Informatics Nurses to Learn Latest Advances, Share Best Practices at Annual Conference

American Nursing Informatics Association 2013 Annual Conference
May 2-4, 2013 • Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX

Pitman, NJ – Sharing best practices and learning the latest technological advances to provide top-quality patient care will be the focus for nurses at the American Nursing Informatics Association 2013 Annual Conference, May 2-4, 2013, at the Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX.

The conference, which is the landmark annual event for the nursing informatics specialty, will feature top experts in the industry as well as the latest innovations and technologies.

Attendees will earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, network with their colleagues at special events, visit with vendors in the exhibit hall, and view poster presentations. New this year, ANIA will offer all attendees free access to the ANIA Online Library where they can print handouts, evaluate and "virtually" attend sessions they may have missed, and print CNE certificates.

Nursing informatics is a high-level specialty that blends the science of information technology with nursing practice, education, administration, and research. Nurses who work in this arena are project managers, administrators, leaders, directors, consultants, and more.

"This program is one of the most diverse and innovative ones we have ever had," ANIA President Vicki Vallejos, BSN, RN-BC, said. "Nursing informatics has grown in scope, strength, and peer respect, and that has spilled over to the caliber of speakers we attract."

A complete registration brochure is available on the ANIA Web site,


Five pre-conference workshops will be offered Thursday, May 2. One of the full-day pre-conferences is on the journey and accomplishments of the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative, and is entitled "TIGER: Facilitating Interprofessional and International Informatics Education Reform." Other preconferences include such topics as sustaining organizational change, career development, and workflow redesign.

The conference officially kicks off on Friday, May 3, with opening ceremonies and the Keynote Address by Kevin Fickenscher, President/CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Fickenscher's session, "From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Informatics in the Era of Population Health," will explore the major challenges facing health care systems today and how leaders can effectively meet those challenges.

Concurrent sessions will run Friday and Saturday, May 3-4. Topics include:

  • Mobile Integrated Therapy: Enabling Health Care Transformation
  • A Leader's Transformational Roadmap Towards Enhancing Clinical Informatics Practice and Performance
  • Medical Device Integration: It's All About the Details
  • Swimming Upstream: Building an Informatics Department from the Ground Up
  • Building Community Among Nursing Students Enrolled in an Informatics Internet-Based Learning Course

Additional Highlights

On Saturday, Linda Burnes Bolton, Vice President, Nursing, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, will discuss the impact of technology on practitioner workflow and patient care in her session, "Technology and Informatics: Enablers of a Transformed Delivery System."

Another featured speaker will be Judy Murphy, Deputy National Coordinator for Programs & Policy for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS. Ms. Murphy will deliver the conference's closing general session on "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," a discussion of major accomplishments, current priorities, and future initiatives in health care IT.

Over 30 poster presentations will be available for viewing during the conference, and attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the poster that best represents the 2013 conference theme, "Navigating the River of Data to Wisdom." The winning poster will be announced on Saturday and the winner will receive one complimentary registration for the 2014 ANIA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Continuing Nursing Education

Attendees can earn up to 18.25 continuing nursing education contact hours during the conference (including pre-conference workshops).

This convention is co-provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and ANIA.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP No. 5387.

Registration Information

To view the ANIA 2013 Conference brochure (pdf) online, click here, or visit ANIA's Web site, To receive a brochure in the mail, contact the ANIA National Office at East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071; phone: 866-552-6404; e-mail:


ANIA is a professional nursing association with over 3,000 members in 50 states and 30 countries. The purpose of ANIA (formerly ANIA-CARING) is to advance the field of nursing informatics through communication, education, research, and professional activities.

Contact: Janet D'Alesandro

Release Date: 

Monday, February 4, 2013