April 2018 Issue: Nursing Informatics
Delve into this month's issue of Clinical Informatics Insights and explore information on useful, educational tools and resources. Also, please join HIMSS in celebrating the nurses of our nation during National Nurses Week, May 6-12!




By Bronwen Huron, BSN, RN-BC, MS, PMP, Manager, Interoperability Initiatives, HIMSS North America

“Don’t you like nursing?” I got this question often from other nurses when I was working as an inpatient RN and had recently dropped to part time to take an internship in health IT. I was devoted to my patients and staff, so it came as a surprise to others when I took a detour from that path.




By Danielle Siarri, Lead Publisher, InnoNurse

Nursing informatics combines the sciences of nursing, information and technology. Becoming a nurse informaticist can be achieved by many different avenues, from education to additional certifications.


An engaged nursing informatics culture is an integral component to effective care delivery.   One can often assess the quality, safety and efficiency of care provided to patients by observing how effectively a healthcare organization integrates the strengths nurses bring into their own culture of care.  This value guide, developed by the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee, provides an overview of actions to take to develop an engaged nursing informatics culture at your healthcare organization. Read more.


New approaches to healthcare technology – from interoperability and electronic health records to blockchain – signal the industry is catching on to the philosophy that some of the best ideas come from outside your network. This is why we’re seeing energy and momentum around the notion of crowdsourcing, explained Adam Culbertson, HIMSS innovator in residence. Read full blog.


It’s often not economically viable for a health system to employ specialists for every conceivable condition in every care delivery environment. In fact, many healthcare systems have generalists staffing community-based health clinics and urgent care facilities while frequently leveraging telehealth to provide in-house specialty services to their outreach clinics. Read more.


HIMSS prioritizes the recognition of gender parity in the workforce. In recognition of Equal Pay Day this year, here are five key insights from the recently released 2018 HIMSS U.S. Compensation Survey, which gauged the feedback of 885 health IT professionals regarding wage and compensation. Read full details.


Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. World Immunization Week aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Read more.

Toolbox Picks

By Trisha Pongco, Coordinator, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS North America

Visit the HIMSS National Nurse Week Page
National Nurses Week raises awareness of the value of nursing and helps educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans.

Nursing Informatics integrates the nursing and information sciences to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing practice. Learn more by visiting the Nursing Informatics Landing Page.

Save the Date for U.S. National Health IT Week – October 8-12, 2018

U.S. National Health IT Week is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of healthcare IT. Mark your calendars and visit www.healthitweek.org for updates.

Apply for HIMSS Member Advancement

Active HIMSS members are recognized for their dedication to our society and industry when they become a Senior or Fellow member. Interested in applying? Click here to learn more.

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