Nursing informatics groups unite

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Facilitating the dissemination of IT, 18 national and regional nursing informatics groups have formed the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI). The coalition will rely on the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) to spread its wings and provide unified structure.

The Alliance represents more than 2,000 nurses from 18 U.S. nursing informatics groups. The ANI Steering Team will consist of representatives of organizational groups that have a nursing informatics focus and will guide the strategic goals and activities of the Alliance throughout the year.

The basic objectives of the Alliance are to: provide a consolidated forum for the nursing informatics community; provide input to a nursing informatics research agenda to the Department of Health and Human Services and other government entities and funding sources; facilitate the dissemination of nursing informatics best practices; and present the collective voice of the nursing informatics specialty in national public policy initiatives and standards activities

The operational procedures and governing infrastructure for the ANI are now being developed. AMIA and HIMSS will each appoint a nurse informatician to serve as a co-chair of the Alliance to work with the ANI Steering Team, which includes a representative from each of the 18 participating organizations.

The nursing informatics organizations/groups that are affiliating with the ANI are:
  • American Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics Working Group (AMIA)
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)
  • Boston Area Nursing Informatics Consortium (BANIC)
  • Capital Area Roundtable on Informatics in Nursing (CARING)
  • Central Savannah River Area Clinical Informatics Network (CSRA-CIN)
  • Connecticut Healthcare Informatics Network (CHIN)
  • Delaware Valley Nursing Computer Network (DVNCN)
  • Health Informatics of New Jersey (HINJ)
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Nursing Informatics Community (includes former members of the Midwest Alliance for Nursing Informatics (MANI) that recently merged with HIMSS)
  • Iowa HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee
  • Informatics Nurses From Ohio (INFO)
  • Michigan Nursing Informatics Network (MNIN)
  • Minnesota Nursing Informatics Group (MINING)
  • North Carolina State Nurses Association Council
  • Nursing Information Systems Council of New England (NISCNE)
  • Perinatal Information Systems User Group (PISUG)
  • Puget Sound Nursing Informatics (PSNI)
  • South Carolina Informatics Nursing Network (SCINN)
  • Utah Nursing Informatics Network (UNIN)