Public Policy

2017-09-11
Today, AMIA responded to a CMS Proposed Rule on the CY 2018 Physician Fee Schedule. AMIA supported many of the proposals, including a proposal to begin the Appropriate Use Criteria Program in 2019 and proposed changes to E/M documentation guidelines. 
2017-08-24
In comments submitted August 24, AMIA submitted comments to ONC regarding the development of a Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. AMIA recommended ONC look to use the Framework to provide a floor upon which existing networks – and new networks...
2017-08-21
Today, AMIA responded to a CMS Proposed Rule on Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program. AMIA supported many of the new flexibilities offer to eligible clinicians to participate in MIPS or advanced alternative payment models. The organization also urged CMS to require 2015 Edition CEHRT beginning in...
2017-07-25
AMIA submitted comments supporting ONC’s draft framework, recommending a measurement approach that focuses on the clinician and patient experience. AMIA also underscored the need to have the benefits of measurement outweigh the costs, and urged federal officials to provide sufficient support to...
2017-07-12
In comments submitted to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, the nation’s leading biomedical and health informaticians applauded federal officials for developing a draft strategic framework for health IT research and development (R&D). AMIA...
2017-06-13
In comments to CMS, AMIA supported proposals to reduce the number of required quality measures and new proposed reporting period flexibilities, while also recommending additional such flexibilities for the 2018 Hospital IQR Program and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. AMIA...
2017-05-24
In comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission, AMIA recommended FCC view broadband access as a social determinant of health and pursue policies that enable patients to participate in the fast-changing mobile health ecosystem.  AMIA also recommended several potential areas of...
2017-03-17
President Trump released his FY 2018 Budget Blueprint March 17, 2017, beginning a conversation with Congress on how to fund federal policies and programs.  This budget outlines, at a high level, which policies and programs this Administration prioritizes, and it describes the kind of country this...
2017-01-31
In comments submitted to the National Library of Medicine, AMIA said members envision a future where NLM leads the medical and research enterprise in demonstrating how real-world and “big” health data can be leveraged to develop new concepts of human disease, design novel therapies, and train...
2017-01-31
In comments submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AMIA recommended CDC pursue activities with the notion of CDS-as-a-Service as the conceptual goal.  CDC must ensure that a coordinated strategy presents stakeholders with a unified vision for how public health CDS can be...
2017-01-24
In comments submitted to PCORI, AMIA voiced strong support for its draft Data Sharing Policy for awardees.  AMIA recommended that suggested that PCORI consider requiring a preliminary data sharing plan as part of award applications, and earmarking specified amounts of grant funding for data...
2017-01-18
In comments submitted to the NIH, AMIA called for change to its Data Sharing policy in order to ensure that research data can be systematically and strategically collected, managed and shared.  Specifically, AMIA recommended that Data Sharing Plans be subject to peer-review and made scorable...
2016-11-03
The following statement was released today by Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) regarding the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program described in the 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. AMIA supports CMS’ efforts to...
2016-11-02
In comments submitted to the FDA, AMIA voiced supported for several aspects of MDUFA IV meant to enhance use of consensus standards; develop patient engagement strategies and improve the science of patient input; utilize real world evidence (RWE) to improve regulatory decision-making; and...
2016-10-25
In comments submitted to the FDA, AMIA supported the use of real-world data and real-world evidence to support regulatory decision-making for medical devices.
2016-10-06
In comments submitted to the FDA, AMIA said it supports FDA’s efforts to develop modern, flexible and adaptive regulatory approaches to the oversight of NGS-based tests as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).  This support notwithstanding, AMIA noted a lack of standards – for ontologies...
2016-10-05
In comments submitted September 29, AMIA recommend several ways the NIH could assess the value of biomedical digital repositories and knowledgebases.  The metrics span categories related to "utilization" and "impact" to "service quality" and "governance."  AMIA recommended another category be...
2016-09-27
In conjunction with HIMSS and 36 other organizations, AMIA submitted recommendations on how the Office of Management & Budget should update the Standard Occupational Classification codes, which help Federal statistical agencies understand and forecast national data on occupations. The groups...
2016-09-06
In comments submitted to CMS, AMIA recommend CMS proceed with proposals for a 90-day reporting period for hospitals in 2016, and it supported policies that are meant to align requirements for hospitals participating in MU with requirements for clinicians participating in MIPS.
2016-09-06
MU alignment for hospitals welcome; additional work needed for ‘Appropriate Use’ policies, informatics experts say (BETHESDA, MD) — In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today, the nation’s leading clinical informaticians submitted several recommendations,...
2016-09-06
In comments submitted to CMS, AMIA supported continued policymaking to implement the Medicare AUC Program as part of the 2017 Physician Fee Schedule. The organization strongly recommended CMS target a 2019 implementation deadline, rather than the proposed 2018 start.
2016-08-16
In conjunction with a public meeting held by the FDA August 15, 2016, AMIA submitted public comments supporting the direction of the its Prescription Drug User Fee Agreement Commitment Letter.  Specifically, AMIA supports FDA’s work to utilize Real World Evidence in regulatory decision-making,...
2016-07-18
On July 18, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to FDA regarding their draft guidance to industry on using EHR data in clinical investigations.  AMIA was supportive of the guidance, but challenged the assertion that EHR data was readily usable for prospective randomized controlled trials.
2016-07-18
Informatics experts express caution over EHR readiness for research in response to FDA draft guidance (BETHESDA, MD) — In comments submitted to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today, the nation’s leading biomedical and clinical informaticians said new draft guidance is well-timed and can...
2016-06-27
On June 27, 2016 AMIA submitted comments to CMS regarding proposed policies related to the new Medicare Quality Payments Program, which replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate and reforms how nearly 1.3 million clinicians are paid through Medicare.  AMIA described a set of principles and...
2016-05-25
Nation’s biomedical and health informatics professionals say federal officials must think differently to understand our national state of interoperability (BETHESDA, MD) – The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) responded to a request for information (RFI) issued by the Office of the...
2016-05-24
On May 23, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator recommending they develop a patient-centric approach to measuring nationwide health IT interoperability.  As part of this recommendation, AMIA described a new methodology and approach to measuring interoperability...
2016-05-03
Nation’s biomedical and health informatics professionals say federal officials should focus efforts on health IT involving medical errors or contribution to patient safety harms (BETHESDA, MD) – The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) responded to a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)...
2016-05-02
On April 27, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator supporting their proposed authority to conduct direct review of certified health IT products.  AMIA said that reviews should be limited to instances when health IT posed a potential or real threat to patient safety...
2016-04-06
Nation’s biomedical and health informatics professionals call for national leadership to provide patients with granular control of sensitive health data (BETHESDA, MD) – The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) called proposed revisions to substance use disorder (SUD) regulations, also...
2016-04-06
On April 6, 2016, AMIA called proposed revisions to substance use disorder (SUD) regulations, also known as 42 CFR Part 2, well-intentioned, but ultimately insufficient. AMIA urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to lead a national effort to develop technical standards that would...
