Webinar: FAMIA Applied Informatics Recognition Program: NIWG Q&A

"This webinar will provide an additional opportunity for NIWG to learn about the FAMIA Applied Informatics Recognition Program and ask questions about the application process. This is in addition to an AMIA-wide webinar the prior day."

NOTE: Free for AMIA members; $50 for non-members

Webinar: Implementation Science and Health Informatics: Mutual Benefits

"The purpose of this webinar is to learn about mutually beneficial intersections between health informatics and implementation science, a discipline that studies the translation of evidence into routine practice to achieve sustained improvements in health outcomes. Participants will learn about both sides, from the use of health informatics tools in implementation science, to implementation science strategies for better adoption of health information systems to improve health care. Discussion will build on examples of cardiovascular disease prevention opportunities using implementation science and health informatics in specialty clinics."

Presenters: Edmond Ramly, PhD; Christie Bartels, MD, MS

Note: Free to AMIA members, $50 for non-members

Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities in Studying Health IT Implementation: Understanding People, Processes, and Practices

"The author Paul Auster once wrote, “The truth of the story lies in the details.” While medical informatics often focuses on the technical details of health information technology (IT) implementation, the actual story of implementing health IT is much deeper and more nuanced. People and process components are often critical drivers in the implementation and adoption of new health IT systems, as both research and experience demonstrates. Due to the incentives from the HITECH Act, the majority of healthcare organizations in the United States now have some form of electronic health record system and other components of a health IT infrastructure. As the focus shifts away from encouraging healthcare providers to implement their initial health IT infrastructure, the new emphasis will be on de-implementation of previous health IT systems and on implementation of new systems and processes.

Transitioning between health IT systems requires an even greater emphasis on people and process components of implementation, because the logic embedded in previous health IT systems and concomitant workflow are rarely an exact match for that required by new technology. The goal of this webinar is to present an ongoing longitudinal study of a large-scale health IT implementation, and lessons learned thus far about methods and tools that can be used for evaluation during technology-driven organizational change."

Note: Free to AMIA members, $50 for non-members

Webinar: Understanding FDA’s Digital Health PreCert Program, A Presentation of the AMIA Public Policy Committee

"Software is increasingly used in healthcare to promote wellness, treat and diagnose disease, aid clinical decision making, and manage patient care. The ability to download these software programs onto ubiquitously connected mobile platforms allows them to be used in the hospital and in the home, by clinicians and patients. These software-based technologies, including mobile medical apps, are what FDA and other regulators call “Software as a Medical Device” (SaMD).

FDA’s traditional approach for the regulation of hardware-based medical devices is not well-suited for the faster, iterative design, development, and type of validation used for SaMD. So, the FDA has embarked on an ambitious path to reform the way it regulates SaMD through the development of a PreCertification Pilot Program.

The informatics community must understand the nuances of this new program, as it will have far-reaching implications for clinical decision support (CDS) machine learning-based applications, next-generation sequencing, and other kinds of informatics tools."

Webinar: Open-Source NLP Platforms in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges

"One of the major barriers to leveraging EHR data for clinical and translational science is the tremendous unstructured or semi-structured clinical narratives remain unparsed and underused. As demonstrated by large scale efforts such as ACT (Accrual of patients for Clinical Trials), eMERGE, and PCORnet, using EHR data for research rests on the capabilities of a robust data and informatics infrastructure that allows the structuring of clinical narratives and supports the extraction of clinical information for downstream applications. Current successful NLP use cases often require a strong informatics team (with NLP experts) to work with clinicians to supply their domain knowledge and build customized NLP engines iteratively. This requires a close collaboration between NLP experts and clinicians, not scalable and infeasible at institutions with limited informatics support. Additionally, the usability, portability, and generalizability of NLP systems are still limited, partially due to the lack of access to EHRs across institutions to diversify the training and testing datasets for NLP systems. The limited availability of EHR data limits the training related to improve the workforce competence in clinical NLP. In this talk, I will discuss our efforts in addressing the above challenges through privacy-preserving computing, deep learning, and open science approaches to improve the scalability, utility, portability, and generalizability of NLP systems."

