Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics

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Celebrating 30 Years:
Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics 2020

Real-World Evidence and the Changing Landscape of Health Informatics

  • Preconference: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
  • Conference: Thursday, July 16-Friday, July 17

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Join us for our 30th anniversary of delivering innovations to informatics professionals.

The Summer Institute of Nursing Informatics (SINI) has been providing interprofessional health care informatics programming and networking opportunities with experts and leaders for the past three decades. This year's institute will provide you with an understanding of the most current information, ranging from health care informatics competencies and patient engagement strategies to the latest in machine learning.

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At the end of the institute, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate innovative informatics technologies to engage patients with their health care continuum.

  • Discuss the impact that machine learning and artificial intelligence will have on clinical practice for the practitioner and the patient.

  • Examine the impact of new, patient-centered proficiencies for informatics knowledge and skills of health care professionals.

  • Discover tools for communication and development of strong interprofessional health care teams.

Track Descriptions

Track A- Fostering Patient Engagement with Health IT

A key component to successful healthcare delivery is engaging and empowering patients. Patients who are active participants in their own health care will have better health outcomes and fewer side effects. In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in the number of health IT programs that are designed to inform, engage, and empower patients (patient-facing technologies). However, there has been a lack of effort in improving patients’ experiences with those health IT programs. This track will provide a brief overview of the current trend in patient-facing health IT programs and strategies for selecting, implementing, and evaluating those programs using real-life examples.

Track B: Leading Hi-TECH with Hi-TOUCH

Artificial Intelligence is being deployed across the health care continuum and integrated into healthcare delivery to inform better perception, decisions, and actions. These solutions offer opportunities and challenges to informaticists. The opportunity for IT professionals to work with clinical staff in understanding and developing this technology is critical. This track will provide theoretical, clinical, and practical information and examples on the state of development, application, and projected future of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

Track C: Preparing a Ready Workforce in Health IT

Informatics and health care professionals all need to maintain proficiencies in their practice. These proficiencies include being able to function in a highly technical and data-rich environment. Competency expectations are being created for all professionals within informatics and within the health care professions who utilize informatics techniques and information technology. This track will provide an overview of the current state of competency requirements and a plan for how health care organizations can implement these proficiencies and structure evaluations for professionals.

Distinguished Speakers

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Patricia Flatley Brennan


Patricia Flatley Brennan, PhD, RN
Director, National Library of Medicine

Jianying Hu Headshot

Distinguished Lecturer

Jianying Hu, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Computational Health, IBM Research

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Mary Beth Mitchell, MSN, RN, BC, CPHIMS
Texas Health Resources

Preconference: Global Nursing/Health Care Informatics Essentials

July 15, 2020
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
University of Maryland, Baltimore


There has been rapid growth in the use of health information technologies (IT) and electronic health records (EHRs) in the new frontier countries in health care informatics. In China, currently, many hospitals do not use EHRs or use home-grown EHRs with limited functions; however, with China’s recent investment in health IT (65.7B yuan or 9.4B U.S. dollars by 2022), a large number of hospitals will implement and maintain EHRs and point-of-care devices, as well as use digitized health data to provide a higher standard of care at a reduced cost. Many other countries are following this similar trend.

Nursing/health care informatics is an essential component of nursing education, and it is vital that nursing programs deliver the most up-to-date health informatics content. However, in many countries, a lack of resources and expertise in this field creates a critical gap in nursing education. This workshop will provide attendees with:

  1. an in-depth overview of the essential knowledge and skillsets in nursing/health care informatics
  2. opportunities to discuss potential applications of content in their practice and academic settings with NI faculty members and expert nursing informaticians.

Furthermore, there will be discussion and networking sessions for the attendees for further collaboration in the area of nursing informatics education and practice.


Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Program Director, Nursing Informatics
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Kim Stevens, DNP, RN
Supervisor Nurse Consultant - Informatics
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center


At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the major domains of the health care/nursing informatics (HCI/NI) field and the roles of nursing informaticians
  2. Explain major clinical informatics systems and standards
  3. Describe healthcare information systems selection and deployment processes
  4. Discuss potential applications of the workshop content in their practice and academic settings


8 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Workshop 
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Definition and Functional Areas of Nursing/Health care Informatics 
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Clinical Information Systems and Major Standards 
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Health Care Information System Selection Process  
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Health Care Information System Deployment Process  
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with Nursing Informatics Faculty Members 
(Q&A Opportunities)  
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Health Data and Introduction to Data Analytics  
2:45 - 3 p.m. Break 
3 - 3:30 p.m. Current Trends in Health Care Informatics  
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Guided Discussion: 
Application of Nursing/Health Care Informatics in Your Practice (Your Country) 
4:30 - 5 p.m. Wrap Up and Future Steps  

Continuing Education

Nurses may receive up to 7.5 contact hours upon successful completion of this continuing nursing education (CE) activity. Successful completion is demonstrated by attending the entire symposium and submitting a completed program evaluation and verification of attendance forms. Participants will receive a CE certificate via email from UMSON within four weeks after submitting their request, verification form, and completing the online evaluation. All requests for CE must be received within 30 days of the conference.

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. 

Hotel Information

Lord Baltimore Hotel
20 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Single/Double Rate: $139

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