2016-02-29
On January 26, 2016, AMIA submitted a letter of support for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) “Private Sector Interoperability Commitments Pledge,” which seeks to bolster interoperability in healthcare by enabling consumer access to their data, improving...
2016-02-29
Informatics Experts Say Patient Access, Transparency and Standards Commitments a ‘Step in the Right Direction’ (LAS VEGAS, NV) — Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell unveiled a private sector commitments pledge at HIMSS16 Monday, which seeks to bolster...
2016-02-09
The following statement was released today by Douglas B. Fridsma, M.D., PhD., FACP, FACMI, President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). AMIA appreciates the work and bipartisanship demonstrated by Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and the entire HELP Committee in...
2016-02-09
The following statement was released today by Douglas B. Fridsma, M.D., PhD., FACP, FACMI, President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). AMIA appreciates the work and bipartisanship demonstrated by Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and the entire HELP Committee in...
2016-02-01
On February 1, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making several recommendations of how to improve quality measurement in an electronic environment.  The group called for an overhaul to the current process, while looking to specialty societies for expert...
2016-02-01
Longitudinal Trending and Specialty Societies Should Guide Development of CQMs in an Electronic Environment, Experts Say (BETHESDA, MD) — In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the nation’s leading healthcare informaticians and data scientists urged federal...
2016-01-11
On January 11, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to the National Qualify Forum’s Health IT Safety Committee, supporting the framework and newly-developed domains to measure the safety and safe use of health IT.  Numerous AMIA members participated in this effort, and AMIA believes these measures should...
2016-01-08
On January 8, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) on priority areas the Center should consider when developing its strategic plan.  AMIA believes NCATS should focus on (1) developing ways to measure and convey how their programs impact...
2016-01-06
On January 6, 2016 AMIA submitted comments to HHS recommending ways to improve the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, also known as the Common Rule.  AMIA support many of the updates, and believes they will better enable a learning health system over current policies.
2015-12-14
On December 14, AMIA submitted comments to CMS regarding the need to redesign Meaningful Use (MU) in the face of changing reimbursement models.  Specifically, AMIA asked regulators to change MU requirements to better align with programs required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (...
2015-06-09
On June 10, 2015 Dr. Thomas H. Payne, AMIA Board Chair-elect provided testimony to the Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, identifying near-term actions Congress should take to improve health IT interoperability and promote health information exchange.  Dr. Payne’s...
2015-05-29
On behalf of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced proposed rule. AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informatics and is dedicated to the development and application of informatics in...
2015-05-29
On behalf of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced proposed rule. AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informatics and is dedicated to the development and application of informatics in...
2014-10-16
AMIA recently submitted a response to the Energy and Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures initiative, an effort lead by Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Congresswoman Diana DeGette.  The comments specifically address the digital health white paper released earlier in the year seeking input...
2014-10-09
AMIA recently joined Health IT Now and 57 additional patient groups, providers, and vendors in a letter to federal law makers asking that they take action on the risk-based regulatory framework for health IT that was outlined in the recommendations of the HHS FDASIA Report released in April. ...
2014-07-21
On Monday, July 21, 2014, AMIA and a coalition representing leading organizations that employ, represent, and educate the workforce in health informatics submitted a request to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for a new Standard Occupational Classification for Health Informatics Practitioner. The...
2014-07-07
AMIA Comments on Proposed Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology Report On behalf of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced request. AMIA is the professional home for...
2014-04-18
In response to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s request for feedback on the Sensible Oversight for Technology Which Advances Regulatory Efficiency (SOFTWARE) Act of 2013, AMIA joined the Bipartisan Policy Center and other organizations in a letter providing comments on an oversight...
2014-03-28
The Coalition for ICD-10 sent a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator, expressing its support for the October 2014 adoption of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) for reporting diagnoses by all healthcare providers and the...
2014-03-05
AMIA submitted a letter to Dr. Paul Tang, Chair of the HIT Policy Committee’s Meaningful Use Workgroup, encouraging the workgroup to reconsider its intention to drop several public and population health related objectives in its recommendations of stage 3 of meaningful use. The Workgroup met on...
2014-03-03
Dr. Paul TangChair, Meaningful Use Working Group and Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC)Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information TechnologyDepartment of Health and Human ServicesHubert H. Humphrey Building200 Independence Ave. SWWashington, DC 20201 Public and Population Health in...
2013-12-19
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that Karen DeSalvo will be the next National Coordinator for Health IT. DeSalvo begins on January 13 and succeeds Acting National Coordinator Jacob Reider, who replaced Farzad Mostashari after he stepped down in...
Tom Sullivan
2013-12-06
2013-10-02
U.S. Government ShutdownOctober 1, 2013 Contact: Ross Martin, MD, MHA, Vice President, Policy and DevelopmentP (301) 657-1291 Ext 133 | F (301) 657-1296 | M (202) 697-3077 As of October 1, 2013, the U.S. government is experiencing a partial government shutdown. The impact to AMIA as an organization...
2013-08-06
In a Federal Register notice, FDA recognized 25 voluntary interoperability standards for medical devices. The standards are divided into various categories, including application or risk management for IT networks and point-of-care and personal device communication health informatics. For a copy of...
2013-06-27
Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA): Request for Comments (RFC) on the Development of a Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology
2013-06-21
The overarching goal for the PCORR will be to facilitate person-centered outcomes research by supporting the use and enhancements of the following four measurement information systems, currently funded as separate NIH programs: the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System® (PROMIS...
2013-06-19
Healtheway, the non-profit, public-private partnership that operationally supports the eHealth Exchange (formerly known as the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange) today announced its nine founding organizations. The organizations are influential representatives from across the...
2013-05-17
letters about ICD-10 that were recently submitted to Congress by a coalition of organizations, including AMIA.  ICD10 Coalition Letter HOUSE ICD10 Coalition Letter SENATE
2013-04-22
Submitted via: http://www.regulations.gov. Dear Ms. Tavenner, On behalf of AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced request for information. AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informatics and is...
2013-04-16
by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)
2013-03-15
Dear Dr.Dunn: On behalf of AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced request forinformation. AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informaticsand is dedicated to the development and application of...
2013-03-12
Several health care information technology (HIT) companies Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway Medical Technologies® and RelayHealth announced the launch of the CommonWell Health Alliance™, which is planned to be an independent not-for-profit organization that will support...
2013-03-12
Making Health Care Safer II, an Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices encourages the adoption of 22 patient safety strategies that are proven to be effective. The new report emphasizes evidence about implementation, adoption and the context in which safety...
2013-03-12
The National Commission on Physician Payment Reform released a report detailing sweeping recommendations aimed at reining in health spending and improving quality of care by eliminating the fee-for-service model by the end of the decade. To download the full report, go to www....
2013-03-12
The “HHSentrepreneurs” program is based on the HHS Innovation Fellows Program launched in 2012. HHSentrepreneurs provides a framework to attract outside talent in areas including open innovation, agile development, and lean methodologies to accelerate innovation within HHS. Startup organizations...
