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The 2008 AMIA Spring Congress to Showcase Best Practices and Innovations in Biomedical and Health Informatics Research and Education
Date:5/15/2008

BETHESDA, Md., May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AMIA will host its 2008 Spring Congress May 29-31 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting brings together experts and professionals representing industry, government, and the academic and non-profit sector across the spectrum of biomedical and health informatics to stimulate dialog and interaction on key issues, challenges, and best practices within four specific topical tracks: Clinical research informatics (CRI), Electronic health records (EHRs), Personal health records (PHRs), and Public health informatics (PHI).

2008 Spring Congress tracks center on four major types of initiatives:

-- The development of effective electronic health records and the

evaluation of their impact on care delivery;

-- The incremental definition of personal health records and the new

challenges associated with emerging approaches to PHR development and

use;

-- The technologies, policies, research, and social structures required to

create a stronger public health informatics infrastructure;

-- The opportunities and challenges associated with accelerating the field

of clinical research informatics.

Lori M. Evans, MPH, MPP, Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health leading a new Office of Health Information Technology Transformation (OHITT) will keynote the meeting with an address on Thursday, May 29, 8:30 am - 10:30 am. OHITT, created by the Governor in 2007, is responsible for government and private sector efforts to support improvements in health care quality, affordability and outcomes for all New Yorkers through widespread deployment of health information technology. This includes oversight of a $250 million health information technology investment program.

"The Spring Congress challenges our assumptions about our profession but reinforces our convictions; it is an event that helps our
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