Tammy Kwiatkoski

Senior Director, Clinical Informatics

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Informatics
  • Clinician, Physician and Nursing Informatics
  • Enterprise Imaging
  • Health Technology Management (Clinical Engineers)
  • Pharmacy Informatics

Recent Press Coverage

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Areas of Interest

  • Annual HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey
  • Clinician burnout and physician burden
  • Informaticists and user-centered design

Points of View

What’s more important now than ever for health IT greater interoperability, better data that is usable in clinical decision support, resulting in better patient care and the increased attention to social determinants of health.

When the IT staff was removed from hospitals under the pandemic, they relied on the informatics nurses because they are most closely capable of doing the work that the IT staff needed. It’s incredibly important to note the dual role that the nurses and the informatics nurses have.

Nurses are going to need more training because they spend the most time talking to the patients and getting an initial assessment about whether that patient is at risk. It’s important for nurses to have more training with telehealth experience.

Clinicians are facing a lot of unknowns, unanswered questions, and even greater unknown solutions with social determinants of health. We have extraordinary social disparities. My groups are trying to come up with solutions that are not one-size-fits-all, but will find a way to touch all.

There are a couple of key takeaways from this year’s Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey. Now, nursing informatics is better understood as a profession. It’s growing as a field, but also it’s growing as a specialty in education.