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In this Issue: Simulation in Informatics Education and Health IT Testing
In this issue of HIMSS Clinical Informatics Insights learn how simulation centers across the country are giving clinicians and other healthcare staff the opportunity to face real-world scenarios before experiencing them on the job.

State of the Industry

Incorporating Informatics in Clinical Education through Clinical Simulations
By Laura A. Taylor, PhD, RN; Pamela R. Jeffries PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF; and Krysia W Hudson, DNP, RN-BC

Marching to the tune of the Institute of Medicine (IOM),1 healthcare and academic leaders followed with technological initiates to improve patient safety with the use of enabling technologies. With the onset of electronic health record adoption, the need to provide nursing students knowledge and skills on how to use the new EHRs became necessary. Informatics incorporation was accomplished via integration of the first EHR in the nursing undergraduate education/curriculum and showing applied integration of the EHR in normal nursing workflow.

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Laura A. Taylor, PhD, RN Pamela R. Jeffries PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF Krysia W Hudson, DNP, RN-BC

Meet an Informaticist

A Multifaceted Approach to Introduce Electronic Documentation
By Lee Williams, MSN, RN-BC

  New information technologies are making an ever-increasing impact on today's complex healthcare system. In fact, the federal government has mandated the use of electronic documentation in hospital settings in the Meaningful Use directive , which is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A recent study reported that nurses spend 19% of their time documenting patient care (Yee, et al., 2012). Boston Children's Hospital has taken a multifaceted approach to introduce the electronic documentation system to newly hired clinicians via a Learning Management System. The self-guided module is followed up with an in-class tutorial and testing session, and supplemented by the "just in time" orientation experience within the clinical setting.

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Strategies for Success

Simulation in Education and Testing Across 3 Settings
By W. Rosalind Winters, RN, BS, MSN

  Advancements in healthcare technology have captured the interest of educators, healthcare providers, administrators, risk management and quality assurance types as a way to improve patient care, safety, education and system processes. This strategy for success involves mannequin-based scenarios with interdisciplinary team communication, and "hands on" team practice. The "hands on" practice improves learning and information retention by involving muscle memory, (John Medina PhD, Brain Rules). Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (PRMCE), Everett Community College (EvCC) and Snohomish County Emergency Medical System took an all-in-one approach to simulation in education and testing.

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Special Feature

Simulation Saves Lives
By Karen Carroll, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

  Critical events in a pediatric acute care setting demand precise and time-sensitive decision making and response. Simulation within Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's PALS, ACLS, and other life-resuscitation classes provide an opportunity to practice life-saving skills and knowledge in a safe environment.

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Trend Spotter

Simulation Training in Healthcare: What's Happening?
By Lorren Pettit
  Getting a driver's license nowadays is so different from when I was a teenager. No, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in my state is still the poster-child of a government bureaucracy. But what have changed are the "preparatory" hoops teenagers must jump through to get a license. By ensuring young drivers get the practice and skills they need before allowing them loose on our roads, these hoops are designed to keep our kids and communities safe. As a teenager, it would have annoyed me to no end to endure the licensure requirements kids nowadays face. As a father with a 16-year-old son, I couldn't be happier. Clinical simulation centers serve a similar function to the simulated driving activities my 16-year-old experiences. They are designed to keep patients safe by affording clinicians the ideal opportunity to practice patient care away from the bedside and acquire the skills mastery in a safe environment.

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New! HIMSS14 Call for Pre-conference Presentations Now Open
Annual Conference pre-conference symposia are educational programs that include an overall theme with related education. The HIMSS14 Pre-conference Symposia topics for the call include career services/workforce development, clinical and business intelligence, consumer engagement, data warehousing, HIE, ICD-10, innovation, Meaningful Use, mobile health, nursing informatics, physicians' IT, supply chain, privacy and security, project management/change management, and the usability and safety of health IT. The HIMSS14 Call for Pre-conference Presentations is open through July 22. For questions, please contact Gail Rice.

Watch the Most-Talked About HIMSS13 Sessions
The HIMSS eLearning Academy released a recordings package of the most talked about HIMSS13 Education Sessions. The Social Media Collection was crowdsourced from the 38,972 tweets posted during the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans on March 3-7. Sessions focus on some of the health IT industry's most challenging topics: Big Data, Patient Engagement, Usability and mHealth. View and purchase the seven most-talked about education sessions at HIMSS13.

New Interoperability for Dummies eBook Uncovers the Power of IHE
IHE USA releases a new Interoperability for Dummies Book this month to provide practical advice for understanding the ins and outs of healthcare interoperability. This free eBook outlines how to leverage IHE to improve your organization's ability to share patient information securely and efficiently. It will be available for download on June 26.

Tool Box Picks

Compiled by Cheryl D. Parker, RN, MSN, PhD, FHIMSS

TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
An engaging web-based learning environment to help nurses and their colleagues develop the knowledge, skills, and awareness for the ever-changing and dynamic field of health IT to contribute to a safer, more effective and efficient patient-centered care.

Simulation-based Learning: Just Like the Real Thing
This Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock article covers the basics of simulation learning—including how to set up a simulation center.

Proposal Guidance for Institutions Seeking Educational Grants for Human Patient Simulation
Written by Medical Education Technologies Inc., this whitepaper provides guidance on how to acquire initial funding and sustain educational simulation labs.

Start-up of a Simulation Center in an Acute Care Hospital
Unlike the academic-based simulation learning centers, this Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing article describes the start-up of a simulation center for interprofessional continuing education in the acute care setting.

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

HIMSS Bookstore. Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement. #1 Best-seller at HIMSS 13! Explore the benefits of digital patient engagement.

Join the Discussion

Are you using simulation labs for health IT training OR testing? What's your experience?
Over the past couple of years, it seems more and more simulation centers are popping up across the country to give clinicians and other healthcare staff the opportunity to face real-world scenarios before experiencing them on the job. However, I have read very little about fully operational health IT simulation labs. How are YOU using simulation labs? What's been YOUR experience using them? What are the benefits? What are the challenges?

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Clinical Informatics Insights is a monthly e-newsletter published by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) that provides timely and comprehensive coverage on the effective integration of informatics across the continuum of care.

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