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AMIA Names 2018-2019 Public Policy Committee

January 30, 2018
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The Bethesda, Md.-based American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has announced the appointment of Joseph Kannry, M.D., as chair of the 2018-2019 AMIA Public Policy Committee (PPC).

Dr. Kannry will join 14 additional AMIA members on the PPC, which is responsible for recommending advocacy issues and activities, as well as identifying critical areas for AMIA's strategic policy engagement in Washington, D.C., according to AMIA officials. Kannry is replacing Paul Fu, Jr., M.D., chief medical information officer (CMIO) at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

“I am privileged to be able to lead this committee, and build upon the great work Chair Paul Fu, Jr. did in the previous term,” Kannry said in a statement. “Whether the policy is focused on the use of health IT, the conduct of clinical research through informatics, or the development of our national informatics workforce, the 2018-19 PPC will further bolster AMIA’s profile as a trusted thought leader for federal policymakers.”

AMIA’s PPC considers the present and near-term policy landscape to develop principles and positions across select, priority domains, which are essential to the emergent realm of public policy referred to as Health Informatics Policy. Health Informatics Policy is a distinct policy domain which seeks to optimize care delivery and care experience, improve population and public health, and advance biomedical research through the collection, analysis and application of data, according to the association’s officials.  AMIA has identified eight initial pillars as core to Health Informatics Policy:

  1. Patient Empowerment
  2. Health IT Safety
  3. Workforce and Education
  4. Data Sharing in Research
  5. Health IT Standards & Interoperability
  6. Informatics-driven Quality Measurement
  7. Population and Public Health Informatics (Currently under development)
  8. Cybersecurity (Currently under development)

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