e-News March 29, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge program is now accepting submissions for the “EHR Accessibility Module Challenge” and will be hosting a webinar for interested participants at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 4. Individuals with disabilities constitute 19 percent of the population 5 years and older, yet account for over a quarter ($400 billion) of all health expenditures. Accessibility and usability in health IT are high priority issues for the disability community. The “EHR Accessibility Module Challenge” tasks multi-disciplinary teams with creating and testing a module or application that makes it easy for disabled consumers to access and interact with the health data stored in their EHRs.
Submissions are due on Monday, July 23, 2012. Prizes will total $85,000. For more details on the challenge and webinar, please visit the “EHR Accessibility Module Challenge” website. 

NI 2012 Start building your NI2012 schedule with the Itinerary Planner now available online. This easy-to-use tool will help manage your time in Montreal so you won't miss any thought-provoking speakers, panels or discussions.
If you haven’t registered, visit the Congress website now as the last day of advanced registration is May 17. Tweet with us -- #IMIANI2012.

10x10 Space is still available for the 10x10 with OHSU course that began March 28. This course provides a detailed overview of biomedical and health informatics for professionals who will work at the interface of healthcare and information technology (IT). Students will gain a broad understanding of the field from the vantage point of people who implement, lead, and develop IT solutions for improving health, healthcare, public health, and biomedical research. The course provides up-to-date details on current events in the field, including the "meaningful use" of electronic health records specified by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, also known as the economic stimulus package). 
If you are looking for a Nursing Informatics-specific 10x10 course, sign up for the 10x10 with University of Minnesota School of Nursing! This course begins April 9 and will examine the implications of informatics for practice, including nursing, public health, and healthcare in general. The instructor will discuss electronic health record issues, relate ethical, legislative and political issues of informatics, and explore global and future informatics issues. The course will evaluate the impact of informatics on the roles of nursing, other health care professionals and the consumer. Students will learn to describe policy ramifications of computerized information systems, including data integrity, ethical implications, legal requirements, and professional practice standards, trends, and issues.
Also available through the 10x10 program:
  • 10x10 with OHSU in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – course begins April 25
  • 10x10 with Nova Southeastern University – course begins May 7
  • 10x10 with UIC – Patient Safety and HIT Course – begins May 25
To view course descriptions or to register, please visit the 10x10 website.

JAMIA Journal ClubJAMIA Editor-in-Chief Lucila Ohno-Machado and guest author Leslie Lenert, MD, MS, FACMI, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah, will discuss Lenert’s article, Shifts in the architecture of the Nationwide Health Information Network, during a webinar at 3 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 5. Join us to gain insights from Lenert. Participation in the Journal Club is cost-free to AMIA members and non-members. Please register by clicking here.  

The National Library of Medicine will sponsor a free webinar to train software developers how to tap into publicly available data covering drugs, medical literature, clinical trials, consumer health information, molecular biology and much more. The webinar is from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10.

Federal officials are challenging developers to design Web-based applications that use Twitter to track health trends in real time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) issued a developers’ contest called Now Trending - #Health in My Community. The online challenge runs through June 1, 2012. Click here for more information.

The National Academies released a book titled, Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care. The book focuses on finding ways to mitigate the risks of health IT-assisted care and identifies areas of concern so that the nation is in a better position to realize the potential benefits of health IT. For additional information, visit the Academies website.

The Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care and Blue Shield of California Foundation announced a joint workshop on measuring progress toward better care, lower costs and better health for the nation's population. The workshop will be held in November 2012.
The IOM also released findings of its study on clinical and translational applications of high throughput experimental science (“Omics”). For more information, click here.

The TEDMED group will gather April 10-13 at the Kennedy Center in Washington to discuss 50 proposed Challenges in cutting-edge technology. The community will then engage in a year-long series of lively national discussions designed to generate broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of each Challenge that can set the stage for truly effective action. Via Live Simulcasting in locations across America, each of the 11 Main Hall Sessions can be live-streamed to your auditorium in HD from professionally produced, multi-camera, high definition feeds. For more information, click here

The Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program (TRCGP), which supports the establishment and development of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRC), is accepting applications until April 20 for its upcoming funding cycle. Grants will support two national TRCs: one will focus on providing specialized technical assistance in telehealth technology; the other will focus on policy issues such as: physician and nurse licensure, credentialing and privileging, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and private insurance payment policies. Click here for more information.

In yet another sign that CRI is on the rise, AMIA members Rachel Richesson and James Andrews are the co-editors of a new textbook published by Springer titled Clinical Research Informatics. Drs. Richesson and Andrews explain the focus of the text is on “clinical research informatics without being diverted into areas covering actual clinical practice” along with “extensive coverage of the intersection between clinical research, data standards, and information science.” The book contains chapters from several AMIA members and is considered a primer for further study of CRI.


AMIA Defines Biomedical Informatics

AMIA’s Academic Forum has developed a formal definition of biomedical informatics as the interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health. AMIA views biomedical informatics as the name of the core scientific discipline, with broad applicability across all of biomedicine, and uses the term "health informatics" to capture applied research and practice in clinical and public health informatics. AMIA is now using the term “medical informatics” solely to refer to the branch of clinical informatics that deals with disease diagnosis and management, with an emphasis on physicians (and therefore parallel to “nursing informatics” or “dental informatics”). Additional information, and a slide set that can be used to explain the terminology of the field to others, can be found on AMIA’s website.

The “AMIA KR+S WG Webinar Series on Standard Biomedical Terminologies” continues Monday, April 2, with a session led by Dr. John J. Kilbourne of NLM.
  • Title: Making Use of RxNorm
  • Date: Monday, April 2, 2012
  • Time: 1-2 p.m. EDT
  • Register Here 

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