Note: Free to AMIA members, $50 for non-members

Webinar: Analyzing Massive Healthcare Datasets using Apache Spark

"The rapid decrease in the cost of sequencing a human genome has made "big data" sequencing studies (>10,000 sample) the new norm. However, working with datasets of this scale requires a new approach to analytics. Bioinformaticians need to harness the power of distributed computing to process these massive datasets for important clinical use cases. Recently, several prominent libraries like GATK4, ADAM, and Hail have taken advantage of Apache Spark, the leading analytics engine for big data processing, to achieve this goal. With Spark, bioinformaticians can write code in Scala, Java, Python, R, or SQL and run it in parallel across a cluster with hundreds to thousands of cores making it easy to scale analytics.

In this talk, you will learn the basics of Apache Spark and how it supports large-scale healthcare informatics. We will also discuss examples of genomic analyses where Spark dropped latencies from hours to minutes. Finally, best practices for integrating other data sources (clinical measurements, imaging, etc.) with genomics data for popular healthcare use cases. will be explored."

NOTE: Free for AMIA members, $50 for non-members

Webinar: Dental Informatics Workgroup in Review

"This webinar will contain an overview of the future activities that will be conducted within the Dental Informatics Working Group (DI-WG).

The presentation includes introductions of the incoming Chair, Vice Chair, members of DI-WG, and the results of a survey that was conducted to understand the opinions of DI-WG members. We will also update the members with future plans and involve the members in discussion.

This webinar serves to help in increasing the participation and activity of DI-WG members in AMIA."

NOTE: Free to AMIA members; $50 for non-members

Webinar: A Trilogy on Using Machine Learning to Impute Laboratory Test Results

"linical decision support that integrates multiple elements of laboratory data could be highly useful in enhancing laboratory diagnosis. Using the analyte ferritin in a proof-of-concept, we extracted clinical laboratory data from patient testing and applied a variety of machine learning algorithms to predict ferritin test results using the results from other tests. We show that predicted ferritin results may sometimes better reflect underlying iron status than measured ferritin. We next integrate temporality into predicting multi-variate analytes. We devise an algorithm termed 3D-MICE alternating between cross-sectional imputation and auto-regressive imputation. We show modest performance improvement of the combined algorithm compared to either component alone. We then integrate Gaussian process with mixture model and introduce individualized mixing weights to handle variance in predictive confidence of Gaussian process components. Experiments show that our best model can provide more accurate imputation than the state-of-the-art including 3D-MICE on both synthetic and real-world datasets."

Webinar: Data-driven Discovery in Pharmacovigilance

"The aim of pharmacovigilance is to identify and describe adverse events related to the use of medicines and to support wise therapeutic decisions. By nature, pharmacovigilance focuses on the unexpected and relies on effective methods for data-driven discovery. In this talk I will highlight initiatives seeking to improve our ability to do exploratory analysis in observational medical data, using statistical pattern discovery, latent class cluster analysis and natural language processing. I will use examples from VigiBase, the World Health Organisation’s global database of nearly 20 million individual case safety reports and from large collections of electronic medical records."

Note: Free for AMIA members, $50 for non-members

Webinar: Understanding FDA’s Real-World Evidence Program: A Presentation of the AMIA Public Policy Committee

"Increasingly, vast amounts of health-related data are being generated by a diverse array of sources, such as EHRs, medical claims, product and disease registries, laboratory test results and even consumer mobile devices. Because such data reflect the experience of physicians and patients with the actual use of new treatments in practice, and not just in research studies, the collective evaluation of these data sources has the potential to inform clinical decision making by patients and providers, develop new hypotheses for further testing of new products to drive continued innovation and inform us about the performance of medical products. The FDA refers to this as the generation of Real-World Evidence, or RWE.

Please join federal officials for an overview of the FDA’s Framework for Real-World Evidence Program, and learn about what RWE efforts are currently underway at agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. This is the second in a series of Webinars hosted by AMIA’s Public Policy Committee, where the informatics community is introduced to federal programs and agency officials working at the cutting edge of health informatics policy."

