Nurses Play Growing Role in Health IT
As healthcare organizations build on their electronic health record (EHR) systems to leverage data analytics and population health management tools, nurses will play an important role developing and implementing new processes.
A new survey of C-suite executives, clinical analysts and nurses, found that nursing informatics – a specialty that integrates knowledge, data and clinical wisdom – is increasingly in demand among employers.
The “2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey” was released at HIMSS15, the annual conference by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) being held April 12-16 in Chicago. HIMSS is a global not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT).
The survey found that informatics nurses are having a substantial impact on patient safety and overall care, as well as notable workflow and productivity improvements.
“We are going to continue to see the role and use of technology expand in healthcare and the demand for nurses with informatics training will grow in parallel,” said Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of informatics for HIMSS. “As clinicians further focus on transforming information into knowledge, technology will be a fundamental enabler of future care delivery models and nursing informatics leaders will be essential to this transformation.”
The survey also indicated that many provider organizations have hired an informatics professional in a leadership capacity. In fact, 20 percent of respondents reported employing a Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO) at the leadership helm.
Other findings from the survey indicate that that informatics nurses are beginning to play a critical role in ensuring user acceptance and the appropriate adoption of emerging technologies. In fact, 70 percent of respondents agreed that nurses play an important role in medical device integration.
A large majority of respondents believe that informatics nurses bring value to the implementation phase (85 percent) and optimization phase (83 percent) of clinical systems processes. These numbers are a clear indicator that the informatics specialty is a critical part of evolving healthcare organizations.
If you are a nurse or considering nursing as a profession, building your knowledge of health IT systems and processes can be a key step in advancing your career. As organizations invest in advanced information systems and emerging technologies, nurses will provide an essential clinical perspective to help providers improve the quality of patient care, while reducing costs.