The rise of nurses in health IT

By Katie Dvorak

From chief nursing informatics officers to chief information officers, nurses increasingly are taking on new leadership roles in health IT and having a major impact on healthcare innovation and delivery.

For instance, nurse informatics are vital to information system development, implementation and optimization, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, released in February. More than 70 percent of the survey's respondents hold a title that specifies informatics, and interest in additional training within the field is also shown to be on the rise.

Recently, FierceHealthIT conducted exclusive interviews with three nurses who also are leaders in healthcare IT:

  • Jean Coates, CNIO for Baltimore-based Catholic Health Initiative's northeast/south division
  • Patricia Sengstack, CNIO for Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Maryland; president of the American Nursing Informatics Association
  • Theresa Meadows, senior vice president and CIO at Cook Children's Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas

All three offer an inside look at the roles nurses currently play in an ever-changing industry and how technology is helping those roles evolve. Click on the links below to learn more.

The rise of nurses in health IT