e-News January 27, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Review the advance programs for the upcoming Joint Summits on Translational Science online at http://jointsummits2011.amia.org. Each day’s activities are broken out session by session for the Summit on TBI and the Summit on CRI. The Translational Bioinformatics (TBI) Summit takes place March 7–9 at the Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, followed by the Summit on Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) March 9–11 at the same hotel location. Today is the last day to get the attractive advance registration rate: http://jointsummits2011.amia.org/registration.

Follow AMIA on Twitter to discuss the Joint Summits, #TBICRI2011

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AMIA seeks proposals for posters and partnerships in innovation for PHI 2011: Setting the Next Informatics Agenda for Public Health. This spring meeting will be held May 25-27, 2011, in Orlando, Florida, at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel. Scientific Program Chair Barbara Massoudi, MPH, PhD, and the SPC welcome all proposals at the intersection of public health, informatics, and HIT. There will be multiple tracks and two poster sessions. Keynote speakers include Seth Foldy, MD, MPH, director of PHI and Technology at CDC, and William A. Yasnoff, MD, PhD, FACMI, of Johns Hopkins University. Submission deadline is Feb. 2.

For more information on PHI 2011, click here.
View Dr. Massoudi’s message about PHI 2011 on YouTube.

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The 10 X 10 distance learning course with University of Kansas, Introduction to Health Informatics, begins Jan. 31. The registration deadline is Jan. 28. The course covers foundational informatics, semantic interoperability, decision support, safety initiatives, and the emerging fields of consumer, biomedical, and public health informatics.

Also available:

University of Utah, Public Health Informatics course begins Jan. 28.

The OHSU, Biomedical Informatics Course begins Feb. 9.

Please visit www.amia.org/e-learning to register for these courses.

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This past December, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report entitled “Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans: The Path Forward." The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) subsequently issued a request for comments about the PCAST report and in fact has designated a special work group to review the comments that ONC receives. AMIA’s comments about the PCAST report noted a number of concerns about the report's assumptions and its recommendations; in addition AMIA offered several suggestions for ONC’s consideration and offered to assist ONC as it considers next steps. AMIA's full comments, click here.

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According to a recent announcement in the Federal Register, ONC has decided to extend the period during which it will cover 90 percent of the costs for regional extension centers from two years to four years. Previously, the cost-sharing arrangement was set at 90 percent for ONC and 10 percent for the grantee in years one and two, but then would change to 10 percent ONC and 90 percent grantee in years three and four. According to the Register, in overseeing the ongoing Extension Program, the Secretary of HHS developed concerns that the established cost-sharing requirements may have a negative effect on the program due to national economic conditions. To alleviate these concerns, the Secretary will be seeking bilateral modifications to the grants to alter the initial timeline and cost-sharing requirements as noted above. For more information click here.

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The National Institute of Nursing Research opened a public comment period on Jan. 18 and will close on March 19 to gather input on its strategic plan. Members of the public can provide comments by e-mailing them to, NINRstrategicplan@mail.nih.gov. The strategic plan is scheduled for release in October 2011. For more information, click here.

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The Center for American Progress (CAP) has released a report entitled, “The Role of For-Profit Schools on Training the Health Care Workforce.” The report makes three main observations about for-profit colleges and the health care workforce:

  • For-profit schools are making only modest contributions to training the highest demand health professionals. This is partly due to the very nature of the type of programs for-profit schools currently offer.
  • For-profit institutions are training healthcare workers who may have a hard time finding a job or will only find work in jobs at the lower end of the pay scale.
  • Quality measures now in place make it nearly impossible for students to traverse the maze of health professional education programs to make informed decisions.

The report offers the following recommendations:

  •  Incentivize schools to offer and students to choose health career programs in fields that meet the nation’s future health care workforce needs.
  • Help students choose the best course of health care study that will pay them a good wage: and Improve quality measures to help students make better and more informed decisions.

For more information, click here

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AMIA is charting a new course in informatics and wants to count you in. Be part of the change currently sweeping through health and biomedicine and through AMIA, as well.

As an AMIA member you receive a host of benefits to boost your career and your knowledge of the field. By renewing your membership you will be assured of uninterrupted access to JAMIA, AMIA’s peer-reviewed scientific journal (extra for some memberships); to your weekly update, AMIA E-News; to world-class networking opportunities; educational opportunities; and the opportunity to lock into special rates offered for AMIA meetings, conferences, and educational programs, professional publications, services, and meetings offered by AMIA partners.

To renew your membership, go to Myamia.org and select “Open Invoices” from the left navigation bar. From there, log in and select your open invoice(s) to pay. Your log-in is your current e-mail address. If you’ve forgotten your password, click here.

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AMIA is exhibiting again this year at the HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 20-24. If you plan to attend as a presenter or panelist, please send AMIA the details on what topic you will be presenting (session number, if possible), what day and time so that we can share the information with your AMIA colleagues. Send your information to Communications@amia.org and we will use it in an upcoming edition of E-News. Visit AMIA at Collaborator Booth #8.

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

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.

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

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

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