Infrastructure of an Informatics Department
Group project on the Infrastructure of an Informatics Department
II. Informatics Dept. Team Members & their Roles
Infrastructure of an Informatics Department
Nursing informatics involves the practice of nursing. It involves the use of science and technology in their various activities such that they can improve the pathway which data follows so that it can become a vital knowledge that can enhance the healthcare of a patient. Nursing informatics further involves the combination of information and computer science, cognitive, as well as nursing sciences for the intention of the management and improvement of healthcare knowledge, data, information. The result is an improvement in the care of patients, as well as the nursing profession at large. Science and technology involve hardware such as the internet, computer, smartphones, and the company intranet (McGonigle et al., 2014).
In addition, technology also includes the various software used to run together with the hardware. Data are the information entered in the software for example lab results and vital signs. Knowledge entails the elaboration of data hence giving the health practitioners the way forward in treating a patient (Moen and Knudsen, 2013). Nursing informatics is meant to give the system to collect data as well as any relevant information that could be accessible to the nurse and other health practitioners. The nurse can see this and with the help of their training and knowledge in interpretation in relaying communication to others with the main aim of giving the best and improved care to anyone in need. The key components of nursing informatics include data, knowledge, information, and wisdom pathway (McGonigle et al., 2014).
Under the informatics department, the team members include informatics officers and they are further divided into Chief Informatics Medical Officer (CIMO), Chief Informatics Nursing Officer (CINO), and the Chief Informatics Officer (CIO) (American Medical Informatics Association, 2017). CIO is the senior among the informatics officers and handles planning the general technology direction the hospital will take in achieving its goals. Therefore, the CIO can suggest health information technology (HIT), its policies, budget, and the necessary training clinicians need. The CIMO assesses the HIT such that other clinicians can have the go ahead to use the technology in combination with the IT staff. CINO helps in giving informatics skills and knowledge, which have relation to nursing science, information, as well as a computer in selecting, designing, and implementing every information system that could help clinicians in delivering care.
An informatics nurse is also a team member in this department and they act as the liaison to medical staff and nurses through different coordination aspects such as development, design, planning, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of the systems within the clinic. An informatics nurse specialist performs research related to informatics and coming up with the relevant informatics theories. The director of clinical informatics acts as the main facility resource and he or she works with the project manager in coordination and leading hospital resources. The project manager handles coming up with the clinical workflow, assessing and analyzing the needs of the clients, as well as managing different projects. The clinical coordinator has the responsibility for implementing, planning, and evaluation of the information systems being used within the hospital. Furthermore, under this department, there are several types of analysts. They include data, content, and data integrity analyst. The data integrity analyst handles the management of daily reports. Additionally, they guarantee quality management hence ensuring that information is actionable as well as usable. The content analyst works on the evaluation of the requirements of the client within a community and acts as the advocate in enhancing the utilization of IT within the clinic. Data analyst works autonomously in documenting policies related to external data accession. Lastly, the super users are the staff who are skillful in using the information systems.
nursing is a profession that is both an art as well as a science and its
evolution entails practice and adoption of various technological advances.
Therefore, nursing informatics is a department, which has diverse uses within
the healthcare not forgetting specialty practice. Many responsibilities have
come up considering the growth in education and applying nursing informatics as
a knowledge base. Besides, there are options for nurses whereby they can
receive education curriculum as well as certification so that they can pursue
American Medical Informatics Association. (2017). Nursing Informatics. Retrieved from https://www.amia.org/programs/working-groups/nursing-informatics
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