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

Naveen Muthu, MD
Jessica Herstek, MD
Juan Chaparro, MD

SIG purpose/mission:
The medical informatics special interest group seeks to increase the exposure of pediatricians to the field of medical informatics and how principles of informatics can be used to improve pediatric patient care, to conduct research and to advance our field as a whole.

Current SIG goals:

  • Offer networking opportunities to encourage pediatricians to connect with informatics experts as well as their EHR specific community libraries.
  • Highlight academic work published by SIG members in the field of informatics.
  • Provide a curated guide to available pediatric patient datasets (e.g. PHIS, CPCCRN, dbGaP) for research.

Annual summary:

  • PAS Workshop
    • At this year's PAS meeting, we ran a workshop on "Informatics and Quality Improvemen". Our session was guest-hosted by Dr. Eric Shelov from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Drs. Maya Dewan and Eric Kirkendall of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Our workshop drew over 30 attendees from a variety of backgrounds and was very well received. The participant groups focused on two main areas, improving the medication reconciliation process, and patient portal usage. The team also provided a great condensed version of the toolkit for implementing and evaluating clinical decision support.
  • Name change
    • We are currently in the process of soliciting name changes for our SIG and will be presenting possible options to the membership within the coming month. We hope to reflect the evolving role of informaticists in the pediatric realm.
  • Soliciting ideas for future changes
    • At our PAS meeting, we also solicited ideas as to how the SIG could provide better value for its members. Some of the ideas we received included:
      • How to get data out of the EHR or how to access publicly available pediatric datasets.
      • Bridging the gap between general pediatricians and informaticists
      • How to connect with others regarding EHR-specific sharing resources (e.g. Epic's Community Library)
      • Highlight pediatric informatics work through listserv (particularly by SIG members)

Other groups:

  • AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology
  • APA Quality Improvement SIG

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
4511 Cassill Street
Upper Arlington, OH 43220
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

Current SIG Mentor:

Joseph Zorc, MD
34th and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
Phone: (215) 590-1944




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