ANIA News

Informatics Scholarships Available ~ Apply by February 1

To support our mission of advancing nursing informatics through education, research, and practice, ANIA is proud to offer scholarships for ANIA members to pursue advanced education in informatics. Four scholarships at $3,000 each will be offered to graduate level informatics students (master’s and doctoral level studies) pursuing nursing informatics or healthcare informatics degrees. Click below to download the application form for the graduate level scholarships.

Introducing the ANIA Innovation Award!

ANIA is proud to introduce a new award designed to acknowledge an ANIA member for his/her innovative efforts in nursing informatics. The ANIA Innovation Award recognizes innovation in nursing informatics resulting in improvements in the work of nurses or care delivery in any patient care setting. The winning submission will receive a $2,500 award and will be announced at the 2018 ANIA Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Click below for more information regarding eligibility requirements and the application process. Award applications are due by February 1, 2018.

Free CNE in ANIA Online Library! November Session Focuses on Downtime Response Plans

Each month ANIA offers a FREE continuing nursing education (CNE) program in the ANIA Online Library. This special offer is available to ANIA members only! This month's featured session, "Fixin’ to Jazz Up Downtime: The Effects of Serial Mock Computer Downtime Drills on IOS Nurses’ Perceived Knowledge of Downtime Response," was originally offered at the 2017 ANIA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

November Is National Family Caregivers Month

The month of November is a time to recognize, support, and empower family caregivers. The theme for National Family Caregivers Month 2017 is "Caregiving Around the Clock." As a nurse, you have likely shared your nursing expertise with family caregivers, or you may have assumed the role of caregiver within your own family. The following resources are available to facilitate healthcare professionals’ support of family caregivers.

Apply for ANI Nursing Informatics Emerging Leaders Program by October 30

The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) is a collaboration of organizations that represent a unified voice for nursing informatics. One of ANI's objectives is to identify leadership, provide mentorship, and encourage nursing informatics participation in national nursing informatics activities. The ANI Nursing Informatics Emerging Leaders Program enhances the leadership skills and competencies of individuals in the following areas:

National Health IT Week ~ October 2-6

NHIT WeekThis October, ANIA — as a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare — is a Proud Partner in National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week is an awareness week offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. healthcare. “The Value of Health IT.”

Walden University Introduces Summer Scholars Series

ANIA and Walden University invite you to take advantage of a new professional development opportunity for nurses. The Summer Scholars webinar series is designed to help you build new skills in all aspects of your nursing career. This series of on-demand webinars includes content for leaders, educators, and clinicians and offers contact hours.

View Summer Scholar Series Information

Contact Your Legislators to Support the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017

The CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate (S.1016) and House of Representatives (H.R. 2556). This bipartisan legislation will modernize healthcare delivery for Medicare beneficiaries by removing barriers to the use of telehealth and other healthcare technologies such as remote patient monitoring, resulting in greater access to high-quality care, improved continuity of care, and better value for patients and the Medicare program.

ANIA Online Library Features Topic-Focused CNE Packages

Are you looking for informatics focused education in areas such as patient outcomes or career development? The ANIA Online Library features continuing education bundles grouped by specific content areas, including:

  • Implementation and Optimization
  • Innovation in Practice
  • Leadership Strategies
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Outcomes
  • Role and Career Development

Each bundle offers at least 4.0 contact hours, and ANIA members receive a 50% discount off the purchase price.

New Report Focuses on Standard Nursing Terminologies

In May 2017, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a report entitled Standard Nursing Terminologies: A Landscape Analysis. ONC worked with a project team to conduct a landscape assessment to better understand the current state and challenges associated with using terminologies and classifications to support nursing practice within health information technology solutions.

ANIA Receives 2017 APEX Award of Excellence for Journal of Informatics Nursing

awardThe Journal of Informatics Nursing (JIN), the official publication of the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 APEX Award (Awards for Publication Excellence). More than 300 journals were considered for awards (with close to 1,400 entries in all), and JIN was acknowledged in the "Best New Magazines, Journals, & Tabloids" category.

Register for Nursing Informatics Certification Review Course (October 21-22)

ANIA will host a Nursing Informatics Certification Review Course on October 21-22, 2017, in Indianapolis, IN. This 2-day course, which is being held in conjunction with the 2017 Midwest Fall Technology Conference, is designed as a review to prepare for the informatics nursing certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Register by July 16 for early bird rates!

