AMIA e-News 3.21.13 - Faces of AMIA Amar Das/ Clem McDonald/ CHOP Nursing Informatics/Webinars

Thursday, March 21, 2013

AMIA e-News

March 2013 VOL 5 ISSUE 8 

“One of the big challenges is finding hidden patterns in data that reveal how factors over time relate to each other and affect outcome, so I focus on a lot on machine learning and data mining techniques that deal with time.”

Amar K. Das, MD, PhD, is the newest face of AMIA. He holds several positions at Dartmouth and is the Director, Collaboratory for Healthcare and Biomedical Informatics. "I love cooking. I make new recipes for fusion cuisine, and have dinner parties to try them out. I also enjoy traveling to exotic locations, particularly in the South Pacific, Africa, and South America." Das has several papers in the 2011 and 2012 Annual Symposium proceedings. (AMIA members have access to the entire proceedings archive.)

Establishment of Clem McDonald Chair in Biomedical Informatics

The Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute are establishing an endowed chair in Clem McDonald’s honor. The holder of the chair will be responsible for furthering the academic mission in Biomedical and Health Informatics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute, including specifically helping develop the careers of junior faculty members and fellows. Donations to the Clem McDonald Chair in Biomedical Informatics will sustain the level of innovation and collegiality that Clem McDonald embodies. To make a tax-deductible gift please contact Kathryn Red, Indiana University (317) 274-3685 or

Building Better Consumer eHealth

AMIA members Danny Sands, MD, MPH, FACMI and Judy Ozbolt, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FAIMBE, former President of ACMI and nursing informatics pioneer, chaired the ONC Panel from which the report was developed. Based on empirical evidence and the research literature on consumer eHealth, a workgroup of ONC’s expert panel on Unintended Consequences of Health IT and Health Information Exchange has categorized potential unintended consequences associated with consumer eHealth and offered “strategies for success” and “questions for further research” to advance consumer eHealth. The resulting report, Building Better Consumer eHealth: Summary Report of Consumer eHealth Unintended Consequences Work Group, summarizes the literature on the substantial benefits of consumer eHealth as context for understanding the inevitable, even if not always expected, challenges that arise with potentially powerful new health IT targeted at empowering and engaging patients and their caregivers.

CHOP Symposium Nursing Informatics Session

April 26, Philadelphia

Featured Speakers/ Agenda       Registration

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD (via remote broadcast), Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Nursing and Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, Deputy National Coordinator for Programs & Policy, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health & Human Services, Washington, DC

Patty Berkes, RN, MSN, Nursing Informatics Specialist, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Diane Humbrecht, RN-C, MSN, Nurse Director of Innovation and Clinical Excellence, Abington Memorial Hospital

AMIA Launches Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter  in conjunction with Philadelphia Area Informatics Leaders

AMIA is on the rise with the announcement of a new Mid-Atlantic Chapter providing the first regional membership opportunity for informatics professionals and students. The inaugural chapter event kicks-off Friday, April 26, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 6th Annual Healthcare Informatics Symposium. The chapter was approved by the AMIA board of directors on March 19.

“Chapters represent a clear opportunity to strengthen the field and grow AMIA membership. We’re excited to launch our chapter at the CHOP Annual Symposium. We invite everyone to RSVP and attend the reception to hear more about the pilot chapter and our early program planning ideas," said Foltz, Organizing Committee Chair and Vice President Healthcare & Life Sciences, Anexinet.

Organizing Committee: 
Dan F. Foltz, Chair, Anexinet
Prudence Dalrymple, PhD, The iSchool, The Institute for Healthcare Informatics, Drexel University 
Bimal Desai, MD, MBI, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 
Mark Diltz, EdD, MBA, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
John H. Holmes, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Tony Luberti, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Jonathan Sternlieb, MD, Holy Redeemer Health System 
Peter White, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Kick-off reception:  Friday, April 26  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
RSVP by April 18

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

AMIA hosts Clinical Informatics Board Certification
Info/Q&A Session at CHOP

Date;  Friday April 26, 2013
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 
The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, Liberty Ballroom D. Free with registration to 6th Annual Healthcare Informatics Symposium
Speaker: Jeffrey J. Williamson, M.Ed., AMIA Vice President of Education and Academic Affairs


New Webinars: AMIA Webinar Education Center 

Bookmark: Free for AMIA members. $50 for non-members

Webinar April 16 featuring Don E. Detmer

Topic: A Proposal for National Policy Supporting Secure Access to Person-specific Health Data for Quality Life-giving Research
Date: Tuesday, April 16   Time: 2100 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Don E. Detmer, MD, MA, FACS, FACMIProfessor Emeritus and Professor of Medical Education in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia and Visiting Professor at CHIME, University College of London   Video: Morris F. Collen Award 2010   JAMIA article

