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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.

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AMIA Supports Direction of CMS API Proposals

January 4, 2021

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 implementation timeline and seek to include […]

AMIA Urges FTC to Expand Purview of Health Breach Notification Rule

August 24, 2020

In comments submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC),  AMIA recommended that the agency subject username/password information to its Health Breach Notification (HBN) Rule and expand its purview to provide warning to health apps that provide inadequate transparency into its data use, reuse, and exchange. AMIA further urged FTC to address […]

AMIA Supports More Research On Telemental Health

August 30, 2019

In response to a Request for Information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), AMIA strongly supported additional research on whether telehealth can support initiatives related to suicide risk reduction and opioid overdose prevention. NIH was seeking input on current clinical experience in the use of telehealth in emergency department […]

AMIA Supports, Encourages Further Refinement of FDA AI/Machine Learning Regulatory Framework

June 5, 2019

In comments submitted this week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation’s informatics professionals applauded the agency for developing a regulatory Modification Framework for Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML)-based software as a medical device (SaMD). The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) offered additional observations and recommendations for […]

HIPAA Must Better Promote Information Sharing, Urges AMIA

February 12, 2019

In comments submitted to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), AMIA recommended that the Office ensure that HIPAA both requires and permits information-sharing upon patient and clinician request, as well as robust penalties for failing to deliver data pursuant to the patient “right […]

AMIA Supports National Testing Collaborative for Health IT

December 20, 2018

In response to a Request for Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AMIA urged HHS officials to focus on narrow use cases, such as CDS or eCQMs, when conceptualizing a national collaborative for health IT testing. AMIA also outlined the pros/cons of focusing on CDS versus eCQMs […]