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Health Systems, Policy & Informatics

Purpose

The purpose of the Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG is to support, encourage, and improve the quality of nursing research in the areas of health systems, information technology, policy, and quality and safety.

Examples of health systems research include administration, management, leadership, implementation and evaluation of best practices. Examples of policy research includes: policy development, implementation and adherence at the local and national levels, as well as effective use of data in the public policy process. Topics related to information and technology include knowledge management, IT application and evaluation, as well as IT utilization for educational and training purposes. Examples of quality and safety topics include performance measures, sustainable interventions and practices, and innovative research methodologies.

*The topics noted above are not all inclusive, rather examples of research areas included in the new research interest group. 

Who Should Join?

Students, practitioners, faculty, and scientists at any level with an interest in Health Systems, Policy, and/or Informatics are encouraged to join.

RIG Communication

Listserv address:healthsystemspolicyandinformatics@lists.mnrs.org
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HSPI RIG Newsletter – November 2019 Issue
HSPI RIG Newsletter – June 2019 Issue

HSPI RIG Newsletter – May 2019 Issue

 

Meet the RIG Leadership for 2019 – 2020

Co-Chair

Robin Austin, DNP, RN-BC, DC
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
quis0026@umn.edu

Co-Chair 

Kimberly Powell, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri
powellk@missouri.edu

Chair-Elect

Nancy J. Beale, MSN, RN-BC
Student, University of Wisconsin – Madison
nbeale@wisc.edu

Chair-Elect

Yun Jiang, PhD, RN, MS
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
jiangyu@umich.edu

Past Chair 

Sarah Brzozowski, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
University of Wisconsin
slciganek@wisc.edu

Click here to read Dr. Brzozowski's full bio.

Past Chair 

Clayton Shuman, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing
clayshu@umich.edu

Click here to read Dr. Shuman's full bio.

Student Representative

Anita Reger, RN, BSN, CPC, CPC-P
College of Nursing, PhD student, University of Missouri St. Louis
anita.reger@umsl.edu 

Click here to read Anita Reger's full bio.

Grant Representative

 

2019-2020 RIG Awards

Health Systems Policy, & Informatics:
Senior Investigator Award
Amy Vogelsmeier, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Missouri – Columbia

Health Systems Policy, & Informatics:
Dissertation Award
Robin Austin, PhD. DNP, RN-BC
University of Minnesota

Goals

  • Networking: Provide a network to exchange novel/emerging methods, approaches to study, and the development of new knowledge to guide nursing research in health systems, information technology, policy, and quality and safety.
  • Knowledge: Explore novel/emerging methods, approaches to study, and the development of new knowledge to guide nursing research in health systems, information technology, policy, and quality and safety.
  • Practice: Draw upon and build stronger evidence to make informed healthcare decisions and highlight the importance of translating and disseminating health systems, policy, and informatics research to impact nursing leadership, clinical nursing, and federal and state policy makers.
    • Continue the quarterly newsletter
    • Develop two competitive symposia
    • Add mid-career award
    • Offer an award for every award category offered
    • Improve participation/engagement of RIG members in activities inside and with other members of the RIG.
    • Increase membership and retention
    • Increase member participation in dissemination research notes and nominating colleagues for member spotlights


RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary 

If you are interested in learning more about the Health Systems, Policy, and Informatics RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG Annual Report from the 2020 Annual Conference
Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Conference

Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG Minutes from the 2017 Annual Conference

Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG Minutes from the 2016 Annual Conference

Member in the Spotlight

Dr. Ellen Harper, DNP, RN-BC, MBA, FAAN
The University of Kansas, School of Nursing
eharper3@kumc.edu

Dr. Ellen Harper has made significant contributions to the field of biomedical informatics. Her keen interest in Health IT and secondary use of data has produced innovative technologies, patents, and
methodologies designed to answer questions about clinical and operational safety and quality. As an advocate to achieve the Quadruple Aim (better care, better health, lower costs, and improving
caregivers’ experience) Dr. Harper is dedicated to rigorous foundational and applied research, effective translation of research to practice, and development with adoption of interoperability standards. Since 2013, Ellen has co-led a national expert workgroup “Nursing Value”, sponsored by Nursing Knowledge Big Data Science Initiative hosted by Dr Connie Delaney and the University of Minnesota. Working with Dr. John Welton at the University of Colorado they have developed strategic work products (data model, data dictionary, user stories) used to identify, measure, and analyze nursing value from electronic databases. Their pilot study has successfully extracted, transformed and loaded data from multiple electronic
systems to explore the data in new ways not available when viewing data from one source at a time. The emerging capability
within EHR systems to link individual nurses and other providers directly to patients will allow more detailed analysis of cost, quality, outcomes, performance, effectiveness, and efficiency of care.

Currently, Dr. Harper has a faculty appointment at the University of Kansas School of Nursing within the Center for Health Informatics. Her research includes big data science practices, workforce, and evidence-based practice. Prior to joining the University of Kansas (2017), she served as the VP, