AMIA Public Comments

AMIA’s goal is to improve the legislative and regulatory environment for health informatics research, practice and education through AMIA member expertise.  The primary pathway through which AMIA achieves this goal is by engaging Federal Agencies and Congress on public calls for input, such as Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs) or Request for Information (RFIs).  Below, AMIA responses are arranged by Federal Agency and Congressional Committee.

Regulatory Comments

2021-05-10
In comments submitted to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), AMIA pointed the overall lack of harmonization among available Common Data Elements (CDEs). AMIA urged NLM and NINDS to take the next step in its stewardship of the...
2021-05-06
In comments submitted to the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), AMIA applauded the agency for its proposals to promote information sharing and patient access to data. However, AMIA strongly urged OCR to coordinate with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC...
2021-05-04
In comments to submitted to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), AMIA stressed that “data creation and collection and algorithm development, deployment, and evaluation do not occur in a value-free vacuum.” Thus, while “there are systematic steps and approaches that can be helpful...
2021-04-15
In comments submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), AMIA called for the creation of new funding opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) research, as well as prioritizing DEI research proposals, researchers, training, and experience. AMIA further urged NIH to...
2021-01-04
In comments submitted to CMS last week, AMIA strongly supported the agency’s effort to provide patients, providers, and payers improved access to certain data through modern API standards and policies to enable such access. However, it also cautioned that CMS should reevaluate the proposed...

Congressional Comments

2020-07-07
In response to a Senate HELP Committee white paper on preparing for the next pandemic, AMIA made several suggestions on ways Congress can improve the nation’s data-driven public health surveillance ecosystem. AMIA urged Congress to address limited connectivity between health care systems and public...
2018-04-17
In comments submitted to the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) urged lawmakers to view broadband access as a social determinant of health, warranting a more nuanced approach to managing Internet traffic...
2018-03-22
AMIA applauds the bipartisan work of Congress to deliver a comprehensive funding bill that will enable data-driven discovery and accelerate healthcare’s transformation through informatics. By fully funding ONC, AHRQ, CDC, FDA, and by providing a $3 billion boost to the NIH, this spending package...
2017-12-14
Under the 21st Century Cures Act, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is supposed to implement an EHR reporting program. However, recent budget proposals would cut ONC’s funding – something ONC officials have said would prevent them from fully implementing this safety...
2017-12-12
In a letter sent to the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) urged leadership to abandon potential tax reform provisions that would count graduate student tuition waivers as taxable income.