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Emergency Medical Informatics Section Newsletter - June 2008, Vol 13, #1

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circle_arrow Conduits of Caring
circle_arrow Section Officers, 2007-2008
circle_arrow EMI Annual Report
circle_arrow EMI Annual Meeting Minutes
circle_arrow EMI Resolution Adopted, Task Force Named
circle_arrow Informatics Education Takes another Step Forward with the "ACEP-AMIA Informatics Transition Course"
circle_arrow HL7 Emergency Care Updates
circle_arrow HITSP Updates
circle_arrow EMI Seeks Section Grant Funding
circle_arrow Welcome New Informatics Section Members!
circle_arrow Washington Update
circle_arrow Boarding Solutions Report Released
circle_arrow Call for Essays for Longevity and Tenure Awards


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Conduits of Caring

L. Albert Villarin, JR MD FACEP
Secretary, Emergency Medicine Informatics Section
CMIO – Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
Philadelphia, PA – villaria@einstein.edu

0608conduitsThe future of emergency medicine with its new technologies and software platforms creates a divide between those who are ready and those who may be left behind.  Providing the groundwork for clinical network support and integration is the job of the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). The CMIO, by definition, is at the nexus of executive, medical, and technology leadership. We are leaders in healthcare organizations, change agents focused on links between the practice of medicine and the information technology world. Sometimes only other doctors can convince reluctant physicians that Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) are the wave of the future.

For the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, PA, I oversee those leadership duties. With intimate coordination with the IS team, we support planning, implementation, and operation of EMRs and other clinical information systems. An effective CMIO needs excellent communication skills and a passion for change. Passion for a project is infectious and contagious.

Currently, the decision to purchase an expensive IT system takes a significant commitment from the CEO, CIO and board of directors. If the technology includes EMRs, CPOE, or other clinical components, an IT project must be viewed as a major change-management initiative. A CMIO can help with the difficult process of clinical process improvement. Trust and communication are the key to CMIO success. As a bridge role the CMIO job used to be merely a liaison between medical and IT staffs which as evolved to include an educational component for clinicians and patients. Now, CMIOs must be collaborators with all parties making technology-based business decisions. Physicians in the CMIO role must inform top management about the business and clinical worthiness of IT purchases.

CMIOs are leaders in their organizations converting data to information used in strategic and tactical decisions. We must work with administration, physicians, nurses, case managers, quality officers, pharmacists, imaging technicians, and other care-related personnel throughout our network. I call this the "user-upgrade" which focuses our vision of advancement sharply on each user to maximize their abilities and confidence in the chosen platform.

The job is more than that of a "medical cheerleader" or someone brought in only for a technology implementation. Effective CMIOs help entire organizations focus on quality indicators by advising leadership on medical and technology issues alike. We understand the data and the entire healthcare domain. People in this space really need to communicate.

Growing that communication and trust are the goals of anyone in this position.  We welcome all your desire for change, ideas, support and most of all partnership in moving forward to the future of emergency medicine nation-wide.

 

 


 

 

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Section Officers, 2007-2008

Chair Vernon D. Smith, MD
Immediate Past Chair Craig F. Feied, MD, FACEP
Secretary/Newsletter Editor L. Albert Villarin, MD, FACEP
Secretary/Newsletter Editor- Elect       Jeffrey A. Nielson, MD, MS
Councillor Randall B. Case, MD, MBA, MSE, FACEP
Alternate Councillor R. Carter Clements, MD
   
Board Liaison Brian F. Keaton, MD, FACEP
Staff Liaison Angela Franklin

 


 

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EMI Annual Report

Section of Emergency Medicine Informatics Section
Annual Report 2006-2007

Introduction

The Emergency Medicine Informatics Section meets annually at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly.  This year the Section met on Wednesday, October 10th in Seattle, Washington.

Officers for 2006-2007

 

Chair Craig F. Feied, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACPh 
Immediate Past Chair Todd Rothenhaus, MD, FACEP
Secretary and Chair-Elect       Vernon D. Smith, MD
Councillor John A. Vozenilek, III, MD, FACEP
Alternate Councilor Christopher W. Felton, MD, FACEP
   
Board Liaison Brian Keaton, MD, FACEP
Staff Liaison Angela Franklin, Esq.

