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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

AMIA2005 - the prequel

The 2005 Autumn (or in US parlance, Fall) Symposium of AMIA, the American Medical Informatics Association, takes place in Washington, DC, USA on 22-26 October. Rather than develop a separate blog for the event, as has been done for MIE2005 (see www.deltadigital.no/s9y/), SINI2005 (see www.differance-engine.net/SINI2005blog/) and other events, a series of reports from the event will appear here.

Titled 'Biomedical and health informatics: from foundations to applications to policy', the event has the usual conference structure and mix of posters, peer-reviewed papers, panels, workshops, etc. As always with events outside the UK, it is going to be interesting to compare the 'view of the health informatics world' as seen from the USA with what is happening in the UK, and to see if there are any similarities and similar lessons. A first quick look through the programme seems to show a strong emphasis on biomedical computing and bioinformatics, as well as uses of GRID technology, genomics, and the usual plethora of talks about terminologies, ontologies, and electronic health records. An increasing focus in this event, and other US conferences, is on disaster planning and management, and there seems to be a growing interest in personal health records.

Assuming the technology allows, there will be more starting on Saturday.

Peter Murray


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