History of Informatics
There are many sources of information out on the World Wide Web (WWW) regarding health care informatics groups. Sources that can, and will, be significant in the ever evolving area of technology in the health care setting. This paper looks at three informatics groups that have a large impact on informatics. Also, the specialty area of nursing informatics will be evaluated and will look at the future trends and challenges that may be encountered.
The American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)
The ANIA is the result of joining together the Capital Area Roundtable on Informatics in Nursing (CARING) (founded in 1982) and the ANIA (founded in 1992) back in 2010 (“About Us”, n.d.). Members of this association include nurses and health care professionals nationwide. The ANIA gives nursing professionals an edge to staying in the know on health care informatics. On their website, www.ania.org, they have a collection of access points to news, events, jobs, and education on nursing informatics. A publication of Nursing Informatics Today can be found that aims, “…to publish articles that consider issues, trends, research, and technology related to nursing informatics” ("Nursing Informatics Today," n.d., p. 1). The ANIA also works in collaboration with several other organizations in their activities. Groups such as the ANI (The Alliance for Nursing Informatics), HIMSS (Health Information Management and Systems Society), AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), FierceHealthIT, and The un SUMMIT. This collaboration acts as an educational and networking resource.
This organization’s main objective is, “to advance the field of nursing informatics through communication, education, research and professional activities” ("About Us," n.d., p. 1). The impact that this has on the nursing profession itself is rewarding. Rewarding in the attention on nurses and their involvement in integrating health care technologies and informatics.
The Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS)
The HIMSS was created in 1961 and holds its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. “HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world” ("About HIMSS," n.d., p. 1). The HIMSS collaborates with a multitude of other informatics groups (AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), Connecting for Health, etc.) to help expand the efforts in integrating healthcare informatics into the workforce.
This organization maintains a website that holds a plethora of information regarding health care informatics. It shows up-to-date informatics updates and includes a blog of the latest news in the healthcare technology industry. It contains a Resource Library, a Bookstore, and an Events page to see what’s going on around the world. It also has a tab that contains ways to Get Involved with connections to local...