Track 1: Looking at the Crystal Ball - The Power of Partnerships across Public Health and Nursing Informatics

Sripriya Rajamani, MBBS, PhD, MPH, FAMIA

Robin Austin, PhD, DNP, DC, RN-BC, FAMIA, FNAP

Summary: Numerous health information technology (HIT) tools are being implemented across organizations driven by patient needs, market pressures and regulatory requirements. What does it take to implement these tools? What is the role of team science in meeting various stakeholder expectations? Hear from experts from the field of public health and nursing informatics as they share HIT case studies and portray the power of partnerships in informatics. 

The pre-conference work on Power of Partnerships in Informatics is supported with financial support from the TRaining in Informatics for Underrepresented Minorities in Public Health (TRIUMPH). This project is supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under 90PH0005/01-00, The PHIT Workforce Development Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by ONC, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Track 2:  Knowledge Modeling and Encoding

Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI


Summary: The purpose of this session is to examine the process of developing a knowledge model and the appropriate method for encoding it using LOINC and SNOMED-CT to support interoperability.  An example will be used from a recently developed knowledge model - Hospital-Associated Venous Thromboembolism Prevention. The session will include didactic content as well as exercises applying the content for knowledge modeling and encoding.

Track 3: Nursing Terminologies and/or Standards Applications to Improve Clinical Practice

Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP

Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, MS, RN, FAMIA

Summary: This section will provide a quick background on nursing terminologies/standards, and their current applications in real-world settings. Experts from the US and around the world will provide use cases for a better understanding of the potential of using nursing terminologies/standards for applications aiming to improve patient care. The goal is that this section will generate further discussion and directions on how to use nursing terminologies/standards to quantify the value of nursing on patient better outcomes.

Track 4: FHIR Safe – A Hands-on Approach to FHIR Concepts and Fundamentals

Laura Heermann Langford, PhD, RN, FAMIA

Summary: FHIR has evolved from a standard in trial use to a requirement under US federal rules as an API for patient access to their data in EHR systems as well as their claims data in payer systems.  This workshop will discuss basic FHIR concepts and its strengths and limitations.   The faculty will describe HL7 FHIR history, background, and fundamental principles. Examples of applications using the SMART on FHIR platform will also be discussed.  After this initial overview of FHIR, the attendees will be guided through using online tools to examine HL7 FHIR Resources (the basic building blocks of FHIR) and build basic common FHIR Profiles (implementation guides for specific use cases).

Track 5: Mind the Gap: Current Landscape, Bridges, and Roadmaps to Integrate Technology from Academia to Practice

Marisa L. Wilson, DNCs, MHSc, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAMIA, FAAN

Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP

Summary: This section will provide 1) a quick review of the state of academic education as well as the postgraduate novice-to-expert frameworks; 2) talk about competencies and new approaches to education.  Case-based studies, the integration of tech components in every class and every Essentials domain, as well as a landscape of job descriptions, clinical ladders, residency programs, etc. The roles of faculty as well as NPDs/Clinical Educators; and 3) layout future planning and potential approaches to address the gap. The session may include exercises, hands-on activities, and constant iteration with the audience to deliver a guiding roadmap to move the proposed framework forward.