Update on selected issues facing International Health Information Infrastructures and Researchers in Biomedical Informatics
Speaker: Don E. Detmer, MD MA, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Medical Informatics Association.
Date: 11 July 2006 Time: 15:00-16:30
Location: "Mediterranean Studies" Seminar Room, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete.
Host: Dr. Angelina Kouroubali, Biomedical Informatics Laboratory


The speaker will review findings from two recent personal research efforts. The first study explored the status of national health information infrastructures in English speaking nations and examined similarities and differences. The second study was a survey of AMIA and American College of Medical Informatics members regarding top biomedical research topics. An overview and a description of major findings will be presented.


Don E. Detmer, MD MA, is President and Chief Executive Officer, American Medical Informatics Association. He is also Professor of Medical Education in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia, Senior Associate of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and Visiting Professor at CHIME, University College of London. Don is a member of the Institute of Medicine as well as a lifetime Associate of the US National Academies, a fellow of AAAS, and the American Colleges of Medical Informatics, Sports Medicine, and Surgeons. He chairs the board of MedBiquitous, an educational standard setting organization, and also co-chairs the Blue Ridge Academic Health Group, a policy group of academic health center leaders.

Recently, he helped create a report for the Office of the US National Coordinator on Health Information Technology on a national framework for clinical decision support and also served as a Trustee of the Nuffield Trust in London.

Dr. Detmer is past chairman of the Board on Health Care Services of the IOM, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, and the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. He was a Commissioner on the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. Don chaired the 1991 IOM study,

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