e-News November 17, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011
November 2011 VOL 3 ISSUE 41  AMIA Twitter AMIA Linkedin AMIA Scribd

AMIA Education/Events Policy & Government Affairs Member News
AMIA is seeking its next CEO. Under strategic direction from the AMIA Board of Directors, the CEO will advance the organization’s mission to transform health care through trusted science, education, and practice in biomedical and health informatics. AMIA's CEO will assure that AMIA’s program of activities meets the goals of its members, serves the broader health community and sustains the organization. Do you have 10 or more years of experience in the field of biomedical informatics, proven leadership experience, and a strong management track record? Apply today. Click here for the full job description and application information.

The Awards Committee of the Annual Symposium recognized five notable and distinguished papers selected from a slate of candidate papers recommended by the Scientific Program Committee. Distinguished papers awarded at the Annual Symposium contain no ordinal designation and Student Paper Competition finalists were not eligible. The honorees for 2011 include:
  • A Multi-site Content Analysis of Social History Information in Clinical Notes -- Elizabeth Chen, I. Sarkar, University of Vermont; S. Manaktala, G. Melton, University of Minnesota.
  • All Health Care is Not Local: an Evaluation of the Distribution of Emergency Department Care Delivered in Indiana -- J.T. Finnell, M. Overhage, S. Grannis, Regenstrief Institute & Indiana University.
  • Complex Disease Networks of Trait-Associated SNPs Unveiled by Information Theory -- Haiguan Li, Y. Lee, J. Li, J. Chen, E. Rebman, K. Regan, Y. Lussier, University of Chicago.
  • Lexically Suggest, Logically Define: Quality Assurance of the Use of Qualifiers and Expected Results of Post-Coordination in SNOMED CT -- Alan Rector, L. Iannone, University of Manchester.
  • A Vector Space Model-based Approach to Identify Genetically Similar Diseases -- Indra Neil Sarkar, University of Vermont.  

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The Academic Forum is now in its sixth year with a dynamic membership of 48 leading academic institutions offering training programs in biomedical and health informatics. The Academic Forum would like to recognize all new members who joined in 2011. We are very pleased to welcome the following distinguished programs to the Academic Forum:
  • Arizona State University - Department of Biomedical Informatics
  • Catholic University - School of Library and Information Science
  • Grand Valley State University - Division of Medical and Bioinformatics
  • Northwestern University- Biomedical Informatics Center
  • George Washington University – Department of Health Services Management and Leadership
  • University of Kentucky - Division of Biomedical Informatics
  • University of Maryland - School of Nursing
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor - School of Information/School of Public Health
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center - Medical Informatics
  • University of Rochester Medical Center - Medical Informatics
  • University of Virginia - Division of Biomedical Informatics
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee - Health Informatics and Administration
  • Kent State - School of Library and Information Science

We would also like to extend an extra special welcome to our newest Academic Forum member Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine! For more information about the Academic Forum, click here or contact Lisa Anderson, education specialist at lisa@amia.org 

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JAMIA Journal Club to Discuss HIT in Randomized Clinical Trials
Editor-in-Chief Lucila Ohno-Machado will discuss the article, The effectiveness of integrated health information technologies across the phases of medication management: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials, with its author, Ann McKibbon, BSc, MLS, PhD, associate professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McMaster University, during a free webinar Dec. 1. Dr. McKibbon’s article appears in Vol. 18, Issue 5 of JAMIA, the peer-reviewed research journal that reports on what’s happening in informatics in biomedicine and health six times a year and daily online. The webinar begins at 3 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, Dec. 1, and is open to AMIA members and non-members. Participation is free, but you must register in advance. To register and view archived presentations on the JAMIA Journal Club homepage, click here.  

