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Advancements in Nursing Informatics
Advancements in Nursing Informatics
Nursing informatics is not a new concept. Review the following timeline to understand the advancements in nursing informatics since the 1950s.

1950s – Harriet Werley, the first designated nurse researcher at the Walter Reed Army Research Institute, was asked by IBM to consult on the use of computers in health care.
1960s – Critical care technology emerged in the form of mechanical ventilators and cardiac monitors.
1970s – Computer-based information systems (CIS) were implemented in hospitals.
1980s – The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National League for Nursing established a council and forum on Computer Applications in Nursing.
1990s – The ANA published the first versions of the Scope of Nursing Informatics Practice and the Standards of Nursing Informatics Practice.
2006 – The HIMSS TIGER initiative began, focused on increasing the use of technology and informatics in practice, research, and education to improve patient care.
2008 – The ANA released a revised scope and standards for practice in nursing informatics.
2009 – The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act passed to provide the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the “authority to establish programs to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency through the promotion of health IT, including electronic health records and private and secure electronic health information exchange.”
2010 – The Institute of Medicines’ Future of Nursing report is released listing “effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure” as one of its four key messages – having a direct impact on the field of informatics.

Ozbolt, J. & Saba, V. (2008). A brief history of nursing informatics in the United States of America. Nursing Outlook, 56, 199-205.e2. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2008.06.008 Advancements in Nursing Informatics

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