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DCI and AMIA Conference: “Blueprints for Trust: Best Practices and Regulatory Pathways for Ethical AI in Healthcare” 
September 21, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Co-organized with Division of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the conference is a prestigious and exclusive event designed to bring together healthcare professionals, researchers, policymakers, ethicists, and industry leaders to explore the latest breakthroughs, challenges, and prospects of AI in medicine. This conference aims to foster collaboration, encourage the exchange of ideas, and facilitate networking among diverse stakeholders to stimulate innovation and ensure AI's responsible and ethical integration in the medical field.

Interested? Limited spots are available for in-person participation! A virtual format is open to all, and participants can share their insights and pose questions. Find out how you can participate

Occupational Codes for Clinical Informatics

AMIA created new webpage that focuses on the progress for health/medical informatics industry formally through designated occupational codes. The page includes background on the process and AMIA’s efforts on Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC) Codes with the Department of Labor, and how AMIA is planning for the future. While a unique Informatics SOC code is our goal, there are many other, potentially better wins that are more achievable. AMIA’s initial application to the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is also featured on the website with the opportunity for other organizations to sign on and endorse the application.


Patti Brennan, Director of the NIH National Library of Medicine Retiring 

After seven years of leading the National Library of Medicine (NLM) as the first woman, industrial engineer, and nurse, Patti Brennan, RN, PhD, is announcing her retirement on September 30. Dr. Brennan led NLM a number of initiatives and through the COVID-19 pandemic. One that stood out under her direction is the efforts to expand mission-critical biomedical and information systems such as PubMed and PubMed Central,, GenBank, and the Sequence Read Archive (SRA), making the world’s largest biomedical database in the commercial cloud. We also enjoy her NLM Blog, Musings from the Mezzanine. Dr. Brennan is a longtime AMIA member and fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. 

View Dr. Brennan's retirement announcement

Richard H. Scheuermann named Scientific Director for the NLM

Beginning September 10, Dr. Scheuermann will begin his role as NLM Scientific Director. In this role, the Scientific Director is responsible for setting scientific priorities within NLM’s broad intramural research program, including components housed in both the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications and the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Dr. Scheuermann is currently the La Jolla campus director at the J. Craig Venter Institute. 

Learn more about NLM's new Scientific Director Dr. Scheuermann. 

ICYMI: In Case You Missed 

FDA Public Workshop to Enhance Clinical Study Diversity

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative will host a public workshop, November 29-30 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm ET. This workshop is intended to gather input on how to enhance clinical study diversity by discussing ways to increase enrollment of historically underrepresented populations in clinical studies and encourage clinical study participation that reflects the prevalence of the disease or condition among demographic subgroups. Some specific areas to address include establishing inclusion and exclusion criteria for certain subgroups, such as pregnant and lactating women and individuals with disabilities, including intellectual or developmental disabilities or mental illness, as well as appropriate use of decentralized trials or digital health tools, clinical endpoints, biomarker selection, and studying analysis. 

Register for workshop

ONC 2023 Interoperability Standards Advisory

On August 8, ONC opened the comment period for the 10th Annual ISA Reference Edition. The Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) is the model ONC uses to coordinate the identification, assessment, and public awareness of interoperability standards and implementation specifications that can be used by the healthcare industry to address specific interoperability needs including, but not limited to, interoperability for clinical, public health, and research purposes.

Comment period ends October 6. Learn more about ISA and get the latest updates

Time to submit USCDI v5 Draft Submissions

On July 20, the United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) Version 4 was released. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) added one new data class and 20 new data elements. Under the Laboratory data class, the data element Result Reference Range was added. This addition came after AMIA’s recommendation! Check out the latest updates to USCDI v4 in the ONC Health IT Standards Bulletin Issue 2023-2. 

Based on the USCDI v4, the ONC has opened the comment period for updates and recommendations to USCDI v5 draft. The deadline for new submissions is September 20. Submit now. 

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