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David Blumenthal and Aneesh Chopra Give Keynote Addresses at AMIA's Conference on Anticipating and Addressing Unintended Consequences of HIT and Policy
Date:9/11/2009

BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) released a framework for classifying and assessing unintended consequences of health information technology (HIT) and policy during its 4th Annual invitational Health Policy Conference. The conference, held on September 9 and 10, 2009, in Reston, Virginia, drew diverse stakeholders from the public and private sectors who focused their discussions on anticipating unintended consequences of HIT and policy, as well as options for addressing them. Keynote presentations were made by David Blumenthal, MD, PhD, National HIT Coordinator, and Aneesh Chopra, MPP, Chief Technology Officer and Associate Director for Technology in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Edward Shortliffe, MD, PhD, AMIA president and CEO, noted that "the healthcare environment is evolving rapidly. With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the United States is investing significantly in HIT in general and electronic health records (EHRs) in particular. They are viewed as a national imperative to improve healthcare delivery and quality and to reduce healthcare costs. AMIA has identified the roles of stakeholders (including government, industry, organizations, and biomedical and health informaticians) in anticipating and addressing unintended consequences."

During his remarks, David Blumenthal called for "the creation of a learning community" within HIT. Justin Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI, co-chair of the meeting and Director, Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Marshfield Clinic, observed, "It goes without saying that any endeavor of this scale will produce unintended and unanticipated consequences. We can learn from those consequences and improve our systems, but only if organizations are encouraged to share their experiences, both good and bad, in implementing t
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