2013-03-12
The FTC published the report “Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust through Transparency” with recommendations for critical players in the mobile marketplace. Most of the recommendations would help consumers get timely, easy-to-understand disclosures about the data collected and how it is used...
2013-03-12
 NIST published the report “Human Factors Guide to Enhance EHR Usability of Critical User Interactions when Supporting Pediatric Patient Care.” Go to www.nist.gov/healthcare/usability/upload/NIST-IR-7865.pdf to view the NIST report. For more information on the AHRQ & CMS development of the...
2013-03-12
 NIH issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (RFA-EB-13-002) seeking SBIR grant applications to develop medical technologies aimed at reducing disparities in achieving healthcare access and health outcomes. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-EB-13-002.html
2013-03-12
 The Patient-Centered Coordinated Care Program, an initiative of the New York City-based Commonwealth Fund is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for projects designed to improve the quality of primary healthcare in the U.S. For more information, go to www.commonwealthfund.org
2013-03-04
 ONC announced the retuning and new members of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees. You can find the list of new members in the release.
2013-03-01
The Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have identified Smart and Connected Health as a program focus. In particular, the present initiative covers the need to development the next generation of health and healthcare research...
2013-03-01
Building on previous studies that show many factors beyond medical care affect people's health, the Institute of Medicine has established the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement to explore the interactions of these influences. The new roundtable will provide opportunities for experts on...
2013-03-01
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) invite eligible organizations to participate in the new National HIE Governance Forum. The Forum will bring together multi-stakeholder organizations that have demonstrated experience with HIE...
2013-03-01
Dual use research of concern (DURC) is life sciences research that has the potential to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that can be misused so as to pose a threat to public health and safety. The draft policy on how institutions should monitor this type of research, “...
2013-02-08
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published research that aims to help providers and professionals better understand several high-impact services that can sustain health information exchange organizations.(See: http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/health-...
2013-02-08
 HIT Policy Committee's Accountable Care Workgroup will be charged with making recommendations on how HHS policies and programs can advance the evolution of a health IT infrastructure that enables providers to improve care and population health while reducing costs in accountable care models....
2013-02-08
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is now taking nominations for its contracted workgroups focused on to developing and improving quality indicators. Those who are selected will provide technical guidance on PQIs, risk adjustment solutions and other science-based research...
2013-02-08
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking nominations for organizations and individual subject matter experts for the Coordinating Committee and four advisory workgroups of the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP). http://www.qualityforum.org/map/ 
2013-02-07
The HIT Policy Committee is holding hearings about Clinical Documentation on February 13, 2013. Gil Kuperman, Chair of AMIA’s Board of Directors, and Trent Rosenbloom will present the findings and recommendations from the 2011 AMIA Annual Policy Meeting entitled, Clinical Data Capture and...
2013-02-06
The mission of the CQI WG is to create and maintain information technology standards in support of improving health care quality, including clinical care, and to foster collaboration between quality measurement, outcomes and improvement stakeholders. The CQI WG will coordinate with other HL7 Work...
2013-02-05
AMIA volunteer members and staff participated in the AcademyHealth Annual Health Policy Conference on February 4-5, 2013. AMIA co-sponsored two sessions including a plenary session entitled Life After HITECH: Health IT Policy 2.0 and a breakout session on usability, moderated by Kevin Fickenscher...
2013-02-04
Re: ONC’s Request for Comments (RFC) about the Proposed Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan Dear Dr. Mostashari: On behalf of AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced request for comments. AMIA is...
2013-01-30
A Kaiser Foundation primer provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. government’s engagement in global health issues, including a look at the federal programs that support these efforts. http://www.kff.org/globalhealth/8408.cfm  
2013-01-29
PCORI has invited applications for its first four PCORI Advisory Panels. PCORI is seeking patients, caregivers, clinicians, researchers, other members of the healthcare community and the general public to serve on advisory panels on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options;...
2013-01-28
Pew has released a new survey (see: Fox, Susannah, and Maeve Duggan. “Tracking for Health.” Pew Internet and American Life Project, January 28, 2013) http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Tracking-for-Health.aspx 
2013-01-24
 AMIA’s position paper entitled “AMIA Board Position Paper, Enhancing patient safety and quality of care by improving the usability of electronic health record systems: recommendations from AMIA” has been published. See: http://jamia.bmj.com/content/early/2013/01/24/amiajnl-2012-001458.full?s...
2013-01-22
This project is assessing the current state of feasibility testing for new and retooled eMeasures and identifies an important set of principles and criteria for adequate feasibility testing. NQF members and the public can submit comments on the report as a whole or on individual recommendations...
2013-01-17
 On Friday, January 25, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the long-awaited final rule, entitled “Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules under the Health Information Technology...
2012-12-07
The NIH has launched a new effort to address how best to manage and utilize the large amounts of biomedical data that new technologies can generate and seeks information and relevant materials that will help inform their internal discussions. NIH Is interested in information about address the...
2012-11-16
ONC has developed an online database system to allow anyone with an interest in contributing expertise in the numerous aspects of HIT to submit their information for future consideration for Health Information Technology Federal Advisory Committee (HIT-FACA) workgroup membership. ONC will use this...
2012-11-16
The Health IT Policy Committee is seeking public comment on proposed recommendations for Stage 3 of the meaningful use program. AMIA members interested in contributing to AMIA’s response, please contact Meryl Bloomrosen, AMIA’s VP for Public Policy. The comment period will be open for 45 days...
2012-11-16
The World Bank/infoDev flagship report, Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile looks at how mobile applications are being used to promote development, with chapters on agriculture, health, financial services, government and entrepreneurship. See: http://web.worldbank...
2012-11-16
AMIA is partnering with AcademyHealth to convene two special sessions at the National Health Policy Conference (NHPC). The meeting will be held in DC on February 4-5, 2013. AMIA is helping develop a plenary session entitled “Health Information Technology and National Health Policy Moving Forward”...
2012-11-16
AMIA has been invited to participate in the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) collaborative effort on promoting safety, quality and innovation in health information technology. Dean Sittig is representing AMIA and participating in the BPC project. Meryl Bloomrosen, AMIA’s VP for Public Policy is...
2012-11-16
The guide describes methods used in other industries that could be applied in the design of consumer health IT applications. http://healthit.ahrq.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=650&parentname=CommunityPage&parentid=7&mode=2&in_hi_userid=3882&cached=true
2012-11-16
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted several resources about clinical quality measures (CQM) and reporting requirements. A full list of all of the resources is available in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures (CQMS) & eCQM Resources document. https://www.cms.gov/...
2012-11-16
ECRI Report lists 10 biggest perils tied to health information technology in 2013. The ECRI Institute has issued a report detailing its list of the 10 key health technology hazards for 2013, including mismatches of patient records in health IT systems and failed interoperability involving HIT tools...