Summary of Annual Meeting

Pre-Meeting Agenda

Microsoft Presentation.  Drs. Todd Taylor and Meera Kanhouwa made a presentation to the Section on Microsoft’s new HealthVault, a new way for consumers to collect, store, and share health information.

Business Agenda

 

Welcome, Introductions  Vernon D. Smith, MD 
Presidential Commendations Brian Keaton, MD, FACEP
Elections Vernon D. Smith, MD
Section Update Vernon D. Smith, MD
Council Report Randall B. Case, MD, MBA, MSE, FACEP
Federal Health IT Efforts, National Standards: Impact on EM       Edward N. Barthell, MD, FACEP; Donald Kamens, MD, FACEP
Informatics Course Vernon D. Smith, MD
Grant Opportunities  Michael Gilliam, MD
Open Forum Vernon D. Smith, MD

Officers Craig F. Feied, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACPh, Vernon D. Smith, MD, Randall B. Case, MD, MBA, MSE, FACEP, ACEP President Col. Linda L. Lawrence, MD, FACEP, Board Liaison Brian F. Keaton, MD, FACEP, Dean Wilkerson, ACEP Executive Director, Angela Franklin, Esq., Staff Liaison, and 46 additional members and guests were present.

Section activities for 2006-2007 were discussed, including:

  • Section membership of 313
  • The production of three Newsletters
  • Section support of the Pennsylvania Emergency Department Information Systems Symposium held in December 2006 in Orlando, Florida, and
  • Section petition to ACEP Board for dues increase

Dr. Keaton presented Presidential Commendation plaques to Drs. Todd C. Rothenhaus, MD, FACEP, Donald C. Kamens, and Edward N. Barthell, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field of Emergency Medicine Informatics" and the College.

Dr. Smith described the activities of the Section over the year.  He noted that the membership stands at 313 total members, with 291 being regular members, 18 residents and 4 students.  The Section also produced three Newsletters and petitioned the Board for a dues increase to fund special projects.  The dues increase request was to be considered by the Board and action taken at the Board meeting at SA.  The Section also lent faculty support to the Pennsylvania Emergency Department Information Systems Symposium held in December 2006 in Orlando, Florida.

Councillor Dr. Case reported on the 2007 Council meeting, and Drs. Kamens, Barthell, Smith and Gillam updated the Section on federal health IT efforts, and national standards development harmonization and certification, a proposed ACEP-AMIA informatics course and NCEMI grant opportunities.

Elections at the Annual Meeting resulted in the following Officers for 2007-2008:

  • Chair - Vernon D. Smith, MD
  • Immediate Past Chair - Craig F. Feied, MD, FACEP
  • Secretary/Newsletter Editor – L. Albert Villarin, MD, FACEP
  • Secretary/Newsletter Editor-Elect – Jeffrey A. Nielson, MD, MS
  • Councillor - Randall B. Case, MD, MBA, MSE, FACEP
  • Alternate Councillor – R. Carter Clements, MD

Chair’s Goals for 2007-2008

  1. Update EMI Section Website to make more interactive
  2. Explore new ways to provide information to Section members regarding EDIS Systems, products
  3. Encourage Section growth
  4. Seek Section Grant or other College funding for:
    1. updating EMI Section Website
    2. seed money for the Section’s project fund, which would be used to encourage Section members to pursue projects that promise to advance Emergency Medicine Informatics
    3. hosting a Section paper competition on the use of Emergency Medicine Informatics, which promises to advance ACEP’s thought leadership in the area
  5. Continued participation in the annual Emergency Department Information Systems Symposium, hosted by Pennsylvania ACEP


Respectfully Submitted by Angela J. Franklin, Esq.
December 7, 2007

 

 

 


 

 

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EMI Annual Meeting Minutes

Emergency Medicine Informatics Section Meeting

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT
Washington State Convention and Trade Center
Room 618-619

