e-News February 17, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Registrants at the Joint Summits on Translational Science can look forward to a number of stimulating and topical presentations during their midday repast. TBI and CRI ‘Lunch-and-Learn’ sessions are on the menu at lunchtime during the Joint Summits:

March 7—IDBS presents:

► Lung Genomics Research Consortium (LGRC): Building a Translational Research Portal to Improve the Molecular Understanding of Lung Disease, with moderator Mick Correll, Associate Director at the Center for Cancer Computational Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Learn about the LGRC portal, a revolutionary new way to support collaborative research in the genetics of chronic lung disease: project requirements, solution design, and commercial and open-source tools utilized to construct the system.

March 8—TransMed Systems presents:

► Realizing Translational Medicine—A Success Story. TransMed will demo key applications their customers have implemented to optimize their work: Cohort Explorer, which enables investigators to identify and group cohorts of patients with similar characteristics or outcomes; BioClinical Analyzer, which helps investigators analyze retrospective data to discover markers; followed by codification and application of the marker on new patients.

March 9—Forte Research Systems, Inc. presents:

►Creating Communities of Practice—Beyond Technology, a panel featuring Tahsin Kurc of Emory University (grid-based data federation); Rob Wynden of University of California-San Francisco (linking multiple SOA and data warehousing platforms); and Griffin Weber of Harvard (semantic Web technologies and research networking). Moderated by Tony O’Hare, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Forte Research Systems.

March 10—Recombinant Data Systems presents:

► Connie White Delaney, Director of Biomedical Health Informatics and Associate Director, CTSI-BMI at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, who will discuss Translating Strategic Initiatives into Informatics Tools – Building Administration and User Buy-In, and;

► Iain Sanderson, CMIO of Health Sciences South Carolina, who will discuss HSSC’s Research Permissions Management System, a unique new approach and toolset for capturing, managing, and using patient consent data that facilitates IRB- and HIPAA-compliant data-sharing across an entire organization.

Summits registrants will receive reservation forms for these events closer to the meeting dates. Please, when reserving for a ‘Lunch-and-Learn’ session, consider it a commitment to attend, so that we can minimize waste and accommodate all who wish to attend.

Advance registration at attractive rates ends on Feb. 24. Register today to be included in the Lunch-and-Learn program, the Job Fair, and unmatched programming at both the Summit on TBI and the Summit on CRI. Follow discussion of the Joint Summits on Twitter! Use hashtag #TBICRI11.View the updated programs for TBI and CRI!

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UMN School of Nursing will offer its next 10x10 course beginning April 11. Registration is now open. The goal of the UMN-School of Nursing 10x10 course is to examine the implications of informatics for practice, including nursing, public health, and healthcare in general. It will discuss EHR issues; related ethical, legislative and political issues; and explore global and future informatics issues.

Also available:

10x10 with UIC – Biomedical and Health Informatics Course Through the Lens of the ARRA Stimulus Bill – Course begins May 27, registration deadline is May 6.

10x10 with OHSU in conjunction with the American Dietetic Association – Course begins April 13 and is geared towards registered dieticians, licensed dieticians and other dietary technicians.

Coming soon: Nova Southeastern University will be offering its 4th 10x10 course, begins in May, registration and details coming soon.

For more information, click here.

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AMIA members converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, once a year to engage their elected Representatives and Senators—and their staff—in substantive conversations about the future of informatics in biomedicine and health and to provide updates and offer help on any related issues of interest to those toiling in our country’s legislative body. Be part of the solution to stepped-up communication with Congressional staff and elected officials—Join AMIA on April 14 in the nation’s capital!

Sign up to participate and have a great day in Washington! Go to https://www.amia.org/2011-capitol-hill-day and register!

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's "PCAST Report Workgroup" met this week in Washington, DC, to synthesize and analyze public comments and input on PCAST's recent health IT report and assess any implications the PCAST report might have on current and future ONC work and strategies. Created under the auspices of ONC's HIT Policy and HIT Standards Committees, the workgroup is led by Paul Egerman (chair) and William Stead (vice chair). For more information, click here.

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AMIA’s Public Policy group has introduced the AMIA Biomedical and Health Informatics Public Policy Internship Program to encourage student participation in informatics public policy initiatives. AMIA welcomed its first public policy intern this week. Jae Wah is a graduate student in the Health Care Management program at Marymount University, Arlington, Va. and is an active registered nurse. He began his semester-long internship on Feb. 9. AMIA Policy Analyst Yvette Bolla, MSN, RN, coordinates the newly launched program and serves as Jae Wah’s primary staff mentor. AMIA plans to expand this program: information and applications for summer and fall internships will be announced later this year.