2012-11-16
HHS has aggregated its mobile applications into one resource to help users better access health information.http://www.hhs.gov/digitalstrategy/mobile/index.html
2012-11-16
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a contract to test standards and interoperability as part of meaningful use of electronic health records. The goal is to make sure that health IT systems have standards in place according to specifications and can effectively...
2012-11-16
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a pair of "quick reference grids" to compare Stage 2 meaningful use standards with its associated 2014 EHR certification criteria for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the program. See: http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/...
2012-11-16
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is pleased to announce the release of the Wave 7 2014 Edition Draft Test Methods (test procedures, tools, and applicable test data and files). All Test Methods will undergo public review and comment before being finalized and approved by...
2012-11-16
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) will hold a public workshop on the ONC HIT Certification Program and 2014 Edition Test Methods on Tuesday, November 13th, 9AM-4:30PM EST. The topics to be covered include 2014 Test Procedures, Test Tools, Test Data, ONC Timeline, and the Certified Health...
Susannah Fox, Maeve Duggan
2012-11-08
The PEW Research Center Pew conducts a variety of research including research related to health and health care. Their recent report contains results from a nationwide survey of 3,014 adults living in the United States. See: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Mobile-Health.aspx?utm_source=Mailing...
2012-11-07
mHealth Alliance, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Baker & McKenzie, and Merck announce collaboration to analyze mHealth privacy and security policies in seven countries. The project will develop case studies of: Bangladesh, Chile, India, Nigeria, Peru, Tanzania, and Uganda. http://www....
2012-10-29
The Indian Health Services (IHS) is building a first-generation personal health records (PHR) system to serve more than 2 million beneficiaries. The new system will serve as an access system, providing IHS patients with web access to a portion of their personal medical information in the IHS...
2012-09-21
Dear Ms. Roper, On behalf of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced request for information (RFI). AMIA thanks the Department of Health and Human Services (the Department) and the Agency for Health Care...
2012-09-07
Dear Dr. Buehler, On behalf of AMIA (the American Medical Informatics Association), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced request for comments. AMIA thanks the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public...
2012-09-04
CMS has added Stage 2 meaningful use specification sheets for both eligible professionals (EPs) and for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to help them participate in Stage 2 of meaningful use in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The...
2012-08-30
Earlier this year, the FCC convened a summit with industry leaders to discuss opportunities to accelerate the adoption and use of mobile health care technologies. Participants formed an "mHealth Task Force" to develop recommendations for industry and government action to harness the potential of...
2012-08-30
CMS recently published a final rule that specifies the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. All...
2012-08-30
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have officially delayed the timeline for healthcare organizations to convert to the ICD-10 coding system to Oct. 1, 2014. The information is contained in the Federal Register Notice: Administrative Simplification: Adoption of a Standard for a Unique...
2012-08-30
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will host three workshops in Washington, D.C., this fall as part of its effort to engage patients and other health care stakeholders as meaningful and active partners in its efforts to build a patient-centered research community and refine...
2012-08-30
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. According to their web site WEF's Technology Pioneers...
2012-08-23
US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park announced the first class of “Presidential Innovation Fellows” who have agreed to spend six months in Washington to work on five high-impact projects aimed at supporting entrepreneurs, small businesses and the economy, while significantly improving how the...
2012-08-10
The draft plan establishes PHSIPO's vision, identifies key priorities, and defines strategies to advance the science and practice of public health surveillance and informatics.
2012-08-06
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a proposed rule to require that most medical devices distributed in the United States carry a unique device identifier, or UDI. The FDA is also creating a database that will include a standard set of basic identifying elements for each UDI, and...
2012-08-06
A new handbook from AHRQ offers practical guidance on the implementation of interactive preventive health records (IPHRs). Based on the lessons learned from implementation using electronic health records (EHRs) from three different vendors at 14 different practices, “An Interactive Preventive Care...
2012-07-27
The report outlines the CDC's vision for public health surveillance in the 21st Century and notes that public health surveillance evolved to cover much more than infectious diseases, as have surveillance methods, spurred by advances in technology. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/other/su6103.pdf
2012-07-26
The Government Accountability Office released new information Thursday about the use of electronic health records (EHR). Medicare has been offering extra payments to urge doctors and hospitals to make the switch, and GAO said roughly 57,000 collected those payments in 2011. Medicare shelled out $2....
2012-07-20
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), Public Law 109–41,42 U.S.C. 299b–21–b–26, provides for the formation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of health care...
2012-07-20
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comment on ways to improve quality measurement through health IT. AHRQ has issued a Request for Information (RFI), “Request for Information on Quality Measurement Enabled by Health IT.” The RFI is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys...
2012-07-17
 On August 29-30, 2012, the Global Forum will be holding its first public workshop, which will serve to establish an orientation for the Global Forum's future work. The workshop panels and discussions will focus on aligning health professional education with the needs of clinical practice,...
2012-07-17
 SMART (Substitutable Medical Apps, Reusable Technologies) is one of four Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The “SMART-Indivo Challenge” is a call to developers to build an Indivo app that...
2012-07-16
 To further examine informatics needs and challenges for 21st century biomedical research, the IOM’s National Cancer Policy Forum held a workshop in February 2012. The workshop was designed to raise awareness of the critical and urgent importance of the challenges, gaps and opportunities in...
2012-07-16
The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) submit ted a letter of support for the comments developed by the AMIA Nursing Informatics (NI) Working Group (NIWG) to the National Quality Forum (NQF) on the Quality Data Model (QDM).
2012-07-10
Quality measurement is a critical element of the strategy to improve the quality of care delivered in the U.S. health care system. Until recently, quality measurement relied almost exclusively on the use of electronic claims data, manual chart abstraction, and patient surveys. However, there has...
2012-07-05
The FDA Safety and Innovation Act (aka FDA User Fee Agreement) was passed by the House on June 20th and by the Senate on June 26th. It has been presented to the President for his signature. The bill includes provisions to improve drug safety, bring breakthrough treatments to patients quicker,...
2012-07-05
 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened a cybersecurity center of excellence to bring together experts from different sectors to create, test and implement cybersecurity solutions and promote their adoption. The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE) will...
2012-07-05
 The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comments to help it determine whether and how patients' work-related information should be captured in electronic health records. See: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR...
2012-06-29
Dear Mr. Posnack: On behalf of AMIA (the American Medical Informatics Association), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced request for information (RFI). AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informatics and is dedicated to the development and...
2012-06-28
 National Institute of Standards and Technology has released "A Human Factors Guide to Enhance EHR Usability of Critical User Interactions when Supporting Pediatric Patient Care" to address the lag of electronic health record adoption by pediatric care providers. NIST developed the guide because...
2012-06-25
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “is seeking External Fellows who have a passion for solving pressing problems in healthcare through innovative and game-changing solutions. External Innovation Fellows may be entrepreneurs, academics, policymakers, business gurus, government or non-...
