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From The Blog: Hail to the new chief! The emerging role of Chief Nursing Informatics Officers (CNIOs)

From The Blog: Hail to the new chief! The emerging role of Chief Nursing Informatics Officers (CNIOs) | #HITsm | Scoop.it
As technology continues to expand in healthcare, expect to see more CNIOs (Chief Nursing Informatics Officers) driving IT use and showing nurses' ability to lead in the C suite.


Jennifer Thew interviewed Cheryl Parker, CNIO at Rubbermaid Medical Solutions, who said CNIOs have the following common roles:

  • Speak for bedside clinicians since CNIOs understand their needs
  • Implement and optimize use of HIT
  • Coordinate strategic and organizational HIT use
  • Understand technology’s effect on patients

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From The Blog: IT of The Tiger -- TIGER Initiative supports nurses using technology

From The Blog: IT of The Tiger -- TIGER Initiative supports nurses using technology | #HITsm | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Thew, RN: Those of you attending HIMSS12 this week – beware! There are TIGERs on the loose. Not to be confused with the fercious felines or cereal mascot, these TIGERS support the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform Initative aka TIGER. The mission of this collaborative is to prepare nurses and healthcare professionals to use technology and informatics to improve patient care.


With about 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., RNs are the largest number of healthcare professionals in the country. This also means they’ll likely be the largest group to use and to be affected by new technology. This why groups like TIGER are so important. Nurses need to give input on how informatics and technology impacts their jobs and patient care. If the largest group of end users of healthcare technology aren’t invested and on-board with implementation, we’ll miss out on using these tools to their full potential.

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Electronic health records improve nursing

Electronic health records improve nursing | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Studies are beginning to back up what Health IT and patient advocates have known for a long time:


UPI.com: U.S.nurses working with electronic health records consistently reported improvements in nursing care and better health outcomes, researchers say.


The study, published in the American Journal of Nursing, found having a basic electronic health records system was associated with better outcomes independently of nurse staffing -- indicating that both play an important role in quality of care.


In addition, nurses in hospitals with fully implemented basic electronic health records were significantly less likely to report unfavorable patient safety issues, frequent medication errors and low quality of care, the study said.

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From The Blog: Cybrarians contribute to RN use of evidence-based practice

From The Blog: Cybrarians contribute to RN use of evidence-based practice | #HITsm | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Thew, RN: EBP has really taken off in the nursing profession over the past five years as hospitals strive to improve patient outcomes and patient safety, save money, and push for for Magnet designation. It involves applying research and data to direct patient care in the hopes of improving outcomes. EBP is not theoretical, it is practical. It allows nurses to take research and use it at the bedside.


Melissa Cole, RN, Senior Consultant at Healthcare Transformation Resources, said medical librarians can be even more valuable when they leave the stacks and join the healthcare team at the bedside. Cole said Lorri Zipperer , of Zipperer Project Management, coined the word ”cybrarians,” to describe medical librarians who use technology to find, evaluate and share information with the clinical team.


“There’s so much information out there,” said Cole. “Clinicans can’t be expected to hold it all in their brains.”


Cole and LSU Clinical Medical Librarian Julie Esparza, are co-writing a book chapter on using cybrarians at the bedside.


“The cybrarian rounds with a laptop and has access to something other than WebMd,” explained Cole.

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Chief Nursing Information Officer position on the rise

Chief Nursing Information Officer position on the rise | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Healthcare IT News: Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO) is a fairly new title, but it is growing in popularity and more and more organizations are recruiting for the position, according to Linda Hodges, vice president and leader of information technology search practice at executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.


If the CNIO title follows the course of the CMIO title, it might take some time to become accepted. According to Hodges, the title of chief medical information officer was ten years in the making. It wasn’t readily accepted at first.


Currently, academic institutions and large integrated health systems are the main organizations hiring such a position. A CNIO at a large system can expect to make from $200,000 to $250,000 in base pay annually, she said.

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