American Medical Informatics Association

American Medical Informatics AssociationThe mission of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is established to promote the idea of ​​a unified information environment of health in all its aspects. Obviously, it will be effective only when the benefits of information workers at all levels feel health when modern information technology will become an integral part of their daily activities. Therefore, AMIA should promote the use of information technology is everywhere: from obstetric stations to the ministry.

Another important aspect of the task of promoting the ideas of information is raising developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs). Here AMIA can play a very important role as a social organization that can set the standards de facto quality of ICT systems, without complying with the new system which will be simply uneconomical.

About Medical Informatics

Medical informatics is designed to assist the physician in treating the patient, the manager of medical institutions in its role in the organization of physicians, policy makers in creating a system of medical care and a healthy lifestyle, etc. And it defines the important fact that the development Medical Informatics is only possible at very closely with health care professionals by professionals in the field of ICT. In this situation, a very important role may be as AMIA club, where users and developers of information technology can meet without being more customers and artists to discuss their concerns and develop a shared view of their solutions.

It aims to create a single information space, the generalization of experience in standardization, assistance to medical institutions in the selection of appropriate applications and to protect them from unscrupulous manufacturers, help market participants in legal matters, in matters of intellectual property valuation and certification of software. The Association publishes an annual catalog of Medical Information Technology, in the seventh edition of which contains information on 295 companies, developers and 732 decisions in the field of health information technology. About 5 years ago, members of the American Medical Informatics Association were a total of ten organizations, now there are over fifty.

Computer park of medical institutions significantly increased over recent years due to improved health care financing. There were means to automate, but often lack understanding of what to do with them. Today, according to a study AMIA, more than 85 healthcare companies have over 100 computers in their facilities; about 40 organizations have more than 250 PCs and 10 organizations – 800-1200 PCs. As a result of acute need for health facilities competent advice on choosing software, operating computer systems, and this despite the fact that the level of computer literacy in the health facilities themselves is not on adequate level.

All educated professionals are working in different companies. The only solution in this situation is to use the combined experience of experts convened by the AMIA. Meanwhile, companies are becoming more specialized, which, however, makes it very likely determine who is considered an expert in one field or another.

Lack of independent analytical information leads to what is often simply gather the necessary information from anywhere. To solve this problem, the association created Internet-resource, where each application of IT in medicine has a section with various companies, members of the association and recognized experts, representatives of medical institutions to have the opportunity to get their advice. In the counseling center collects information on users requests to identify the most problematic, bottlenecks. There are also sections dealing with the certification of software and the use of licensed products.

AMIA also makes sure that medical facilities use only certified equipment and software, and has a department for carrying out such a certification. According to the administration of American Medical Informatics Association, Health Ministry unit should deal with introduction of mandatory certification of ICT in health, which is to be revised by expert council consisting of representatives of reputable professional community. The Department should promote the formation of rules of engagement in the market, legislative and legal framework as well as standards for the exchange of medical information.

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