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JUNE 9, 2014
In this Issue: Career Profiles
This issue of Clinical Informatics Insights explores career profiles from Informaticists outside of the four walls of the hospital.

Career Profiles
Pharmacy Innovation
Lisa Ashton By Lisa Ashton, PharmD, Director, Pharmacy Innovation, Health Services Advisory Group, Co-Investigator, Partners in E

For over 20 years I have relied on the power of data to drive clinical decision-making. Whether applied to direct patient care, disease management, population health, drug use review or policy development, the access to quality data is essential.
Many Informatics Hats
Michael Brody
By Michael Brody, DMP, Physician, CME Online, Physician, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Northport

My start in informatics was totally accidental. I have always had an interest in computers. Prior to Podiatry school and during my first two years as a student, I ran the computers for "The Rock of Boston" WBCN.
Wen Dombrowski By Wen Dombrowski, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Information Officer, VNA Health Group; Vice President, Connected Health

My early days in informatics were in the 1990s building diabetes registry databases for community health centers in the inner-city of Chicago. As part of an IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) Diabetes Learning Collaborative, I learned to track key clinical measures and use the data to identify patients with gaps in care.
Informatics in Design/Architecture
Debbie Gregory By Debbie Gregory, RN, BSN, Senior Clinical Consultant, Technology Planning Group at Smith Seckman Reid

I began working for the Technology Planning Group at Smith Seckman Reid in 2010 as the Senior Clinical Consultant. We plan the technology infrastructure and systems for new healthcare construction and renovations.
Student Health Services
Katie Johnson By Katie Johnson, DNP, RN-BC, NCSN, Manager of Student Health Services, Seattle, WA Public Schools; Chair, Informatics Committee, National Association of School Nurses

I first became interested in informatics when I realized the power of data to bring visibility to the nursing needs of school-aged children. School nurses may be the only health care provider that some children see with any regularity and so fill a critical gap in health care delivery in our nation.
School Nurses
Erin Maughan By Erin Maughan, PhD, MS, RN, APHN-BC, Director of Research, National Association of School Nurses; Robert Wood Johnson, Executive Nurse Fellow 2013 Cohort

I became involved in informatics by accident as my background and research interests are in public health and school nursing. When I became the Director of Research at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), data fell within my responsibilities.


Call for Manuscripts – Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI)
OJNI is currently seeking manuscripts that represent a functional area of nursing informatics practice and are of interest to a nursing informatics audience. All manuscripts must represent original, unpublished material. Interested authors are encouraged to visit the OJNI webpage to learn more about the submission process.

Register for the June Physician Webinar "Results of the EHR Usability Pain Point Survey"
Usability is one of the major factors-possibly the most important factor-hindering widespread adoption of EHRs. The HIMSS Physician Communitydeveloped a survey targeting working physicians who utilize EHR systems on a regular basis to give insight on EHR usability. Please join us on June 12, 2014 at 1:00pm CT for the dissemination of the results and how we can work together to solve these problems.

IHE International Educational Webinar |Introduction to the IHE International Public Comment & Call for Proposals Process
Join the IHE International’s IT Infrastructure, Patient Care Coordination, and Quality Research & Public Health domains on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT for an overview on the IHE International Public Comment and Call for proposal processes. Learn how to submit your very own Profile proposal in the upcoming 2015 Call for Proposal Cycle! This is a FREE event open to all – membership in IHE International is not required. Register by June 9th!

Comprehensive Health Records That Tell a Patient's Health Story
Take a journey through transformative patient care delivery by exploring the HIMSS Health Story Project on Monday, June 30, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT. Discover how comprehensive electronic records can tell a patient's complete health story, improving information integration and interoperability. This is a FREE event open to all HIMSS members. Register by June 29th!


Compiled by Cheryl D. Parker

For the first time in 5+ years of doing this section, I’m going to change things up a bit in light of this month’s topic. Instead of links to various sources, I am going to share with you three of the non-academic courses that have served me the most in my career as an informatics nurse specialist—in and outside of a healthcare setting. These classes were 2-4 days long and helped my career more than many of my academic courses!

  • The first was a class I took in using behavioral styles to learn better ways of working with people. We started by learning about our individual behavioral styles based on our own assessment and more interesting, the perception of others which was not always the same as the way we perceived ourselves. Then the class taught me how to quickly assess the behavioral style and needs of others so that I could adapt my style to help meet their needs and we could get to a win-win.
  • The second class was a sales class. While I have never been a “sales” person, each of us sells every day. We sell our ideas to others; sell them on supporting us, and so on.
  • Last was a course on negotiation skills.
All of the classes had some overlap but the knowledge and practice sessions have been invaluable. I strongly recommend to my students that they invest their time in these types of course and recommend the same to you.

Cheryl D. Parker, Cheryl D. Parker, RN, MSN, PhD, FHIMSS, is chief nursing informatics officer at PatientSafe Solutions, Inc.

Protecting Data Assets and Managing Risks. June 16 - 17, 2014. Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

Book of the month
The HIMSS Books June Book of the Month, Applying Social Media Technologies in Healthcare Environments, provides an indispensable overview of successful use of the latest innovations in the healthcare provider-patient relationship. Complete with checklists, tips, and screenshots that demonstrate proven application of various social channels in a range of situations, this will be a valuable tool to maximize opportunities in meeting the challenges of new healthcare demands. Get your copy today!

What role will private and public sector collaborations play in future health innovation?
Let’s face it. Over the past two decades, the US private sector has thrived in technological innovation while government has stalled in response to its increasingly tech-savvy citizens.

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