e-News January 19, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Just prior to the start of the upcoming Joint Summits on Translational Science, three tutorials will be offered:

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

TBI and CRI Program Chairs Neil Sarkar and Philip Payne will provide an overview of the Joint Summits and take questions from callers tomorrow, Jan. 20. Get a preview and learn more about the content, speakers, panels, and learning objectives. Call into the teleconference on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. EDT: 877-864-2828; passcode 686612.

Early registration for the Summits ends on Thurs., Jan. 27. Take advantage of discounted rates intended for AMIA members while they last! Advance registration rates start Jan. 27.

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AMIA’s Spring educational event will be held in Orlando this May and is dedicated to public health informatics. Chaired by Barbara Massoudi, MPH, PhD, the event is premised on “Setting the Next Informatics Agenda for Public Health.” The last meeting of this focus was fully 10 years ago! Proposals are open until Feb. 2, so please spread the word on this submission period to professionals working in the public health environment. Submissions are accepted online; more information is at http://phi2011.amia.org/proposals

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The January 2011 edition of the top informatics journal, JAMIA, features more editorial content, including the AMIA President’s Message, from Ted Shortliffe. It is available via open-access online. To read, click here.

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University of California at Davis, will host their 5th Annual Health Informatics Conference, “Change Management and Health Informatics, the Keys to Health Reform,” March 18 in Sacramento, Calif. For more information, click here.

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10x10 Public Health Informatics coursework begins Jan. 28. The University of Utah is offering AMIA’s only public health informatics concentration course. The course is taught by Catherine Staes, MPH, BSN, PhD, a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the School of Medicine, University of Utah. Dr. Staes worked as a public health epidemiologist for 15 years and has numerous publications concerning epidemiology and biomedical informatics. Her research and teaching currently concerns the domain of public health informatics and the development of decision support tools and applications to support surveillance and public health goals.

Other 10x10 courses available:

University of Kansas – Introduction to Health Informatics – course begins Jan. 31

OHSU – Biomedical Informatics – course begins Feb. 9

Look for The University of Illinois Chicago and Nova Southeastern University courses coming in May of 2011.

Please visit www.amia.org/e-learning to register for any of the above courses.

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ONC's Health IT Policy Committee has issued a new request for comments to gather input from stakeholders as it works to develop its recommendations for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use requirements. The committee will then process and analyze the feedback it receives before making its final recommendations for Stage 2 to ONC. More information about the request for comments is available here. Federal Register available here.

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The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Task Force released a “straw model” of the proposed reassignments of current NCRR programs and is seeking comments. For more information, click here. The NIH Scientific Management Review Board has previously issued recommendations to the Director of the NIH regarding the creation of a new center for translational research, being called the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). NCATS would house trans-NIH translational research support and coordination programs currently located within the NIH Director’s Common Fund, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the NCRR. In addition, the new center would include the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN), which was authorized as part of the recent health care reform legislation but has not been implemented yet. NIH has also decided to dissolve NCRR and reassign its programs to other institutes/centers. For more, click here.

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On Jan. 6, FDA released a report containing 19 action items and five draft proposals to improve transparency to regulated industry. FDA is soliciting public comment on the five draft proposals at www.regulations.gov until March 6 (docket number FDA-2009-N-0247). After considering public comment on the draft proposals, the Task Force will recommend specific proposals to Commissioner Hamburg for consideration. FDA will begin to implement the action items in the report in 2011. For more information about this FDA activity, click here. A copy of the report is available here.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has the ability to "query" the electronic health information of more than 60 million people, posing specific questions in order to monitor the safety of approved medical products. This pilot program, called Mini-Sentinel, uses a distributed data network (rather than a centralized database) that allows participating health plans and other organizations to create data files in a standard format and to maintain possession of those files. For more information on the NEJM article, click here.

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The AHRQ Health IT Portfolio’s 2009 Annual Report is now available online. The report is published in both an abridged version and a comprehensive version, available here. The AHRQ National Resource Center for Health IT (NRC) website offers the ability to search the project summaries by various categories under AHRQ funded-projects. Project summaries were also developed for grants which ended in 2007 and updated for projects which ended in 2008. Final grant reports for grants which ended in 2007, 2008, and 2009 are also available at the AHRQ NRC website. For more information, click here.

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Butte AMIA Board member and newly appointed Executive Committee member, Atul Butte, MD, PhD, was recently named the inaugural division chief of the newly created Division of Systems Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine. Beginning Jan. 1, the division was created to reflect increased research interest in using data-driven approaches to improve health and health care. For more information, click here.

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It is sad to inform the AMIA membership that Dr. Shigekoto Kaihara, former IMIA President and Tokyo University professor in Medical Informatics department passed away last week of an aorta aneurysm. The funeral was held on Jan. 17 in Tokyo. Dr. Kaihara had a huge influence on our field, was a close friend to many in the U.S., as well as one of the first international ACMI Fellows, elected in 1998. Please join AMIA in extending condolences to his family and colleagues. Members can feel free to put notes and memories of Dr. Kaihara on the ACMI wiki, found here.

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Jan. 20
Joint Summits Preview Conference Call with Program Chairs,2 p.m. ET

Jan. 27
Joint Summits Early Registration,

Jan. 28
10x10 with University of Utah – Public Health Informatics, deadline.

Jan. 31
10x10 with University of Kansas – Introduction to Health Informatics,deadline.

Feb. 2
PHI 2011 Submissions, deadline.

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

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

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

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

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

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