2012-06-22
The Department of Agriculture announced awards for 52 distance learning and telemedicine projects totaling $14 million to take place in 29 states. The projects include 19 distance learning projects, 12 telemedicine projects and one combined project. See: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/supportdocuments/...
2012-06-21
The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services ("OIG") issued its Semiannual Report to Congress for the six month period ending March 31, 2012. The report covers an array of recent enforcement activities, including specific criminal actions initiated by the Medicare...
2012-06-21
A new report from AHRQ describes the development and testing of the Health IT Hazard Manager, a software tool that will alert users to potential health IT-related patient safety events. http://healthit.ahrq.gov/portal/server.pt/community/ahrq-funded_projects...
2012-06-21
Two toolsets, one for physicians in small practices and one for independent pharmacies, for supporting e-prescribing implementation are now available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The toolsets are designed to offer a step-by-step guide for preparing for and launching...
2012-06-21
MedPAC has released its June 2012 Report to Congress. In addition, they have issued several Fact Sheets including MedPAC's mandated report on serving rural Medicare beneficiaries and MedPAC's congressionally requested report on home infusion therapy. For more information see: http://www.medpac.gov.
2012-06-20
A web-based interactive anthology will provide psychologists, economists, anthropologists, sociologists and other scientists with the latest research methods and tools. The web-based resource called eSource addresses emerging challenges in public health such as the obesity epidemic and the rise of...
2012-06-20
OMOP is a multi-year research initiative managed by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) that has developed a network of administrative claims and electronic health records databases and established a community of methodologists to test the feasibility and utility of large-...
2012-06-20
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced the launch of a new standards and interoperability framework -- called Health eDecisions -- aimed at building consensus on standards for clinical decision support systems. See: http://wiki.siframework.org/Health+eDecisions+Homepage
2012-06-19
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) completed its initial privacy and security audits in March. At a recent OCR and National Institute of Standards and Technology conference, OCR provided some official details. See: http://csrc.nist.gov/news_events/hiipaa_june2012/day2/day2-2_lsanches_oc.... Other...
2012-06-12
This Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop will be held on August 8-9, 2012 at the NAS Building in Washington, DC. This workshop will revolve around the potential for telehealth to serve geographically isolated individuals and extend the reach of scarce resources while also emphasizing the quality...
2012-06-12
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released an IOM Discussion Paper. The paper offers the personal views and experiences (with supportive case material) of the authors, and presents what they've learned about the key components of care that both improves outcomes and lowers costs. Their...
2012-06-06
FCC Chairman Genachowski hosted a discussion at the Commission’s headquarters with private, academic, and government leaders in wireless health technology to discuss the promise of mobile communications devices, such as smartphones, for health information, to improve health care, and lower costs,...
2012-06-05
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new data and information initiative as part of the agency’s evolution from a fee-for-service based payer to a value-based purchaser of care. The initiative will be administered through a new Office of Information Products and Data...
2012-06-04
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking volunteers to serve on one of about 10 workgroups to advise on converting AHRQ Quality Indicators from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS. The workgroups will evaluate results of automated code mapping from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and the similarities and...
2012-05-30
The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) authorizes FDA to collect fees from companies that produce certain human drug and biological products. PDUFA must be reauthorized in 2012. The House and Senate have passed their respective versions of "PDUFA V." The two bills, S. 3187, "The Food and Drug...
2012-05-30
HHS' Office for Civil Rights has released a memo and a Youtube video to help patients understand their legal right to access their health information. See: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/righttoacce..., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY1l5s8ED5c
2012-05-24
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted rules and formally approved the use of 40 MHz of spectrum (from 2360 to 2400 MHz) on a secondary basis that will enable the use of Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs) by healthcare institutions. MBANs are wireless patient monitoring systems...
2012-05-23
The White House launched a new initiative titled “Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People” which seeks to deliver government services on wireless devices. The plan requires federal agencies to make two key services available to consumers on their...
2012-05-17
Re: 45 CFR Part 162 [CMS–0040–P] RIN 0938–AQ13Administrative Simplification: Adoption of a Standard for a Unique Health Plan Identifier; Addition to the National Provider Identifier Requirements; and a Change to the Compliance Date for ICD–10–CM and ICD–10–PCS Medical Data Code Sets
2012-05-07
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator and Chief Operating Officer Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard...
2012-05-07
Farzad Mostashari, MD Office of the National Coordinator Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Suite 729D, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Washington, DC 20201 Re: Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014...
2012-04-27
NSF and NIH will be hosting a webinar for people interested in applying for the recent NSF-NIH BIGDATA initiative entitled “Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science and Engineering (BIGDATA).” http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=CISE. The link also provides access to the...
2012-04-04
According to a report for the Senate Committee of Health Education Labor if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the entire Accountable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional it would also hamper health information technology. The report on ACA's impact on health reform was prepared by Senator Sheldon...
2012-04-03
Six members of the US House of Representatives sent a letter to the FDA and FCC that explains the importance of wireless health devices and medical apps, cautions against slow and inconsistent regulations, and asks for a progress report on how the two regulatory bodies are working together to co-...
2012-04-02
The Obama administration announced a new initiative designed to harness massive amounts of information -- including health care data. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)—in concert with several Federal departments and agencies—created the Big Data Research and Development...
2012-04-02
ONC announced that an enhanced set of 20 curriculum components is now available to the public at no cost, including all institutions of higher education nationwide and internationally. To obtain the materials, go to http://www.onc-ntdc.org or http://www.onc-ntdc.info to set up a profile and...
2012-04-02
The Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) solicitation aims to advance the core scientific and technological means of managing, analyzing, visualizing, and extracting useful information from large, diverse, distributed and heterogeneous data...
2012-04-02
Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA). For this solicitation ($25M) see: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12499/nsf12499.htm
2012-03-29
The National Institutes of Health and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the availability of the world's largest set of data on human genetic variation — produced by the international 1000 Genomes Project .See: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2012/nhgri-29.htm. Cloud access to the 1000 Genomes...
2012-03-21
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is holding a public hearing to obtain public input on a new paradigm they are considering. Under this paradigm, the Agency would approve certain drugs that would otherwise require a prescription for nonprescription use (also known as over-...
2012-03-16
AMIA and the NIWG submitted comments in response to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI’s) request for comments about its draft National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. PCORI was created to fund research that will give patients, caregivers, and clinicians more...
2012-02-12
Submission Deadline: July 23, 2012 The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled a contest looking for idea on how to improve access to electronic health record system data for consumers with disabilities....
2012-01-11
The NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research will hold its 12th Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials July 15-27 in Warrenton, Va. The session will provide a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials to researchers and health...
2012-01-10
In a move to re-engineer the process of translating scientific discoveries into new drugs, diagnostics, and devices, the National Institutes of Health has established the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). To learn more see: www.nih.gov/about/director/ncats/index.htm
2012-01-09
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released the Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records to help organizations anticipate, avoid and address problems that can occur when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR). The online guide was...
