Medical Informatics and Electronic Health Records (EHR) SIG

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SIG Description

Pediatric healthcare practitioners interested in the use of information technologies to support patient care, teaching, research and health care administration. We have diverse backgrounds, talents, and interests. Some are "techies" and others just want use the technology to help them take care of patients. EVERYONE is welcome.


The Medical Informatics and Electronic Health Records (EHR) SIG goals are to:

  • Provide a forum for APA members to discuss all aspects of pediatric medical and present their scholarly work in the field
  • Offer opportunity to network with other pediatric professionals interested in pediatric medical informatics.
  • Introduce other pediatric professionals to the field of medical informatics

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Send an email to declaring your interest in joining the Evidence-based Pediatrics SIG; your declaration will result with your email being added to our SIG's List-Serv.

What do I get if I join the Medical Informatics and Electronic Health Records (EHR) SIG?

We meet at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in May each year. We often have a theme presentation with lots of ensuing discussion. We also have had short presentations on different topics. It is a great forum to meet people and get ideas.

We also have our own listserve that offers the opportunity for online discussions and communicates information to the MI SIG membership as well.

There is also the opportunity to work on potential projects through the MI SIG.

Previous Annual Meeting Topics

  • 2010 – Meaningful Use of Medical Informatics and Creation of a new Subspeciality in Medical Informatics
  • 2009 – Careers in Medical informatics
  • 2008 – Medical Informatics Round Robin
  • 2007 – Pediatric Medical Informatics and Public Policy
  • 2006 – Health Information Technology Standards
  • 2005 – Bioinformatics: Integrating Computers, Basic Science and Clinical Medicine
  • 2004 – Clinical Physician Order Entry

What is Medical Informatics?

From the American Medical Informatics Association
( 2008) :

"Biomedical and health informatics applies principles of computer and information science to the advancement of life sciences research, health professions education, public health, and patient care. This multidisciplinary and integrative field focuses on health information and communication technologies (HICT), and involves the computer, cognitive, and social sciences. Biomedical and health informatics has developed its own areas of emphasis and approaches that sets it apart from other professions and disciplines.

Biomedical and health informatics is an emerging, interdisciplinary and diverse field that combines health sciences (such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and allied health) with computer science, management and decision science, biostatistics, engineering and information technology.

Solves problems in health care delivery, pharmaceutical, biomedical and health sciences research, health education and clinical/medical decision making. Is essential in all aspects of health care and biomedicine."

Annual Report

Erika Abramson, Weill Cornell Medicine
Jane Hull-McIntire, Generations of Women OBGYN
Michelle Medina, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Srinivasan Suresh, Children's Hospital Pittsburgh
Levon Utidjian, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

SIG purpose/mission:
Our mission is to be a source of information on medical informatics within the APA and help foster interest in the field among pediatric professionals and trainees.

Current SIG goals:

  • Provide a forum for APA members to discuss all aspects of pediatric medical informatics and present their scholarly work in the field.
  • Offer opportunities to network with other pediatric professionals interested in pediatric medical informatics.
  • Introduce other pediatric professionals to the field of medical informatics.

Annual summary:
We advertised for our SIG via the listserv, our own Yahoo group member listserv and during the AAP NCE's Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT) event, during which Levon Utidjian gave a talk on his work developing the PEDSnet clinical data research network. Srinivasan Suresh also attended the event and we networked with other pediatric informatics professionals.
Srinivasa Suresh served as guest editor for a special issue of Pediatric Clinics of North America entitled "Quality of Care & Information Technology." Two other SIG co-chairs, Erika Ambram son and Levon Utidjian, participated by contributing a chapter on telehealth to this important issue.
Our session at PAS event was a joint collaboration with the Patient and Family Centered-Care SIG entitled, "Patient-Centered Care through Health IT." We invited Alexander Fiks, MD, MSCE to present his research on family and patient engagement through patient portals, and Peter Margolis MD, PhD to share his work on collaborative chronic care networks. Our speakers were then followed by small group break-out sessions individually led by the co-chairs of each SIG that centered around the topics of patient portals, patient-generated health data, patient and family-centered health IT research and telehealth. By our sign-in sheets, about 50 people attended, including private practitioners, academics and multiple trainees.
Lastly, our group held elections to identify new incoming leaders for our SIG.

Other groups that work in your area of interest:

  • AAP's Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT)
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

August 2014 Newsletter Article

In our first year as SIG Chairs, we had a great turn out to our Medical Informatics and EHR PAS SIG meeting in Vancouver, BC, reaching standing room only capacity. Our invited speakers, Dr. Feliciano 'Pele' Yu and Dr. Marvin Harper, gave talks about pediatric health information technology standards and future trends in informatics. Dr. Emily Webber, our SIG's former co-Chair, also gave information about opportunities for pediatricians to become involved in the AAP's Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT). In the next year, we hope to continue to educate our members about how medical informatics will continue to shape how we care for patients, the development of new informatics training programs and the continued challenges of meeting the Meaningful Use program's goals for our EHRs.

SIG Co-Chairs:
Erika Abramson

Jane Hull

Michelle Medina

Srinivasan Suresh

Levon Utidjian

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Juan Chaparro, MD
3020 Children's Way
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (626) 379-7699

Jessica Herstek, MD
705 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) -82-2941

Naveen Muthu, MD
3535 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (267) 608-7776



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