e-News February 24, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011


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The greatest depth of experience and knowledge within AMIA lies with Fellows of the American College of Medical Informatics, known as ACMI. The College comprises elected Fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics. You can hear a special presentation by a group of ACMI Fellows at the Joint Summits on Translational Science, on Bridge Day, March 9—a day designated to emphasize the spectrum of science that both TBI and CRI span. The panel will discuss Integrating Genomic and Clinical Data in Electronic Health Records and Biomedical Repositories: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities.

Start time is 10:30 a.m.

The panel includes ACMI President Jim Cimino of NIH; JAMIA Editor-in-Chief Lucila Ohno-Machado of UC San Diego; Peter Tarczy-Hornoch of University of Washington, immediate past chair of the 2010 Summit on TBI; Shawn Murphy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Partners HealthCare; Henry Lowe, Stanford University; Elmer Bernstam, University of Texas at Houston; and Riccardo Bellazzi, Università di Pavia.

For more information about the Summit, click here. The final day to take advantage of advance registration rates is today, Feb. 24.

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PHI 2011: Setting the Next Informatics Agenda for Public Health is a national meeting on public health, targeted to professionals in the public health sector and students interested in organic collaboration, participation in thought leadership and consensus on the future of public health informatics. The conference will feature keynote presentations by Seth Foldy and Bill Yasnoff, “state of the art” informatics innovations in public health practice, posters, and two-days of consensus work with attendees in breakout sessions. This meeting marks the 10th anniversary of AMIA's 2001 meeting that provided the first forum for public health professionals interested in informatics. CME/CE credit is available for this meeting, to be held in Orlando, Fla., May 25-27. PHI 2011 is chaired by Barbara Massoudi, MPH, PhD, senior research health scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Health IT at RTI International, Atlanta.

PHI 2011 will include key thought and opinion leaders from informatics and public health, including:

  • Biomedical informatics professionals working in the field of public health
  • Faculty at Schools of Public Health and their students
  • Professionals focused on populations and prevention
  • Public health professionals in federal, state, and community agencies
  • Industry and business innovators
  • Global health professionals
  • Policy and funding directors from federal and philanthropic organizations 

Multiple tracks will be presented, including:

  • Ethics, Track Chair: Kenneth Goodman
  • Technical Framework, Track Chairs: Lisa Lang, Shaun Grannis, and Paul Fu
  • Professional Training and Workforce Development, Track Chairs: Janise Richards, Kathleen Miner, and Edward Mensah
  • Research and Evaluation, Track Chairs: John Holmes and Anne Turner
  • Sustainability, Track Chairs: David Potenziani and Ivan Gotham

Registration for this event is now open, click here.

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AMIA co-sponsored and collaborated in the organization and presentation of several key symposia at HIMSS11 in Orlando, Feb. 19-20, including Nursing Informatics, Usability, and Secondary Use of Data. Following is a wrap-up of these topics of special interest to AMIA members:

Nursing Informatics

A decade after release of the ground-breaking IOM report, “Bridging the Quality Chasm,” the Nursing Informatics symposium addressed how informatics has contributed to inroads in quality. AMIA Policy Analyst Yvette Bolla, MSN, RN, who attended the event, summed it up:

“The symposium was a unique and powerful blend of high level legislative issues affecting the practice of nursing, along with an exciting collection of presentations on new clinical applications developed from a nursing perspective. The event blended the multi-faceted nature of the nursing professions, representing all levels of participation in the field. It was a phenomenal opportunity to meet current and future leaders in the field.”

Secondary Use of Data

Ken Goodman, PhD, FACMI, University of Miami, and chair of the AMIA Ethics Committee, presented, “Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Secondary Use of Data.” This session was related to content recently released by the AMIA Ethics Task Force Report, adopted by the AMIA Board as its position on the “hold harmless” clause often used by HIT vendors. Ken presented the legal and ethical considerations that need to be considered as public and private sector organizations continue to design systems that enable secondary use of health data for applications in clinical, public health, biomedical, policy, and health services research areas.

Seth Foldy, MD, MPH, Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office at CDC, presented, “Integrating Public and Population Health with Clinical Data: The Promise of Intelligence and Insight.” Dr. Foldy’s session investigated the opportunities and challenges surrounding the integration of a diverse array of public health activities and entities with EHRs and health information exchanges. Dr. Foldy will be a keynote speaker at AMIA’s upcoming spring meeting, PHI 2011: Setting the Next Informatics Agenda for Public Health, in Orlando, May 25-27.

AMIA Vice President of Corporate Relations and Development Jonathan Grau made the closing remarks at the session. Said Grau, “Thanks to contributions from key AMIA members, a few hundred HIMSS symposia attendees learned about the benefits of improved clinical health information exchange to public health, the importance of usability for optimal use of Health ICT, and the role of nurse informaticians in meaningful use. It was a value-add for those who attended.”

Other AMIA members involved in HIMSS11 content include:

Patricia Abbott, PhD, RN, BC, FACMI, FAAN, Director, PAHO/WHO Center for
Informatics, John Hopkins School of Nursing, NI 2012 Organizing Chair
and longtime AMIA contributor;
Floyd Eisenberg, MPH, MD, FACP, SVP of Health Information Technology, National Quality Forum;
Dan Foltz, Director, Health Informatics, Computer Sciences Corporation, Chair of AMIA’s Industry Advisory Council;
Charles Friedman, Chief Scientific Officer, Office of the National Coordinator;
Shaun Grannis, MD, MS, FAAFP, Director, Principal Investigator, DRI-ICE, Regenstrief Institute;
Robert Kolodner, MD, Chief Health Informatics Officer, Open Health Tools, Inc.; and
Dean Sittig, MS, FACMI, PhD, Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center.

