Guideposts to the Future-An Agenda for Nursing Informatics

Kathleen A. McCormick, Connie J. Delaney, Patricia Flatley Brennan, Judith A. Effken, Kathie Kendrick, Judy Murphy, Diane J. Skiba, Judith J. Warren, Charlotte A. Weaver, Betsy Weiner, Bonnie L. Westra

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As new directions and priorities emerge in health care, nursing informatics leaders must prepare to guide the profession appropriately. To use an analogy, where a road bends or changes directions, guideposts indicate how drivers can stay on course. The AMIA Nursing Informatics Working Group (NIWG) produced this white paper as the product of a meeting convened: 1) to describe anticipated nationwide changes in demographics, health care quality, and health care informatics; 2) to assess the potential impact of genomic medicine and of new threats to society; 3) to align AMIA NIWG resources with emerging priorities; and 4) to identify guideposts in the form of an agenda to keep the NIWG on course in light of new opportunities. The anticipated societal changes provide opportunities for nursing informatics. Resources described below within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Committee for Health and Vital Statistics (NCVHS) can help to align AMIA NIWG with emerging priorities. The guideposts consist of priority areas for action in informatics, nursing education, and research. Nursing informatics professionals will collaborate as full participants in local, national, and international efforts related to the guideposts in order to make significant contributions that empower patients and providers for safer health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007

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The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) is another example of effective leveraging of informatics capacity across all specialties and initiatives within nursing. There is currently over 20 nursing informatics organizations in this country (some regional; others national) representing over 3,000 nursing informatics specialists. These nurses are represented through the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) 1,28 co-sponsored and funded by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). More than 20 liaison relationships support the diffusion of informatics throughout specialties as well as inform the development of informatics by the broader nursing expertise.


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