e-News March 3, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011


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March 2011 VOL 3 ISSUE 9  AMIA Twitter AMIA facebook AMIA Linkedin AMIA Scribd
AMIA Education/Events Policy & Government Affairs Member News

Attendees are registering for the upcoming Joint Summits on Translational Science in record numbers, but there is still space available. Online registration will close on Friday, March 4, but on-site registration will be available on a walk-in basis for both the Summit on Translational Bioinformatics and the Summit on Clinical Research Informatics, starting March 7 at the Parc 55 Hotel San Francisco. Don’t miss:

Note to registered participants: Click here for the most recent updates to the Joint Summits Program.

Participate in discussion of the Joint Summits on Twitter! Use hashtag #TBICRI11.

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Submissions are open for AMIA 2011. For complete information about the submissions process, please visit the AMIA 2011 website. This year, in addition to the Word version template, AMIA also provides an open-source template (Latex) which allows users to maintain the citation order, as well as generate PDFs for their Annual Symposium submissions. Submissions are welcome until March. 17.

The Annual Symposium dates are Oct. 22-26, 2011, in Washington, DC.

To download the technical submissions template and get full information, click here.

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AMIA’s upcoming educational event, PHI 2011: Setting the Next Informatics Agenda for Public Health has already generated great buzz at meetings where informatics professionals gather! PHI 2011, chaired by Barbara Massoudi, MPH, PhD, is a consensus-building event that will heavily rely on break-out sessions and full participation from its registrants to generate the next informatics agenda in the field. AMIA is pleased to announce support from three Collaborative Partners, organizations with shared goals and objectives in public health:

APHL—Association of Public Health Laboratories

CSTE—Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

PHII—Public Health Informatics Institute

Attendees will experience an action-focused agenda, with content built around five themes: Ethics; Technical Framework; Professional Training and Workforce Development; Research and Evaluation; and Sustainability. A number of cross-cutting themes will span each track, including Information Access, Global eHealth, Health IT initiatives, Governance, Research Needs and, Good, Better, and Best Practices.

To see the Scientific Program Committee and the PHI 2011 Advisory Committee members involved in the conference, go to http://phi2011.amia.org/people

PHI 2011 is scheduled for May 25–27, at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel, in Orlando.

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After the 2010 debut of this highly successful course, OHSU and the American Dietetic Association (ADA) team up once again to offer a special 10x10 course tailored to registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, registered dietetics practitioners and others with content geared towards nutrition. The course, starting April 13, provides broad understanding of the field of informatics from the vantage point of those who implement, lead, and develop IT solutions for improving health, healthcare, public health, and biomedical research. It provides up-to-date details on current events in the field, including "meaningful use" of electronic health records. The course culminates in an in-person session at the 2011 ADA Food & Nutrition Conference & Exposition, Sept. 24, in San Diego. For more information about this course, click here.

Other upcoming 10 X 10 courses:

  • With University of Minnesota School of Nursing – begins April 11
  • With University of Illinois Chicago – begins May 27
  • Coming soon: Nova Southeastern University and Stanford University

For more information about registration, dates, and course descriptions, click here.

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In response to a call for comments from the federal HIT Policy Committee on the continuation of support for achieving meaningful use of EHRs in 2013 and 2014, AMIA sent comments to the Office of the National Coordinator on Health Information Technology on Meaningful Use Stage 2. To see AMIA’s comments click here.

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Hill Day is the one chance each year for AMIA members to visit and educate their elected U.S. Senators and Representatives about biomedical and health informatics issues. Participants in AMIA Capitol Hill Day will take part in pre-set meetings with their legislators and Congressional staff members and engage in substantive conversations about the future of informatics in biomedicine and health. Members will be briefed on how to provide updates and offer help on any related issues of interest to those in our country’s legislative body. The deadline for registration is March 18. For more information about Hill Day and registration, click here.

