e-News February 3, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

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The AMIA Annual Symposium on Biomedical and Health Informatics is scheduled nearly a month early in 2011! Please reserve Oct. 22-26 to attend the Symposium in Washington, DC. We are pleased to announce that NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins will keynote the Symposium at the opening session.

The Call for Proposals is now public. There are three new guidelines:

  1. Both paper and student paper manuscripts may now range in length from five pages (or less) to 10 pages (max), including figures and references.
  2. Elimination of the two-column format. Figures and tables need to be placed as close to the corresponding text as possible and not at the end of a manuscript.
  3. There is a new theme called Interactive Systems to attract contributions that highlight human-computer interaction (HCI) research, compelling designs, or innovative interactive technologies, including those that improve our understanding of the social and human elements of health technologies.

See the full AMIA 2011 Call for Participation at www.amia.org/amia2011. Submissions are open until March 17.

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Before jumping into the Joint Summits on Translational Science, choose to attend one of three TBI tutorials, taught by experts in a smaller-group environment:

Introduction to Translational Bioinformatics
Presented by Atul Butte, Stanford University

Ontology Services for Translational Research in the i2b2 Workbench
Presented by Shawn Murphy, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Nigam H Shah, Stanford University

Statistics Concepts for Translational Researchers
Presented by Michael G. Walker, Stanford University

Find details for each of the tutorials online: http://jointsummits2011.amia.org/tutorials

Don’t forget to reserve your room at Parc 55 Hotel San Francisco. Reservations received after Feb. 11 or after the block has been filled (whichever comes first) are subject to availability and prevailing rates. Click here to reserve.

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Register now for the 10x10 course with University of Kansas, “Introduction to Health Informatics,” or the 10x10 course with University of Utah, “Public Health Informatics.” Both of the courses have just begun, but still have a few spaces available. Click here for more information.

Also available:

10x10 with OHSU – course begins Feb. 9.

Registration will open on Feb. 2 for the UIC course, as well as the OHSU course offered in conjunction with the American Dietetic Association. This course is tailored towards registered dieticians and registered dietetic technicians.

For more information, click here.

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This year AMIA's annual Capitol Hill Day will occur on April 14. This event is your chance to visit and educate your elected U.S. Senators and Representatives about biomedical and health informatics issues. You are invited to travel to Washington, DC, to participate in pre-arranged meetings with your legislators and Congressional staff. AMIA’s Capitol Hill Day typically runs between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please note: additional details will be available as the event date approaches. For complete information and to register, please visit http://www.amia.org/2011-capitol-hill-day.

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recently announced additional funding for its ongoing regional extension centers (REC), health information exchange (HIE), and community college programs. ONC is providing an additional $32 million to the RECs to help accelerate outreach to healthcare providers. Meanwhile, ONC is providing $16 million through the new HIE Challenge Grants, as well as $32 million for community colleges in second-year funding to support the programs that are training many new health IT specialists needed to ensure rapid adoption and meaningful use. For more information, see the letter from Dr. David Blumenthal announcing the new funding here.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public input to nominate non-Federal Health and Healthcare Data Sets and Applications for Listing on Healthdata.gov. The move is aimed at making more data available to help developers create innovative tools, reference sets, dashboards, and electronic data visualization methods that can serve to provide context and understanding to complex health and healthcare data. For more information, click here.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking input as it works to modernize its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), the software that provides the VA with a fully automated health information system to support the needs of patients, clinicians, and administrators. The current system comprises more than 100 applications utilized at 157 VA healthcare facilities and 887 ambulatory care and community-based outpatient clinics nationwide. An open-source development model has been proposed for VistA modernization, and the VA has issued a solicitation for expert advice to guide these changes. For more information, click here.

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The Markle Survey on Health in a Networked Life uniquely compares the core values of physicians and patients on deployment of information technology in healthcare. The Markle survey found that majorities of the U.S. public and doctors share many of the same hopes for advancing health through information technology (IT). Responding to parallel surveys at a time when significant healthcare policy changes were being debated and implemented, the public and doctors overwhelmingly agree on key requirements for information technology to increase the quality, safety, and cost-efficiency of care, as well as core privacy protections. For more information, click here.

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Policy-makers hope that the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs), organized groups of physicians, hospitals or other providers jointly accountable for caring for a defined patient population, can improve healthcare quality and efficiency by changing how patient care is delivered. The National Institutes of Health Care Reform (NIHCR) report examines infrastructure (including HIT), arrangements, organizational structures, and care-delivery models similar to what ACOs might constitute. For more information, click here.

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Former AMIA President and CEO Don Detmer and AMIA member Ida Sim, MD, PhD, University of California San Francisco, recently taught a workshop at the 36th Annual Conference of the Alliance for CME in San Francisco. The program, “Informatics Boot Camp with AMIA and MedBiquitous,” addresses the nationally recognized need for everyone engaged in healthcare—from education to healthcare delivery-- to be knowledgeable and competent in their understanding of how informatics affects and improves the quality of healthcare. Speaking about the value of the Drs. Detmer’s and Sim’s presentation, Jann Balmer, President of the Alliance for CME, said, “This expansion of the Alliance’s focus reflects changing expectations and the needs of an increasingly complex healthcare environment in which we all work. Continuing education needs to be fully embedded in the improvement of healthcare; it serves as a foundation for the science and approaches needed by physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and all healthcare professionals.” If you are interested in providing an AMIA-sponsored workshop to an audience seeking informatics content, please contact Jeff Williamson, Vice President of Education and Academic Affairs, jeff@amia.org.

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

Feb. 20-24
HIMSS-Attend AMIA-sponsored symposia; visit AMIA at booth, Orlando, Fl.

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

Feb. 22
Registration opens for PHI 2011

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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