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ANIA Recognized as Founding Member of Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety

certificateANIA was recently recognized as a Founding Member of the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative whose goal is to make health information technology (IT) safer together. By bringing together providers, vendors, professional organizations, human factor experts, and others, the Partnership considers all perspectives to address health IT safety concerns.

ANIA Launches NEW Online Library

ANIA launched a new and improved Online Library featuring ANIA Annual Conference sessions, Journal of Informatics Nursing articles, monthly free CNE sessions, and other educational content. The new Online Library provides a better overall digital experience. You will continue to have access to any content and CNE certificates that you had access to in the existing library. Accounts were automatically upgraded to the new library in early March. (Account holders received an email notifying them of this upgrade.) The new library offers the following ANIA member benefits:

Participate in Workforce Development Survey

In partnership with TIGER and the HIMSS Foundation, the EU*US eHealth Work Project is surveying health care professionals to identify global health IT/eHealth workforce development needs, trends, and gaps. Your feedback is requested to help create the big picture and enable a highly skilled workforce across borders and on a global scale. Results will be published to measure, inform, educate, and benchmark against.

Learn More about HI-FIVE: Informatics Training Program for Healthcare Professionals

Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics is excited to offer a unique healthcare training program for nurses, physicians, social workers, care coordinators, and other healthcare professions, including administrators, managers, and health/IT professionals. The training program, HI-FIVE (Health Informatics For Innovation, Value, and Enrichment) includes essential topics for the changing healthcare landscape:

Participate in 2016 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey

Since 2004, HIMSS has surveyed the nursing informatics community to gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the informatics nurse professional. ANIA members are encouraged to share their feedback to complete the big picture for 2016. This survey will capture current professional status, salary and practice trends, while identifying changes that have occurred over the years in the nursing informatics workforce. Click below to share your insights!

Mentoring Network Now Available to Members

ANIA is proud to announce our new Mentoring Network! The purpose of this addition to our website is to connect our members for professional support and growth. The Mentoring Network can partner you with more experienced informatics professionals who can guide you along your career path, or allow you to share your knowledge and experience with emerging informatics professionals. If you are a student, you can use this feature to search for a preceptor to supervise your practicum project.

Help ANI Prepare a Policy Response to the ONC

ANI is requesting member organizations complete the following 4 question survey by March 14th to better inform our policy response to ONC.

ANI is preparing a policy response to the ONC 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. The ANI task force preparing the response identified that it would be useful to understand the number of ANI member organizations that currently code nursing documentation with SNOMED CT and LOINC.

Take the survey

Participate in HIT Tools Survey

You're invited to participate in a survey about nurses' perceptions of health information technology (HIT) tools related to the nurse's role in patient engagement at your facility. Your participation is voluntary and the information collected will be used to provide an understanding of the relationship between health IT, nursing and patient engagement.

Deadline for completion is March 31, 2016.

Take the survey

Alliance for Nursing Informatics Selects 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders

Two nursing informatics professionals have been selected by the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) to participate in the Nursing Informatics Emerging Leaders Program. Based on competitive criteria, Stephanie Lambrecht, RN-BC, MSN, MHA and Po-Yin Yen, PhD, RN, were chosen for this exclusive two-year program designed to develop professionals capable of assuming national leadership positions in informatics-related organizations.

Read the full press release

ANIA Members Receive Discounted CIN Subscription

As a member of ANIA and its partnership with the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, you can purchase an annual subscription to CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing for only $49.95.

For over 30 years, CIN has been at the interface of the science of information and the art of nursing, publishing articles on the latest developments in nursing informatics, research, education, and administration of health information technology.

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management Call for Papers

Special Issue: Electronic Health Records (EHR) – The User Experience

The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management is dedicating a special issue to Electronic Health Records and issues affecting the end user (physicians, nurses, NPs, PAs, staff, etc) in the ambulatory setting. We are especially interested in how EHRs have impacted clinicians with an eye toward solutions.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to how users’ EHR experiences affect:

Addressing the Safety of Electronic Health Records

On October 1st 2015, the ANIA Board of Directors approved a position statement supporting actions surrounding the safe use of electronic health records. These actions include the incorporation of EHR-related patient safety initiatives into existing patient safety efforts and the development of EHR safety programs that include multi-disciplinary self-assessments, using the SAFER Guides from the ONC. (http://www.healthit.gov/safer/safer-guides).

Alliance for Nursing Informatics Joins GetMyHealthRecord Effort

The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) is pleased to join the GetMyHealthData effort, a collaborative activity among leading consumer organizations, health care experts, former policy makers and technology organizations that believe passionately that consumer access to digital health information is an essential cornerstone of better health and better care.

