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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 Offers Input to ONC on Information Blocking

August 6, 2018

The following statement was released today by Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, regarding a letter to ONC about information blocking:

Information blocking is the absence of interoperability, and there are numerous reasons why information may not flow as intended. Some of these reasons are technical, others for business […]

AMIA Pushes for Informatics Representation on Potential HHS Workgroup

July 11, 2018

In response to an HHS request for information on the creation of a new Healthcare Sector Innovation and Investment Workgroup, AMIA strongly recommended the inclusion of representatives of the health informatics community. Additionally, AMIA called for HHS to orient the Workgroup towards innovating and investing in areas that are strategically […]

AMIA Provides FDA Lit Review on Risk and Benefits of Medical Software

June 28, 2018

AMIA responded to an FDA request for input with a preliminary review of relevant research into the specific benefits and risks to health associated with software functions that the 21st Century Cures Act excluded from the definition of medical device. While some health IT applications to healthcare delivery have unambiguously […]

AMIA Cautions Against Paid Prioritization

April 17, 2018

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 through tiered pricing, known as paid prioritization.

AMIA Outlines Priorities for NIH Data Science Strategy

April 3, 2018

In comments submitted yesterday, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) called on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to declare that all data generated through its grants align with FAIR data principles. It is not enough that the NIH commit to FAIR data principles, the nation’s experts in health and […]

AMIA Applauds Omnibus Funding Bill

March 22, 2018

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 makes good on the promises articulated […]

AMIA Recommends Swift Implementation of Common Rule 2018 Requirements

March 19, 2018

In comments submitted to HHS March 19, 2018, AMIA recommended that HHS proceed swiftly with implementation of revisions to the Common Rule, known as the 2018 Requirements. AMIA recommended that 2018 Requirements be made effective July 19, 2018 and that the compliance date be set as January 19, 2019. This […]

AMIA and Pew Letter to ONC on 21st Century Cures EHR Reporting Measures

December 14, 2017

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 provision. The Cures Act […]