Health Information Technology Bulletin Board

What's Going on with HIT at AAP?

The AAP is committed to the promotion and use of health information technology to improve workflow and pediatric care. The resources and opportunities below are available to support pediatricians and other health care providers in the application of health IT to care for children and their families.

AAP Health IT Publications

The Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT) identifies article topics and authors for the following AAP News columns:

Health IT Trends
Health IT Trends is a regular column that appears in AAP News. If you are interested in submitting a topic for consideration, please contact COCIT@aap.org.  

Tech Tip
Tech Tip is a "sidebar" column that accompanies the Health IT Trends column in AAP News. If you are interested in submitting a topic for consideration, please contact COCIT@aap.org.


Las Vegas welcomes the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, March 5-9, 2018, at the Venetian-Palazzo-Sands Expo Center. More than 40,000 health and IT professionals are expected to attend to explore creative solutions to real-world challenges, discover the latest innovations, and connect with and learn from experts and each other.

Because AAP is a HIMSS18 Collaborator, AAP members are eligible to receive a member discount to attend the conference. To receive the discount, go to online registration at www.himssconference.org/registration, and select AAP from the "Conference Endorsing Organizations" drop-down in the registration process and enter H18PARTNER. For more information about HIMSS18 and to register, visit www.himssconference.org.

Federal Resources to Support Health IT in Practice

ONC EHR Contract Guide: helps providers better understand and communicate their EHR requirements to potential vendors, negotiate appropriate contract terms that protect their interests, and manage risks that may arise in the implementation and use of the EHR.

ONC's Understanding Health IT Infographic on 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT): provides a visual and reader-friendly description of criteria.

ONC's Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL): provides information on health IT products that are certified to federal standards.

​Become Board Certified in Clinical Informatics

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) voted in September 2011 to elevate Clinical Informatics to a new subspecialty.  Those who meet the requirements can now become certified in Clinical Informatics by passing the exam prepared by the Subboard in Clinical Informatics, chaired by the AAP's Child Health Informatics Center's Medical Director, Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, FAAP.

Through 2017, there are two pathways that allow candidates to sit for the exam (Three years of Clinical Informatics practice or completion of a 24 month fellowship). Beginning in 2018, all applicants for certification in Clinical Informatics will have to complete a minimum of 24 months in an ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics fellowship program. To date seven accredited program exist, of which two are sponsored by pediatric departments. To view the admission requirements for certification in the subspecialty of Clinical Informatics, click here.

The first Clinical Informatics exam was offered in 2013 and of the 434 people who passed the exam, 17% were pediatricians!  Join the now over 700 Clinical Informatics Diplomates across the country who have taken and passed the exam.

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) offers education and training through meetings, online courses and materials to help Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatrics prepare for the examination. Visit http://Learn.amia.org for more details and to download a fact sheet that outlines key dates and resources. ​

If you would like to suggest an item for the HIT bulletin board please email COCIT@aap.org.

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