AMIA conference offers glimpse into innovative clinical informatics 


Doctor using computerJournalists looking to stay on top of what’s happening in health information technology or get ideas for health IT stories may want to check out the American Medical Informatics Association’s Virtual Clinical Informatics Conference May 18-20.

During the conference, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, technicians, HIT developers and others will share their recent technology innovations. Many presenters are from hospitals and health systems nationwide.

This year’s conference has plenty of presentations related to technologies and solutions devised during the COVID-19 pandemic, of course, including projects using machine learning for predicting COVID-19 complications; screening for and managing diabetes via telemedicine; tracking hospital visitors’ overseas travel history; and employing a data-driven approach to prioritize dental care for patients.

But speakers also will touch on a range of other topics, including:

  • reducing the documentation burden on U.S. clinicians;
  • adding women’s health data elements to federal interoperability standards for health technologies;
  • frustration with technology and its relationship to health care workers’ emotional exhaustion;
  • challenges of automating direct patient notification of drug recalls;
  • ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare through applied clinical informatics; and
  • increasing documentation of e-cigarette use in adolescent patients.

To browse the program, click here. To request free press registration, send an email to Lisa Gibson, AMIA’s director of marketing and public relations, at

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Karen Blum

Karen Blum is AHCJ’s health beat leader for health IT. She’s a health and science journalist based in the Baltimore area and has written health IT stories for numerous trade publications.