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AMIA acknowledged the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) efforts to highlight the importance of usability testing for electronic health records (EHRs), while expressing concerns about several aspects of the draft guidance including the following: a limited and narrow identification of EHR users; the need to consider more comprehensive usability factors; inclusion of documentation about user-centered design; and the creation of a fourth phase of user testing -- in real world situations. Finally AMIA offered assistance to NIST as they continue to address these important topics, noting the convening of an AMIA Task Force on Usability. Click here for more information.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) contracted with Westat to conduct an assessment of a tool intended to support health IT system researchers and implementers in their evaluation efforts. AHRQ is seeking the participation of researchers and implementers with experience or interest in health IT system evaluation and would like your thoughts on the kinds of information and tools you would find useful in these activities. Individual and group Webex/telephone interviews will last 60-90 minutes, and there will be a $75 incentive payment for each individual who participates. Individual responses will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law, including AHRQ’s confidentiality statute, 42 USC 299c-3(c). If you are interested in participating, send an e-mail to Westat at AHRQ_HIT_Tool_Eval@westat.com, or contact them at 888-789-8869. When you contact Westat, please let them know AMIA referred you. You will be provided additional details of the evaluation and interviews to determine if your experience qualifies you for this study. Contact Westat by Wednesday, Nov. 30, to schedule a call.

DHHS is accepting comments on a draft report developed by the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) on performance reporting for post-acute care and long-term care facilities. MAP is a public-private partnership created to provide input to HHS on coordination strategy. The report, titled the Performance Measurement Coordination Strategy for Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care, can be accessed by clicking here. All comments must be submitted by 6 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, Nov. 23. 

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The HIT Standards Committee will accept comments through Dec. 15 on specifications to facilitate data exchanges via the nationwide health information network. The comments will help the panel craft its proposals to help the ONC decide on future funding for additional Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) pilot efforts. Click here for more information.

The National Science and Technology Council's Interagency Working Group on Digital Data is seeking input on approaches to ensuring public access to unclassified digital data that result from federally funded scientific research. To view the entire Request for Information, click here.

The Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for up to $1 billion in grants under the Health Care Innovation Challenge. Grants will be awarded to applicants with compelling, new ideas about improving care and lowering costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs. Letters of Intent must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 19. Click here for more information.

Through its “Smart Health and Wellbeing” (SHB) program, the National Science Foundation issued a grant solicitation aimed at drawing expertise from multiple domains of science and engineering including social, behavioral and economic sciences. The work must relate to a key health problem and make a fundamental contribution to engineering, computer and information sciences, or social behavioral and economic sciences. Proposals may be submitted by universities and colleges, nonprofits, non-academic organizations, independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and other organizations associated with educational or research activities. Monday, Feb. 6 is the closing date. To apply, click here. 

AMIA President and CEO Ted Shortliffe chaired a National Academies study committee that advised the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop internal expertise to lead an initiative to strategically integrate business requirements and IT capabilities. The study committee for the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) recently concluded the 18-month study and released a final report, which is available for viewing by clicking here.  To view the NRC press release that accompanies the report, click here. 

A report recently released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) refers to information technology as the engine necessary to drive a continuously learning and improving health system. The IOM’s Update Report on the work of the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care describes a plan for improving the health system and highlights areas where collaboration can result in positive change. To view the Roundtable’s letter, click here. The Roundtable website can be accessed by clicking here, and the Update Report is available here. 


Top Tweeter? Cast Your Vote in the #AMIA2011 MVT Contest
E-News previously reported that 237 Annual Symposium attendees generated 1,500 Tweets throughout the five-day conference. In recognition of the growing interest and creativity surrounding Tweeting, AMIA will award prizes to the top three Tweeters, as selected by members. To vote for the Annual Symposium's #AMIA2011 Most Valuable Tweeter (MVT), click here. MVT candidates are allowed to campaign and should use the #AMIA2011 hashtag. Write-in votes are also encouraged. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. (EST) Tuesday, Nov. 22, and winners will be announced in the next newsletter.

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AMIA President and CEO Ted Shortliffe will deliver a keynote address at the USAB 2011 Information Quality in eHealth conference, Nov. 25-26, in Graz, Austria. Dr. Vimla L. Patel, professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will also serve as a keynoter. The conference will focus on the hypothesis that modern information management can bridge the gap between scientific and theoretical knowledge in medicine on one hand and its application within medical practice on the other hand. Click here to learn more.

Editor's Note: E-News will not be published on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. The next edition will be published Thursday, Dec. 1.

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