Webinar: Delineating Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Practice: Results and Implications of AMIA’s Practice Analysis

"This presentation will describe the process and results of a recently completed formal practice analysis of Clinical Informatics conducted by the American Medical Informatics Association in collaboration with the American Board of Preventive Medicine and with the support of the American Board of Pathology. The aim of the practice analysis was to develop a comprehensive and current description of what Clinical Informatics Subspecialty physician diplomates do and what they need to know. The differences between the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty and subsequent Health Informatics practice analyses will also be compared and contrasted."

Note: Free to AMIA members, $50 for non-members

Webinar: A Journey of Deep Neural Networks for short and long text understanding

"This talk will cover our recent work on developing deep learning algorithms with applications to biomedical narrative text. The common theme of these studies aims at building models that improve prediction accuracy by exploring and combining relational information in text.

The talk will focus on concrete examples including biomedical relation extraction (short text understanding) from clinical notes and document classification (long text understanding). In each example, Dr. Luo will show how to automatically build relational information into a graph representation and how to learn features from graphs. Depending on the nature of the task, heavier machinery of convolutional or recurrent neural networks become necessary to reliably capture important features. Dr. Luo will demonstrate that these methods lead to progressively improved performance by integrating lexical, syntactic and semantic information."

NOTE: Free to AMIA members, $50 for non-members

Webinar: Geospatial analytics: Example use cases for one of the newest tools in health care

"Geospatial analytics is no longer a capability of the future. Roper St. Francis Healthcare, a South Carolina-based health system spanning seven counties, is using analytics and geospatial capabilities to take a ‘neighborhood’ approach to health care. Through using advanced technology, Roper St. Francis has applied insights from layering clinical, financial AND geographic data.

Join this webinar to hear how Roper St. Francis is executing on its mission of ‘Healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence’, through exploring innovative interventions that lead to quality results. Examples of use cases that will be shared, include identifying appropriate locations for services, refining patient identification algorithms and discovering non-traditional venues for outreach strategies."

Webinar: Using Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Clinical Documentation Improvement

"Clinical documentation improvement is important to physicians and hospitals to capture how sick patients truly are by documenting clear and specific diagnoses that impact the encounter, to document it while the patient is still in-house, and for the physician to be able to address it while they are in their workflow. This will show a true reflection of the time and resources used to treat the patient and thus be accurately reflected on discharge.

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

* Explore practical applications of artificial intelligence and natural language processing in healthcare
* Learn how artificial intelligence can be used specifically for Clinical Documentation improvement
* Stay educated on future healthcare technologies and potential pilot / full deployment projects"

Webinar: Advancing Patient Safety with Technology

"The purpose of this webinar is to educate our audience on ways in which you can use technology to improve patient safety and care.

Learning Objectives - After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

* Identify new and varying approaches to completing advanced clinical workflows on a single mobile device
* Describe methods used to improve communication across the entire care team
* Define strategic imperatives towards change management among clinical staff when deploying a new clinical communication and collaboration solution across the organization
* Define benefits of migrating traditional physical hardware onto a new cloud platform"

Webinar: Managing the Global COVID-19 Pandemic with Health Informatics – Successes and Challenges

"As part of AMIA's ongoing COVID-19 Webinar Series - and in collaboration with Digital Square - this webinar will provide an up-to-the-minute presentation of the use of informatics on a global scale to screen for and manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will include officials in China and Vietnam, and a view from the situation in Singapore, Korea, and Hong Kong. Presenters will engage in frank discussions of successes and innovations as well as the challenges and roadblocks. There will be a particular emphasis on the development, deployment, and evaluation of medical information systems in East Asia, and the lesson learned from China’s initiatives to bring the outbreak under control."

