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

28th Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics

Balancing Digital Demands: Access, Use, Security

Preconferences: Tuesday, July 17
Conference: Wednesday, July 18-Friday, July 20

Master the essentials of informatics and explore technologies that enhance health, the health care environment, and patient engagement in a modern world. Known for providing unique networking opportunities with experts and leaders in informatics, SINI will introduce you to innovations leading and supporting practice transformation.

The focus of this year’s conference is cybersecurity, including enhanced use and availability of technologies in the health care environment.

Conference Objectives

At the end of this conference, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the informatics nurse related to access, use, and security of digital data and technologies in health care.
  2. Ensure enhanced use, security, and availability of technologies.
  3. Explore key issues in establishing and maintaining health care data confidentiality and security, to include factors related to the social determinants of health.
  4. Examine practical challenges and develop strategies in managing the security of medical devices, including patient engagement tools, used in health care settings. 


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. 
Track B 

Large-Scale Disasters and Business Continuity Planning
This track provides an overview of how health care organizations prepare for disasters through business continuity planning. Exemplars such as using technological tools for mock or simulated disaster drills, extended and unplanned clinical system downtime procedures, and operations recovery procedures are explored.

Track C 

Key Issues in Data Access, Use, and Security to Include Factors Related to Social Determinants of Health
Experts 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 security risk. This track explores the unique challenges, security implications, 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 Health Care Settings
This interactive track focuses on identifying practical issues in managing security of networked medical devices to include patient engagement tools; explores security standards, frameworks, and readiness to assess and improve security; and develops strategies to improve security of medical devices from a nursing informatics perspective.

Preconference Workshops

There is one full-day and one half-day preconference offered on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, that include:

Poster Session

The Poster Session will provide further opportunities to explore and discuss peer-reviewed reports with authors. This session takes place Thursday, July 19, from 2:15-3:15 p.m.