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AMIA's 31st Annual Symposium Opens in Chicago, IL
Date:11/7/2007

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 fo
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