2011-11-29
Along with several other organizations, AMIA is participating in the Coalition for an Informed Patient Identity Integrity Solution. The Coalition is working to delete prohibiting language from the fiscal year 2012 Labor, HHS Appropriations bill, and to substitute language that would have HHS...
2011-11-10
AMIA acknowledged NIST’s efforts to highlight the importance of usability testing for electronic health records (EHRs) through its issuance of the proposed guidance. AMIA expressed concerns about several aspects of the draft guidance including the following: a limited and narrow identification of...
2011-11-07
AMIA and its Nursing Informatics Working Group once again provided input to the National Quality Forum (NQF) during an open comment period to solicit input on NQF's Quality Data Model (QDM). In its comments, AMIA recognized the importance of having an information model that clearly defines concepts...
2011-10-31
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a new software application downloadable to help covered entities and others determine if they're meeting HIPAA's security requirements. The free toolkit comes with a comprehensive User Guide and a self-contained, stand-alone...
2011-10-25
This week AMIA submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the a request for comments regarding Human Subject Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay, and Ambiguity for Investigators (aka "the Common...
2011-10-25
During this session, panelists explored several strategic, political, and policy-related implications of unintended consequences (UCs) surrounding the adoption of health information technology (HIT) and/or exchange of Health Information Exchange (HIE). Building on issues explored in AMIA’s previous...
2011-10-24
Monday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Fairchild meeting room   Panelists include David Bates, chair of AMIA's Public Policy Committee; Meryl Bloomrosen, AMIA’s vice president for public policy and government relations; and Doug Peddicord, of Washington Health Strategies Group. The session...
2011-10-19
AMIA recently issued comments in response to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on mobile medical applications. In the comments, AMIA president Ted Shortliffe noted, among other things, the need for additional clarification, definitions, terms, and terminology in the guidance...
2011-10-07
Recently, the Pioneer program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the McKesson Foundation, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes at the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation put on a workshop to discuss and...
2011-09-15
In response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) invitation to participate in a public workshop related to FDA’s Draft Guidance on mobile medical applications, AMIA—the association for informatics professionals—advised the FDA on how it should approach oversight of clinical decision...
2011-09-13
In response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invitation AMIA participated in a public workshop on the FDA’s Draft Guidance on mobile medical applications. AMIA, the association for informatics professionals, made a presentation and participated in panel discussions that advised the...
2011-08-31
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is partnering with the Department of Defense (DOD) to build a central database on traumatic brain injuries. Named the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) database, the $10 million effort is designed to accelerate comparative...
2011-08-29
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is asking for input on its plan to reduce health IT disparities. Click here for complete information and details from ONC about the plan and about how to comment.
2011-08-11
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comments on the metadata standards recommended by the HIT Standards Committee. The standards under consideration relate to patient identity metadata...
2011-08-01
AMIA has commented on a recent HHS notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule's standard for accounting of disclosures of protected health information. The purpose of the modifications spelled out in the NPRM...
2011-07-25
HHS is currently looking for qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the National Biodefense Science Board. Nominees are being accepted in the following categories: Industry; academia, practicing healthcare professional, and organizations representing other appropriate...
2011-07-21
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance entitled “Mobile Medical Applications.” FDA is issuing the draft guidance to inform manufacturers, distributors, and other entities about how the FDA intends to apply its regulatory authorities to select software applications...
2011-07-19
A new National Research Council report is recommending steps the FDA and other agencies and professional associations can take to ensure that the medical devices and health information technology used in home health care are easy and safe for people to use and that caregivers, whether formal or...
2011-06-27
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is soliciting nominations of potential candidates for the four International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) Standing Committees: Content; Quality Assurance; Implementation & Innovation (formerly Research & Innovation);...
2011-06-23
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week that up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health care provider organizations, and others improve care and stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related...
2011-06-22
A new Institute of Medicine report sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is urging all levels of the U.S. government to adopt a structured approach to considering the health effects of any major legislation or regulation. The report cites strong evidence indicating that policies beyond...
2011-06-21
The National Library of Medicine recently launched a new free service, MedlinePlus Connect. The service allows health organizations and health information technology providers to link patient portals and EHR systems to MedlinePlus.gov, a trusted source of authoritative, up-to-date health...
2011-06-20
AMIA President and CEO Ted Shortliffe sent a letter today to ONC director Farzad Mostashari and the leadership of all Regional Extension Centers (RECs) regarding a recent AMIA Board position paper on vendor agreements. Click below for a PDF copy of the letter.
2011-06-15
UPDATE:  The presentations from this workshop are now available online here. On June 7, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will convene a workshop in Gaithersburg, Md., entitled "Measuring, Evaluating and Improving the Usability of Electronic Health Records." The event...
2011-06-14
AMIA President Ted Shortliffe devotes his July "President's Column" in JAMIA to discussing AMIA's public policy work. Click here to read the column.
2011-06-06
AMIA submitted comments today on the proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). In the comments, AMIA president Ted Shortliffe asserts that ACOs, especially as enabled by the science of...
2011-05-31
The Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published a proposed rule on the accounting of disclosures of patient data from electronic health records. According to the rule, care providers, health plans and their business associates must detail...
2011-05-26
Today, AMIA and its Nursing Informatics Working Group provided input to National Quality Forum (NQF) during an open comment period to solicit input on NQF's Quality Data Model (QDM). The QDM provides a way to describe clinical concepts in a standardized format so that those monitoring clinical...
2011-05-23
AMIA and the ARGOS eHealth Consortium held a final meeting in Budapest to develop and promote common methods for responding to global eHealth challenges. ARGOS eHealth Consortium is a project funded by the European Commission. The meeting concluded with a mutual understanding and stronger agreement...
2011-05-20
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a report reviewing the information technology security included in Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC) health information technology standards. OIG found that while ONC...
2011-05-19
The Health Information Technology Standards Committee Implementation Workgroup within ONC is currently seeking comments on its electronic health record (EHR) Temporary Certification Program, which has been certifying EHR technology on Stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria for almost a year. Following...
2011-05-18
A collaborative project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, McKesson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health is soliciting white papers on alternative research designs to the...
2011-05-17
AMIA has weighed in on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan in response to the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) call for comments on the overarching strategy for realizing health IT goals set forth by the U.S. Congress and the Administration. AMIA states in its comments to ONC that...
2011-05-16
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to hold an educational teleconference on May 19, to offer care providers more information about how to meet the requirements for Stage 1 of ‘Meaningful Use’ and how to verify it in the agency’s attestation module. Among other...
2011-05-13
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a non-partisan group of consumer, labor and patient organizations, recently released the report, "Consumer Platform for Health IT," offering a vision for a patient-centered health care system in which improved access to timely electronic information can...
2011-05-11
The Federal Government has launched the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, a public–private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. AMIA is one of hundreds of organizations that have joined the partnership and...
2011-05-06
AMIA has weighed in on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan in response to the HHS Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) call for comments on the overarching strategy for realizing health IT goals set forth by the U.S. Congress and the Administration. AMIA states in its comments to ONC that...
