Project Archive: Healthsystems Informatics

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Healthsystems Informatics

Subject: Nursing

Audience: Undergraduates

Created date: July 5, 2022

Updated date: August 9, 2022


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Informatics is misunderstood by many given the far-reaching conceptual underpinnings of what as an umbrella concept incorporating many disciplines across digital space, time, and distance. In undergraduate nursing pre-licensure programs informatics is engaged with what we see specifically in healthcare delivery. Yet, the impact across disciplines (interprofessionals) and in general applies in our daily lives.

A foundational point is it underpins

communication, engagement, collaboration across interprofessions with the need to understand basics of computer operations and computer science to effectively navigate. All that we see, such as searching the internet, working with databases, and many other social apps are within the informatics domain. Much of this is crucial in how we learn systems thinking leading to critical thinking. Richmond (2018) describes what is necessary to develop critical thinking. We must see the larger problem (can be a concept), break it down to steps to be able to understand what we need to do to address that concept or problem. Once we can do this, we can then anticipate a response or idea by breaking it down into steps. Exploring existing OERs resulted in some informatics OERs but none that were specifically related to health/nursing inclusive of informatics/interprofessional engagement. Very few nursing textbooks, simulations, or online modules covering informatics/interprofessional concepts together, dependent on each other. The

OER Commons

has a few health informatics resources but none of these cover the essential, foundational concepts of informatics. Rather, these resources focus on very niche or specific use cases of informatics (e.g., quality improvement). Therefore, this project addresses a major gap in the availability of healthcare delivery systems, informatics, and nursing related OERs with inclusion of interprofessional concepts.

Short Description:

Informatics is everywhere. Think about how far reaching it is and impacts all students, faculty, professionals and everyday life… Project Title:

The Health Informatics Guide: A Beginner’s Guide to Systems Thinking in a Digital Age


Importance of Epidemiology

Importance of Informatics and technology with Epidemiology

Computer systems, databases, analyzing trends, communicating across multiple disciplines great distances

Digital trackers for exercises

Outcomes to achieve: Recognize importance and ability to use information productively

Decision making with information focusing on interventions.

Data Analysis and Visualization

Data analysis and visualization: Essential skill in the healthcare workforce interfacing with other disciplines

Highlight the cross-disciplinary nature of data analysis and visualization, inputting, retrieving, and recognizing influences of data

Three practice exercises

Outcomes: Collaboration, communication, analyzing, decision making.

Hardware and Software of Information Systems

Increase knowledge of how systems operate

Impact on decision making

Exercises engaging in simulation

Outcomes: Collaboration engaging with others


How and why systems do what they do