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Release: June 22, 2001

Nursing informatics institute attracts participants from Brazil, Iceland

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Nursing Institute on Nursing Informatics and Classification has attracted more than 60 participants from all over the United States, Brazil and Iceland.

The institute, which begins Sunday at the Nursing Building on the UI campus and continues through June 27, is sponsored by the college's Organizations, Systems and Community Health Area of Study and the Center for Nursing Classification, with collaboration by UI Hospitals and Clinics and Genesis Medical Center in Davenport. It is aimed at nurses and other professionals interested in designing, implementing and evaluating nursing information systems, as well as those wanting to learn more about standardized nursing languages. According to Jennifer Clougherty, a program associate who helped organize the institute, about 70 percent of participants are practicing nurses and other health professionals while the rest are nursing researchers and educators.

The institute builds on the expertise of the college's informatics program and the internationally known Center for Nursing Classification. "The college is a leader in the development of language for the computerized patient record. Nurses throughout the United States are using the language to plan, document and study the outcomes of care," said Joanne Dochterman, Ph.D., professor of nursing and director of the Center for Nursing Classification.

In addition to presentations by information specialists and educators, the institute features sessions on the three dominant standardized nursing languages as well as site visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics and Genesis Medical Center. The institute includes open discussion sessions that give participants opportunities to share their experiences and learn about implementing and managing information systems from one another. Keynote addresses will be given by Charles Mead, co-chair of the HL7 Patient Care Technical Committee and chief technology officer/chief scientist for Simione Central Holdings, Inc., of Atlanta, Ga.; and Judy Murphy, director of application development for Aurora Health Care of Milwaukee, Wisc. A dinner and Mississippi riverboat cruise Tuesday will provide a chance for participants to mingle and network in a more informal setting.