iHealth 2014 Conference Convenes Leaders in Emerging Clinical Informatics Field

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Conference to help facilitate the application of clinical informatics solutions, in a step toward the systemic overhaul of healthcare delivery

BETHESDA, MD (January 23) – As stakeholders continue to work toward the systemic overhaul of a broken healthcare system, the ranks of professionals skilled in extracting insights from data is growing. These professionals will gather at iHealth 2014, a conference convened by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), to help apply clinical informatics solutions to healthcare delivery by sharing best practices and building collaborative relationships.

The conference, to be held Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla., will include the first-ever panel featuring four past National Coordinators of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and keynote addresses by a group of the nation’s most accomplished nurse executives on how nurses are transforming patient care with informatics. Additionally, leading informaticians will offer an interdisciplinary perspective on solutions relating to topics such as HIT governance, meaningful use and interoperability.

“Clinical informatics is critical to bending the cost curve, promoting better population health and improving individual care,” said AMIA Board of Directors Chairman Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACMI. “In order to bring those solutions to the point of care, we must promote information sharing and collaboration among leaders in the field. iHealth 2014 will be instrumental in moving clinical informatics forward.”

The conference comes on the heels of the board certification of the first clinical informatics subspecialists in December, signaling the emergence of the field. AMIA led development of the new clinical informatics subspecialty, working for more than five years to define and help create the discipline to advance the role of informaticians in improving healthcare delivery.
“AMIA is committed to leading the charge toward radically improved healthcare delivery through clinical informatics,” Dr. Middleton said. “Informatics professionals have been pioneering technological solutions for decades and we’re now hitting a point where we can apply many of their solutions on a large scale.”

Speakers at iHealth 2014 will include Keynote Mark McClellan, MD, Director of Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative, Brookings Institution; Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, FAAP, President and CEO of AcademyHealth; and Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services. Speakers and attendees include representatives from the nation’s major health care systems.

iHealth 2014, a collaborative effort, will benefit from the support of many of the field’s most innovative organizations. Co-hosted by AcademyHealth, the conference will be enriched by the ideas of its partner organizations, the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics (AOAMI), Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM).

Sponsors for the inaugural event include the California Health Care Foundation, Cerner, Deloitte, IMO, Logical Images Visual DX, SSi-SEARCH and TIBCO, and exhibitors.

Healthcare professionals and health systems administrators are working to harness information through a variety of interdisciplinary methods – like natural language processing, decision science and public health data analysis algorithms – to provide individualized, coordinated care.

But the clinical informatics field is still in the early stages of translating its interdisciplinary knowledge into practical use. In order for the field to fulfill its potential of improving the healthcare triple aim (improved population health, individual healthcare experiences and cost effectiveness), the conference will encourage informatics leaders to share best practices within their healthcare institutions and forge relationships that will lead to collaboration in developing informatics solutions.

To register, please visit the iHealth 2014 website. To join the conversation, follow AMIA and its partners on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and tweet with the hashtag #iHealth14.

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About AMIA

AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, serves as the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals and plays an important role in medicine, health care, and science, encouraging the use of data, information and knowledge to improve both human health and delivery of healthcare services. More about AMIA is online at www.amia.org.