(BETHESDA, Md.) — AMIA, the home for informatics professionals, announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Fridsma is well-known in the informatics and healthcare community as the Chief Science Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Dr. Fridsma will join AMIA officially on November 1, in time to meet AMIA members and supporters at the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium, November 15 -19, Washington, D.C.
"The AMIA Board of Directors is delighted Dr. Fridsma will be our new President and CEO as a knowledgeable, compassionate, and effective leader who will ably serve AMIA and our members," said Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MS, FACMI, Chair, Board of Directors.
"Dr. Fridsma has rich experiences in both academic and government settings where he has focused his energy toward advancing state-of-the-art health informatics technologies. As a longtime AMIA member and national leader, he has a keen understanding of the science of informatics as well as the application of informatics to transform care. He brings a well-informed perspective from the practitioner, policymaker, and investigator points-of-view to help define not only what informaticians know, but also what informaticians do to transform care."
Dr. Fridsma has spent four years in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, most recently as the Chief Science Officer where he was responsible for the scientific and technical strategy for the ONC portfolio of technical resources to support the meaningful use program and health information technology interoperability. A key accomplishment was his coordination across federal agencies through the Federal Health Architecture (FHA), of health IT investments across the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration. He also supported the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCOR-TF) and established the strategy and roadmap for $170M in data infrastructure investments across federal agencies.
He is also known for his work at ONC in creating the Standards and Implementation Framework (wiki.SIFramework.org) a community-driven platform to accelerate the development of national, consensus-based standards. Through the SI Framework, he led development of national standards for electronic patient care summary reports, laboratory reporting, and secure email information exchange. His leadership resulted in an acceleration of the development and implementation of HIT standards to support meaningful use, and establishing a community of over 3000 participants interested in solving Health IT problems.
Prior to ONC, he was Associate Professor and Director of Academic Programs at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University/University of Arizona and taught as an Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona Medical School and had a clinical practice at Mayo Clinic. Of note, Dr. Fridsma was also an Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Medicine and Department of Biomedical Informatics.
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. More about the American Medical Informatics Association is online at amia.org. Follow @AMIAinformatics @AMIApolicy