SINI 2018: 28th Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics; Balancing Digital Demands: Access, Use, Security; July 18-20, 2018; University of Maryland School of Nursing; Baltimore, MD

Deadline Extended:
Monday, March 19, 2018 at midnight (EST)

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Information and Guidelines

All abstracts should be submitted using the online submission process. Be sure to review both the submission and abstract guidelines before you begin. If you have questions during this process, contact Sonia Smith at or 410-706-3767.

Track Descriptions

SINI 2018 features four educational tracks, including a special track designed specifically for nursing informatics novices.

Track A (Novice): Nursing informatics role related to access, use and security of digital data and technologies in health care  
This track is designed for attendees with less than two years of experience in the health care informatics field to introduce essential components and competencies in clinical informatics related to access, use, and security of digital data and technologies. Other topics include discussing challenges of software testing and the impact on data security, integrity, and quality. We will also explore issues related to effective use of electronic health records (EHRs) to include information security from the clinical and vendor perspective.

Track B: Large-scale disasters and business continuity planning
Large-scale disasters can occur anywhere and at any time. These events typically have a profound effect on people’s health status that can range from life-threatening emergencies, infectious disease outbreaks, and/or interruption of daily health behaviors. The purpose of this track is to provide an overview of how health care organizations prepare for these disasters through business continuity planning. Exemplars such as using technologic tools for mock or simulated disaster drills, extended and unplanned clinical system downtime procedures, and operations recovery procedures will be explored. 

Track C: Key issues in data access, use, and security to include factors related to social determinants of health
Cybersecurity has become a critical area of attention in health care institutions due to the widespread use of electronic health record (EHR) systems that contain protected patient information and other sensitive data. There has been a growing number of security threats targeting electronic systems for financial and other reasons. Experts will discuss the components and implications of technology, policy, and regulations that allow continuity of care during security threat events as well as actions to lower the security risk. Steps on how to respond both as individual members of a healthcare delivery team and the institution will be highlighted. In addition, this track will include a relatively new category of sensitive data – the social determinants of health. We will explore the unique challenges, security, ethical considerations and factors that influence the inclusion and capture of social determinants of health data in EHRs.

Track D:  Cybersecurity in using mobile devices in healthcare settings
This interactive track will focus on identifying practical issues in managing security of networked medical devices to include patient engagement tools; explore security standards, frameworks, and readiness to assess and improve security; and develop strategies to improve security of medical devices from a nursing informatician perspective.

Submission Guidelines

Review the required information and abstract guidelines.

  1. In the case of multiple authors, we recommend that only the primary presenter (person who will present at SINI) submit the abstract and required information.
  2. The primary presenter must provide the required information for all co-authors at the time of submission, whether or not co-authors plan to attend SINI. Abstracts that name co-authors, but fail to include the required information, will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
  3. Prepare your abstract as a separate Word document and have all information ready before starting the submission process.
  4. Select the appropriate category for your work: either an experience in the practice of informatics or a formal research project.
  5. Indicate your preference for a podium or poster presentation. The review committee may request that you change from your preferred presentation format to the other.
  6. Provide the title of your abstract as you want it to appear in the program.
  7. Copy and paste the text of your abstract into the box provided in the online form. The form will accept no more than 500 words. Longer abstracts will be truncated at 500 words.
  8. Incomplete forms, alternatively formatted submissions, emailed submissions, or faxed submissions will not be considered for review.

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The primary presenter will receive email notification of the review committee's decision after Monday, March 26. The primary presenter is expected to relay this information to all co-authors. Winners of Outstanding Abstract awards will be notified during this time also.

Presenter Commitment and Registration

Your commitment to present and a completed registration form for the primary presenter must be received on or before Friday, April 20. Failure to register by this deadline will constitute a decline to present.

Presenters are expected to register to attend SINI, at least on the day of their presentation, and to pay their own expenses. Primary presenters selected for and committed to a presentation will receive a discounted registration rate of $345 for the entire conference. Primary presenters of the Outstanding Podium and Poster Abstract awards receive complimentary registration for all of SINI.

Guidelines for Presentations

Podium Presentations (TRACKS A, B & C Only)

Two podium presentations are scheduled per hour. Each speaker should allocate 20 to 25 minutes for their presentation and allow an additional 5 to 10 minutes for Q & A. The total may not exceed 30 minutes. A moderator will ensure that presenters do not exceed the allotted time.

Poster Presentations (for all tracks)

Poster presenters may set up their posters on Thursday, July 19 from 8 a.m.-noon using the stands provided. Stands will be numbered, and you will be told which stand has been assigned to you. The poster corkboard dimensions are 48 inches wide and 36 inches high 33 inches long and 46 inches wide. Posters should be printed on paper or other material that can be attached to the corkboard by push pins, which will be provided.

The poster sessions will take place on Thursday, July 19. Presenters should be stationed at their posters throughout these times and plan to remove the posters immediately after the presentation on Thursday.

Awards for Outstanding Podium and Poster Presentations

Four abstracts will be chosen by the review committee for awards. The primary presenter (only) of each winning abstract will receive complimentary registration to SINI 2018. Complimentary registration includes all sessions of SINI, the continental breakfasts, luncheons, poster sessions, and receptions. Winners will be recognized on stage during the conference and their names will appear in the SINI program. In addition, winners will be given the opportunity to have their abstracts published in the journal CIN: Computers Informatics Nursing

Podium Presentation Abstract Awards

Nursing Informatics Research Award The research abstract judged to offer the greatest contribution to the science of nursing informatics will receive the Nursing Informatics Research Award.
Nursing Informatics Practice Award The practice abstract judged to represent the most exemplary practice in nursing informatics will receive the Nursing Informatics Practice Award.

Poster Presentation Abstract Awards

Outstanding Poster Award One abstract for a research poster and one abstract for a practice poster will receive an Outstanding Poster Award
People’s Choice Award Attendees will vote for a People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at the closing session. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a complimentary registration for SINI 2019.