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The 2008 AMIA Spring Congress to Showcase Best Practices and Innovations in Biomedical and Health Informatics Research and Education

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


-- 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 community learn collectively while at the same time offering an even greater promise of demonstrating our value to an increasingly complex biomedical and health care environment", says Mark E. Frisse, MD, MBA, MSc, Scientific Program Committee Chair, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Director of Regional Initiatives, Vanderbilt Center for Better Health. He continues "More than anything, our desire is to bring to you three days of the most stimulating professional activity possible and to leave you with new ideas, new energy, and new ways of making a valuable contribution to our nation health care needs".

The 2008 Spring Congress will feature plenary sessions and interactive presentations led by a panel of experts that will critically assess the state of scientific knowledge pertaining to a specific, track-relevant question. These sessions will facilitate panel discussion with audience participation on current, related information emanating from contributed papers and provide a venue for continued discussion of each plenary topic.

The roster of speakers includes, among others: David W. Bates, MD, MSc (AMIA Board Chairman, Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis, Partners Healthcare, Chief, Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital), Don E. Detmer, MD, MA (AMIA President and CEO), William Hersh, MD (Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University) Leslie Lenert, MD, MS (Director, National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Clement J. McDonald, MD (Director, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine), and Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD (Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University, Phoenix).

Sponsors and Partner Organizations

Partners HealthCare is the sole sponsor of the Spring Congress. Partner Organizations include: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Biomedical Research Informatics Association (BRIA), Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and the National Association of Country & City Health Officials (NACCHO). Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare Magazine is the official media partner for the event.

AMIA designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 12 hours in Category 1 CME and Nursing CE.

Complete details about the Spring Congress program and registration forms are available at: For more information contact Tia Abner, Communications Manager at 301-657-1291

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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