HIMSS has a large nursing informatics
community it’s grown to over 6,000 individuals and we’re excited to have published a
report recently looking at the impact up informatics nurses in
organizations we asked informatics nurses themselves
but we also asked their bosses and included CIOs, CMIOs, CNIOs… So the c-suite of informatics
experts about their value and the impact they are having their organizations. There are three points that were
interesting to me in the results of the survey this year. One is the impact on patient
safety which certainly nurses understand the
importance of patient care, how to make sure their workflow doesn’t
compromise that care and it’s great to see that their work
as informaticists also has a positive impact on
that. The other two pieces were on
implementation of systems and optimization of systems.
So, we’ve worked very hard at implementing EHRs. There are a lot of them in place
today but now we have to really get them right.
What did we do well? What didn’t we did well? How do we get
data out of those systems? So, the survey results showed that nurses
are making an impact on that using their informatics role. I think
the last piece that was very exciting to me is the role of the informatics nurse on emerging technologies and a trend area is medical device integration, so
the idea of being able to use devices to capture data from the EHR
directly with interoperability in place and then
to be able to send the recordings from those devices back to the EHR. So, seeing that
nurses have a role that with emerging technologies, they’re
innovative and they’re making an impact across their organizations was very rewarding to me.