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HIMSS15 Survey: Informatics Nurses Have Big Impact in Healthcare Orgs

April 14, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
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Informatics nurses bring continue to bring great value to the use of clinical systems and technologies at their healthcare organizations, according to the 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey.

The results of the survey, released at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference in Chicago on April 12, indicated that informatics nurses bring greatest value to the implementation phase (85 percent) and optimization phase (83 percent) of clinical systems process. Overall, the survey included 576 respondents. 
 
Key survey results 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 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  percent of respondents reported working for an organization that employs a Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO).
 
The survey can be seen in its entirety here
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