SINI 2014

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SINI 2014 Recap: Informatics Enabling Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum

Visiting Professor and Chair, Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Hundreds of nurses and other informatics professionals convened in Baltimore July 16-18 for the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s 24th Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI), while dozens more followed the proceedings live via Web streaming. With support from sponsors ESD Consulting and HIMSS, this year’s SINI described new roles for clinicians and informaticians in using informatics tools to support patient-centered care across settings. In addition, experts in two think tanks conducted during SINI explored ongoing challenges in interoperability and data analytics, focusing particularly on issues arising from patient-generated data and health information exchange across settings.

National leaders in health informatics filled plenary sessions with a set of distinguished lectures. In the opening keynote address, Philip Fasano, executive vice president and chief information officer, Kaiser Permanente, described online tools that Kaiser members may use to manage their health and communicate with their providers. 

Martin Kohn, chief medical scientist, Care Delivery Systems, Jointly Health, opened day two with a discussion about big data and clinical decision support. Later in the day, participants had the opportunity to hear a follow-up presentation by Eric Siegel, professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine, about what must happen before Watson, IBM’s super computer, can support bedside care.

The focus shifted from big data to personal health management in a presentation by a representative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Ellen Makar, senior policy advisor, described initiatives ONC is undertaking to help individuals and families engage in reaching their health goals through the use of computer-based and mobile health applications.

 Molly McCarthy, chief nursing strategist, Microsoft U.S. Health and Life Sciences, opened day three  by telling participants about new Microsoft initiatives in health care and personal health management. 

Finally, Patricia Flatley Brennan, professor of nursing and industrial engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, gave the endnote address, inviting participants to look at emerging technologies that will transform both the delivery of health care and personal health management.

Interspersed with the distinguished lectures were 34 invited and peer-reviewed podium presentations offered in concurrent sessions. An additional 27 peer-reviewed poster presentations sparked lively discussions during the poster session.

Participants also enjoyed networking at the Exhibitor Evening. In addition to the showcase of products and services aimed at nursing informatics, participants met the authors of popular nursing informatics texts at a book signing and got acquainted with colleagues they had been following on Twitter at a Tweet Meet.

The essence of SINI remains the quality of the content, the expertise and generosity of the presenters, and the collegiality of the participants. We were honored to receive a large number of excellent abstracts. The abstracts were carefully reviewed and scored by the 16-member planning committee, and awards were given to the highest-rated abstracts for poster and podium presentations in the categories of research and practice. In addition, attendees at the poster session voted for a People’s Choice award. Click here to see the award winning abstracts. 

Click here to read the entire article in the CIN Journal.

Informatics Enabling Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum
July 16-18, 2014

Informatics professionals are challenged to find new solutions to support patient engagement and patient-centered care across the continuum. Changing models of care delivery require informatics tools for patient-centered teamwork, shared planning, close communication among team members (including patients and their lay caregivers), coordination of care, and health coaching. Join us in Baltimore to explore how consumer eHealth and pervasive information technologies are changing health care and the management and use of health information.

“Every year I look forward to the new ideas and innovations brought forth from this assemblage of professionals. Informatics is continually in motion and requires all health professionals to keep their skill levels perfected to provide safe, quality health care with good patient outcomes. SINI is an excellent source for meeting these goals.”
-Kathleen Griffis, MSN, RN, BC, distance education specialist, W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing, Thomas Edison State College

“SINI not only helped me grow my overall knowledge of nursing informatics, but it helped me better understand informatics in my own organization. A definite win-win!”
-Holly Nunns, BSN, RN, clinical informatics analyst, Nursing and Patient Care Informatics, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, Texas

Tracks for Participants at All Levels of Expertise:

  • Track A: Integrating and Evaluating Consumer eHealth Approaches in Patient-Centered Care
  • Track B: New Roles for Clinicians and Informaticians in Patient-Centered Care

Expert-Level Think-Tank Discussions:

  • Track C: Challenges in Achieving Interoperability Across Care Settings
  • Track D: Challenges in Data Methods and Analytics Across Care Settings

Distinguished Speakers


Philip Fasano
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Kaiser Permanente


Patricia Flatley Brennan, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Moehlman Bascom Professor
School of Nursing and College of Engineering
Theme Leader, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
University of Wisconsin

Other Distinguished Speakers

Martin Kohn, MS, MD, FACEP, FACPE
Chief Medical Scientist, Care Delivery Systems
Jointly Health

Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ONC Office of Consumer eHealth

Molly K. McCarthy, MBA, RN
Chief Nursing Strategist
Microsoft U.S. Health and Life Sciences

Conference Objectives

At the conclusion of the Institute, participants will:

  1. Describe ways of using informatics tools to support patient engagement and patient-centered care.
  2. Identify new and evolving roles for clinicians and informaticians in providing patient-centered care across the continuum.
  3. Address ongoing challenges in achieving interoperability, with consideration for devices and apps individuals and families use to monitor and manage their health.
  4. Address ongoing challenges in using data from diverse sources to improve patient care and health outcomes and to control costs.


Registration is now open!

Successful Completion for Nurses

Up to 14.75 contact hours may be awarded to a participant upon their completion of this activity. Completion of this educational activity for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) is demonstrated by your attendance at accredited sessions, completion of the online CE evaluation survey, and verification of attendance form provided in your conference packet. Upon a processing period of 2-4 weeks after the activity, the participant will receive a CE certificate via email from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

All requests must be submitted within 90 days following this program. Eligible participants will receive a CNE certificate via email from the University of Maryland School of Nursing within 2–4 weeks after submitting their request.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


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