AMIA 2011 Symposium News Vol. 2, Issue 3

Friday, August 19, 2011
AMIA Symposium News
   The Collen Award Goes to Bill Tierney
   Timely, Topical Panels to Download to Your Calendar
   24 Information-packed Tutorials to Choose From
   NIWG Symposium to Focus on Human Factors, Modeling Workflow
   AMIA TV Highlights Academic Forum Members
   Send a Student to AMIA 2011










The Collen Award Goes to Bill Tierney

William Tierney, MD, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Morris F. Collen Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Tierney at the Opening Plenary Session on Sunday, Oct. 23, prior to the Opening Keynote to be delivered by Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Tierney is president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, and associate dean for clinical effectiveness research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Earlier this year, he received the 2011 Distinguished Investigator Award at the Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting, held in Washington, DC.

The Collen Award is presented to an individual for longstanding efforts to advance the field of biomedical and health informatics and in so doing, for improving health care in the United States and around the world. Dr. Tierney, an international leader in clinical informatics and health services research, exemplifies this ideal through his studies on the effects of computer-based interventions to improve healthcare quality and lower costs of healthcare delivery. He has received more than $40 million as principal investigator in grants and contracts from federal agencies and research foundations and has published more than 270 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is an ACMI Fellow since 1990 and serves as the chair of AMIA’s International Affairs Committee.

Learn more about Dr. Tierney’s contributions to the field at the Opening Plenary, Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 pm. .

Timely, Topical Panels to Download to Your Calendar

Among the many panels you’ll want to attend at the Annual Symposium, two feature stand-out content that has proven to be attention-getting in recent months:

S36—Tablets in Healthcare: Not Just for Pills Anymore
Monday, Oct. 24 3:30 pm–5 pm

Second-generation tablets such as the Apple iPad are creating a groundswell of new applications in medicine as providers incorporate their use into bedside care. Tablets are making location less relevant as a provider can practice in the palm of his hand regardless of where he’s standing. As popular and capable as these devices are, they also create HIT challenges, security issues, and make location a new asset for providers. Hear panelists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Hospital Corporation of America discuss the rapidly emerging use of handheld devices.

S60—The Role of the Clinician in a Patient Power Context
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1:45-3:15 pm

In 1970, Warner Slack coined the term "Patient Power" and since then, many have developed tools and conducted research with the goal of empowering patients with or without clinician participation. This panel will focus on the role of the clinician in enabling patient and family participation. Topics include: patient-computer dialogue and description of a current approach to patient-entered, Internet-based medical histories; the evolution of personal health technologies in Project HealthDesign, the $10-million Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) initiative designed to stimulate innovation in personal health information technology by using PHRs as springboards for action and improved health decision-making; the use of eHealth among populations thought to lack access to the Internet and experience with eHealth applications; the role of health-related social networking sites such as PatientsLikeMe to empower patients and enable them to enter health-related data; and the patient’s perspective on patient empowerment.

Don’t miss these timely and informative panels! Uses the Itinerary Planner to find more great panels—search by type--to download to your personal device and schedule: http://amiaannual2011.abstractcentral.com/login

To secure the low AMIA rate, reserve your hotel room at the Washington Hilton by Sept. 28, 2011, or before AMIA’s block is filled (whichever comes first). Reservations made after these dates are subject to availability and prevailing rates. To reserve your room, visit the following link:
www.amia.org/amia2011/hotel

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24 Information-packed Tutorials to Choose From

Of the two dozen Tutorials offered Oct. 22-23 prior to the Symposium’s Opening Plenary, 10 are brand new titles! In half-day and full-day options, AMIA Tutorials provide Symposium-goers with mini immersion courses that introduce the most current issues in a digestible, manageable way by leaders in the field. Choose from tutorials that focus on intellectual property, entrepreneurship and early-stage funding; HIE and Beacon communities; R for Bioinformatics and Biomedicine; data mining principles and practice; healthcare IT standards for achieving meaning use; and an introduction to Translational Bioinformatics, for example. In the practical ‘news you can use’ category, choose a tutorial that presents effective presentation and visual design skills; best practices for teaching informatics; developing research grant applications; and sociotechnical design and in-situ evaluation for HIT.

See the full list of Tutorials at http://www.amia.org/amia2011/tutorials

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NIWG Symposium Focuses on Human Factors, Modeling, Workflow Prior to Opening Plenary

An all-day Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 22, explores three major areas of clinical practice: the use of human factors science as a method to evaluate care delivery workflow and automation within HIT; the use of care delivery process modeling as a practical tool to optimize workflow efficiency and quality when implementing HIT; and best practices to apply when implementing electronic workflow systems to streamline processes. This Pre Symposium event is suitable for clinicians, informaticians, and engineers involved in the development, design, and implementation of HIT. The NIWG Symposium requires selection of this ‘Pre Symposium Event” as you register for the AMIA Symposium; a separate attendance fee applies. www.amia.org/amia2011/presymposium/colloquia
for more information.

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AMIA TV Highlights Academic Forum Members

AMIA has partnered with WebsEdge, a UK-based video production company, to produce onsite video programming that captures highlights of the Annual Symposium in real time, and which is shown in multiple locations throughout the Symposium venue. As part of this exciting feature of the Symposium, WebsEdge also will produce a number of short videos about various programs AMIA’s Academic Forum Members are involved in. These “Thought Leadership” videos will provide Symposium-goers with a glimpse into the latest academic initiatives operating around the country—some extending beyond U.S. borders!

See these documentary-style shorts, plus meeting highlight and leadership interviews during the Symposium, both in the meeting’s corridors and on a closed circuit TV channel in your room at the Washington Hilton!

Videos made for the 2010 Annual Symposium are on view online, along with more information about participation in the video production project. Visit www.amia.org/amia-tv

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Send a Student to AMIA 2011

It’s not too late to encourage students to volunteer at the AMIA Annual Symposium. Interested students must be or join AMIA as student members to take advantage of this opportunity to attend the Symposium free of charge. Interested students have until Tuesday, Aug. 23 to apply. This is a terrific way to introduce your best students to the professional informatics community and valuable networking and educational opportunities. Student volunteers have a chance to meet other students, attend Tutorials and sessions for free, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how an AMIA meeting runs. All applicants will be notified of volunteer decisions on Monday, August 29, 2011. More information and instructions on how to apply are here: www.amia.org/amia2011/student-volunteer-program

Please send this news item to your student community or to emerging professionals in your workplace.

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