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Release: June 6, 2000

UI College of Nursing hosts nursing informatics institute

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Current developments and future directions in computerized patient records will highlight a three-day Institute on Nursing Informatics and Classification June 11-14 on the University of Iowa campus. The institute is hosted by the UI College of Nursing.

The institute is designed for individuals interested in designing, implementing and evaluating nursing information systems and will help participants understand nursing informatics within the larger context of national and international health information development. More than 40 health professionals from all around the country as well as Canada are expected to participate.

Institute faculty include both academics and scientists working to design and test nursing information systems, and practitioners and nursing administrators who are using such systems to improve patient care and reduce health care costs. Charles N. Mead, chief scientist at Simione Central Holdings of Atlanta, will deliver the keynote address on trends in the computerization of patient records. The institute will also include site visits to the UI Hospitals and Clinics and Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, as well as social outings.

The term "nursing informatics" refers in part to computerized information systems used to create and manage records for individual patients. Nursing classifications are standardized terms that describe nursing diagnoses, treatments and outcomes in these computerized systems. The UI College of Nursing is recognized internationally for its leadership in developing informatics and classification systems.

The College's Organizations, Systems and Community Health area of study and the Center for Nursing Classification are co-sponsors of the institute. For additional information, contact the Organizations, Systems and Community Health area of study at (319) 335-7082.