AMIA (the American Medical Informatics Association) is a professional scientific association of over 5000 informatics professionals with expertise that spans from basic sciences and fundamental research to applied and practical application of informatics principles in healthcare problems. As more health information is available through consumer devices, in electronic medical records, in large data sets to support population health and through national initiatives focused on precision medicine, AMIA has an opportunity to lead the way in
transforming health care through trusted science, education, and the practice of informatics. AMIA connects a broad community of professionals and students interested in informatics and can serve as the bridge for knowledge and collaboration across the continuum of health care domains.
In this presentation, we will explore how these changes in health and health care delivery create new opportunities for collaboration between the informatics community in AMIA and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. The goals of the workshop will be to summarize the changes in informatics and health information technology that is occurring in the United States and across the world, and explore how these changes are impacting AMIA and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Dramatic changes in the
adoption of health IT in the US, national and international challenges in precision medicine, disease surveillance, and managing life threatening epidemics are all examples of problems that are too big to solve in isolation. We will explore core activities of AMIA, stressing the aspects related to foundations of biomedical informatics and their applications in the health care contexts, and then, it will highlight the potential intersections with the activities of IEEE-EMBS, with the intention to establish future collaborations and start cross-fertilization activities.
Riccardo Bellazzi – PhD, FACMI
Doug Fridsma – MD PhD, FACP FACMI