MINUTES

Participants

Present for all or part of the meeting were:

Craig Feied, Chair David Hendrickson Jonathan Handler
Vernon Smith, Chair-Elect      David Meyers Jonathan Siff
Randall Case, Councillor David Richardson Larry Linder
Alfa Diallo Dennis Cochrane Mark Hoornstra
Andrew Bern Donald Kamens Mark Smith
Anthony R. Ruro Ed Ferguson Matt Deibel
Bradley Gordon Edward Barthell Michael Gillam
Brian Holroyd Eric Nazziola R. Carter Clements
Brian Katan Fran McCabe Rajiv Prasad
Chris Deflitch Greg Brown Sauti Fernandiz
Chris McCarthy Griffin Aavis Stephen Steward
Chris Schlanger James Cameron Todd Taylor
Christopher Corbit John ("Jack") Brown        Tony Rudd
Christopher Kang John Broiden Victor Ho
Christopher Strode John Vozenilek Vivek Tayal

Others participating for all or part of the meeting included Col. Linda L. Lawrence, MD, FACEP, ACEP President; Brian Keaton, MD, FACEP, ACEP Board Chair, Immediate Past President and EMI Section Board Liaison; Dean Wilkerson, ACEP Executive Director; Todd B. Taylor, MD, FACEP; Meera Kanhouwa, MD, MHA, FACEP; Gene Scruggs, Cynthia Singh, Peggy Brock, and Angela Franklin, Staff Liaison.

Pre-Meeting Agenda

Presentation: Microsoft in Health. 

Drs. Todd Taylor and Meera Kanhouwa made a presentation to the Section on Microsoft’s new HealthVault, a new way for consumers to collect, store, and share health information.

Business Agenda

  • Welcome, Introductions
  • 2007-2008 Elections
  • Councillor’s Report
  • Section Update
  • Federal Health IT Efforts, National Standards: Impact on EM
  • Informatics Course
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Open Forum

Major Points Discussed

Dr. Vernon D. Smith, MD, Chair-Elect, welcomed everyone to the section meeting and noted the section activities in 2006-07, as well as Section members who had a particularly strong impact for the College, and gave the floor to Dr. Keaton. 

Dr. Keaton presented Presidential Commendation plaques to Drs. Todd C. Rothenhaus, MD, FACEP, Donald C. Kamens, and Edward N. Barthell, in recognition of their "outstanding contribution to the field of Emergency Medicine Informatics" and their "tireless work to improve the quality safety and efficiency of emergency medical care." Stating that the "College and our patients will forever be the beneficiaries of his efforts."

Dr. Smith then welcomed Dean Wilkerson to the meeting, and Mr. Wilkerson indicated the importance of the Section in the College’s activities, and urged members to think about the upcoming International Conference on Emergency Medicine (ICEM), and the role of emergency medicine informatics.

Dr. Smith described the activities of the Section over the year.  He noted that the membership stands at 313 total members, with 291 being regular members, 18 residents and 4 students.  The Section also produced three Newsletters and petitioned the Board for a dues increase to fund special projects.  The dues increase request was to be considered by the Board and action taken at the Board meeting at SA.  The Section also lent faculty support to the Pennsylvania Emergency Department Information Systems Symposium held in December 2006 in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Smith announced the elections for a Secretary/Newsletter Editor-Elect, for which Dr. Jeffrey Nielson had been nominated, and for an Alternate Councillor.  After calling for additional nominations from the floor, Dr. Donald Kamens was nominated as Secretary/Newsletter Editor-Elect, and Dr. Carter Clements for Alternate Councillor.  At the close of voting, Dr. Smith announced the results and the slate of Officers for 2007-2008:

  • Chair - Vernon D. Smith, MD
  • Immediate Past Chair - Craig F. Feied, MD, FACEP
  • Secretary/Newsletter Editor – L. Albert Villarin, MD, FACEP
  • Secretary/Newsletter Editor-Elect – Jeffrey A. Nielson, MD, MS
  • Councillor - Randall B. Case, MD, MBA, MSE, FACEP
  • Alternate Councillor – R. Carter Clements, MD

EMI Section Councillor, Dr. Case discussed Resolution #10 regarding complementary Section memberships for residents, and Resolution #22, sponsored by the Informatics Section regarding information systems for emergency care.  Both were adopted by the Council.

