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Overview

The AMIA Annual Symposium is the world’s premier scientific meeting for biomedical and health informatics, which is the field devoted to the science of using information to improve individual health, health care, public health, and biomedical research.

AMIA 2012 Proposals

AMIA 2012 submissions will be categorized as either foundational contributions of novel informatics methods, or as reports of the application of informatics in the biomedical sciences or the day-to-day practice of health care. For Submission Details Proposals.

Program Themes

AMIA 2012 will be organized around the following themes from the 2011 meeting, subject to modification by the SPC:

  • Clinical Informatics: Sessions will present findings related to the design, development, and implementation of state-of-the-art clinical systems, including electronic health records, standards and interoperability, clinical decision support, and effects on clinical quality and patient outcomes.
  • Clinical Research Informatics: Sessions will focus on addressing the critical need for effective information management to address the many challenges facing clinical research and the rapid evolution of the biomedical informatics methods specifically designed to address clinical research information management requirements.
  • Clinical Workflow and Human Factors: Sessions will focus on the human factors aspects of clinical information system implementation and use that revolves around usability, workflow, and patient safety.
  • Consumer Informatics and PHRs: Sessions will explore Personal Health Records (PHRs) and the consumer perspective in the use of health information science designed to improve patient engagement, medical outcomes, and the health care decision-making process.
  • Mobile Health: Sessions will cover mHealth, Web 2.0, social media, telehealth/telemedicine, and related topics.
  • Data Interoperability and Information Exchange: Sessions will discuss methods that organizations have undertaken to develop and implement various clinical data integration and exchange activities, including use of standard data formats (e.g., continuity of care document or HL7, Clinical Document Architecture) and vocabularies (e.g., SNOMED, LOINC, ICD-9).
  • Data Mining, NLP, Information Extraction Retrieval: Sessions will highlight research and explore the application of data mining, natural language processing, information extraction retrieval to all areas of biomedicine to increase the amount of usable data and information that can be accessed from existing clinical patient data bases and the biomedical literature.
  • Achieving Meaningful Use: Sessions will focus on ways to promote the successful and effective development, implementation, and evaluation of Electronic Health Records as the nation works toward "meaningful use" of these systems.
  • Global eHealth: Sessions will highlight informatics approaches to Global eHealth challenges and the need for: scalable and interoperable HIT solutions, a global informatics workforce, and a scholarly network to support current and future eHealth implementations around the world.
  • Informatics Education and Workforce Development: Sessions will explore effort to create a trained HIT workforce to support the national “build out” of clinical information systems and the informatics contributions embedded within this movement.
  • Informatics in Health Professional Education: Sessions will highlight the application of information technology in health professional education and promote the teaching of informatics as a discipline.
  • Interactive Systems: Sessions will highlight human-computer interaction (HCI) research, compelling designs, or innovative interactive technologies, including those that improve our understanding of the social and human elements of health technologies.
  • Policy and Ethical Issues: Sessions will highlight the unprecedented national HIT activity and ethical considerations posed as more practitioners and the public interface with these technologies.
  • Public Health Informatics and Biosurveillance: Sessions will focus on leading-edge approaches to disease detection, communications, workforce development, standards and interoperability, and best practices to combine the domains of health information science and technology with the practice and science of public health.
  • Imaging Informatics: Sessions will explore the intersection of imaging science, biomedical engineering and biomedical informatics, including topics such as imaging ontologies, methodologies and techniques of image processing, standards for image information sharing, content-based image retrieval, decision support in image detection and interpretation, integration of genomic and drug information, computer-aided systems, and evaluations of image-based systems.
  • Simulation and Modeling: Sessions will explore the use of various computer-based simulation and modeling methodologies and tools as they can be applied within the field of biomedical informatics to help researchers and clinicians explore complex healthcare interactions.
  • Terminology and Standards Ontologies: Sessions will explore the complex issues surrounding standard syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of design, development and use of various application-specific and general purpose clinical terminologies and ontologies.
  • Translational Bioinformatics and Biomedicine: Sessions will focus on opportunities in biomedical informatics that arise from the storage, retrieval, analysis, and dissemination of molecular and genomic information in a clinical setting context.
  • Biomedical Data Visualization: Sessions will include tools and application of data visualization toward decreasing information overload and increasing acceptance of information.

Committee

AMIA 2012 Scientific Program Committee (SPC) Scientific Program Committee

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