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a $750 million investment in prevention and public health, funded through the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created by the Affordable Care Act. Building on $500 million in investments last year, this new funding will help prevent tobacco use, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and cancer; increase immunizations; and empower individuals and communities with tools and resources for local prevention and health initiatives. The new funds are dedicated to expanding on four critical priorities: Community Prevention ($298 million), Clinical Prevention ($182 million), Public Health Infrastructure ($137 million), and Research and Tracking ($133 million). For more information, click here.

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This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report detailing billions of dollars in of duplication and overlap in federal government programs. The report, titled Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue, includes sections focusing on numerous government mission areas. Among the items discussed that affect the health mission are opportunities that exist for the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to jointly modernize their electronic health record systems. The report goes on to suggest that the Department of Health and Human Services needs an overall strategy to better integrate nationwide public health information systems. To read the full report, click here.

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The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) recently issued a request for applications to support the continued development of the NIDDK Consortium Interconnectivity Network Coordinating Unit. The Consortium Interconnectivity Network was initially created to explore requirements for information sharing between four NIDDK-supported consortia: the Nuclear Receptor Signaling Atlas, the Beta Cell Biology Consortium, the Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers, and the Animal Models of Diabetic Complications Consortium. This funding opportunity will provide the scientific direction and administrative management needed to create and expand a user friendly web interface that will integrate information, resources, and data held by NIDDK-related research groups with the goal of providing a uniquely valuable and powerful resource for NIDDK investigators. For more information, click here.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct a conference call and simultaneous webinar on March 8 to discuss the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program. Registration, which will close on March 7 or sooner if space is filled, is available here. Meanwhile, additional information on the reporting and e-prescribing incentive programs is available here and here, respectively.

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The National Institutes of Health has announced the creation of the first NIH mHealth, or mobile health, Summer Institute. Scheduled for the summer of 2011, this week-long workshop will bring together leaders in mobile health technologies, behavioral science researchers, federal health officials and members of the medical community to provide early career investigators with an opportunity to learn about mHealth research. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, division of NIH, partnered with Qualcomm, a developer of wireless technologies, to co-sponsor the course. The mHealth Summer Institute will provide an overview of the engineering, behavioral science and clinical aspects of wireless research and will facilitate interaction between participants and experts from across the mHealth spectrum. The Institute will cover the current state of the science in mobile technology and engineering, behavior change theory and clinical applications, and will highlight the intersection of these areas for health-related research. Interdisciplinary teams of participants will develop potential mHealth research projects. To register, please click here.

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DeloitteAMIA welcomes Deloitte as a new Enterprise Partner. Deloitte and its subsidiaries have 45,000 professionals with a single focus: serving their clients and helping them solve their toughest problems. Working in four key business areas, audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting, but the real strength comes from combining the talents of those groups to address clients’ needs. Fortune and BusinessWeek consistently rank our organization among the best places to work, which is good news for their talent and clients alike. When the best people tackle the most compelling challenges, everyone wins.

For more information about Deloitte, their services and latest projects, click here. AMIA appreciates Deloitte’s support and the opportunities it will provide for future collaborative activities!

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Dr. HershBill Hersh, MD, professor and Chairman of the Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology Department at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has been a leader and supporter of the AMIA 10x10 distance-learning program since it began in 2005. He has led 27 courses. Bill was interviewed and videotaped at the recent HIMSS11 conference discussing the e-learning courses, as well as the impact and necessity of formal training on the healthcare industry's growing demand for an informatics-savvy workforce. Click here to watch the interview.

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Dr. AartsJos Aarts, PhD, Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Health Policy and Management, and chair of AMIA’s People & Organizational Issues Working Group, has been named Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the 23rd Medical Informatics Europe (MIE2011) conference to be held in Oslo, Norway, Aug. 28-31. The meeting’s theme is "User-Centered Networked Health Care." For more information on the meeting, 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.

June 27-30
24th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, Bristol, UK

Aug. 26-27
5th International Symposium on Human Factors Engineering in Health Informatics, Trondheim, Norway

Aug. 28-31
23rd Medical Informatics Europe Conference, Oslo, Norway

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