Drs. Barthell and Kamens discussed Federal Health IT Efforts, National Standards: Impact on EM. Dr. Barthell discussed HITSP, as a volunteer driven participatory body under the ANSI umbrella.  Of the HITSP Process, the use cases involving the Emergency Responder Electronic Health Records are most keep to ACEP members.  Dr. Kamens discussed the HL7 and CCHIT, IHE, EDER and DEED processes, and activities and noted that the group needs a new set of Emergency Medicine volunteers.

Dr. Smith gave an overview of a partnership by ACEP and AMIA to jointly develop an informatics course entitled: "ACEP/AMIA 2008 Transitional Informatics Course (an AMIA 10x10 Course).  The course will be designed to transition interested Emergency Physicians into thought leaders in emergency care informatics.  Possibilities for future Emergency Informaticians include development as an EDIS Implementer, Chief Medical Information Office e, Medical Knowledge Engineer, Director of Emergency Medical Informatics, Data Standards Contributor, and possibly the next big technology contributor.  Weekly internet-based lectures are expected to begin by July 2008; registration details are still pending EM Informatics Section contacts are Jeff Nielson and James McClay. 

Drs. Feied and Gillam announced the availability of grants for Section members, funded by NCEMI.  The grants are available for applicants with innovative informatics projects.  Grants are also available for scholarships and funded fellowships.  The doctors encouraged more applicants for these attainable grants.

Dr. Smith then opened the floor for members’ open forum discussion.  Dr. Taylor posed the idea that a Section may be warranted for Emergency Physicians seeking to transition to alternate careers.  Dr. Case shared his alternate career experiences, noting that technology and fundamental process change are needed to reform healthcare.  These thoughts led to a discussion centered around the points that medicine is at a turning point—with the flood of information, how physicians make decisions is changing rapidly, and new, forward thinking technology that is easy to adopt is needed.  Dr. Feied described a new interface tool to help physicians with the decision process; Dr. Taylor pointed out that the Resolution sponsored by the Section is intended to ensure emergency physicians kept at the forefront of designing systems for the ED. Dr. Kanhouwa emphasized the need for continued innovative thinking—not just computerizing the "pen and paper."

There being no further business, Dr. Smith adjourned the meeting at 2:27 p.m. to allow the current break out sessions for HL-7, HITSP, DEEDS and the Microsoft Roundtable: "Partnership Opportunities for Emergency Medicine," to begin.

 

 


 

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EMI Resolution Adopted, Task Force Named

Vernon D. Smith, MD

At the 2007 Council meeting in Seattle, Washington, the Section’s Resolution 22 "Information Systems for Emergency Care – ACEP Policy" was adopted.  This Resolution was spearheaded by Dr. Todd Taylor.  It was resolved by the Council that:

  • That ACEP develop a comprehensive policy on Information Systems for Emergency Care; and be it further
  • That ACEP convene a task force, or other suitable group, to produce within the next 12 months a "white paper" outlining the state of the art and needs assessment of information systems for emergency care and a formal plan to educate the membership on the evaluation and implementation of emergency department information systems.

The ACEP Board assigned the task of developing the White Paper to the Emergency Medical Informatics Section, and approved the following Task Force to complete the work before the next Scientific Assembly

Task Force for Resolution 22

Todd Rothenhaus, MD FACEP, Chair
Brian F. Keaton, MD, FACEP, Board Liaison
Todd Taylor, MD FACEP
Lawrence Nathanson, MD FACEP
Jeffrey Nielson, MD FACEP
James McClay, MD FACEP
Al Villarin, MD FACEP
Donald Kamens, MD FACEP

Meetings have begun and comments, ideas are welcomed—please forward to Angela Franklin at afranklin@acep.org.  A copy of Resolution 22(07) is available online.

