Informatics, within a professional
practice model, is defined as “ the discipline
designed to integrate nursing, its information
and information management with information
processing and communication technology, to
support the health of people world wide.”
Source: International Medical Informatics Association - Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group (IMIA-NI), adopted August 1998, Seoul, Korea.
Here at The Miriam Hospital we accomplish this through the department of clinical informatics, project management, the clinical informatics committee and inter-affiliate communication (LINC, the Lifespan Informatics Nursing Council)
The department of clinical informatics is responsible for strategic and tactical planning. Planning and implementation for new technology systems at The Miriam is a combination of project management and organizational support. The key groups currently in place to assist in that effort:
As key projects are initiated at The Miriam, project teams are convened and represent key system users including staff nurses. The following are considered to be the responsibility of project team members:
The project teams are responsible for assuring that application specific materials, policies/procedures and methods to evaluate implementation are available at the time of implementation.
In addition the clinical informatics department provides clinical system support , and staff development. The department is the front line of support for many point of care systems including POM and on-line medication administration charting. At The Miriam, we embrace clinical informatics as a new and exciting professional discipline.