1. Martin, Christie MN, MPH, RN, PHN, LHIT-HP
  2. Janeway, Lisa DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS

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Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science (NKBDS) working groups convene annually in Minneapolis, MN, in June. The open conference attracts nurse leaders from a variety of specializations, including informatics, practice, policy, public health, leadership, education, and research.1 Conference attendees share a common vision of improving the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations through the standardization and integration of electronic health records and ancillary information systems. Over the last 7 years, the mission of the NKBDS initiative has been to develop a strategy for achieving "shareable and comparable"2(p473) nursing data to be integrated at the point of care, both at the bedside and in the community.


The mobile health (mHealth) working group is 1 of 10 working groups of the NKBDS initiative founded in 2015 by Vicky Tiase, MSN, RN-BC, FAMIA, and Robin Austin, PhD, DNP, DC, RN-BC. Tiase wanted to "ensure that patient-generated data was not left out of the [NKBDS] initiative" (V. Tiase, personal communication, March 27, 2019), and Austin was interested in "identifying emerging technologies and learning how to best integrate them into nursing workflow" (R. Austin, personal communication, April 5, 2019). The initial purpose of the working group was to better understand the intersection of mHealth data, nursing, and patient care. Under the coleadership of Tiase and Austin in 2015-2016, 10 working group members sought to define mHealth and its role in big data and developed use case scenarios to better understand the role of digital tools at the bedside. Cochairs, Lily Tunby, DNP, RN, and Christie Martin, MN, MPH, RN, PHN, LHIT-HP, continued these efforts in 2016-2017.


In 2017, under the leadership of Martin and Tunby, a decision was made by NKBDS leadership to explore the topic of pain and its unifying role across all working groups: Care Coordination, Clinical Data Analytics, Context of Care, Education, Encoding and Modeling, Engage and Equip All Nurses in Health IT Policy, Mobile Health for Nursing, Nursing Value, Social Determinants of Health, and Transforming Documentation. In an effort to better understand the state of the science of mHealth interventions and pain management, an mHealth subcommittee comprised of 8 individuals decided to conduct a literature review. This team of nurse informaticists, public health nurses, academics, and nurse researchers agreed on a research question and search strategy, created a tool to review abstracts and full texts based on eligibility criteria, and conducted initial data abstraction on articles from one database in advance of the sixth annual conference in June 2018, when Lisa Janeway, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, joined Martin as cochair.


The literature review persists under the coleadership of Janeway and Martin. In early 2019, an associate librarian at the University of Minnesota who specializes in systematic reviews and data management joined the team and expanded the repository of full texts by searching additional databases. This was to capture ongoing research in the field since the start of the project. Currently, the working group is at the stage of reviewing additional abstracts and full texts and hopes to start writing a manuscript by the end of 2019.


In addition to this endeavor, many working group members continue to make strides to advance mHealth by designing health-related applications, developing applications used to capture nursing data via digitals tools that integrate with the electronic health records, creating mHealth curricula, and teaching future nursing informaticists about the role of mHealth technologies in nursing care. Demonstrated by these accomplishments, the goals of the group have not changed since its inception, and the group remains dedicated to the mission of the NKBDS conference to improve health outcomes by further exploring how to best integrate mHealth tools at the point of care. Future work may include developing evidence-based digital guidelines that align with recent health information technology policy changes set forth by the 21st Century Cures Act. The 2018-2019 report highlighting the group's work can be found at




1. Nursing Knowledge: 2018 Big Data Science Minneapolis, Minnesota conference proceedings. 2018. Accessed April 14, 2019. [Context Link]


2. Delaney CW, Weaver C. 2018 Nursing Knowledge Big Data Science initiative. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 2018;36(10): 473-474. [Context Link]

The American Nursing Informatics Association 2019 Conference Highlights


Carolyn S. Harmon, DNP, RN-BC


American Nursing Informatics Association, Sewell, NJ.


The American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) held their 2019 annual conference from April 10 through April 13, 2019. More than 440 informatics nurses and professionals convened at the Rio All Suite Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The Welcome Reception was held in the legendary VooDoo lounge with iconic scenery overlooking the Vegas Strip. The reception's member attendance reached an all-time high with epic fun, food, and networking that will be remembered for years to come!



Preconference educational activities kicked off with 80 participants in ANIA's nursing informatics certification review course. Additional preconference activities included hands-on SQL coding, career development via data modeling, lean fundamentals, advancing conference presentation skills, and writing for publication. Concurrent sessions were offered on Friday and Saturday with presentations from rigorously, peer-reviewed abstracts on contemporary and relevant topics related to healthcare informatics practice. Also, concurrent sessions were categorized into the following tracks to assist conference participants with attendance selection: leadership strategies, impact on practice, innovation in practice, role and career development, and quality improvement and patient outcomes.


In addition to concurrent sessions, the program consisted of three key experts: Dr Bernadette Melnyk, Dr Roy Simpson, and Dr Jerry Mansfield. Dr Melnyk started the conference by presenting the use of data to accelerate evidence-based practice and enhance clinician well-being. She discussed the utilization of data to inform decision making as well as evidence-based practice models to translate evidence into practice. Dr Simpson began the second conference day by discussing big data, the growth of "omics" in big data, and nursing's future in big data. Lastly, Dr Mansfield closed the conference with concepts related to the future of healthcare through the lens of leaders and the intersection of patient care, patient engagement, and technology. Overall, attendees gained enhanced knowledge of current trends and best practices in informatics by examining the latest strategies and the management of data using technology in nursing and healthcare.



The member luncheon presented several awards and key announcements. For the first time, ANIA offered conference scholarships to current ANIA members with 292 unique scholarship applicants received and the following winners: Darla Marks, Roxie Shortt-Lewis, Nichole Marksbury, and Linda DiCarlo. The 2018 Maggie Cox Award was presented to Shirley Appleton for authoring "Nursing Alert Fatigue in Clinical Decision Support Systems and Electronic Health Records," in the Journal of Informatics Nursing. Diane Humbrecht, ANIA's immediate past president, was honored with an engraved crystal gavel for her 2018 presidency. Also, for the first time, ANIA offered a special price with an extra discount to those who signed up on-site for the upcoming 2020 conference. Approximately 40 ANIA members took advantage of this reduced conference registration opportunity.



Throughout the conference, attendees had opportunities to utilize the conference app on their smartphones, obtain continuing education credits, network with colleagues, discuss poster presentations in the exhibit hall, visit with vendors, and enjoy special events such as the chapter leader luncheon. Furthermore, ANIA conference participants as well as nonparticipants can access recordings of all educational offerings on ANIA's Online Library.


According to Symplur, more than 600,000 total impressions and tweets were reported for #ANIA19 hashtag. ANIA board members received excellent feedback from attendees related to their rewarding experiences. The 2019 ANIA conference has laid the foundation for the 2020 ANIA conference with the introduction of Nursing Informatics 2.0 in Chicago. ANIA is currently accepting abstracts for this conference. For more information, visit