AMIA works diligently to engage with national policymakers and keep biomedical and health informatics issues on the national radar. There are several vehicles and processes through which AMIA seeks to influence policymakers and other stakeholders in health and health IT policy:
- Policy Statements. AMIA policy statements typically designate a straightforward statement or declaration of AMIA policy on a particular topic. Such statements usually are short and concise and can include testimony before before Congress, relevant committees, and even outreach to members of Congress.
- Position Papers. Frequently, AMIA prepares formal comments to selected requests for comments, information, and testimony from federal agencies. AMIA comments follow the submission guidelines of the requesting agency and include input from the Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee, working groups, and designated AMIA subject matter experts. (Click here to see AMIA's policies regarding speaking on behalf of or representing the organization and here to read AMIA's tips for responding to proposed rules and regulations.)
- Reports. Reports are prepared to explain specific issues more fully and may originate from various sources, including AMIA health policy meetings, working groups, committees, and staff.
- Fact sheets. Fact sheets contain an abbreviated, concise synthesis, analysis or summary of discussions or findings (no more than 2 pages in length) on a particular policy topic or issue or AMIA program initiative.
AMIA’s public policy and ongoing activities also include a number of important signature events:
- AMIA Capitol Hill Day is the preeminent opportunity for AMIA members to come to Washington, D.C., and meet with members of Congress and their staffs face-to-face. This is a prime opportunity to educate members of Congress and their staffs about informatics and communicate AMIA’s positions on important health policy issues where legislation is crafted—Capitol Hill.
- Annual Invitational Health Policy Meetings. Since 2006, AMIA has convened an Invitational Health Policy Meeting each year to look at cutting edge issues in health care and health IT policy. The overarching objective of the meeting is to identify potential future issues, especially those related to the convergence of health IT, clinical technologies, devices, innovations, and communications capabilities; identify areas for further study and research; and develop objective reports synthesizing conference outcomes to inform policymakers about the issues discussed and potential next steps.