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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 30, 2004

UI Nursing Professor Elected Fellow Of American College Of Medical Informatics

Connie Delaney, Ph.D., professor of nursing at the University of Iowa, was honored as a new fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) this month at Medinfo 2004, the international congress for health informatics, in San Francisco. Delaney is the first UI faculty member to be elected to ACMI, and one of only 283 total members of the college.

The ACMI elects individuals who have demonstrated major contributions to medical informatics; have achieved national recognition in the field; and who are committed to advancing the charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes of the college. The ACMI defines medical informatics broadly to include all aspects of health care and biomedicine: nursing; allied health; the biological sciences; clinical practice; education; health care facilities; health services research; librarianship; and public health.

"It is especially rewarding to have an Iowa presence within the College of Medical Informatics," Delaney said. "It provides an unparalleled opportunity for the University and the state to be key leaders in this rapidly expanding national health informatics initiative. Given the strengths of the numerous informatics and bioinformatics colleagues and the variety of research programs here at the University, we are making great strides in responding to the demands of our society for safe and efficient health care information systems that are, indeed, citizen focused and information rich."

Nursing informatics is a field that integrates nursing, computer, cognitive and information science to manage and communicate data, information and knowledge in nursing practice. According to Delaney, "Informatics is really about empowering consumers and all health care providers to have an equal and strong voice in achieving the best outcomes in health care."

Delaney's work in nursing informatics includes data-based research that has contributed to better understanding the relationship between symptoms and diagnoses, and between treatments and health outcomes. This research has also led to better understanding of the complexities of electronic data retrieval and use of knowledge discovery in database methods for knowledge building in clinical nursing practice.

This work has led to a variety of projects, including a partnership with Cerner Corp., of Kansas City. Cerner will work with the UI to expand Cerner's knowledge solutions for nurses and provide them with real-time access to the most current nursing knowledge. The UI will infuse nursing content into software applications used by Cerner's 1,500 clients, bringing the latest research to the fingertips of nurses at the point of care.

In addition to being the director of the UI College of Nursing Institute of Nursing Knowledge and its Center for Nursing Informatics, Delaney currently co-leads a collaboration co-sponsored by the International Medical Informatics Association and the International Council of Nurses to develop and test an International Nursing Minimum Data Set.

Delaney lectures extensively and is an honorary professor at University of Wales in the United Kingdom and is the eMR Professor (an endowed professorship) at the University of Iceland.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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