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

Abstracts will be accepted Dec. 9, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020.

Registration information coming soon.

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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

Speaker PhotoSpeaker Details
Patricia Flatley Brennan


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

Jianying Hu Headshot

Distinguished Lecturer

Jianying Hu, MD, PhD
Program Director, Center for Computational Health
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Mary Beth Mitchell Headshot


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

Call for Abstracts

  • Opens: Dec. 9, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2020 (Midnight EST)

Submit an Abstract


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.

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.


The primary presenter will receive email notification of the review committee's decision after Monday, March 16. 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 17. 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 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 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 16 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 16. 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 2020. 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 2021.
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