Informatics and nursing are becoming ever more intertwined, which might explain why about 400 nurses from 46 states and five countries came to Baltimore for the 19th annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics conference July 22 to 25 at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
The event, Informatics at the Point of Care: A Barrier or a Bridge? addressed the interactions among clinicians, patients, and technologies in the use of electronic resources to manage health and healthcare.
Judy Ozbolt, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FAIMBE, served as program chair for SINI 2009 and also is professor and program director, nursing informatics at Marylands School of Nursing.
There is a tremendous amount of interest right now because of the emphasis on informatics as part of healthcare reform, Ozbolt said.
Nurses at the event shared their accomplishments and insights, learned about the latest technologies from 41 speakers, collaborated on projects, and met like minds working on informatics technology within the healthcare system.
Keynote speaker James J. Cimino, MD, chief, laboratory for informatics development at the National Institutes of Health, told the audience how informatics can help nurses understand clinicians needs for knowledge, provide tools for addressing those needs, and find ways to integrate these tools into the patient care workflow.
Information about selected SINI 2009 presentations is available online at nursing.umaryland.edu/sini/presentations. Type in sini under the case-sensitive user name login information and informatics as the password.
The 20th annual SINI event, Nursing Informatics: From First Use to Meaningful Use, is scheduled for July 21 to 24, 2010, with preconference tutorials scheduled for July 19 to 21.