By Christel Anderson, Director, Clinical Informatics, and Joyce Sensmeier, Vice President, Informatics
During the HIMSS15 Nursing Informatics Symposium, we released the results of the 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey.
Since 2004, HIMSS has conducted research to gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the informatics nurse professional. “Nursing Informatics” is a fairly new specialty having only been recognized by the American Nurses Association since 1992.
The 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey examines the growing technology-driven healthcare ecosystem and the role nursing informatics – a specialty that integrates knowledge, data and wisdom – is playing in this evolving environment. The results indicate that the role of informatics nurses has expanded greatly and is having immense impact on patient safety and overall care, as well as notable workflow and productivity improvements.
To download the full survey report, executive summary, PowerPoint slides and other resources visit www.himss.org/ni
Key Survey Findings include:
- Quality of Patient Care: Respondents reported a direct positive impact on the quality of care patients receive as a result of the work of informatics nurses. Sixty (60) percent of respondents indicated that informatics nurses have a high degree of impact on the quality of care.
- Direct Impact on Clinical Systems: Respondents reported that informatics nurses have a high degree of impact on workflow, patient safety and user acceptance.
- Hiring Informatics Professionals: Approximately one-quarter of respondents (23 percent) reported that their organization hired their first informatics professional prior to 2000.
- Executive Leadership: Nearly two-thirds of respondents (61 percent) work for an organization that employs an informatics professional in a leadership position. Twenty (20) percent of respondents reported working for an organization that employs a Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO).
- Longevity: Finally, the survey results suggest that longevity matters. The longer a healthcare organization has employed informatics professionals, the greater impact and value they have on the various aspects of the clinical systems process, as well as on the overall quality of care that patients received.
- Involvement of Informatics Nurses with Emerging Technologies: Informatics nurses were most likely to be identified (70 percent) as providing assistance in the area of medical devices integration. At least half of respondents also indicated that informatics nurses would play a role with regard to smart devices.
Your turn! Do you have a nurse informaticist in your organization? What are your thoughts about the survey findings?