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New Fellows recognized for excellence in the use of informatics in practice

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) announced today the inaugural class of 130 Fellows into the newly established FAMIA Applied Informatics Recognition Program – a new program meant to recognize AMIA members who apply informatics skills and knowledge within their professional setting, who have demonstrated professional achievement and leadership, and who have contributed to the betterment of the organization.

The field of informatics began as a science dedicated to evaluating the use of information and communications systems in clinical settings more than 60 years ago. In the intervening decades, informatics has grown to include a wide array of professions that leverage IT and data systems to facilitate discovery and translation of research findings; deliver insights that improve patient outcomes; enable better management and prevention of disease; reduce clinician and researcher burdens; and increase value associated with research and healthcare delivery.

FAMIA was established in May 2018, following several months of deliberation by an interdisciplinary Advisory Group of AMIA members to define the FAMIA Eligibility Criteria. These deliberations reaffirmed that the FAMIA Applied Informatics Recognition Program be inclusive – balancing the needs of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and others within clinical informatics, with the needs of public health, clinical researchers, and others who apply informatics to their practice.

“The establishment of FAMIA marks a watershed moment for the profession of health informatics,” said Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, AMIA President and CEO. “This credential is the new hallmark of applied informatics professionals. Professionals who brandish FAMIA signal to patients, employers, and colleagues that they are steeped in evidence-based practice and engaged with a community of life-long learners who apply the latest advances in informatics to improve health and health care.”

FAMIA recognizes professionals who apply informatics skills and knowledge towards the goals of enhanced personal and population health, improved organizational performance and learning, and individual empowerment in their health, care, and research.

New Fellows of AMIA are authorized to use the letters FAMIA in connection with their professional activities. A formal induction ceremony will be held at the AMIA 2019 Clinical Informatics Conference in Atlanta, April 30 – May 2, 2019.   

Click here for the list of the inaugural class of Fellows.


AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,400 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.