AMIA Vice President for Policy and Government Relations Meryl Bloomrosen explains why the new program is an important growth step for AMIA and its members. “Involvement in public policy, government relations, and advocacy campaigns at the national level is essential to the success of AMIA’s overall mission. This program helps AMIA extend its reach by creating a new avenue for development of future policy leaders in biomedical and health informatics.”

Contact Yvette or Meryl for more information: Yvette@amia.org, or Meryl@amia.org

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the opening of the 2011 Industry Innovation Competition to identify, fund, and evaluate promising innovative technology proposals to improve the quality of health care for Veterans. The competition is part of VA’s Innovation Initiative (VAi2), a department-wide program that solicits the most promising innovations from employees, the private sector, non-profits, and academia to increase Veterans’ access to VA services, improve the quality of services delivered, enhance the performance of VA operations, and reduce or control the cost of delivering those services. Up to $100 million in grant awards are possible in this competition. For more information, click here.

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At the request of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the IOM will examine the rationale and feasibility of incorporating work history information into patients’ electronic health records. NIOSH seeks to ensure meaningful use of occupational information in electronic health records by 2015, which will require it to demonstrate feasibility by 2013. For more information, click here.

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the launch of the beta version of a new online tool that allows the public to track U.S. progress in innovation. The R&D Dashboard is a new website that helps users document and demonstrate the impacts of Federal investments in research and development (R&D). The website provides a look at U.S. Federal Investments in R&D from two agencies over a decade -- the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) -- from 2000 to 2009. For more information, click here.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently created an e-mail list (or listserv) about its Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The list is an additional source of information about the programs, and will include reminders of deadlines, registration and attestation updates, and details about the payment process. For more information, click here.

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Two new white papers have been released by ONC on “Data Segmentation In Electronic Health Information Exchange: Policy Considerations and Analysis” and “Consumer Consent Options for Electronic Health Information Exchange: Policy Considerations and Analysis.” The white papers are a result of an ONC award to George Washington University to conduct research and analyze key privacy and security legal and policy questions presented by the adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange. For more information and to read the full reports, click here.

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Velos will be joining AMIA as an emerging technologies partner and will be a sponsor of the CRI Working Group in 2011.

  • Velos is a trusted platform for clinical research and specialized medical records.
  • Velos products are used by customers to manage all aspects of clinical research, and in medical specialties to manage distinctive, complex medical records. 
  • Velos delivers its products both for customer installation and as services on the Internet.
  • Solutions from Velos include: Velos eResearch for clinical trial management, data capture, budgeting, and billing; Velos eIRB and Compliance solutions; Velos eSample for bio-specimen collection, tracking, and repository management; Velos eSP for integration; and Velos specialty solutions in solid organ transplant, cell transplant, dialysis, and cardiology, among others.
  • Founded in 1996, Velos is privately held with headquarters in Fremont, California.

Visit www.velos.com to learn more about this important corporate partner. 

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AMIA exhibits at the upcoming HIMSS conference, Feb. 20-24, in Orlando, Fla. Meet AMIA staff at Collaborator Booth #8 located in the West Building Lobby C. We will also be exhibiting at the Nursing Informatics Symposia which will take place Saturday, Feb. 19 from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 20 from 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., room 312B in the Orange County Convention Center. In addition, several AMIA members will be visible at the conference. Support your fellow AMIA colleagues at the following sessions and posters:

David E. Milov, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Nemours, will present Mission Enabled EHR: Comprehensive, Integrated Care - Every Patient, Every Day (Session #106), Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1-2 pm.

John Sharp, MSSA, PMP, Manager, Research Informatics, Cleveland Clinic, will present Social Media in Health IT—Rapid Dissemination and Collaboration, Social Media Center, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 12:30-1 pm.

Shannon Sims, MD, PhD, will present a poster: Use of EMR Data to Calculate Emergency Medicine Physician Performance.

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In June, a group of biomedical society publishers met in San Francisco at a symposium hosted by the BMJ Group (JAMIA’s co-publisher along with AMIA) to discuss issues specific to societies and their publishers, including falling library budgets, emerging technologies, and competition for authors.

In addition to trust and respect between society and publisher, AMIA President & CEO Ted Shortliffe noted that “one of the challenges for publishers is to make clear what value they add.” For the full Symposium report, click here.

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Darlene Vian, the student services administrator for Stanford Medical School’s biomedical informatics training program since 1980, passed away on February 9 after a long illness. Darlene was a familiar face at AMIA meetings and largely responsible for the esprit and positive experience that two generations of graduate students enjoyed in the Stanford program. First recruited as Ted Shortliffe’s assistant, Darlene discovered that working with students was her calling. She continued in a leadership role at Stanford for 30 years. Appreciated by students for her cheerful disposition, wonderful hospitality--she frequently feted groups of students and faculty in her home--and deep concern for each of them as individuals, she was beloved to all and will be greatly missed. Darlene is survived by her husband, Brian McCune, three grown children, several grandchildren, and a large extended family.

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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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