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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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Addressing Algorithmic Bias Only One Part of Broader Societal Effort, AMIA Tells AHRQ

May 4, 2021

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 in both recognizing and reducing […]

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 Response to OIG Information Blocking

June 22, 2020

In response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the HHS Office of Inspector General, AMIA encouraged officials to finalize its policies on civil monetary penalties for information blocking with a “period of learning,” by establishing an effective date 60 days following publication of a final rule in the Federal […]

AMIA Lends Support to FCC Telehealth Pilot Program

August 29, 2019

In comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), AMIA supported its proposal to create a new Connected Care Pilot program that funds connected care projects for low-income Americans and veterans. The pilot would help providers fund broadband services for patients who will participate in telehealth studies; FCC hopes to measure […]

AMIA Urges Feds to Think Beyond Traditional Care Boundaries for ‘Future Vision’ of Interoperability

March 15, 2019

In comments submitted to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program (NITRD), AMIA supported their future vision for interoperability among medical devices, electronic health records, and other systems within the healthcare ecosystem. In doing so, AMIA observed that the future of interoperability will undoubtedly […]

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 […]