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Nursing Informatics Pioneers

Application 1: Nursing Informatics Pioneers

One of the major drivers in recent health care reform legislation is the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act's (ARRA) HiTech Incentive. This act, passed in 2009, earmarked $22 billion for the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), with a goal of 100% adoption in all practice settings by the year 2014. The HiTech Act provides an example of the pivotal role that health information technology plays in the delivery of quality health care services. Yet, health information technology is a relatively new field. This Application Assignment provides an opportunity for you to examine the contributions of pioneers in this arena and consider how their contributions have influenced health informatics and nursing practice today.

To prepare:

  • Visit the AMIA Video Library 1: Nursing Informatics Pioneers webpage listed in the Learning Resources.
  • Review the biographies and video presentations of pioneers who are of interest to you, or may hold a position that you aspire to achieve.
  • Select two nursing informatics pioneers and conduct further research on their contributions.
  • Consider how their contributions have influenced health information technology and nursing practice today.

By Thursday 09/07/17, Write a scholarly 3- to 4-page paper comparing two nursing informatics pioneers in APA format with a minimum of 4 references from the list below which include the level one headings as numbered below:

1)     What are the professional accomplishments of each individual?

2)     How have their contributions influenced nursing practice?

3)     How have their contributions shaped the field of nursing informatics?

4)     What lessons can you take away from their experiences?

5)     What skills or ideas demonstrated by these leaders might you apply to your professional practice?

Required Readings

Course Text: Ball, M. J., Douglas, J. V., Hinton Walker, P., DuLong, D., Gugerty, B., Hannah, K. J., . . . Troseth, M. R. (Eds.) (2011). Nursing informatics: Where technology and caring meet (4th ed.). London, England: Springer-Verlag.

Chapter 1, "Nursing Informatics: Transforming Nursing"

Chapter 12, "The Evolving National Informatics Landscape"

Chapter 1 introduces the need for health care reform by detailing cost concerns and future needs of the nursing profession. A look at the beginning stages of the TIGER collaborative is also given, detailing its start at the 2006 Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Chapter 12 provides an overview of technology's emergence into the health care industry.

Course Text: American Nurses Association. (2008). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: Author.

"Introduction" (pp. 1–2)

"Informatics Competencies" (pp. 33–40)

The 2-page excerpt from the introduction offers a brief description of the field of informatics and presents the rationale for referring to the scope and standards throughout your nursing career. The excerpt from the "Informatics Competencies" section uses research and matrices to correlate informatics competencies with the education and roles of nursing professionals.

Cesnik, B., & Kidd, M. R. (2010). History of health informatics: A global perspective. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 151, 3–8.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The authors of this article begin by summarizing the rise of computer development and use. They then examine how technology will build the capabilities of future businesses.

Hovenga, E. J., Kidd, M. R., Garde, S., & Hullin Lucay Cossio, C. (2010). Health informatics: An introduction. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 151, 9–15.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

A brief explanation of informatics principles is given in this article.

Ozbolt, J. G., & Saba, V. K. (2008). A brief history of nursing informatics in the United States of America. Nursing Outlook, 56(5), 199–205.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Examine the initiatives and technological developments that have informed the field of informatics by using this article as a guide.

Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER). (n.d.). The TIGER Initiative: Informatics competencies for every practicing nurse: Recommendations from the TIGER collaborative. Retrieved from: http://www.mhsinformatics.org/CI-Fellowship/Workforce-Development/Competencies/Tiger.Report_Competencies_final.pdf

For this week, focus on the executive summary and Appendix A, B, and C for review of the TIGER initiative and resulting competencies.

Required Media

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2011). Transforming nursing and healthcare through technology: What is health informatics? Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 13 minutes.

In this week's media presentation, the presenters discuss the extensive applications, implications, and benefits of health informatics for patients, practitioners, and health care organizations as a whole.

HIMSS/AMDIS Physician Community Podcast Series. (Producer). (2009). Episode #15: TIGER initiative - technology informatics guiding education reform. [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://podbay.fm/show/popout.php?id=285132709&e=1246544022

Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of informatics at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), presents the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative that is aimed at educating nurses on new digital technologies. This podcast also highlights the organizational accomplishments and future informatics goals of the TIGER initiative. To access the podcast, scroll through the page linked above to find Episode #15.

American Medical Informatics Association. (2011). Video Library 1: Nursing informatics pioneers.

Retrieved from http://www.amia.org/programs/working-groups/nursing-informatics/history-project/video-library-1

The AMIA developed a Nursing Informatics History Project, aimed at documenting and preserving the history of nursing informatics. This project consists of two video libraries. Video Library 1 portrays the viewpoints and accomplishments of those recognized as pioneers in the informatics field.

Optional Resources

Gugerty, B. Delaney, C. (August, 2009). Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER). TIGER Informatics Competencies Collaborative (TICC) Final Report. Retrieved from http://tigercompetencies.pbworks.com/f/TICC_Final.pdf

Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER). (n.d.). Evidence and Informatics Transforming Nursing: 3-Year Action Steps toward a 10-Year Vision. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/TIGER.pdf

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