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User-Innovators in the Nursing Profession

Have you ever created a makeshift health care solution when a commercially made product wasn’t available? Used hangers or medical tape to support or protect another device, for example? If so, you’re a MakerNurse, and you aren’t alone. About 60% of nurses reported this kind of on-the-spot innovation in a recent survey. Fast thinking and improvised techniques are responsible for some of the most remarkable breakthroughs in health care. (Source: MakerNurse, July 8, 2015)

University of Utah Offers T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of Utah College of Nursing is offering a postdoctoral fellowship program in cancer, aging, or end-of-life care. This NINR-funded program builds upon research opportunities within the University of Utah Center on Aging, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and the funded research at the College of Nursing, including the $7.8 million NIH-funded PO1 Partners in Hospice Care grant. Full-time fellows must be nurse scientists and US residents/citizens.

ANI Innovator Profile Series Interviews

Susan Matney Clinical LOINC Subcommittee
Marion Ball TIGER Committee

The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) continues the ANI Innovator Profile Series in May. This program increases awareness and visibility of the individual ANI member organizations. Each of the ANI Governing Directors is interviewed by Joyce Sensmeier MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Ex-Officio Chair of ANI, and describes how their organization contributes to a unified voice for nursing informatics.

Self-Assessment of Nursing Informatics Competencies

The aim of this survey is to develop a Scale for Self-Assessment of Nursing Informatics Competencies by Nurse Leaders. You are not expected to be an expert in Informatics to complete this survey, but rather we are seeking experts in Nursing Leadership. Due to rapid advances in technology, Informatics competencies for nursing leaders require frequent attention and updating from experts in the field to ensure relevance to nursing leaders' work.

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Nominations Encouraged for the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is looking for a few good advocates! Nominations for the Health IT Policy Committee (#HITPC) are open! GAO is looking for consumer, provider, health plan and quality measurement experts to serve on the committee and nominations will be accepted through February 27, 2015.

Submit a nomination

 

Informatics Scholarship Winners Selected

ANIA is pleased to announce the winners of a $3,000 scholarship, recently provided to three masters and doctoral-level students. Candidates were evaluated and ranked on: involvement in informatics as a profession, strength of scholarship, recommendations, work experience in informatics, and future plans as demonstrated in a goal statement essay. After reviewing a number of impressive scholarship applications, ANIA would like to congratulate the following scholarship winners.

2014 ENA Foundation/ANIA Research Grant Awarded

ANIA's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Salah Al-Zaiti, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, was selected as the 2014 ENA Foundation/ANIA Research Grant recipient for the study titled, Redefining ECG Interpretation in Emergency Departments: Novel Methods for Real-Time Detection of NSTEMI. This research aims to identify an ECG parameter that can improve recognition of non-ST wave elevation cardiac ischemia.

ANIA 2014 Board of Directors Announced

Excitement is growing for the 21st Annual ANIA Conference that starts in Las Vegas in just 2 months! Not only is conference time filled with great sessions related to nursing informatics and opportunities to network with our peers, it is also when the newly elected board members become active in their new roles.

I am excited to share with you the four persons chosen in the recent election:

2014 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey

Since 2004, HIMSS has surveyed the nursing informatics community to gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the informatics nurse professional. This year, the HIMSS NI Workforce Survey explores job titles, salary requirements, education & training, career satisfaction and barriers to success. We hope to capture current professional status and practice trends while identifying changes that have occurred over the last 9 years.

ENA Foundation & ANIA Research Grant

The ENA Foundation and the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) have combined resources to offer this $6,000 research grant. This grant provides funding for research that will advance the specialized practice of emergency nursing and nursing informatics and technology in the emergency care arena. All relevant research topics will be considered. Priority will be given to research studies relating to the Emergency Nurses Association research initiatives.

Former Board Member Tells Military Times Edge About Informatics

Patrick Shannon, MS, RN, CPHIMS, a former ANIA Board Member, left his position as a lieutenant colonel and longtime nurse in the Army in 2009. Now, as a Project Manager for the Department of Defense through TRICARE Management Activities, he's letting others know about his switch to informatics. In a recent interview, he told Military Times Edge, "You are taking care of the service member.

Nursing Informatics Certification Review Series Starting September 16

ANIA is pleased to endorse the Nursing Informatics Certification Review Intensive CE Series, developed by Nurse.com. This comprehensive online learning experience provides an extensive review in preparation for the informatics nurse certification exam. This six-week self-paced program combines online education with live webinars to provide you a flexible study solution that fits your schedule. The next session begins September 16, completing on October 24.

