Survey: Informatics Nurses Have Positive Effect on Clinical Processes

April 13, 2015 in News

Informatics nurses have had a positive effect on their facilities’ health IT environments, according to a survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Health Data Management reports.

Survey Details

For the survey, researchers polled 576 respondents about informatics nurses’ effect on:

  • Clinical systems processes;
  • Emerging technologies; and
  • Quality of care.

About 79% of respondents identified themselves as informatics nurses. Non-informatics nurse respondents included CIOs, chief medical information officers and chief nursing officers.

Findings of the 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey were released at HIMSS15.


The survey found that informatics nurses have had the most positive effect on the implementation and optimization phases of the clinical systems process, with 85% and 83% of respondents, respectively, reporting so.

Respondents also said that informatics nurses have had a great effect on:

  • Patient safety;
  • User acceptance; and
  • Workflow.

In addition, when asked about emerging technologies, the survey found:

  • 70% of respondents said informatics nurses provided assistance in medical device integration;
  • More than 50% said informatics nurses assisted with smart devices; and
  • 21% said informatics nurses helped with predictive modeling.

The survey also found that 60% of respondents said that informatics nurses have had a large effect on quality of care (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 4/12).

Informatics Nurses an ‘Essential’ Part of Care

In related news, Maureen McCausland — vice president and chief nursing officer at MedStar Health — during a keynote address at HIMSS15 on Sunday discussed the role of informatics nurses as their organizations adopt new technologies, Healthcare IT News reports.

She noted that informatics nurses need to obtain training to keep pace with advances in technology, as well as become more involved in:

  • Decision-making and planning; and
  • Implementing technology.

McCausland said, “Nursing informatics is an essential component of the care continuum today and will be tomorrow as well” (Hayden, Healthcare IT News, 4/12).

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