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AMIA Education/Events Policy & Government Affairs Member News
2012 Joint SummitsSave up to $100 by registering for AMIA’s Joint Summits on Translational Science, March 19-23, by 11:59 pm EST tonight!
To preview the 2012 Joint Summits program, please view the 2012 itinerary planner. Click here for rates and other details about the hotel, Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!
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AMIA is pleased to make available a special offer to institutions that routinely send large groups of attendees to the Summits. This offer applies to the registration for the TBI Summit, the CRI Summit, or both. For every 10 registrations from a single institution, AMIA will issue one complimentary registration. A query of the attendee roster from the 2011 Joint Summits demonstrates there are several institutions that qualify, so we encourage informatics training programs and institutions to organize their group. Contact Dasha Cohen at dasha@amia.org for more information.

AMIA 2012 The AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium will continue its 36-year tradition of scientific leadership in informatics Nov. 3-7 in Chicago. To view the 2012 Symposium website, read the Call for Participation, and find a link to the submission site. Click here for more information.

10x10 Enroll in the University of Alabama Birmingham’s 10x10 course, which begins March 1. This virtual, web-based course provides an overview on IT’s role in improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery.
Also available through the 10x10 program:
  • 10x10 Oregon Health and Science University – begins March 28
  • 10x10 with University of Minnesota School of Nursing – begins April 9
  • 10x10 with OHSU in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – begins April 25
  • Coming soon, registration will open for 10x10 with University of Illinois Chicago and 10x10 with Nova Southeastern University.
To register or view course descriptions, visit AMIA's 10x10 homepage. 
JAMIA Journal Club Join JAMIA Editor-in-Chief Lucila Ohno-Machado and guest authors Adam Wright, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Senior Medical Informatician, Partners HealthCare and Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and David Bates, MD, MSc, Senior Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, online to discuss: “Improving completeness of electronic problem lists through clinical decision support: a randomized, controlled trial”.
Advance registration is required for this free webinar, which begins at 3 p.m. EST, March 1. To register and view archived presentations, vist the JAMIA Journal Club. AMIA members and non-members are welcome to participate! 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule creating a new credentialing and privileging process for telemedicine services that is expected to increase use by hospitals. The final rule permits hospitals receiving telemedicine services to rely on credentialing and privileging information from a distant-site facility. Click here  to learn more.
Also, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted an Advisory Opinion concluding that a health system's proposal to enter into arrangements to provide neuro-emergency clinical protocols and immediate consultation with stroke neurologists via telemedicine with certain community hospitals would not lead to administrative sanctions. Click here to learn more.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks the help of vendors to supply their existing electronic health records so the agency can conduct research on the systems to develop procedures for measuring and evaluating their usability. NIST wants to develop performance-oriented user interface design guidelines for EHRs as a framework for assessing the usability of EHRs, according to the agency. NIST may also examine relevant instructions, documentation and EHR error messages. For more information, click here

The Health Data Initiative is calling for submissions for its Forum III, June 5 and 6, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event promises to bring together a diverse group of data experts, technology developers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, health care system leaders, and community advocates to support innovative applications of health and health care data. For more information and to register, visit the 2012 HDI Forum information site. A complete website with registration and meeting details will be available in early March.

The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy released a document summarizing a workshop held July 2011 that explored ways in which health literate communication techniques can improve communication to potential enrollees. The workshop focused on lessons learned from existing exchanges, the effect of exchanges on consumers, the relevance of health literacy to the exchanges, and the current best practices in developing materials and communicating with consumers. This document summarizes the workshop.

AHRQ created a manual, “Developing and Running a Practice Facilitation Program for Primary Care Transformation: A How-To Guide,” that provides information on how to start and run a facilitation program to work with primary care practices on quality improvement activities. For more information click here.

Professor Enrico Coiera, AMIA Member and ACMI Fellow, blogged about his recent experiences using the social media tool Twitter in a new BMJ Blog. In his blog entry, Dr. Coiera set to determine if social media could be turned from “distraction to instruction” by describing the skills required to obtain a PhD in 20 tweets. His entry can be found here. Dr. Coiera is the Director of the Centre for Health Informatics at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation for the University of New South Wales in Australia.


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