1. Beale, Nancy PhD, MSN, RN-BC

Article Content

The HIMSS22 theme of Reimagining Health was visible across the Nursing Informatics Symposium poster presentations. The poster session at the HIMSS22 Nursing Informatics Symposium offered a variety of topics demonstrating how the nursing informatics community is reimagining health. After two challenging years, the nursing informatics community was present and actively engaged in both the symposium and the poster sessions offered. There were 15 posters on display at the symposium, with broad representation of how nursing informatics continues to meet the challenge of reimagining health. The poster presentations were a great complement to the education sessions offered at the symposium, with presenters from settings spanning multiple academic, industry, and healthcare organizations. Many areas of nursing informatics practice were represented including quality improvement, information management and operational architecture, coordination, facilitation, and integration of systems, administration, and leadership, as well as development of systems, education, and research.



Kathleen Taylor, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN-BC, FAMIA, a nurse informaticist specialist from the Veterans Health Administration, and Cathlin Poronsky, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, associate dean of faculty development and faculty from Loyola University Chicago, partnered to share a quality and performance improvement project leveraging clinical decision support. This poster illustrated the implementation of an evidence-based clinical decision support bundle to assist primary care providers in diabetes management by ensuring the latest evidence is provided for primary care providers and patients.


"Clinical Systems Integration with Alarm Notification" was the topic of a poster presented by Bency Massinello, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, LNHA, Assistant Vice President for Inpatient Nursing Services, System Quality and Informatics, and Nancy Day, MSN, RN, and Janet Fellini, MSN, RN, clinical informatics specialists from St. Mary's Hospital for Children. This poster described the implementation of mobile devices for secure communication across the clinical team. This communication tool included the use of middleware to facilitate alarm notification.



Joy Iocca, MSN, RN, CEN, senior application manager, and Sarah Clark, MHA, RN, application manager from Penn Medicine, teamed up to share "The Secret Sauce to Optimizing a Standardized, Interdisciplinary Governance Process Across a Large Academic Health System." This poster described the important role of governance in facilitating changes to the EHR. Using a standardized process for requests across the health system improved communication with stakeholders, while allowing for flexibility and transparency.


Michele Strickland, BMA, BSN, RN, Director of Informatics and Application Services from Asante, along with Ali Morin, MSN, RN-BC, vice president of nursing informatics at Simplr, presented a solution for real-time access to time-sensitive information through their deployment of a unified communications platform across more than 30 locations across their health system and with ambulatory providers.



Christina Baker, MS, RN-BC, senior faculty teaching fellow and PhD student from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus College of Nursing, reviewed the feasibility of using EHRs for health information exchange between hospital systems and community partners by giving school nurses access to medical records through a hospital-based EHR. The poster "Electronic Health Record Use for Improving Patient Outcomes for School-Aged Children with Chronic Conditions" demonstrated results of decreased emergency department and hospital visits and highlighted improved patient outcomes by utilizing health information technology.


Meg Furukawa, MN, RN-BC, CNS, nursing informaticist from UCLA Health, presented "Design and Validation of a Nursing Workload Acuity Tool." This project was led by nurse informaticists, designing a workload acuity tool in the EHR, while not adding documentation burden for nurses. The tool was validated by clinical nurses to ensure accuracy and provide an objective, meaningful score to quantify staffing needs and patient assignments.


Percipience Health Management Director of Informatics, Debra Graham, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS, provided a retrospective look at a pilot telehealth implementation to identify gaps and challenges within the health information technology infrastructure in long-term care. "Reimagining Technology Implementation Strategies for the Front Lines in LTC: Lessons from the COVID-19 Response" shared specific actions and strategies for leaders to improve communication and adapt technology while maintaining a patient focus.


Heather Carter-Templeton, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Chairperson and Associate Professor from West Virginia University, partnered with Lya Cartwright-Stroupe, manager of nursing research and professional development, and Ilo Romero, vice president and assistant Chief Information Officer of WVU Medicine-West Virginia University Hospitals, to share "The Use and Effectiveness of Robotics in Patient Care Areas." This poster described the use of robots to assist with recurring tasks in the clinical setting.



Shelley Davis, MSN, RNC, CCM, Vice President Clinical Strategy of Lightbeam Health Solutions, shared a poster on "Leveraging Technology to Reduce Readmissions Amid Staffing Shortages." This poster described the role of point-of-care notifications of encounters to optimize targeted patient engagement, medication reconciliation, symptom education, and opportunities for improved patient outcomes.


Kimberly Ellis Krakowski, MSN, RN, CENP, CAHIMS, Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Nursing of Atrium Health, presented "Let's Go! Virtual Nursing 2.0," a poster describing an introduction to the future of team nursing, including the use of virtual nurse observations as part of the care team. This presentation included the requirements for implementation of a virtual nurse observer role as well as the key roles in this Team Nursing 2.0 care model.



Soyun Shim, MS, Department of Nursing, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Mira Kang, MD, PhD, Center for Health Promotion, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea, shared a poster on "Development of a Deep Learning-based Pressure Injury Classification Application with Smartphone Images (Deep PICSI)." This poster described the use of deep learning to develop a system providing both pressure injury classification and recommendation of dressing materials.



Susan Alexander, DNP, ANP-BC, ADM-BC, an associate professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Kelly Aldrich, DNP, MS, RN-BC, FHIMSS, an associate professor at Vanderbilt University, Nancy Beale, MSN, RN-BC, chief nurse executive and Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Telemetrix, and Nur Rajwany, Chief Information Officer of National Council of State Boards of Nursing, joined forces to present "Integration of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing ID into Academic Workflows." This poster describes the use of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing ID as a unique nurse identifier incorporated into academic and clinical systems as evidence of meeting criteria for licensure of faculty and clinical preceptors by professional organizations.


Ali Morin, MSN, RN-BC, vice president of nursing informatics, and Minhchau Scaljon, MS, MBA, RN-BC, of Simplr shared a poster on "Professional Growth and Development of Nursing Informatics Experts Beyond the Hospital Setting." This poster illustrated important skills for nurses considering a move into healthcare technology, including customer advocacy, integration of evidence, nursing knowledge, and operations into product development as well as knowledge of sales and business skills.



Research efforts were also represented in a poster presented by Samantha Prime, RN, MPHTM, and Toni Page, BSc, Psych, PhD, from the University of Plymouth. The topic of this poster was "Nurses' Involvement in the Co-creation, Implementation and Evaluation of Digital Health Innovations." Information was shared on various ways that the EHR project facilitates nurse participation in the co-creation, implementation, and evaluation of existing and new digital health innovations.