AMIA Hosts FDA, NLM and AHRQ Officials as Part of 10th Annual Policy Invitational

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Health Informatics Professionals Focus on ‘Completing the Evidence Loop’ During Two Day Event

(BETHESDA, MD) — The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) will host its 10th annual AMIA Policy Invitational (API2016) September 21-22 on “Completing the Evidence Cycle: Reimagining the Research-Practice Relationship in a Post-Meaningful Use Era.” The nation’s biomedical and health informatics professionals will also participate in a workshop co-hosted with the North American Center for the Study of Ethics and Health IT, including international and national experts to explore the ethical aspects of our ever-evolving and modernizing healthcare ecosystem.

The theme of this year’s Invitational looks at the possibilities and the pitfalls of reaching near universal adoption of EHRs in U.S. healthcare, and how this paradigm requires a re-examination of how clinical practice interacts with clinical research and vice versa. API2016 will feature three keynote speakers, including:

  • Robert M. Califf, MD, Commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration;
  • Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine; and
  • Andrew B. Bindman, MD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality 

"For the last decade, the AMIA Policy Invitational has served as a unique platform to inform legislative, regulatory and policy development," said AMIA President & CEO Douglas B. Fridsma MD, PhD, FACMI. “This year’s topic will be incredibly impactful for efforts like the Precision Medicine and Cancer Moonshot Initiatives."

The increasing overlap between clinical research and practice necessitates a broad discussion of how we can leverage point-of-care activities and systems to improve clinical research, accelerate biomedical discovery and improve the health of individuals and populations.

Attendees will participate in multi-stakeholder breakout sessions where they will engage with their peers in facilitated discussions meant to develop concrete, actionable recommendations on the topics of "Nodes: Evidence Generation at the Local Level,” “Networks: Clinical Research Across Organizations," and "Sustainability: Maintaining a National Research Ecosystem." 

Given the ascendance of a new Administration and 115th Congress in 2017, recommendations developed through API2016 will develop solutions-oriented ideas to the fast-moving legislative and regulatory environment – in Washington, D.C. and beyond.

"The science and application of informatics will be central to the next generation of care delivery and research,” said AMIA Board Chair and Medical Director of IT Services at the University of Washington’s UW Medicine, Thomas H. Payne, MD, PhD, FACMI.  "In order to capitalize on the era of big data, we must have policies that encourage better data sharing for research, reward quality care for patients and enable a learning health system – locally and nationally."


AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,000 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.