2011-04-27
On April 27, the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) convened dozens of representatives of consumer-facing organizations ranging from patient advocates to government agencies at the first meeting of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth. The Consortium is the first effort of its kind to organize a...
2011-04-14
Biomedical and health informatics applies principles of computer and information science to the advancement of life sciences research, health professions education, public health, and patient care. This multidisciplinary and integrative field focuses on health information technologies (HIT), and...
2011-04-14
Clinical Decision Support (CDS) encompasses a variety of approaches to provide clinicians, staff, patients, and other concerned individuals with timely, relevant information that can improve decision making, prevent errors, and enhance health and health care. CDS tools and interventions include...
2011-04-14
Use of clinical information can improve the quality of health care experiences for individuals, expand knowledge about disease and treatment and prevention, improve understanding about the effectiveness and efficiency of health care systems, aid businesses in meeting the needs of their employees...
2011-04-14
Increasing numbers of organizations are implementing health information and communication technology (HIT) or are transitioning to more robust information systems that include computer-based order entry and clinical decision support. There are mounting pressures and incentives to deploy and use...
2011-04-14
The health sector is engaged in a wide-scale implementation of interoperable health and communications technology and information systems to support clinical care and health information exchange. There is a critical need to increase and broaden the pool of workers who can help organizations...
2011-04-01
Dear eMeasure Format Review Panel: On behalf of AMIA (the American Medical Informatics Association), we are pleased to submit these comments to help inform your important discussions. AMIA is an unbiased, authoritative source within the informatics community and the healthcare industry. AMIA and...
2011-03-17
AMIA submitted comments recently to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in response to their request for public comments on the latest draft of the Institute's strategic plan. The association's comments were informed by AMIA's Nursing Informatics Working Group (NIWG), which promotes...
2011-03-07
Re: Request for Information Regarding the Effectiveness of Federal Agency Participation in Standardization in Select Technology Sectors for the National Science and Technology Council‘s Sub-Committee on Standardization. Dear Dr. Gallagher: On behalf of AMIA, I am pleased to submit these comments...
2011-02-26
Dear Dr. Seidman: On behalf of AMIA (the American Medical Informatics Association), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced request for comment (RFC). AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informatics and is dedicated to the development and...
2011-01-19
Re: Request for Information Regarding the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report Entitled "Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans: The Path Forward" Dear Mr. Posnack, On behalf of AMIA, I am pleased to...
2010-12-20
As part of efforts to improve healthcare delivery and reduce healthcare costs, the U.S. has invested considerable resources in health information technology (HIT) and electronic health records (EHRs). The unprecedented availability of funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (...
2010-12-10
AMIA comments to ONC on consumer’s privacy and security of Personal Health Records. AMIA discusses the benefits and risks to consumers of PHRs and other points.
2010-12-10
AMIA submitted comments in response to the ONC’s request for comments about Personal Health Records (PHRs). ONC asked for specific feedback in several area including Security and Emerging Technologies, Consumer Expectations about Collection and Use of Health Information and Privacy and Security...
2010-12-09
AMIA’s testimony examines patient data matching before ONC’s Privacy & Security Tiger Team. AMIA's Brad Malin discusses some concerns of the accuracy in patient matching and the implications of misidentified data in patient care and biomedical research, which could lead to false match or false...
2010-12-08
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has released a report providing recommendations to the President and Federal agencies about how to take better advantage of information technology to increase healthcare quality while reducing costs. Released at an event...
2010-11-23
AMIA submitted comments to HHS on the Common Format, Device or Medical/Surgical Supply, including HIT Devices. The comments address patient safety data collections and event reporting. Failures with HIT devices are different from those associated with other devices and warrant a distinct form and...
2010-11-12
The current commercial health information technology (IT) arena encompasses a number of competing firms that provide electronic health applications to hospitals, clinical practices, and other healthcare-related entities. Such applications collect, store, and analyze patient information. Some...
2010-09-13
AMIA comments on the HHS NPRM to modify HIPPA Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Act (HITECH) published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2010. The discussion focuses mainly on protecting the PHI of consumers by the way of...
2010-05-29
AMIA comments to DEA on E-Prescribing Controlled Substances which would revise the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 (Controlled Substances Act, or CSA) and the related regulations to allow healthcare providers to write prescriptions for controlled substances...
2010-05-10
AMIA comments on the proposed establishment of the Certification Programs for health information technology (HIT). AMIA agrees with the distinction between “testing” and “certification,” and support the use of the International Organization for Standard (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical...
2010-03-15
AMIA offers comments to ONC on Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology. AMIA finds absence of detail in the certification criteria and to include directions for testing will ensure...
2010-03-10
AMIA comments on the proposed rule which implements the initial stage of incentive funding for meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology. AMIA strongly believes that three principles are essential to achieving meaningful use of certified EHR technology: 1) we must invest in people, as well as...
2010-02-25
AMIA’s testimony to the HIT Policy Committee, Adoption/Certification Workgroup, discusses potential unintended consequences of health information technology (HIT) and HIT policy, as well as effective options for addressing them. AMIA and its task force offer several recommendations that involve...
2010-02-10
AMIA NIWG submits statement to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the future of nursing. NIWG recognizes the importance of increasing the nursing workforce and to prepare them to meet the educational challenges of implementing HIT on a grand scale....
2009-12-24
AMIA comments on the interim final rule, which amends the enforcement regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to conform to the revisions made pursuant to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH)...
2009-12-04
AMIA comments on the proposed rule to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). AMIA supports the inclusion in the HIPAA Privacy Rule to prohibit against the use of genetic information for underwriting purposes. Covered entities (CE) would use genetic information only to benefit...
2009-10-22
AMIA comments on the Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information Interim final rule. AMIA supports ARRA’s definition of breach but offers suggestions for amendment. The comment also discusses the kinds of triggers the notification obligation CEs have to determine in order to...
2009-07-16
AMIA comments on the HIT Policy Committee Certification/Adoption Workgroup Hearings concerning EHR Certification and Meaningful Use. AMIA strongly believes that EHR implementation success requires a mix of organizational, behavioral, cognitive, and social factors in addition to the technology...
2009-05-20
AMIA comments on the “Guidance Specifying the Technologies and Methodologies That Render Protected Health Information Unusable, Unreadable, or Indecipherable to Unauthorized Individuals for Purposes of the Breach Notification Requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009....
2009-03-26
Surveys show that the American public supports having their personal health information used in research to inform public policy and practice, as long as appropriate privacy protections are in place. Large, population-level healthcare databases enable researchers to discover answers to questions...
2008-09-18
Joint AMIA/AHIMA letter to Chairman Stark regarding including provisions of HR 1467, the "10,000 Trained by 2010 Act," in HR 6898, the "Health-e Information Technology Act."
2008-07-11
Letter to Chairman Dingell and Ranking Member Barton regarding H.R 6357, the "Protecting Records, Optimizing Treatment, and Easing Communication through Healthcare Technology Act.