 

 

 


 

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Informatics Education Takes another Step Forward with the "ACEP-AMIA Informatics Transition Course"

Jeff Nielson, MD, MS

Jeff Nielson, MD, MSMany emergency department information system (EDIS) implementers don't have the underlying knowledge they feel they need to succeed. Others are naïve to the perils of EDIS installation.  The computerized EDIS has an interconnected and interdependent relationship with many components of the healthcare enterprise and an enormous impact on operations in the ED.

ACEP has recognized the need for a new type of informatics educational initiative, focused on transitioning the ED clinician or nurse into an informatician who is aware of the breadth of issues and can implement solutions in the ED setting.  ACEP also hoped to train informaticists who have an EM background that can assist its future goals of effectively and efficiently bringing medical data to physicians on a national level. This necessitated an EM-specific course to deal with our unique challenges.

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) had been successfully teaching an Introduction to Informatics course titled the "AMIA 10x10 Program," named after their initiative to have 10,000 trained informaticists by 2010.   It is a web-based course that is the equivalent of a semester-long informatics course at the graduate level.  It ends with a daylong face to face meeting and can be used as CME and university credit, if needed.

With the help of Oregon Health and Sciences University, AMIA has taught the course for several years.  In many cases, they have partnered with other professional groups such as the American College of Physicians (ACP).  These courses were very successful and had enrollees from industry, clinical practice, and hospital IT.  Physician-specific and specialty-specific courses such as the ACP course also had been successful, and had a unique feel of their own.  This 10x10 program was evaluated and was seen as a foundation for much of what ACEP wanted to accomplish.

In 2007, ACEP and AMIA partnered to give emergency physicians a new opportunity--the "ACEP-AMIA Informatics Transition Course: A 10x10 Informatics Education Program."  It is the 10x10 content, customized to the needs of the ED and will be taught from July 2008 to October 2008.  After weekly internet courses (take on your own schedule), with monthly built-in make-up time for an EP's hectic schedule, there will be a face to face meeting on Sunday before the 2008 Scientific Assembly in Chicago.   For now, this is a onetime course, but it proves successful it may be taught annually.

Jeff Nielson and Jim McClay both ACEP and AMIA members who are active in the EM informatics community, agreed to co-instruct the course along with Bill Hersh, an internist and national leader in informatics training.  Jeff and Jim are adapting discussion items to ED-specific needs, but are leaving the existing foundational content intact as it applied well to the ED sphere.  Some additions are being created to acquaint enrollees with ED informatics academic literature, ED information standards, the current group of EDIS's and other ED-specific topics.

Additional Information:  https://www.acep.org/cme.aspx?id=36156

Registration: http://www.amia.org/10x10/partners/acep/

Contact Instructors: Jeff Nielson (jeffnielson@gmail.com) and Jim McClay (jmcclaymd@gmail.com)

 

 

 


 

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HL7 Emergency Care Updates

Jeff Nielson, MD MS

HL7 has undergone significant restructuring.  All types of groups, including our own, are now work groups.  The HL7 Emergency Care Special Interest Group is now titled the "Emergency Care Work Group" (http://www.hl7.org/special/Committees/emergencycare/index.cfm ).  Along with this change, the focus has been placed on work products and tracking them closely.  Thus, we are now writing summaries of our projects so they can be formalized HL7 projects.

This group meets by teleconference weekly along with the Emergency Informatics Association (www.emergencyinformatics.org ). Participation is welcome.

 

 

 


 

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HITSP Updates

Jeff Nielson, MD MS

HITSP's efforts on the Emergency Responder – Electronic Health Record (ER-EHR) continue although the committee has struggled with its breadth and depth.  Since its aim is to deal with both incident and medical information for a disaster (pre-hospital, ED, and follow-up), it has struggled getting the right people to participate in the volunteer project.  An exciting turn of events is the focus of the group on harmonizing DEEDS and NEMSIS, two important existing standards.  This has been discussed for years, but is only now getting the attention (and potentially the funding) it deserves.

