Announcement Regarding the Dissolution of The American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics (AOAMI)

It is with bittersweet notification that the AOAMI Board of Directors voted to dissolve the organization, effective April 1, 2019. Over 15 years ago, the AOAMI was a concept with a vison to better serve the Osteopathic profession by formalizing an “Informatics” advocacy presence within the healthcare industry. AOAMI was enthusiastically supported early on because of the rapidly emerging issues around health information technology, quality initiatives, and the promise of work flow efficiencies. Moreover, such an organization was necessary in order to provide education and training for our Osteopathic professionals grappling with “meaningful use”, EHR adoption, and the evolving value-based models of healthcare.

During the first period of its existence, the AOAMI was supported by the AOA and there were no upfront costs or dues required by its members. The expectation was that AOAMI would become an “affiliate” of the AOA and would be self-sustaining by continuing to offer high quality products and services to its members. Unfortunately, our attempt to afford the training programs and provide such services depended on member “payment” model that could never be realized. When we shifted to a dues support model, only 20 members, out of the 500 on our roles, actually contributed. Despite this limited commitment, the AOAMI engaged with the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) for administrative support as well as with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) for knowledge and training resources.

Over the past 5 years, AOAMI and AMIA have worked diligently to establish a Clinical Informatics (CI) certification process. Attempts to align with ABMS and ABPM have fallen short unfortunately. We have also been actively engaged with the accreditation development for ACGME approved residencies and fellowships that will be necessary for future professionals. At this juncture, AOAMI will be deferring to AMIA and the development of a separate Advanced Health Informatics Certification (AHIC) offering. The details of which will be forthcoming https://www.amia.org/ahic.

Final note: Our Osteopathic profession needs to be at the forefront of the evolving specialty of “Clinical Informatics”, particularly as healthcare delivery becomes more dependent on complex information systems. With the advent of computational science to support augmented intelligence, predictive models of disease, and clinical decision support systems in favor of value-based, rather than volume-based care, it is crucial that we stay abreast of these nuances. Furthermore, as legislative and policy decisions emerge, awareness and proactive engagement on the part of our Osteopathic professionals becomes more important.

I personally have been honored to be the president of this austere organization and the AOAMI board. There is true passion and vision among many of our stalwarts, and I look forward to the next phase.

Respectfully,

Douglas E. Rosendale DO FACOS, FAMIA, FACS