Healthcare Information Systems and Project Management

Healthcare information systems refer to any technology that meets the needs of clinical management. These computer applications include databases, spreadsheets, statistical applications, decision support systems, and automated systems for research. These sites show the diversity of applications that are designed to support the delivery of care and are utilized in a variety of settings.

As the technology increases, the complexity of integrating these systems into a usable tool for the end user is extremely challenging. Successful implementation of the product is dependent on support from the application specialists and the implementation team and buy-in from the end users.

Project management is complex and critical in the implementation of an information system. Project management provides the guideline and communication for the project from the initial scope to the evaluation of the implementation and ongoing support. Listed below are some sites to support the project manager. We use Gantt charts to help document a project and its progress through the timeline.

http://www.evolt.org/article/A_Project_Management_Glossary/20/15355/

http://www.allpm.com/index.php

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newPPM_03.htm

http://www.planonthenet.com/screens.html

Healthcare informatics is a developing specialty. For nurses, certification provides validation of a nurse’s knowledge base in their field of specialty. Usually these certifications are identified as initials after the person’s name. These initials can be important in helping to define the abilities of that person. Certifications include:

1. Board Certification in Nursing Informatics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Certification/NurseSpecialties/Informatics

2. HIMSS – Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) http://himss.org/ASP/certification_cphims.asp

3. Health IT certification – Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT) http://www.healthitcertification.com/about.html

In addition to certifications, there are different educational tracks in Healthcare Informatics. Post-degree certificates, Masters, PhD, DNP, and DNSc degrees are available depending on the route that the Informatics professional chooses to take; research, practice leader, etc.

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