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Coming Soon: AAP's EHR Template Library!

Pediatricians us templates in their daily work to document the care they provide, including screening questions, physical exams, assessments, and plans. Every pediatric office/provider must decide which templates to build and implement in the EHR, which comes with significant work and effort. The AAP, under the leadership of the CHIC, is in the process of creating an online collaborative space for pediatricians to share, review, and download templates developed by their peers.


During the summer of 2015, the CHIC will work with the Council on Clinical Information Technology to pilot the EHR Template Library. We will continue to provide updates in this space as they are available. If you would like more information about this project, please contact Lisa Krams, AAP's Manager of Quality and Health IT Policy, at


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% (2) 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 for more details and to download a fact sheet that outlines key dates and resources. Applications to sit for the 2015 exam can be submitted beginning March 1, 2015.

The AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT) is another great resource for those interested in informatics.  COCIT membership offers many benefits and opportunities to network, lead, and learn.  To learn more about the council, visit:, and to join, visit


American Academy of Pediatrics to Appear at HIMSS15

Chicago welcomes the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 12-16, 2015, at McCormick Place. More than 38,000 healthcare industry professionals are expected to attend to discuss health IT issues and view innovative solutions designed to transform healthcare.

AAP is proud to support this annual event that helps health IT professionals find the right solutions for their organizations. Conference education sessions include preconference symposia on clinical and business analytics, HIEs, innovation, mobile health, nursing informatics, physicians’ IT and more. More than 300 peer-reviewed sessions, including workshops and roundtables, round out education offerings at HIMSS15.

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, leads a strong roster of speakers that also includes Gregory D. Wasson, President and CEO, Walgreens; Bruce  D. Broussard, President and CEO, Humana; and Jeremy Gutsche, Founder of and Author of “Exploiting Chaos.”

The HIMSS15 Exhibit Hall will feature the Connected Patient Gallery, Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion, HIMSS First-Time Exhibitors Area, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™, Intelligent Health™ Pavilion (formerly known as Intelligent Hospital Pavilion), and three Knowledge Centers focused on clinical and business intelligence, disaster preparedness and mobile health.

For more information about HIMSS15 and to register, visit AAP members receive member discounts on conference registration.


Children’s EHR Format Moved to United States Health Information Knowledgebase

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’S) Children’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Format has moved to the United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK).  The transition to USHIK helps align the Children’s EHR Format with related knowledgebase information associated with Meaningful Use, health IT standards, and related clinical quality measures.  The transition also offers a more user-friendly interface. 

The Children’s EHR Format is a set of child-specific requirements (and other requirements of special importance for children) that an EHR should meet to perform optimally for the particular health care needs of children. The Children’s EHR Format, developed by AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with input from the American Academy of Pediatrics, was released in February 2013.   

The Children’s EHR Format can be accessed at under the tab “Child EHR Format.” 

Additional information can be obtained at

Questions can be directed to


PROS, the practice-based research network of the AAP, invites interested practitioners to join our newly established ePROS project. 

About ePROS:

For more information about signing up to participate in this groundbreaking research, please contact the ePROS team at or via phone at 800/433-9016 ext 4978.


AAP Publications

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

Health IT Trends (members only)
Health IT Trends is a regular column that appears in AAP News. If you are interested in submitting a topic for consideration, please view the author instructions.

Tech Tip (members only)
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 view the author instructions.


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