2019 ACMI Winter Symposium

“Medicine Based Evidence”

Symposium open to only ACMI Fellows and Guests.

We invite you to participate in the ACMI 2019 Winter Symposium—to connect, learn, and grow—examining our future within a historical context for a number of today’s important challenges. The leadership of Fellows in the American College of Medical Informatics provides the needed expertise, foundational knowledge, and perspectives to propose important solutions and next steps in exploring these issues.

The 2019 ACMI meeting will be focused on how informatics can be used to develop the information needed to effectively treat a patient based on both the patient’s biology and biography, or what some call medicine-based evidence.  

Evidence-based medical practice is intended to reduce unexplained clinical variability and improve patient outcomes. It developed in response to medical practice that was overly reliant on observational studies and personal experience. While this approach has demonstrably improved the quality of care for many conditions, it doesn’t answer the common question raised by providers.

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 15, 2018

Evidence-based medical practice is intended to reduce unexplained clinical variability and improve patient outcomes. It developed in response to medical practice that was overly reliant on individual observations and personal experience. While this approach has demonstrably improved the quality of care for many conditions, it doesn’t answer the common question raised by providers, “Will a given therapeutic regimen help my patient at a given point in her/his clinical course?” This is because we do not have granular information about patient-specific contextual factors that have bearing on the question at hand and because our traditional analytical approaches target populations rather than individuals. As stated by Dr. Ralph Horwitz, to effectively treat a patient we must not only know their biology, but also their biography. The ACMI 2019 meeting will be focused on how informatics can be used to develop the information needed to effectively treat a patient based on both the patient’s biology and biography, or what some call medicine-based evidence.

Principles of medicine-based evidence include:

  • Medicine based evidence starts with a longitudinal profile of the biological, clinical, psychological, and social environmental history of a single index patient.
  • Profiles that approximately match the index patient provide the comparative empirical base for management of the index case.
  • The evidential core of medicine-based evidence, the approximate matches to an index case, focuses on the needs of clinical practice and sharply contrasts with evidence-based medicine which emphasizes internal validity (controlled trials) to the detriment of applicability in the real world of the clinic.

The ACMI Winter Symposium always features our members’ best science. We encourage you to submit proposals featuring your most exciting work. Given the theme of the meeting we are particularly interested in submissions relevant to the theme.

Some suggested topics include:

  1. Novel use of informatics to collect patient-reported outcomes
  2. Collection and representation of social determinants of health in the electronic health record
  3. Exploring the role of informatics in realizing the quantified self in healthcare
  4. Development of Standards for patient-reported outcomes and social determinants
  5. Digital Health – data-driven medicine/Artificial Intelligence (machine learning models from the data points of a cohort that can provide recommendation)
  6. Patient level predictive models
  7. Comparative-effectiveness and Observational studies (deriving evidence for practice from transactional clinical data)
  8. Learning healthcare system powered by informatics (a loop of medicine-based evidence and evidence-based medicine, resulting from the Data to information, knowledge, and wisdom (DIKW) pyramid)
  9. Ethics and decisions under uncertainty
  10. Appropriate uses and users of evidence-based decision support systems

Formats

Ignite-style Talks

Ignite-style talk proposals are for a timely, provocative, and creative five-minute talk addressing a hot topic in informatics related to the symposium theme. Ignite-style talks will contain exactly 20 slides, 15 seconds each, that will be automatically advanced. After your presentation, a moderator will facilitate brief dialogue with the audience and move to the next presentation. Ignite-style Talks will be pre-loaded on a laptop and you will be required to submit a final version of your presentation slides in advance using the ACMI slide template.

Panel

Panels provide an opportunity for an extended exploration of a topic by the panelists. A panel proposal should describe the topic to be explored and an argument as to why this topic is timely, urgent, needed, or attention-grabbing. Further, the proposal should describe why the participating panelists are germane to this topic.

Moderated Discussion

This format provides an opportunity for an extended exploration of a specific topic by Fellows. Please describe the topic to be explored and an argument as to why this topic is timely, urgent, or needed.

Other Format

You are welcome to submit an idea for another format. We invite your proposal for an individual presentation or session.

Preparing Your Proposal

You will need to prepare and provide the following:

  • Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Selection of a format
  • Tweet summary of talk
  • Three keywords
    • Patient-reported outcomes
    • Social determinants
    • Quantified self
    • Standards
    • Data-driven medicine/Artificial Intelligence
    • Patient level predictive models
    • Comparative-effectiveness/Observational studies
    • Learning healthcare system
    • Decisions under uncertainty
    • Evidence-based decision support
  • Desired meeting outcome

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 15, 2018

  • Agenda will include a mix of short presentations, panel discussions, and audience discussions and time for networking, recreation, and leisure
  • Significant time for discussion will be allotted in the program; with flexibility for the audience to select discussion topics based upon the content of the presentations
  • Possibility of developing a set of Case Studies derived from the meeting content as an ACMI product for educational purposes or formal publication
  • Update on the ACMI Strategic Plan, Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, FACMI
  • AMIA Update and Discussion, Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACMI
  • Friday Afternoon Recreational Outing (additional fee)
  • Saturday Evening Dinner Cruise Aboard the Hotel Yacht (included)

Marc S. Willams, MD, FACMI, 2019 Program Chair

“Will a given therapeutic regimen help my patient at a given point in her/his clinical course?” This is because we do not have granular information about patient-specific contextual factors that have bearing on the question at hand. As stated by Dr. Ralph Horwitz, to effectively treat a patient we must not only their biology, but also their biography.”

  • Fellow/International Associate: $895
  • Guest: $665
  • Young Adult: $450 (Children under 18)

A la carte food and beverages prices for guests:

  • Thursday welcome reception: $80
  • Continental breakfast: $55 per day
  • Friday hospitality reception: $65
  • Saturday dinner cruise: $200

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Rate: $244 single/double

Click here to reserve your room. Individual reservations can also be called into 1-800-767-7777 and reference the American Medical Informatics Association - ACMI Winter Symposium 2019. The nightly Resort Fee has been waived per night and the nightly self-parking fee has been discounted to $6.00 per day. Attendees must book reservations within the group block by January 3rd, 2019 to receive these special concessions and group rate. Please be advised, when booking reservations, guests will be made aware of our normal nightly Resort Fee of $25.00 and self-parking fee of $12.00 but, again, these fees has been discounted and waived for the American Medical Informatics Association - ACMI Winter Symposium 2019. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Marisa Reese, reservations manager, at 239-466-2118.

Cancellation Policy

ACMI Symposium cancellation does not constitute a cancellation of your hotel room. You should contact the resort directly to cancel your reservation and check the cancellation policy to avoid a penalty.

You may withdraw your symposium registration at any time up until January 18, 2018 for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee.  After January 18  we are committed to the hotel and no refunds will be issued.

Arrival and Departure

Sanibel Harbour Resort is located 21 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport. The Symposium will begin at with a welcome buffet on Thursday, January 24th, and will end at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 27.