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Greetings Professor Rodgers and Colleagues,Key Functional Areas of Nursing Informatics Relevant to Current PracticeTo engage fully in the digital era of health care, practicing nurses must master informatics competencies (Cheeseman, 2011). Competencies add to the nursing professional’s knowledge-based and provide the infrastructure that supports evidence-based practice, to reduce practice variations and decrease errors. The implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) has changed nursing practice by improving communication and allowing nurses to have access to crucial information faster(McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018).Our nursing informatics department works at creating the appropriate system for each department within the hospital. According to a 2017 survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), 57 percent of respondents said their main responsibility was providing systems preparation, training and continued support to users, while 53 percent spent most of their time on systems development, where they customize or update systems or create a new homegrown system (Lofstrom, 2017). The functional area of nursing informatics most relevant to my current practice is “Quality and Performance Improvement”(ANA, 2015, p. 32). The importance of having standardized computer communications are vital in the EHR system for efficiency. Technology in healthcare has quickly become an essential part of our everydayworkflow, therefore it is necessary to ensure that nurses in all fields of nursing are competent in informatics(American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015). It has become the gold standard in healthcare. The use of standardized nursing terminology will result in better communication, as well as, assess nursing competency. I work in the ED and our nursing informatics department is creating a sepsis screening for
everyone triaged, as well as developing care bundles to treat severe sepsis. In my current role, informatics is used to document patient information to improve screening and monitor a patient’s risk for sepsis outcomes; specific data is collected to help capture measurable content (ANA, 2015). The information collected supports quality improvement by validating risk factors associated with infection and sepsis, as well as, treatments and measurable outcomes.