2008-06-03
Joint AMIA/AHIMA Letter to Chairman Dingell and Ranking Member Barton regarding Health Information Technology Draft Legislation.
2008-05-19
Dear Senator Leahy: The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) support your most recent privacy amendment draft for S. 1693, the "Wired for Health Care Quality Act." Your amendment proposes constructive mechanisms that...
2008-03-16
Testimony of Don E. Detmer, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Medical Informatics Association Before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health.  Hearing materials also available here.
2008-01-01
Summary Position on Adoption of ICD-10 (pdf)- a joint statement with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
2008-01-01
As professional groups representing experts in medical computing, classification and terminology development and application, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) share a concern for current US practices. Accordingly, the...
2008-01-01
AMIA and AHIMA hosted a November 2005 summit in Washington, DC, to review and clarify the issues and develop initial strategies to address work force challenges related to EHRs and a nationwide health information infrastructure. A broad representation of industry stakeholders from academia,...
2008-01-01
AMIA and AHIMA advocate empowering individuals to manage their healthcare through the use of a personal health record (PHR). The PHR is a tool for collecting, tracking and sharing important, up-to-date information about an individual’s health or the health of someone in their care. Using a PHR will...
2008-01-01
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have a long history of working to protect the confidentiality of individuals’ health information and to promote fair information practices. Public confidence that privacy will be...
2007-08-28
Collaborative Development of a Knowledge Management Repository to Accelerate Adoption of Clinical Decision Support Acknowledgments The authors and participants of the Morningside meeting would like to acknowledge and thank the organizations and participants who have contributed their efforts and...
2006-06-13
Acknowledgements The authors acknowledge the contributions of many individuals who helped to shape and provided input on this Roadmap. Richard Singerman served as project liaison for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). He was involved in, and provided...
Convened by the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy in co-sponsorship with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and AMIA, the association for informatics professionals Why: The Roundtable convenes a broad group of stakeholders representing community health centers, health...
Unlocking the Potential of Electronic Health Records: How Policymakers Can Impact the On-going Evolution of EHRs Policy Invitational Steering Committee Chair: Thomas H. Payne, MD, FACMI For the last nine years, the AMIA Policy Invitational has served as a unique platform to inform legislative,...
Informatics Experts Visit Members of Congress to Discuss Informatics Needs of the Emerging Workforce Washington, DC, April 14—Approximately 35 members of AMIA, the association for informatics professionals, traveled to Capitol Hill today to meet with four Members of Congress and more than 30...
Completing the Evidence Cycle: Reimagining the Research-Practice Relationship in a Post-Meaningful Use Era Policy Invitational Steering Committee Chair: Peter Embi, M.D., M.S. FACMI For the last decade, the AMIA Policy Invitational has served as a unique platform to inform legislative, regulatory,...
Overview On April 2, 2009, dozens of enthusiastic, energetic, and informed AMIA volunteer members gathered in Washington, D.C., to participate in AMIA's Annual Capitol Hill Day. The group of volunteers and staff representing more than 20 states, plus Washington, D.C., visited over 35 congressional...
 “Redefining our Picture of Health” How Data is Transforming the Role of Patients in Care & Research Meeting Summary: For the last several years, new and novel types of data have begun to sharpen (and in some cases) redefine the picture of a patient’s health.  The adoption of EHRs and other...
The annual AMIA Capitol Hill Day is your chance to educate your U.S. senators and representatives about health and biomedical informatics issues. You are invited to travel to Capitol Hill to meet in pre-arranged meetings with your legislators and congressional staff. Hill Day typically begins at 8:...
Anticipating and Addressing Unintended Consequences of Health Information Technology and Policy The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) held our 4th Annual Health Policy Meeting on September 9 and 10, 2009, in Reston, Virginia. During the meeting, multiple, diverse stakeholders focused...
Informatics, Knowledge, and Evidence Based Practice AMIA's 2008 Health Policy Meeting AMIA convened the 2008 Health Policy Conference to propel and focus discussions about informatics-enabled evidenced based care, clinical research, and knowledge management. The conference focused on Informatics,...
Advancing the National Framework for Reuse of Health Data To follow up on the recommendations of the 2006 blue ribbon panel, AMIA convened an expanded expert working group of experts, leaders, and citizens to further develop a national framework for the secondary use of health data on June 14th and...
Establishing the Framework for the Secondary Use of Personal Health Information In recent years, high quality health information has become valuable to many stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem. The access and aggregation of healthcare data poses philosophical including ethical, political,...
Transatlantic Observatory for Meeting Global Health Policy Challenges through ICT-Enabled Solutions This invitation-only event is aimed at furthering the work of establishing a Transatlantic Observatory for Meeting Global Health Policy Challenges through ICT-Enabled Solutions. The main goal for...
This event is by invitation only. The Future State of Clinical Documentation and Data Capture AMIA’s 2011 Annual Health Policy Conference considered the future of clinical data capture, content and documentation with its challenges and opportunities. Because of the importance of high quality...
(L-R) Dr. Kevin Fickenscher, President-CEO AMIA; Dr. Chris Lehmann, Assoc. Prof., Johns Hopkins Univ.; Dr. Bonnie Westra, Assoc. Prof., Univ. Of Minn./Sch. of Nursing; Meryl Bloomrosen, VP Public Policy & Gov. Relations AMIA On May 2, members of AMIA’ s Public Policy Committee, AMIA’s Board of...
This event is by invitation only. Health Data Use, Stewardship and Governance: Ongoing Gaps and Challenges The goal of AMIA’s 2012 Health Policy Meeting is to further a national understanding of data use, re-use, stewardship and governance that meets challenges posed by technology-enabled sources...
AMIA Hill Day is a prime opportunity for AMIA to educate members of Congress and their staffs about biomedical and health informatics and communicate AMIA’s positions on important health policy issues. Hill Day is also a unique opportunity to speak out on behalf of the biomedical and...
This event is by invitation only. Advancing Patient Centered Care, Collaboration, Communication, and Coordination The goal of AMIA’s 2013 Health Policy Meeting is to develop recommendations on updates to current policies and establish a research agenda in order to further a national understanding...
Harnessing Next-Generation Informatics for Personalizing Medicine AMIA 2014 Policy Invitational - Personalizing Medicine from AMIA on Vimeo. Meeting Chair: Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD, FACMI, University of Washington Purpose To recommend updates to current policies and to establish a research agenda...
The Future of Health IT: Innovation and Informatics AMIA's 5th Annual Invitational Meeting focused on" The Future of Health IT: Innovation and Informatics. The conference was held on September 1-2, 2010 in Reston, VA. The meeting included several plenary sessions: Health Care Reform, HITECH, and...
AMIA Takes the Hill Twenty AMIA members and staff traveled to Capitol Hill on September 3rd for meetings with members of Congress and their legislative aides to discuss the role of informatics in health care – from research and discovery to delivery and population health. The discussions with...