 

 

 


 

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EMI Seeks Section Grant Funding

Vernon D. Smith, MD

Section members have submitted Letters of Intent, seeking Section Grant funding for two promising studies:

  • Feasibility Study of Implementing ACEP Clinical Policies into a Computerized Clinical Decision Support System.  The project will be lead by Drs. Edward R. Melnick, Jeffrey A. Nielson, and John T. Finnell.
  • Usability and Output Evaluation of Computerized Emergency Department Documentation Tools.  The project will be lead by Dr. Jeffrey A. Nielson.

The Section will be notified of the decision of the Section Grant Task Force at the end of March.  The letters of intent are reproduced below.

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ACEP Section Grant Letter of Intent Submission Form

Please type your response under each heading.

Name of section:

EM Informatics

Name/address/phone/e-mail address of section chair:

Vernon D. Smith, MD

Name/address/phone/e-mail address of project coordinator:

Edward R. Melnick, MD

Title of project:

Feasibility Study of Implementing ACEP Clinical Policies into a Computerized Clinical Decision Support System

Brief description of project:

The ACEP Clinical Policies Committee seeks improved dissemination and implementation of their practice guidelines. Lehrmann et al. found that distribution and lecturing on the ACEP Clinical Policy on Hypertension did not translate into changes in physician practice (Academic Emergency Medicine 2007).  Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs) can provide evidence-based practice guidelines in real time while the clinical encounter is taking place—at the point of care.  Napoli and Jagoda concluded that practice guideline implementation research should focus on the use of CDSSs (JEM 2007).

We are currently piloting a simple CDSS for implementation of the ACEP Clinical Policy on Syncope in the electronic medical record at one institution.  However, the benefit of this CDSS is limited by the language and breadth of the recommendations within the Policy.  The challenge to the Emergency Medicine Informatician in the development of a CDSS is to translate practice guideline recommendations into actionable statements that are useful to the physician at the point of care and that can be deployed into the appropriate computer programming language.  We will create a qualitative and quantitative survey to review practical implementation methods of the five most recent ACEP Clinical Policies and distribute it to ten experts in the field of Informatics.  The results of this expert review will be used to determine the feasibility of implementing the ACEP Clinical Policies into a CDSS distributable to all ACEP members.  We believe this project can assist the ACEP Clinical Policy Committee in reaching their dissemination and implementation goals.

Explanation of project objectives (What will this project accomplish? How will it benefit the section, help educate the public, and/or further the advancement of emergency medicine?):

We will assess the feasibility of implementing the ACEP Clinical Policies into a CDSS as a means to improve knowledge translation and guideline compliance from the emergency medicine literature to the point of care by:

  1. Conducting expert review by ten experts in the field of Informatics of the five most recent Policies as currently written.
  2. Developing a set of implementable rules that could be embedded into existing information systems.
  3. Providing ACEP and the Clinical Policies Committee with expert suggestion and feedback that could improve implementation of the Clinical Policies into existing information systems.
  4. Preparing a manuscript for Annals of Emergency Medicine with our results.

This information will improve collaboration between the ACEP Clinical Policies Committee and the ACEP EM Informatics Section such that future policy development is implementable in CDSSs available to emergency physicians.  Such collaboration lays a foundation for a comprehensive CDSS with evidence-based actionable recommendations that are distributable to all ACEP members and improve patient care.

Estimate of project costs and revenues (please itemize):

  • Administrative assistance for expert recruitment and coordination of 6 Conference Calls for 15 people: total 120 hours at $25/hour = $3000
  • Administrative assistance for preparing and coordinating surveys and responses: total 50 hours at $25/hour = $1250
  • Office Supplies including photocopies, mailings, and printing poster for presentation to Clinical Policies Committee = $500

Total: $4650

Other funding sources requested (please provide information on any other grant programs or funding sources that will be used to complete this project):

Travel expenses to ACEP Clinical Policies Committee meetings 2008-2009 = $4000
-from North Shore University Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine and/or ACEP Clinical Policies Committee

Estimate of funds to be requested from the ACEP Section Grant Program:

$4750

Estimate of section support to project (in terms of dollars and member time):

None

Estimate of ACEP staff support to project (include time for setting up and staffing conference calls, preparing and mailing surveys, etc.):

Direct Cost of Conference Calls: $500

 

 

 


 

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Welcome New Informatics Section Members!

