2014 AAMC GIR Conference

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It’s that time of the year again. Snowbirds are all migrating down south, the Arnold Palmers are chilled, and a slew of mediocre summer blockbusters are hiting the big screen. What other happenings could signify the start of a blistering summer better than that? Well, there is a sizzling event so grand that universities seem to take notice of it every year.

Let’s not forget that the 2014 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges Group of Informational Resources is also a huge hit on the summer agenda. Also dubbed as the GIR Conference, health and health IT professionals from the academic medicine community gathered in Nashville, Tennessee from June 9th to the 11th to promote ideas on improving the scope of technology integration in healthcare and health education. The 3 day conference provided a forum for guests to attend a number of useful workshops and to mosey around at the various concurrent sessions. Also featured were many renowned keynote speakers from institutions such as Vanderbilt’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and the NYU Lagone Medical Center. Most importantly, the annual conference allowed presenters to act as spectators and vice versa, paving the way for everyone to bounce ideas off each other and to learn from each other. This year’s conference is centered around the theme of “Think Critically, Act Intelligently” which challenges attendees to develop and deliver novel strategies into action in order to support the nexus of academic and clinical knowledge building. Cliche slogans aside, the AAMC GIR Conference did allow our very own team of USF Health IS intivees to demonstrate and present what they have to offer at this premier event.

One of the most talked about subjects at the conference was data governance and how it’s being refined for the academic medicine domain. As that domain continues to mature, an emphasis on the specific frameworks that are built in managing and influencing the collection and utilization of data in a health organization needs to be realized. The diversity of clinicians, nurses, medical students, patients, healthcare providers, and health IT professionals within a health organization calls for such data governance. An effective data governance model will be able to adhere to the functionality of each member’s objectives as each objective differs. We can also assure that an improved data governance policy can lead to a better comprehensive hub for resource and data sharing, improved security, and optimized analytics.

And if the conference didn’t quite fill the attendees’ appetite for knowledge (and how could it not), Nashville’s world famous Pancake Pantry was sure to do the trick.

 

 

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