Q. What are the goal and objectives for 2011 Public Health Informatics conference?
A. Please click here to be directed to the goal and objectives for this year’s conference.
Q. How do I register for the 2011 Public Health Informatics conference?
A. Please click
here to register online for 2011 Public Health Informatics conference. If you prefer to fax or mail your registration, contact the
Conference Manager. Please contact the registration department if you have any questions.
Q. Will there be a discounted hotel booking rate and how do I book my hotel room?
A. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. There are discounted booking rates available (on 5/20 rooms were available for $132 plus tax). Please either click
here to reserve your room online or call (800) 492-8804 (ask for the Public Health Informatics conference rate).
Q. Will there be Continuing Education credits offered at this year’s conference?
A. Continuing Education for this activity is currently pending. When approved, attendees can apply for continuing education on the conference website.
Q. What is the difference between previous PHIN conferences and this year’s Public Health Informatics conference?
A. Those who have attended before, should expect a very similar conference in terms of theme and organizational structure. While the previous PHIN conference focused on the Public Health Information Network, this conference will broaden the spectrum and expand into other areas which utilize public health informatics both traditionally and non traditionally (e.g. immunizations, Homeland Security, VA, DOD, Prisons, Law Enforcement, etc).
Q. How is the 2011 PHI conference different from the AMIA conference in May 2011?
A. The only difference will be the location. The goals and objectives for the AMIA meeting are directly complimentary to the goals and objectives of the PHI conference. Both meetings share sponsorships from key stakeholders including NAACHO and JPHIT (among others). The intent of the May AMIA’s conference is to establish the public health informatics agenda for the next 5-10 years. Continuing on that theme, the PHI Conference will serve as a platform for renewed goal setting and build from the agenda discussed at the AMIA meeting. There is great momentum associated with components of HITECH, which present opportunities for public health to leverage the oncoming Electronic Health Record. This is a unique time for stakeholders to come together and begin developing a shared approach for maximizing those opportunities.
Q. Is PHIN going away?
A. No, PHIN is not going away. PHIN continues to move forward with a new vision, mission and goals. The goals are designed to enable adoption and meaningful use of health information technology, which also includes supporting population health outcomes and practice, including:
Provide leadership in the selection and implementation of shared policies, standards, practices and services for nationwide public health information exchange.
Define, advocate for, and support public health needs and roles in national health information technology and exchange initiatives.
Perform key public health information exchange and standards management roles.
There is much work to be done with PHIN. Partner input will be critical to help re-shape PHIN and augment the Nationwide Health Information Network standards, services and policies which support public health practice. Federal, state and local partners will continue to utilize PHIN as a framework for the facilitation of information exchange and a platform to expand on new capabilities.
Q. Is there going to be a networking/social event? If so, what is the cost?
A. Yes. The cost is included in each full conference registration and additional tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the registration website or purchased on-site at the conference.
Q. Will there be a charge for tutorials this year?
A. Yes. There will be a $50 charge for half day tutorials and a $100 charge for full day tutorials. Tutorial registration should be available July. You can register for tutorials either during the time you complete registration or if you have already registered you will be able to add tutorials to your registration once they become available.
Q. How many simultaneous pre and post conference event spaces are available?
A. Pre and post conference event space will be available on a first come first serve basis pending room availability. If you would like to submit a request for a pre or post conference tutorial, please click
here. If you would like to submit a request for pre or post conference ancillary meetings, please click
Q. When can we submit a request to hold a tutorial?
A. The tutorial submission timeframe has passed.
Q. When can we submit a request to hold an ancillary meeting?
A. The ancillary meeting submission timeframe has passed.
Q. How can attendees propose an Interoperability Showcase scenario to be displayed at this year’s conference?
A. Currently that option isn’t available, but there are plans to do so for the next year.
Q. Are there conference tracks for session this year?
A. Conference tracks were used as an internal planning tool for organizing abstracts. The sessions for the 2011 PHI Informatics conference are not grouped according to conference tracks; however, plans are to take this into consideration for future conference sessions.
Q. When is the deadline to submit an Abstract?
A. The deadline to submit an abstract has passed.
Q. I submitted my abstract as an oral presentation, but it was selected as a poster. What does this mean?
A. The Planning Committee reserves the right to alter or arrange the presentation format to best meet the conference goals (e.g., to combine several didactic presentations into a short panel presentation with a commentator and an interactive session focused more on group dialogue). If you have received notification that your oral presentation has been selected to be presented as a poster, you will have the option to accept or decline this invitation.