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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 Calls for New Focus on DEI Research

April 15, 2021

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 incentivize partnerships between large research institutions and those […]

AMIA Lays Out Strategic Opportunities and Challenges for NLM

October 19, 2020

In comments delivered to the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), AMIA highlighted informatics-driven efforts to develop standards to facilities use of clinical data for research, foster computable and executable knowledge artifacts and a knowledge ecosystem, and advance how scholarly contributions are recognized. Beyond these efforts, AMIA encouraged NLM to […]

AMIA Urges Congress to Improve National Data-Driven Public Health Surveillance Ecosystem

July 7, 2020

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 health systems for better surveillance and […]

AMIA Cautions CMS on Using AI/ML for Program Integrity Efforts

November 20, 2019

In response to a CMS request for information (RFI) on how it can use emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to improve program integrity, AMIA cautioned that such technologies are still in their infancy. AMIA called on CMS that – as it considers the use of […]

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 Pushes More Recommendations to Address Administrative and Regulatory Burden

August 15, 2019

In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), AMIA reiterated some previous recommendations it made to HHS and made several new ones for CMS to consider in various categories that drive regulatory and administrative burden: documentation; reporting; lack of program alignment; heath IT usability and user […]

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 […]

AMIA Recommends ‘Phased Approach’ to Payer API Requirements

June 4, 2019

In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), AMIA recommended a phased approach for making payer and insurance plan data available through open application programming interfaces (APIs) to beneficiaries. AMIA also called on the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) to develop new models to provide structural funding […]