How User Experiences Would Be Reported and Used
The paper was authored by participants in an IOM workshop: Christine A. Sinsky, Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans; Jason Hess, KLAS; James P. Keller, ECRI Institute; and AMIA members Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania and Ben-Tzion Karsh, University of Wisconsin. (Karsh passed away August 18, 2012)

Member Exclusive: Town Hall Webinar -- The Future of AMIA: Extending the Reach of Informatics

Now available on featuring Kevin Fickenscher, AMIA CEO and President and Gil Kuperman, AMIA Board Chair. Earlier this year, the AMIA Board of Directors decided to conduct an assessment of its mission and strategic directions. The assessment included a member survey designed to explore the views, interests, priorities and perspectives of members and informatics professionals allied with AMIA. The webinar presents the key findings.

10x10 Virtual Courses -- Earn CME/CEs

Register now for the final OHSU 10x10 virtual course offered in 2012!
10x10 with OHSU begins December 5 and is an Introduction to Biomedical and Health Informatics virtual course spanning 10 weeks.  The goal of the OHSU 10x10 course is to provide a detailed overview of biomedical and health informatics to those who will work at the interface of healthcare and information technology (IT).  It provides a broad understanding of the field from the vantage point of those who implement, lead, and develop IT solutions for improving health, healthcare, public health, and biomedical research.
2013 10x10 Virtual courses now open for registration—many topics and subjects available:

  • Jan. 7       Clinical Research Informatics10x10 with the Ohio State University
  • Jan. 7       Pharmacogenomics10x10 with Stanford University
  • Jan. 7       Interprofessional Health Informatics10x10 with University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • Jan. 28     Health Informatics 10x10 with Kansas University Medical Center

 View course descriptions and register.  

JAMIA Journal Club Webinar November 1

Join Editor-in-Chief Lucila Ohno-Machado and John F. Hurdle, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Utah, online for the next webinar in the series.
Date: November 1, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Topic: Identifying Clinical/Translational Research Cohorts: Ascertainment via Querying an Integrated Multi-source Database
Register today!

Indiana Children's Health Services Research Fellowship accepting applications for entry in July 2014

The fellowship program, funded by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the Agency for Health-care Research and Quality (AHRQ), leverages long-standing, exemplary programs in health services research and medical informatics in the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care to create a training environment for preparing leaders in children's health services research. Stipend commensurate with their PGY rank. Up to $20,000 in research support over two years. Potential applicants should send inquiries by email to aaecarro@iupui.eduDeadline for application is March 1, 2013

CMS Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rule Corrections

CMS published minor corrections to the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rule for the EHR Incentive Programs in the Federal Register.

CMS Posts 2014 Clinical Quality Measures, Electronic Specifications and Resources on Website

Beginning in 2014, the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) will change for all providers. Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology that has been certified to the 2014 standards and capabilities will contain new CQM criteria, and eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) will report using the new 2014 criteria regardless of whether they are participating in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. More...

NAHQ Calls for  Better Reporting of Patient Safety

This report issues a call to action to leaders of healthcare organizations to implement protective structures to assure accountability for integrity in quality and safety evaluation and comprehensive, transparent, accurate data collection, and reporting to internal and external oversight bodies.  More ...  

ONC to Sample Clinical Labs

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) intends to survey a sample of clinical laboratories nationwide to develop a more complete understanding of existing laboratory exchange capabilities. ONC seeks approval to collect key data from a relatively small sample of clinical laboratories nationwide for the Evaluation of the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program. More ... 

TEDMED Seeks Input on Great Challenges in Health & Medicine

TEDMED is working to bring more attention and deeper understanding to the Great Challenges of Health and Medicine -- which are defined as persistent problems that have medical and non-medical causes, impact millions of lives, and affect the well-being of all of America. TEDMED community members are encouraged to add their voices and unique points of view to the 20 Great Challenges and engage in real-time, multi-disciplinary dialog with all members of the TEDMED community, including experts in their related fields.

OIG Includes Meaningful Use in 2013 Reviews

The Office of the Inspector General, will review the EHR Incentive program.They  will identify fraud and abuse vulnerabilities in electronic health records (EHR) systems as articulated in literature and by experts and determine how certified EHR systems address these vulnerabilities. More ... 

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Report

Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing, concludes that to realize the enormous promise that whole genome sequencing holds for advancing clinical care and the greater public good, individual interests in privacy must be respected and secured.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Providing Funding for Fellowship Programs

CDC is offering fellowships in state and local public health departments, and is expanding training programs for existing public health workers, focusing on e-learning. More ... 

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