Mary C Burke, MD, FACEP
Kit R Crafton
John R Fowler, Jr, MD, FACEP
Jason Horan, MD
Martin E Kernberg, MD
Adam L Lazarus, MD, FACEP
Frank William Meissner, MD
Jacob Mark Meredith, III, MD, FACEP
Steven Haire Mills, MD
Andrew H Watt, MD
Kent Wright, MD

 

 

 


 

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Washington Update

Angela Franklin, Esq., Section Liaison

Health IT legislation.  Prospects for a comprehensive health IT bill have recently picked up in Congress.  In the Senate, the Wired for Health Care Quality Act of 2007 sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), had stalled due to privacy concerns and significant privacy amendment circulated by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate's Judiciary committee.  In recent weeks, Senator Leahy's controversial amendment was revised in response to stakeholders who initially opposed it, increasing interest in the bill.  On the House side, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman, John Dingell (D-MI), has developed a "chairman's package," which would include numerous provisions taken from multiple already-introduced and vetted bills, such as Congressman Bart Gordon's (D-TN) NIST standards bill, Congressman Charles Gonzalez's (D-TX) National Health Information Incentive Act of 2007, and other bills.  The committee could hold a hearing on the bill in May.

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Boarding Solutions Report Released

0608boardingsolutionsACEP’s Boarding Solutions Task Force recently completed a new report, "Emergency Department Crowding: High-Impact Solutions." The beauty of the report’s recommendations is that they are little or no-cost solutions that will have a positive impact on our patients and the amount of time they are boarded in the emergency department.

Please promote this valuable new tool with your colleagues, include it in your chapter newsletters, talk with your hospital medical staff and administrators about it, and promote these solutions in your media advocacy efforts.

 

 

 


 

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Call for Essays for Longevity and Tenure Awards

Deadline: Monday July 7th

We want to recognize longevity in the practice of emergency medicine! 

The ACEP Section of Careers in Emergency Medicine is soliciting nominations for an award for emergency physicians in the following two categories:

  • A Longevity Award for the physician with the longest active career in emergency medicine.
  • A Tenure Award for the physician with the longest active career in the same emergency department.

Recognition is also given to those physicians who are still actively practicing emergency medicine after 20, 25, 30, and 35 years. 

Eligibility Criteria.  To be eligible, you must have worked an average of 1,000 or more hours per year in emergency medicine practice or teaching; hours for residency training and administration are not included. You must be a current ACEP member.

Previous recipients are eligible again after five years. 

Nomination Information.  Please submit a full historical sketch (e.g., Attending Emergency Physician, June 1974 to December 1979) accounting for your career, and a brief essay (300 words or less) about why you have made emergency medicine your career.

Award recipients will be recognized during the Section meeting at the 2008 ACEP Scientific Assembly in Chicago, Illinois (October 27–30). Additional recognition will be given in the Section newsletter.

To be considered for the awards, nominations must be received by Monday, July 7, 2008. Submit your application for nomination to Tracy Napper, Section of Careers in Emergency Medicine, ACEP, PO Box 619911, Dallas, TX 75261-9911; fax 972-580-2816; e-mail to careers.section@acep.org.

 

 

 


 

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This publication is designed to promote communication among emergency physicians of a basic informational nature only. While ACEP provides the support necessary for these newsletters to be produced, the content is provided by volunteers and is in no way an official ACEP communication. ACEP makes no representations as to the content of this newsletter and does not necessarily endorse the specific content or positions contained therein. ACEP does not purport to provide medical, legal, business, or any other professional guidance in this publication. If expert assistance is needed, the services of a competent professional should be sought. ACEP expressly disclaims all liability in respect to the content, positions, or actions taken or not taken based on any or all the contents of this newsletter.

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