Meet Us at Magnet

Are you attending the ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Orlando, FL, next month? We are! The annual Magnet Conference (October 2-4) brings together more than 7,500 nurses and nurse executives in celebration of the Magnet Recognition Program®, and the meeting provides an excellent opportunity for networking. As the leader in informatics nursing, ANIA couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to gather with so many wonderful professionals.

ENA Foundation & ANIA Research Grant

The ENA Foundation and the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) have combined resources to offer this $6,000 research grant. This grant provides funding for research that will advance the specialized practice of emergency nursing and nursing informatics and technology in the emergency care arena. All relevant research topics will be considered. Priority will be given to research studies relating to the Emergency Nurses Association research initiatives.

AHRQ Health IT Update: YouTube Channel Launched

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s new YouTube channel, AHRQ HealthIT highlights successful health information technology (IT) projects that focus on ways to enhance quality measurement, preventive care and medication management. These videos provide insights for health services researchers, health care providers, and patient advocates on how AHRQ research supports the use of health IT to improve quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of care.

ANIA VP Helps Win Health App Challenge

A winner for the Department of Health and Human Services "Now Trending: #Health in My Community" challenge has been announced, and ANIA Vice President Charles Boicey was a member of the winning team. MappyHealth beat out 32 other entries tasked with using Twitter data to deliver the top five trending illnesses for a specific geographic region. The application can help indicate disease outbreak trends quicker than traditional methods of public health reporting.

ANCC Offers Informatics Nursing CNE and Exam Prep

Are you looking for continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours for Informatics Nursing to use toward your certification renewal or initial certification application? Are you or is someone you know preparing to take the ANCC Informatics Nursing certification exam? ANCC's Credentialing Knowledge Center™ produces a variety of exam preparation and continuing education opportunities to fit your learning style, location, and schedule.

Study Group

CNE contact hours and a handbook with copies of the slides used during the webinar are included.

ANIA President Quoted in Article on Nursing Informatics

"Clinical experience and [the] ability for critical thinking" are what make us valuable assets as informatics administrators, says Vicki Vallejos, current ANIA President. Read more of what Vicki had to say in the article "Informatics leverages clinical know-how and computer precision," published in Volume 29, Number 2 of Catholic Health World on February 1, 2013.

 

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DHHS Announces HIPAA Changes

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has JUST announced new rules (modifications) to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security regulations.

The final omnibus rule greatly enhances a patient’s privacy protections, provides individuals new rights to their health information, and strengthens the government’s ability to enforce the law. View the DHHS Press Release

Mobilizing Data for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Challenge

The "Mobilizing Data for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Challenge" is a multidisciplinary call to develop a mobile health app to facilitate observation and documentation for prevention, early detection and appropriate management of pressure ulcers in clinical settings. The app is intended to encourage the use of information exchange standards. The challenge will demonstrate the value of common models and terminologies and promote the continued integration of nursing content into SNOMED CT, as well as the development of common clinical information models of interest to nursing.

Region 1 Member Achievement

ANIA Region 1 member Charles Boicey, MS, RN-BC, PMP, CPHIMS, was recently recognized for his efforts in the field of Healthcare IT by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The Spirit of HIMSS Award is a monthly award given to a HIMSS member who, through volunteer efforts within the society, help lead healthcare transformation through the effective use of health information technology. Charles was recognized in November for his many contributions.

ANIA Conference 2012 Nursing Informatics: Making a Big Splash

When you think of Orlando and Seaworld you often think of aquatic animals and theme park rides. This year ANIA came to Orlando to make a splash of our own-- with informatics! Our annual conference, which was held at the Orlando Renaissance at SeaWorld, had over 400 informatics nurses in attendance this year. We started off on Thursday with a vast array of pre-conference offerings including resume and job skills, evidence based practice, and HIT implementation methodologies, we were making a BIG splash this year in Orlando.

Member Achievements

Karen S. Martin, Omaha, NE, was inducted into the Nebraska Nurses Association Hall of Fame. Karen was recognized for her work with the Omaha System and providers, educators, researchers, and software developers.

Carol J. Bickford, Olney, MD, Mary Beth Mitchell, Dallas, TX, and Cheryl D. Parker, Dallas, TX. were interviewed by HealthIT News. See “CNIO role on the rise,” online or in the March 2012 print edition.