e-News April 5, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012
April 2012 VOL 4 ISSUE 13  AMIA Twitter AMIA Linkedin AMIA Scribd

AMIA Education/Events Policy & Government Affairs Member News
Jeffrey Williamson, AMIA’s Vice President of Education and Academic Affairs, will provide details to physicians interested in seeking the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty credential in a special presentation at the 5th Annual CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Healthcare Informatics Symposium, April 27 at 7:30 am. Registration information for the symposium can be found here. The symposium features sessions from some of the leading experts in the field of healthcare informatics.
This breakfast presentation is open to all and will include:
  • a brief description of the domain of clinical informatics and the types of individuals and activities commonly undertaken by informatics professionals
  • the effort to develop clinical informatics as a medical subspecialty
  • detailed information to physicians about the anticipated timeline and eligibility requirements for the board examination
  • proposed work on an Advanced Interprofessional Informatics Certification credential (for other clinical and non-clinical-professionals) and other relevant work undertaken by AMIA in this area
There will be ample time for discussion and questions from the audience. 

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NI 2012 Student volunteers willing to work at the 11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, June 23-27, in Montreal, in exchange for free registration (this does not include travel, hotel or meals), may submit an application by clicking here . Student members accepted into the program will serve as room monitors at tutorials, workshops, panels and scientific sessions. To qualify, each student member volunteer must agree to monitor six session slots during the course of the symposium. You MUST provide proof of your current student status, such as a letter from your university or a copy of your current student ID, to qualify for the program.
The deadline to submit your application is May 4.

10x10 The University of Minnesota School of Nursing 10x10 course is directed to both a generic overview of nursing and health informatics, and the specific application of information and communication technologies in the clinical area. The primary focus is on the analysis, modeling, standardization and development, and deployment of the electronic health record and safe exchange of patient data. This course examines the implications of informatics for practice, including nursing, public health and healthcare in general. It will discuss electronic health record issues, relate ethical, legislative and political issues of informatics, and explore global and future informatics issues. This course is intended for nursing or other healthcare professionals, health science majors or computer/engineering professionals with an interest in health informatics.
Registrants can claim up to 56.18 ANC credits and/or 67.4 MBN credits. The course begins April 9.
Also available through the 10x10 program:
  • 10x10 with OHSU in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – begins April 25
  • 10x10 with Nova Southeastern University (NSU) – Survey of Biomedical Informatics – begins May 7
  • 10x10 with University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) – Patient Safety and HIT – begins May 25
  • 10x10 with OHSU in conjunction with the American College of Emergency Physicians - begins June 27
To view course descriptions and to register, please visit the 10x10 course website

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AMIA and Philips Healthcare are hosting their third free CDS webinar event titled: “Decision Support for Mechanical Ventilation,” at 1 pm (EDT), Wednesday, April 18, presented by Dr. Adam Seiver, VP and Chief Medical Officer for Philips Hospital Respiratory Care. The webinar series is hosted by Dr. Joe Frassica, Philips’ chief medical information officer and senior consultant at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
This hour-long session will discuss how the modern mechanical ventilator is a sophisticated life-saving device, but managing it around-the-clock for a patient with severe respiratory failure is a challenge for even the best critical care teams. Adjusting the ventilator is difficult because it involves complexity, dynamics and uncertainty—the big three cognitive challenges for any type of decision making. Mechanical ventilation is thus a natural area for computer-based clinical decision support (CDS).
Follow this link to register for this free event: Decision Support For Mechanical Ventilation Webinar. The webinar will be recorded and available for future viewing.
Also, please stay tuned for more information regarding the fourth webinar in this series, featuring Dana P. Edelson, of University of Chicago Medical Center where the topic will be Early Warning Scores and predictive algorithms.
Click here for additional information.



Obama Administration Unveils "Big Data" Initiative

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), along with other federal departments and agencies, created the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative” to improve our ability to use data for scientific, discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education and national security. The government agencies and departments that are committing more than $200 million to the effort are: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; National Institutes of Health; National Science Foundation; and U.S. Geological Survey. For information about BIG DATA, click here

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The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on the ethical issues raised by the availability of large-scale human genome sequence data, with regard to privacy and data access and the balancing of individual and societal interests. The Commission is looking for comments relating to the policies, practices and perspectives on issues of privacy and data access as they relate to the integration of large-scale human genome sequencing into research and clinical care, including patient access. Additional information is available here.

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ONC Announces Availability of Health IT Teaching Materials

ONC announced that an enhanced set of 20 curriculum components is now available free to the public. To obtain the materials, click here to set up a profile and download the components. 

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications for Round 9 of the “Grand Challenges Explorations” initiative, a $100 million grant program to encourage innovation in global health and to develop research. For more information, go to grandchallenges.org. Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2012.

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Register now for the first in-person meeting of the National Quality Forum’s eMeasure Learning Collaborative, Best Practices in eMeasure Implementation, scheduled April 26, 2012. The meeting will offer an opportunity for healthcare stakeholders to learn more about development, implementation and advancement of electronic quality measurement. Click here for more information.

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1000 Genomes Project Data Available on Amazon Cloud
The National Institutes of Health and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the availability of the world's largest set of data on human genetic variation — produced by the international 1000 Genomes Project . Cloud access to the 1000 Genomes Project data through AWS

AMIA recently launched its new online communities for all working groups. Here are a few tips to help you navigate your new working group communities. 
  • Login to Update – It’s important for you to login to communities.amia.org using your AMIA login in order for any changes to take effect. Changes are pushed automatically at midnight every night, but if you want those changes to take effect immediately, you must login to the communities site.
  • Designating an Alternate E-mail Address – For those members who have e-mail alias issues or simply like to send from more than one e-mail, you have the opportunity to designate an alternate e-mail address. Go to communities.amia.org, click to your profile and select the “Edit Community Settings” button. Then you will be able to enter an alternate e-mail address that you can use to send messages to the WG listservs.
  • Adding/Removing Working Groups – Your list of working groups exists on your AMIA profile. This is the list the online communities platform uses to determine which working groups you can view and send messages to. To add or remove working groups, simply visit your AMIA profile. Remember to login to communities.amia.org for any changes to take effect.
For more information on the new platform, click here or e-mail Rob Rader at rob@amia.org 

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