Webinar: Dispatches from the Front: Virtual Care Models, Health Information Exchange, and Cancer Care During COVID-19

"In collaboration with AMIA’s Clinical Information Community of Practice, this session will feature AMIA members who are working to develop and deploy tools to manage COVID-19 patients in the local health systems, and across state-wide geographies. Presenters will discuss the role of clinical informatics plays in facilitating the rapid switch from traditional modes of care delivery to virtual care modes, informing the workflow and monitoring of inpatient care through the development of patient dashboards and remote monitoring. Informatics clinicians and researchers working together with healthcare operations is an essential partnership for the development of structured documentation tools, tracking utilization, planning for staffing, and for predictive models. This session will offer CME."

Webinar: Dispatches from the Front: Combating the Coronavirus with Clinical Informatics and Health IT

"In collaboration with AMDIS, this session will feature clinicians who are leveraging electronic health records and other health IT tools to deploy rapid screening processes, laboratory testing, clinical decision support, reporting tools, and patient-facing technology related to COVID-19. Presenters will discuss strategy and pitfalls related to managing clinical information related to COVID-19 patients and reporting such data to public health authorities during this national epidemic. Presenters will also discuss some of the long-term implications to clinical informatics caused by responding to the coronavirus. This session will offer CME."

Webinar: Nursing Informatics in Times of COVID 19: Achievements, Challenges, and New Ideas

"The lack of a national or global unified response to the COVID-19 pandemic presents health care professionals with the greatest challenge of their careers. As informaticians create systematic responses to a host of issues – eg, creating terminologies, tracking and predicting outbreaks, ensuring practitioners’ personal safety, establishing telemedicine systems, and using AI to develop new diagnostics and treatments – it is critical to exchange information in real time to determine best practices in uncharted territory. During this webinar, nurse informaticians share information about how they are “building the airplane while flying” and using nursing informatics to respond to this global crisis. This live webinar is being planned as a certified CNE activity."

Webinar: Revolutionizing research: An EHR-enabled Learning Health Network

"Widespread adoption of the EHR has led to a proliferation of the quantity of digitized health care data, but these data have not always translated into improved data quality. Despite increasing interest in using “real-world data” to power clinical research, most clinical trials and research protocols still rely on time-intensive, manual data entry. The power of the EHR remains largely untapped in clinical research. In this webinar, Dr. Ann Marie Navar and Dr. Eric Peterson, researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and strategic advisors to Cerner Corp., will present an overview of their research using EHR data from multiple, connected health systems. They will also present their work with Cerner to build an EHR-enabled network to streamline clinical research conducted across multiple institutions, the Learning Health Network."

NOTE: Free for AMIA members and non-members

Webinar: ONC National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda – A Presentation of the AMIA Public Policy Committee

"The growth of digitized health data presents exciting opportunities to leverage the health information technology (IT) infrastructure for advancing biomedical and health services research. However, challenges impede use of those resources effectively and at scale to improve outcomes. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) led a collaborative effort to identify challenges, priorities, and actions to leverage health IT and electronic health data for research. This effort resulted in the National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda. This presentation outlines priorities and recommended actions to be implemented in collaboration with the research and informatics communities for optimizing the health information ecosystem for scientific discovery."

NOTE: Free for AMIA members; $50 for non-members

Webinar: Revolutionizing COVID-19 research: An EHR-enabled Learning Health Network

"The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for EHR data access for clinical researchers to understand disease trends and identify potential therapies. However, significant concerns have been raised about data quality and protection of human subjects, and many researchers are unable to access the data they need to answer the most important epidemiologic questions. In this webinar Drs. Navar and Peterson will present an overview of the efforts Cerner has taken to promote EHR data sharing to support COVID-19 research as part of a broader effort to use EHR data for clinical research, the Learning Health Network. They will also describe their work to build an EHR-enabled Learning Health Network to streamline clinical research conducted across multiple institutions."

Webinar: Updates from the NIH National COVID Cohort Collaborative: An AMIA Public Policy Presentation

"The COVID-19 global pandemic sparked a need for a novel approach to answer pressing questions about the virus. The National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) is an initiative that was created to harmonize electronic health data across US hospital systems on coronavirus patients. This synergistic effort between the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) is partnered with distributed clinical data networks (PCORnet, OHDSI, ACT, TriNetX) and the Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program hubs.

