e-News February 10, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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February 2011 VOL 3 ISSUE 6  AMIA Twitter AMIA facebook AMIA Linkedin AMIA Scribd
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AMIA seeks proposals for posters and partnerships in innovation that combine the domains of health information science and technology with the practice and science of public health to assure and to improve the health of populations. AMIA is interested in all proposals at the intersection of public health, informatics, and HIT. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work to colleagues in public health informatics. To submit, click here. For more information about PHI 2011, click here.

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AMIA is hosting a Job Fair at the upcoming Joint Summits on Translational Science to provide a venue in which students and postdoctoral fellows can meet emerging leaders, prospective employers, and Principal investigator. The Joint Summits Job Fair, open and free to all Summit registrants, provides graduate trainees seeking advanced training in TBI and CRI, opportunity to interact with investigators and organizations who can meet their training needs. This event will also pair together young professionals with faculty members looking for postdoctoral fellows.

Students in their final year are encouraged to participate as are faculty members looking for informatics-savvy postdoctoral fellows. Please fill out the RSVP form to sign up and attend the Job Fair, to be held on Bridge Day, March 9. For more information, click here. http://jointsummits2011.amia.org/job-fair

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Following the success of last year's University of Illinois Chicago 10x10 offering that focused on the knowledge and skills required by healthcare professionals when considering the purchase, implementation, and management of an electronic health record, UIC will continue this offering, updating content to reflect activities in the last year since ARRA was enacted. This graduate-level online course requires participants to assimilate concepts and develop critical thinking skills. The course begins May 27, registration deadline is May 7.

Also open for registration:

  • 10x10 with OHSU – course began Feb. 9, but space is still available. Register now.
  • 10x10 with OHSU with the American Dietetic Association – course begins April 13 and is geared towards registered dieticians, dietetic technicians, and other dietetic practitioners.

Please visit www.amia.org/e-learning to register and view course descriptions.

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Public Policy Committee Chair, David Bates, MD, MS, encourages all AMIA members to take the opportunity to make an impact on Capitol Hill Day on April 14. Dr. Bates said, "This is an extraordinarily exciting time for AMIA and informatics, and we encourage every AMIA member to consider being a part of these important discussions on Capitol Hill. AMIA members can present the issues AMIA believes to be most important, and also bring their perspectives and personal stories while meeting face to face with their representatives and staff and hearing about what their issues are."

AMIA will provide all materials including, talking points and preparation tips for Congressional meetings. There is no registration fee, but RSVP is required. If you have any questions, please contact David Padgham at david@amia.org or 301-657-1291. For more information, click here. AMIA Capitol Hill Day FAQ, click here.

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Dr. David Blumenthal announced in a memo to his staff this week that he plans to step down this spring as National Coordinator for Health IT. Blumenthal has led the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) since early 2009. He has been a key force in leading the U.S. efforts detailed in the $27 billion Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was incorporated as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help the nation transition from paper-based health records to electronic records. Blumenthal has plans to return to his tenured teaching position at Harvard Medical School. For more information, read the Kaiser Health News article.

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After 35 years, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) released 25 recommendations to better facilitate the process for market approvals of 510 (k) medical devices. This is in response to public concern regarding the need for improved FDA methods to regulate and effectively monitor new and innovative, low-risk medical devices in an era of rapidly expanding health information technology.

As part of the CDRH Plan of Action for Implementation of 510 (k) and Science, the FDA is considering classifying health information technology into Class I status: devices that do not directly support life, from a Class III: devices that directly support life. This could exempt health information technology (HIT) from premarket approval and good manufacturing practice regulations. The FDA is set to implement the specific actions of the CDRH plan throughout 2011. Public comment is being sought throughout the process. For more information, click here.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced this week that the VA's Innovation Initiative (VAi2) had made awards to four projects that will use innovative new technologies in VA facilities to improve the quality of patient care. The awards went to mVisum, Inc., Agilex Technologies, Inc., MedRed, LLC, and Venture Gain, LLC. VAi2 was created as an initiative designed to identify, fund, and evaluate new ideas from VA employees, academia, and the private sector. For more information about the awards, click here. For more information about the initiative, click here.

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NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and a host of other officials recently provided additional information about NIH’s plan to establish the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), following the publication of misleading information in the mainstream media. In the post, Collins and the other authors state their concern that the media pieces may "suggest that a much larger shakeup of NIH is underway than is actually contemplated." Among other things, the authors reassure stakeholders that the "proposal for NCATS is that it will be assembled primarily from existing programs within the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), the NIH Common Fund, and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)" and that there are no "plans to 'cannibalize' the budgets or programs of other NIH Institutes and Centers to form NCATS." To read the full memo, click here.

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The Clinical Information Systems Working Group began a podcast series, Talking Informatics, at AMIA 2010. Talking Informatics focuses on critically examining "hot" EHR issues in a news panel format and engages a group of diverse panelists in a balanced, lively, and informed discussion of timely Clinical Informatics topics. Each podcast runs about 30-45 minutes. Talking Informatics podcasts from AMIA 2010 are now available online, click here, as well as on iTunes (Keyword: AMIA). If you have questions, please contact Joseph Kannry at Joseph.Kannry@mountsinai.org.

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The College of American Pathologists (CAP) recently announced the hiring of Charles Wagner as Vice President and General Manager of its STS (SNOMED Terminology Solutions™) division. Wagner will lead CAP STS’ professional services capability expansion in the health IT marketplace and help build new and value-added services targeted to CAP members and lead business development in the health IT community. These initiatives will also help support the CAP’s Transformation efforts now underway to foster new and enhanced roles for pathologists as critical members of the patient care team through innovative, evolving health IT. For more information, click here.

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The Journal of Biomedical Informatics (JBI) announces a Call for Papers in the general area of Text Mining for Pharmacogenomics. JBI is inviting submissions for a special issue on the automatic or semi-automatic extraction of relationships between biomedical entities relevant to pharmacogenomics. Accepted papers will focus particularly on methods for the extraction of genotype-phenotype, genotype-drug, and phenotype-drug relationships and the novel use of these relationships for advancing pharmacogenomic research. Submissions are accepted through March 15. For more information, click here.

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CAHIIM has completed a revision of the undergraduate accreditation standards (health information management associate and baccalaureate) which is customary to do every 5 years, and they are now posted on the CAHIIM website for public comment which is the procedure for accreditation agencies, and to inform others and obtain as wide a sweep of stakeholder comments as possible. The deadline for response is March 20. Please click here to access the Standards, revision timetable and other important information.

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Feb. 9
10x10 with OHSU – Biomedical Informatics, deadline.

Feb. 20-24
HIMSS-Attend AMIA-sponsored symposia; visit AMIA at Collaborator Booth #8, Orlando, Fl.

Feb. 21
AMIA offices closed in honor of Presidents' Day

Feb. 22
Registration opens for PHI 2011

Feb. 22
PHI 2011 Submissions, deadline.

Mar. 7-9
Joint Summits on Translational Science, TBI, San Francisco.

Mar. 9-11
Joint Summits on Translational Science, CRI, San Francisco.

Mar. 10-13
American Medical Students Association Annual Convention, Visit AMIA at Table #6, Washington, DC

Mar. 17
Submissions deadline for AMIA Annual Symposium 2011

Apr. 14
Capitol Hill Day

May 25-27
PHI 2011: Setting the Next Informatics Agenda for Public Health, Orlando, Fl.

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