Term: AMIA, American Medical Informatics Association

Description: "The American Medical Informatics Association is the premier organization in the United States dedicated to the development and application of biomedical and health informatics in the support of patient care, teaching, research, and health care administration. AMIA was founded in 1990 through the merger of three existing health informatics associations. Since that time, AMIA has grown to more than 3,000 members from 42 countries worldwide. Together, these members represent all basic, applied, and clinical interests in health care information technology" (AMIA)
AMIA's purpose is to further the use of medical informatics in the medical world.
Members include physicians, nurses, dentists, biomedical engineers, medical librarians, researchers, scientists, educators, students and other health care professionals.
They routinely hold conferences and symposiums that focus on the latest topics in the world of medical informatics.

Applications: One of the most important initiatives being supported by this organization is 10x10. This initiative is to encourage the growth of the health informatics by increasing the number of health iformaticians to 10,000 by the year 2010. This is being done by educating and training newly emerging students in health informatics, in order to help change the current health care system in the United States through the use of computer systems.

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