Round Two: A Discussion-based, Follow-up on Computerized Provider Documentation
Date:  March 17    Time: 1:00 p.m  2:30 p.m. EDT
Speakers: C
atherine Craven, MA, MLS - NLM Fellow; MU Informatics Institute - Chair of the EVAL-WG

Trent Rosenbloom, MD, MPH - Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University

TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Demonstration of the Virtual Learning Environment
Date:  April 23   Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Sally E. Schlak, RN, MBA - Senior Director, The TIGER Initiative Foundation

Clinical Informatics Board Review Course April 12-14 Nears Capacity

The first Clinical Informatics Board Review Course is nearing capacity, but has six remaining seats in the class!  AMIA’s Clinical Informatics Board Review Course is designed for American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Board certified physicians who seek certification in Clinical Informatics. It provides a high-level review of the Core Content of Clinical Informatics on which the exam will be based and helps participants develop a learning map that highlights where physicians need to spend additional preparation time. The American Board of Preventive Medicine will offer the certification exam in October 2013. Application to sit for the exam opened March 1.

Date: April 12– 14, 2013
Place: Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD
Space is limited to first 75 enrollees. Registration open now

Registration for June, August and September live courses will be open by April 1!

Nutrition and Dietetics 10x10 virtual course

OHSU and AMIA have again partnered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to offer a specialized version of the 10x10 course, aimed at DTR’s and RD’s. The content is geared to nutrition and the in-person session takes place at the 2013 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Exposition in Houston, TX from October 19-22, 2013. 

Course begins May 8th, register today and claim up to 54.5 CPEU credits.
View course descriptions and register for 10x10 courses.

Annual Academic Forum Conference

Members of the Academic Forum (AF) will gather for the Annual Academic Forum Conference, May 21 – 22 at the Marriott Nashville at Vanderbilt University.  Designated AF members are invited to attend. Contact Wanda Sheridan, Education Program Coordinator, at with questions about AF membership and eligibility to attend the meeting. Registration
Guest speaker:  Lorraine C. Lewis, EdD, RD, Executive Director, Review Committees for Anesthesiology, Preventive Medicine, Transitional Year, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Public Policy Updates

Children’s EHR Format Announced
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released the Children’s EHR Format Requirements database that provides expert reviewed data requirements for software developers.

ONC and CMS Release RFI on Interoperability and HIE
AMIA seeks volunteers interested in developing an AMIA response. Please contact Meryl Bloomrosen at if you are interested and available to provide input. The RFI deadline for comments is April 21, 2013
AHRQ Releases Toolkit to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
The Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit can help hospitals reduce readmission rates by replicating the discharge process that resulted in 30 percent fewer hospital readmissions and emergency room visits. 
Genetic Alliance Launches Disease InfoSearch
Disease InfoSearch  offers a one-stop shop for information and engagement on more than 13,000 conditions.
ONC Resources for Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals
ONC has launched web pages tailored to meet the health IT needs of Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and small, rural hospitals.
ONC Brief: Health IT in Long-term and Post Acute Care
This brief highlights promising ways in which long-term post-acute care providers are using health IT and information exchange to support care coordination, remote monitoring and quality improvement.   
HRSA Announces Grants to support 37 Health Center Networks 
The grants, totaling more than $18 million in Affordable Care Act funds, will support 37 health center networks made up of health centers across the country.
2013 NIMHD Offers FREE Translational Health Disparities Course
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer. The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland from August 5, 2013 to August 16, 2013. Submit an application via the NIMHD website at .
2014 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
The fellows spend one year in Washington, D.C., January – December, 2014, working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues related to health, the environment or other public health concerns.  

2013 Joint Summits on Twitter #TBICRI13 - Record attendance tops 500!

The Clinical Research Informatics Poster Session I was a packed event. More than 120 CRI posters were featured in Session I and II. 

#TBICRI13 was dominated by 193 participants tweeting the experience. Mini-Tweet Up photo above features @rossmartin @tideliar and @genomegal, three of the Summits' most active tweeters. Kudos to @prpayne5 @atulbutte @carlotorniai @nocx @jessie1023 who dominated the feed. @anirvan was the Tweet Beast of the Summits with 250+ tweets! 

Full stats by Symplur Healthcare hashtag project.  Photos courtesy @tideliar and @genomegal.

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