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AMIA's 31st Annual Symposium Opens in Chicago, IL

This year's theme is 'Biomedical and Health Informatics, From Foundations to Applications to Policy

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 31st Annual Symposium, the premier scientific meeting for research and development in biomedical and health informatics starts Friday. Experts will address a variety of hot topics, including privacy and security of electronic health information, transparency of health care quality and patient safety, health information exchanges and clinical decision support, to EHR and CPOE systems, and health IT standards and policy.

AMIA 2007 features two keynote presentations from preeminent leaders in policy and patient safety: Secretary Michael O. Leavitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The American Health Information Community (AHIC) will also be holding its meeting in conjunction with the Annual Symposium on Tuesday, November 13 -- This public meeting of the AHIC will be chaired by Secretary Leavitt.

"The healthcare informatics innovations showcased at AMIA address the industry's hot button issues -- from quality of care, pay for performance and genomics, to patient/provider decision-making, ER overcrowding, epidemics and bioterrorism," said Jonathan Teich, MD, PhD, AMIA 2007 Scientific Program Committee Chair and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Elsevier. "The discussions we have and the conclusions we reach will transform IT products and services, for years to come."

The meeting features leaders of federal agencies and national organizations such as Robert M. Kolodner, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director of the National Library of Medicine, Barbara Alving, MD, Director of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), and Leslie A. Lenert, MD, MS, Director of CDC's National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) in the Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service (CCHIS). Microsoft will also be discussing their new initiative in medical informatics called HealthVault.

"Connected information technology continues to play a pivotal role in the transformation of healthcare," says Daniel Z. Sands, MD, MPH, FACMI, AMIA membership committee chair, and senior medical informatics director of the Internet Business Solutions Group at Cisco, an AMIA platinum corporate member. "By assembling influential healthcare informatics leaders, the AMIA Annual Symposium continues to lead innovation in the healthcare industry."

The 5-day program features 172 scientific papers, 320 posters, 26 tutorials, 29 expert panels, and10 invited presentations from leading authorities in the field.

The AMIA Annual Symposium shares the results of health informatics research, identifies and articulates future needs, nurtures the careers of informaticians, and provides opportunities for developers and users of informatics to meet and learn from one another.

Over 60 industry partners, representing leading healthcare companies and educational institutions will exhibit in the Innovation & Information Center, previewing innovative informatics applications, products and services, demonstrations, and solutions of the next generation of information systems in health care, public health, research, and biomedicine.

Participants and the media are invited to register on-site November 9 through November 15 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street in Chicago, IL.

For more information visit AMIA's On-line News Room at

About AMIA

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is a professional organization of leaders shaping the future of biomedical and health informatics in the United States and over 50 other nations. AMIA is dedicated to the development and application of informatics in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy. Complete information about AMIA is available at:

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