International Congress on Nursing Informatics
Held between 23rd and 27th of June
in 2012, the 11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics took
place in Montreal, Quebec. The theme, which ran through the
programme of events, was one of advancing global health through
informatics. The practice of nursing informatics is the science that
integrates nursing with information and knowledge. Nursing
informatics combines the management of information and communication
technologies in order to promote the health of communities,
individuals and families around the world.
In practical terms, this means that those practitioners concerned
with nursing informatics work to develop systems of communication
and information technologies to improve healthcare. So-called
nursing informaticians act as a combination of educators, chief
nursing officers, information officers, researchers and sometimes
software engineers. On top of this, the role of a nursing
informatician can be one of an implementation consultant and, in
certain scenarios, a healthcare policy developer.
The 11th International Congress, which was attended by in excess of
600 delegates from 38 countries, sought to generate and share both
information as well as nursing knowledge, in line with these
principals. For those who attended, this included the sharing of all
manner of research that had been conducted in health care settings.
One particular area covered at the congress was the examination of
the impact of healthcare IT systems, commonly referred to as HIT,
and the experience of information technology generally on nursing
The congress also dealt extensively with the effects of technology
on nursing education, management and research programmes. The
programme also updated attendees’ knowledge and skills in areas
which related to the latest developments and innovations in HIT.
This was especially the case in the areas of health policy, global
health, and patient-centred care. In terms of technological
innovation, the congress provided insights into many nurses’ and
healthcare providers’ forthcoming priorities and future ideas with
practical examples given by practitioners who are already highly
enabled with HIT systems. There were also sessions that promoted
long lasting connections between similarly minded professionals who
are committed to advancing health issues around the globe.
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