ANIA Announces Support for iHealth 2014 Conference

Conference Will Facilitate Collaborations among Innovators in Clinical Informatics

SEWELL, NJ — Today, the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) announced support for iHealth 2014, a conference convened by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and co-hosted by AcademyHealth from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla., to facilitate collaborations among clinical informatics leaders in a step toward the transformation of healthcare delivery.

"Clinical informatics is critical to the nursing profession," said ANIA President, Patricia Sengstack DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS. "By innovating in the field and putting into place best practices, we can make a difference in the quality of care that patients receive, and work toward greater population health and bending the cost curve."

Conference speakers will include leading innovators in the field, such as keynote speaker Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, MPA, Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, President and CEO of AcademyHealth; and Elizabeth McGlynn, PhD, Director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research.

The iHealth 2014 conference, a collaborative effort, will benefit from the support of many of the field’s most innovative organizations. Sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation, the conference will be enriched by the ideas of its partner organizations, the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics (AOAMI), Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM).

"Clinical informatics holds a special place in the healthcare right now. There isn’t a single stakeholder who isn’t trying to map out ways to improve quality, rein in costs and enhance health," said AMIA President and CEO Kevin M. Fickenscher, MD. "Within that broader push for system-wide improvement, clinical informatics is what will open doors to achieving those goals."

At the iHealth conference, some of the most influential voices in healthcare and clinical informatics will have the opportunity to discuss opportunities and challenges in the field, and forge new ways to translate the power of informatics into the clinical setting. The emergence of "Big Data" and a more robust health IT infrastructure has meant growing interest and traction within health systems. Healthcare professionals and health systems administrators have begun harnessing information through a variety of interdisciplinary methods – like natural language processing, decision science and public health data analysis algorithms – to provide individualized, coordinated care.

But the clinical informatics field is still in the early stages of translating its interdisciplinary knowledge into practical use. In order for the field to fulfill its potential for improving the healthcare triple aim (improved population health, individual healthcare experiences and cost effectiveness), ANIA is encouraging members to engage in the discussion at the conference to ensure they are equipped to advance the application of clinical informatics into everyday care.

"This conference is about integrating clinical informatics into day-to-day healthcare operations," Fickenscher said. "We intend to give health leaders new tools to improve care."

The iHealth conference will address topics like HIT governance, EHR data, quality metrics and mobile technology. Relationships, best practices and innovations will be forged that will bring the best ideas and technologies from cognitive and computer science into healthcare delivery.

To register, please visit the iHealth 2014 website. To join the conversation, follow AMIA and its partners on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and tweet with the hashtag #iHealth14.

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About AMIA

AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, serves as the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals and plays an important role in medicine, health care, and science, encouraging the use of data, information and knowledge to improve both human health and delivery of healthcare services. More about AMIA is online at www.amia.org.

About ANIA

The American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) is the association of professional nurses and associates who:

  • Are committed to their specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing and informatics practice.
  • Identify informatics practice as a specialty that is essential to the delivery of high quality, and cost-effective health care
  • Are committed to their professional development and seek to actively engage in a community of like-minded professionals
  • Use informatics to improve the health of populations, communities, families and individuals by optimizing information management and communication (ANA, 2008*)

Release Date: 

Friday, December 13, 2013