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AMIA 2019 Health Informatics Policy Forum Call for Participation

Submission Deadline: July 19, 2019

The Policy Forum Call for Participation is closed. As part of a change to our annual Policy Invitational, this meeting is open to all AMIA members and nonmembers. The AMIA 2019 Health Informatics Policy Forum will rely on dynamic keynotes and interactive panel discussions to educate policymakers and influencers in Washington, D.C. and beyond. Chosen panel submissions will be invited to develop manuscripts for publication and may be asked to meet with officials in Washington as part of AMIA’s ongoing public policy engagement.

Policy Forum Sub-Themes

Truth in Advertising: How do we know what’s inside the black box?

Panel submissions in this category should explore public policies necessary to promote transparency, explainability, and foster trust in Adaptive CDS. Submissions are encouraged to consider the concept of Good Machine Learning Practices (GMLP), within the context of Adaptive CDS development, as outlined recently by the Food and Drug Administration.

More Data, More Problems: The promise and perils of data-based decision support

Panel submissions in this category should explore policy concerns that arise from data-based decision support, rather than guideline-based decision support. Submissions are encouraged to focus on two areas within this category (1) Policies meant to mitigate bias (via detection and correction) with Adaptive CDS. For example, what policies are needed to ensure that training data sets are appropriately reflective of the target population? OR (2) Policies meant to address operational challenges, such as the “care and feeding” of Adaptive CDS in live environments. For example, what policies will be needed to measuring accuracy and performance of Adaptive CDS in live environments and what are the rights and obligations of users versus technology developers?

Balancing Science and Capitalism: Policies to foster a vibrant marketplace for Adaptive CDS

Panel submissions in this category should explore the tensions between market forces to develop highly impactful Adaptive CDS and make profit from such software, and the ethical imperative to above all do no harm. Panel submissions should focus on policies related to data rights, intellectual property, or patent law issues around Adaptive CDS. Submissions could also explore the medicolegal dimensions of what happens when Adaptive CDS goes wrong.

From Good to Great ...and Beyond: Continuously learning from the deployment of Adaptive CDS

Panel submissions in this category should discuss what policies should be in place to evaluate Adaptive CDS and what programs should be established to monitor its use in real-world settings so we can improve our use of Adaptive CDS over time. Panel submissions could also consider the ethical implications of a future where Adaptive CDS is in widespread use for a range of functions. How might this alter (improve or degrade) diagnostic skills? What might be the ethical and policy challenges of direct-to-consumer use cases?

Before submitting a panel, please be sure to review these Background materials on Adaptive CDS. Preference will be given to panels submissions that explore the ethical dimensions of their subject and to those panels that focus on a current, specific policy document, regulation, or piece of legislation. However, panelists should not simply review and/or lobby for specific legislation.

Panel Submission Guidelines

The proposal must include a topic that is either controversial or is deemed to elicit varying opinions and questions, as well as active discussions. The Interactive Panel format is a short introduction by a moderator and positions statements of no more than four speakers to engage the audience (five people total). The Panel’s topic must identify the sub-theme of choice.

The submitted panel manuscript file must not exceed a maximum of three pages (including all tables, figures, references, and acknowledgements) and must include:

  • The names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state, and country, if international) of the panel organizer and all participants
  • An abstract of 150-200 words, describing the panel and its goals
  • A description of the intended audience, an introduction of the topic, the aim of the discussion, the specific contribution of each speaker, and expected discussion
  • An explanation for the timeliness of the proposed topic of this panel
  • A statement from the panel organizer that all participants have agreed to take part in the panel
  • Panel submissions based on participant publication(s) must be cited in the references


  • June 17 – Call for Participation Open 
  • July 19 – Call for Participation Submission Deadline
  • July 25 – Notifications sent