The N3C Data Enclave is an analytics platform for COVID-19 research that houses, 1 billion rows of data, 400+ researchers, and 1+ million patients.

This unique resource can be used to answer critical questions, create pilot data for grants, provide an opportunity for team science research and access to clinical, informatics, and analytic experts. The doors are open for research!"

NOTE: Free to AMIA members, $50 for non-members

Webinar: Everything You Need to Know about AMIA’s New AHIC Certification Program!

"Please join us for two live webinars that will go over all of the nuts and bolts of the AHIC Certification Program. Several members of the Health Informatics Certification Commission (HICC) will be joining AMIA’s Director of Certification to discuss the inaugural examination window, how to apply, what to expect for examination day, and much more.

In order to make the webinar more accessible, we are offering two dates and times to choose from. Both webinars will be recorded and archived for those who will not be able to attend the live programs. The archived recordings will be freely available.

Submit your questions in advance to certification@amia.org. Please use the subject title, "AHIC Webinar Question." A question and answer session is scheduled for the end of the webinar."

Webinar: Using Machine Learning to Help Predict Opioid Use Disorder Risk

"How could predicting a patient’s risk for Opioid Use Disorder in the next 6 months positively impact patient care? Cerner’s Opioid Use Disorder predictor aims to reduce overdose and increase access to treatment by informing emergency department clinicians if a patient is at risk for a future opioid use disorder event. Join us to hear Cerner’s approach to alleviating the opioid crisis.

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

* Understand how machine learning models can play a part in alleviating the opioid crisis
* Recognize how bias is addressed in clinical based models
* Explain why the emergency department is an ideal time to connect patients to treatment"

Webinar: Healing Healthcare’s Ills Using Open Standard, Event Driven Data Fabrics

"Fragmented, old, dirty healthcare data has served as a major barrier to realizing cost and quality gains in value-based care programs at scale. Disconnected HealthIT products built with proprietary data models have created massive inefficiencies, increased burden in clinical workflows and restricted patient flow across boundaries. Event driven architectures in scalable data fabrics are one critical key to unlock cost and quality outcomes.

This talk will focus on the transformational efficiencies and quality improvements possible using Smile CDRs open standard data & knowledge fabric: Together we’ll explore these and other #smileinside topics as:

* Using data & knowledge automations to remedy the crippling, healthIT inefficiencies cluttering clinical workflows.
* The critical importance of open data, knowledge and process standards to accelerate and stabilize interoperability initiatives.
* Best practices for implementing near real-time streaming digital quality metrics in value based care efforts.
* Stabilizing and accelerating quality purchased care flow across existing IT boundaries."

Webinar: The Digital Transformation Pivot to Value-based Care: How Ready is your Organization?

"Value-based care is driving changes in healthcare delivery in ways we have not seen before. As we move away from fee-for-service and to an outcomes-based payment model, both providers and payers struggle to align technology needs with this seismic shift. This session explores healthcare organization technology readiness to support value-based care, how interoperability can support care initiatives and improve workflow and data capture which can drive better patient outcomes and increased revenue."

Webinar: Empowering the cancer continuum and beyond with integrated clinical data

"Join Cerner leaders to discover how they're using integrated data to impact patient care, empower organizations to improve operational performance and support therapeutic cancer research. Learn how data sharing can enable clinicians, health systems and life sciences researchers to make informed decisions and draw impactful discoveries that support patients in their fight against cancer."

Webinar: Leveraging advancements in data exchange to provide improved patient care

"The industry is taking steps to enhance data usability, so providers and patients can make informed care decisions. Join us for an expert-led panel discussion to examine how advancements in interoperability can help bring internal and external data together, reduce clinician burden by removing duplicated data, and provide a holistic view of the patient’s care history. We will also discuss how Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) is going to help impact the availability of patient data through information exchange by all care venues. Finally, we will hear from clinical advisors on the work they’re doing to increase data utilization within their organization."