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ANI Announces Election of New Steering Committee Member

Karen Greenwood

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, American Medical Informatics Association

In July, ANI announced the election of Mollie Cummins to the ANI Steering Committee. Mollie represents the Utah Nursing Informatics Network and fills the steering committee slot that was ably filled by Deb Aldridge from CNA-CONI for the last 3 years.

Mollie is an associate professor in the informatics programs of both the College of Nursing and School of Medicine at University of Utah. She holds a PhD in nursing science and information science from Indiana University. In 2007, she studied methods of complexity science including agent-based modeling and network analysis at the Santa Fe Institute. Prior to her career in informatics, she practiced as an emergency nurse and family nurse practitioner. She has made numerous scholarly contributions in informatics and leads a program of research related to the induction of knowledge models for clinical decision support and informatics applications in poison control. Dr Cummins is an active member of the American Medical Informatics Association and has served on the leadership team of two working groups within that organization, nursing informatics and knowledge discovery in databases. She is former president of the Utah Nursing Informatics Network and a former governing director of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics. Currently, she studies predictive modeling of MRSA and medically unexplained symptoms, as well as information management and health information exchange in the poison control setting. Her research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other agencies. She has authored over 60 articles, book chapters, scientific papers, and abstracts. She brings a breadth of experience in clinical, nursing, and public health informatics to ANI. Dr Cummins is well prepared to provide leadership related to informatics research, education, and policy, directly congruent with ANI's mission and strategic goals.

Mollie's term on the steering committee runs through June 2016, and she joins the current committee leadership, which includes the following:

* Greg Alexander representing MNRS

* Carol Bickford representing ANA

* Denise Goldsmith representing NENIC

* Judy Murphy representing HIMSS

* Bonnie Westra representing AMIA

The ANI steering committee serves as the group responsible for implementing the collaborative vision and goals of ANI. For more information, visit

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice (2008) Review and Revision Underway

Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS

The ANA is the steward of the scope and standards of practice for the nursing informatics specialty. Such stewardship encompasses the requirement for a thorough review and revision of that content every 5 years to ensure currency that reflects contemporary practice and provides visioning for the next 5 years. ANA has convened a diverse volunteer workgroup of nursing informatics experts who are meeting 4 hours a month via telephone conference calls to complete such a review and revision work effort.

The new edition will include a modification of the specialty definition, changes in the scope of practice statement, and revisions of the standards of practice and professional performance and the accompanying competencies statements. Note that competency statements will replace the previous measurement criteria for each standard. When the workgroup has completed its deliberations, the draft document will be posted for a 30-day public comment period, tentatively projected to be in October 2013. Such action provides transparency and an opportunity for national and international nursing informatics colleagues, faculty, students, healthcare consumers, and other interested stakeholders to weigh in on the proposed definition revision, scope of practice statement, and standards and accompanying competency statements.

Announcements about the public comment period will be disseminated via numerous electronic distribution lists and Web site postings, including a posted notice at

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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Nurses Call to Action to Realize Sharable, Comparable Data

Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN

Originally posted August 16, 2013 on the HIMSS Blog ( ); reprinted with permission.

Despite our best collective efforts, and after decades of implementing electronic health records, nurses still cannot consistently use EHR data for research, or for reporting quality and patient safety outcomes. This concern was the focus of an invitational conference that I participated in this week at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, attended by a diverse coalition of stakeholders.

National leaders in nursing, healthcare, and informatics came together to develop an action plan for shaping health policy and informatics initiatives that use a national nursing knowledge model. Our primary goal is to guide consistent documentation and data collection to support big data research for transforming healthcare. So, after hearing presentations on a vision of the future, enablers, gaps, and challenges and participating in multiple, iterative, facilitated discussions, where did we land?

We created an action plan for

(1) integrating nursing information into health and healthcare knowledge systems;

(2)optimizing nursing language and healthcare information;

(3) influencing policy; and

(4) modifying and standardizing the informatics educational framework.

This action plan will organize and present knowledge for clinicians and consumers, so that together they can make the best decisions about their health and healthcare. How cool is that?!

To advance the vision of a transformed health system, we need a more coordinated structure where information can be easily and safely shared among patients, consumers, clinicians, and providers to enable improved outcomes, quality of care, and lower costs. This vision requires access to real-time, accurate, and actionable health information. Attendees focused on determining what we can do to achieve the vision.

Specific components of the action plan are to

* develop a strategy/campaign for educating frontline nurses, students, and faculty on informatics competencies and the value of standardized nursing data;

* advocate for the adoption of SNOMED-CT and LOINC as national standards for clinical data and link them with nursing terminologies through mappings;

* convene a consensus conference with leaders of the major nursing organizations and interprofessional stakeholders to educate them, hear their views, and ultimately speak with one voice;

* refresh and activate the ANA's NIDSEC (Nursing Information & Data Set Evaluation Center) criteria to advance systems that represent and value nursing data; and

* participate in standards and profile development to ensure a nursing voice.

Why is this action plan important? As knowledge workers, nurses must leverage clinical data from the EHR in order to

* optimize workflow and support clinical decision making,

* tell the patient's story,

* collaborate to foster knowledge translation,

* leverage analytics to extract actionable knowledge,

* use sharable, comparable data, and

* build evidence out of nursing practice.

And ultimately, when we realize this transformed healthcare system,

* Our focus is on patient satisfaction, patient safety, health promotion, and quality of care.

* The healthcare experience is personalized.

* Consumers are engaged in their health and healthcare, with their care team.

* Evidence-based care is improving outcomes and promoting health.

As we tackle this action plan, nursing informatics is leading the way. This is an opportunity to step outside our comfort zone to make a difference. Your participation is not only welcome, it is needed. We seek your help in further developing and executing the action plan.

Let me know if you are interested in participating, and please watch for specific opportunities in future blog posts. There are exciting times ahead!

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

© 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.



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