American Medical Informatics Association

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), is an American non-profit organization dedicated to the development and application of biomedical and health informatics in the support of patient care, teaching, research, and health care administration.

American Medical Informatics Association
MottoInformatics Professionals. Leading the Way.
Formation1989, merger of NGOs incorporated in 1972
Legal statusNPO
PurposeProfessional association
HeadquartersBethesda, MD
Official language
Douglas B. Fridsma
Key people
Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACMI, Chair of the Board of Directors
Main organ


AMIA is the official United States representative to the International Medical Informatics Association. It has grown to more than 5,000 members from 42 countries worldwide. Together, these members represent all basic, applied, and clinical interests in health care information technology. It publishes the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

AMIA is a professional scientific association that was formed by the merger of three organizations in 1988: the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI); the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI); and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC).


AMIA was founded in 1989 by the merger of three organizations:


The first President and CEO of AMIA was Don E. Detmer. He was succeeded in July 2009 by Edward H. Shortliffe. In March 2012, he was succeeded by Kevin Fickenscher. The current CEO is Douglas B. Fridsma.


AMIA membership is open to individuals, institutions, and corporations. Members include physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, clinicians, health information technology professionals, computer and information scientists, biomedical engineers, consultants and industry representatives, medical librarians, academic researchers and educators, and advanced students pursuing a career in clinical informatics or health information technology.

Meetings and education

AMIA annually holds the following meetings:[1]

  • AMIA Annual Symposium
  • The AMIA Joint Summit on Translational Science comprising:
    • AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics
    • AMIA Summit on Clinical Research Informatics
  • iHealth

Working and special interest groups

The association includes a number of special interest and working groups on a variety of issues important to its membership.

See also


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