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Nursing Informatics: Building Blocks & Perspectives


Informatics Competencies

The 2008 AHIMA/AMIA Joint Work Force Task Force Report entitled Health Information and Informatics Core Competencies for Individuals Working with Electronic Health Records provides a good introduction to the goals of informatics in healthcare. Appendix A includes the entire Core Competency Statements.

Healthcare Legislation

Learn more about the following laws and regulations by visiting Health IT Legislation

  • 21st Century Cures Act
  • Affordable Care Act of 2010
  • Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) of 2012
  • Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)

Nursing Organizations

Leading nursing organizations acknowledge the crucial role of informatics in clinical practice and education. Follow the links below to learn more:

ANA American Nurses Association

ICN International Council of Nurses

The Joint Commission

Health Informatics Organizations

The following organizations are specifically devoted to healthcare information and informatics. Visit these sites to learn more about current initiatives, as well as to access information of value to researchers and practitioners in the healthcare fields.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS)

Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) (HIT)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI)

Common Informatics Acronyms

There are literally hundreds of acronyms associated with health informatics. The list of common acronyms (click on link below) will provide quick access to most of the more common ones. Be sure to consult the glossary and index of Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge for additional terms.



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