See all the symposia topics here.

Editor’s note: AMIA likes to promote its members’ activities and visibility, so please send us news when you are presenting, publishing, or have research or other content online that you would like to share with the AMIA community. Send news to: Communications@amia.org.

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Submissions for the AMIA Annual Symposium, Oct. 22-26, 2011, in Washington, DC, are now open.
Full descriptions of the process, the categories for submissions are online. Proposals will be accepted until midnight ET on March 17, 2011. For more information, click here. 

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University of Illinois at Chicago will offer its next 10x10 course beginning May 27. This course, titled Biomedical and Health Informatics Course Through the Lens of the ARRA Stimulus Bill, focuses on biomedical and health informatics curricula. Students will work with their peers and faculty from many healthcare disciplines, following the success of last year's UIC 10x10 course 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 update the content to reflect national activities of the past year, since ARRA was enacted. Registration deadline for this course is May 6. For more information, click here.

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On Feb. 23, AMIA’s Vice President for Public Policy, Meryl Bloomrosen, addressed the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) at their Advanced Public Policy Institute for Health Professionals (PPI). Attendees gathered in Washington, DC, to learn more about the Washington decision-making process. Bloomrosen's presentation, titled Health IT and Informatics Policy: Challenges and Opportunities, provided participants with information about key legislative and regulatory issues facing health professionals. The ACNP is a national, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to ensure a solid policy and regulatory foundation to enable Nurse Practitioners to continue providing accessible, high quality healthcare to the nation. ACNP’s membership consists of individual nurse practitioners, as well as national and state NP organizations. For more information, click here.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a Notice of Final Determination finding that Cignet Health of Prince George’s County, Md., (Cignet) violated the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HHS has imposed a civil money penalty (CMP) of $4.3 million for the violations, representing the first CMP issued by the Department for a covered entity’s violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. For more information, click here.

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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) have posted a challenge – “Go Viral to Improve Health: IOM-NAE Health Data Collegiate Challenge” – to spur undergraduate and graduate students to transform health data into effective, innovative new apps to engage people in various communities, to promote action, and to improve health and healthcare. The challenge calls on students pursuing degrees in engineering, computer science, and health disciplines to work in interdisciplinary teams to transform health data into new mobile apps, online tools or games, or other innovative products that can improve health at the community level. Winning teams will have the chance to share their innovative technologies at the Health Data Initiative's next forum – an annual gathering of software engineers, developers, and health leaders – in June. The challenge can be found here.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report providing guidance to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aimed at reducing duplicate requirements in two of its programs that pay incentives to healthcare providers who use health information technology. The report also counseled CMS to reconcile parts of the two programs that are similar but inconsistent to ease the reporting burden for participating physicians. To see the full GAO report, click here.

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Please join us for AMIA Capitol Hill Day on April 14, 2011. As a participant in Hill Day, you will be provided with everything you need to be successful, including background materials, talking points, and preparation tips for your meetings with Members of Congress. We encourage every AMIA member to be a part of these important discussions. Your role at Capitol Hill Day 2011 is inextricably intertwined with the overarching issues facing us. AMIA staff are available to work with you every step of the way. If you have questions, please contact David Padgham, david@amia.org. For more information and to register, click here.

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PhilipsPhilips Healthcare has become an AMIA Enterprise Partner. Philips’ focus is to help their customers simplify clinicians’ workflow, improve financial outcomes, and ultimately, help improve and save lives. Philips excels at putting clinical intelligence to work. With patient care and clinical informatics solutions that touch patients directly, the company draws on an ever-expanding body of knowledge to provide smart clinical decision-support solutions. Intelligence, interoperability, mobility and telehealth empower informed clinical decisions, drive productivity, streamline workflow, and improve the bottom line. For more information, visit www.philips.com/healthcare.

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Michael Bakerman, MD, was named the CMIO at UMass Memorial Health Care System. Dr. Bakerman will oversee and advise on the Cornerstone project implementation and clinical processes at UMass Memorial. The Cornerstone project was created in order to reduce variability in processes and workflows across the system. To address these issues, the project will implement common patient clinical practices and financial systems. In his new role, Dr. Bakerman is also responsible for the development and deployment of a system-wide integration strategy for affiliated and independent ambulatory physician practices. To read more, click here.

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Dr. Daniel R. Masys, MD, FACMI, chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, will retire at the end of the current academic year. Dan has been at Vanderbilt since January 2005, and has served on the AMIA Board of Directors, as former President of ACMI, as past Scientific Chair for the TBI Summit, on the JAMIA Board, as well as in many other capacities. In announcing his plans, Dan explained, “Now is a good time to transition the administrative leadership of the department to colleagues who can build upon Vanderbilt’s tremendous momentum in informatics.” To read more, click here.

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AMIA member J. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD, FACMI, was appointed Chief Medical Informatics Officer of the Siemens Health Services business unit. In this position, Dr. Overhage will be responsible for clinical informatics and for advising on long-term product strategies. Before being hired by Siemens, Dr. Overhage founded the Indiana Health Information Exchange where he serves as president and CEO. He's also the Director of medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. Dr. Overhage will start his new position March 28. To read more, click here.

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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 6
Deadline to Register for UIC 10x10

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

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