AMDIS 2014 Wrap-up

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During the course of 2 ½ days at the recent Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems Physician-Computer Connection Symposium in Ojai, Calif., CMIOs touched upon just about every hot-button topic, ranging from clinical decision support and clinical documentation to health information exchange and Meaningful Use.

And clearly the symposium was successful from an attendance perspective. According to AMDIS CEO Rich Rydell, this year’s symposium had a total attendance of 294, which is close to the maximum number of attendees AMDIS likes to see at its annual meeting.

Of those 294, about 70 percent were physicians/CMIOs, and about 65 percent were repeat attendees, which “is pretty standard,” Rydell said. “This is the 23rd program that we’ve had and we have some who have come over 20 times.”

The reason? “We don’t give CMEs,” pointed out Rydell, “so it’s not a meeting that people attend to meet some kind of obligation. They come to the meeting because they’re experts in the field who have a chance to listen to other experts, so you have discussions that are at a very high level and very useful.”

Some of the highlights from our coverage of AMDIS 2014 included:

-The 10th Annual AMDIS-Gartner survey examining the evolving role of the CMIO and Vi Shaffer’s observations that while CMIOs are making more money and are still satisfied with their roles, they are a little less satisfied than they were a year ago.

-An examination of two approaches to clinical decision support in which Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, senior vice president and chief clinical transformation officer at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, talked about his institution’s successful effort to embed Choosing Wisely recommendations into its EMR.

-A discussion on Meaningful Use and how Harris Stutman, MD, executive director of clinical informatics at MemorialCare Health System in Orange County, Calif., and his team are dealing with the challenges associated with the transitions of care objective.

-A look at what CMIOs can accomplish with the right application of data analytics—and perhaps even capitalize on career-making opportunities.

This wraps up our coverage of the 2014 AMDIS annual meeting, but we will of course provide coverage of the 2014 AMDIS Fall Symposium in Boston, Oct. 20-21. And next year’s AMDIS annual meeting—the 24th—will again be held in Ojai from June 22-26.