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President's column: An AMIA update—new directions and new opportunities

Kevin Fickenscher
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001515 208-210 First published online: 1 January 2013

The purpose of the Messages from AMIA section is to provide a forum for AMIA to inform and involve its current and potential members about the goals and the directions of the association. These messages, which reflect the directions and opinions of AMIA leaders only, are intended to inspire members and readers to connect with the association on strategic objectives and activities. See also http://www.amia.org/presidents-page.

New directions with new opportunities by definition carry risk but we pursue them because of the potential for new rewards. As Robert F. Kennedy said, ‘Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.’ At a time when both the science and practice of informatics are poised to exert a powerful influence on the future of healthcare, the AMIA leadership embarked on a fact-finding mission to determine more clearly the state of the association and its future direction. In service to the Board of Directors and AMIA membership and as the President and CEO of AMIA, I am charged with the responsibility of sustaining the long term growth and stability of AMIA. As part of that responsibility, I wanted to share with you—at a high level—some new directions and new opportunities for AMIA.

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The word cloud art in this article was derived from a survey results word cloud of the survey report. Noemie Elhadad, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University created the cloud. Artistic modifications were made by the AMIA communications department for presentation.

The AMIA tag line says it best when describing the AMIA Board of Directors' approach to governance: leadership has been very thoughtful and deliberate as ‘Informatics Professionals. Leading the Way.’ The AMIA Board invested resources in conducting research under the direction of Association Management+Marketing Resources (AMMR), a consulting and research firm specifically focused on associations. AMMR recently …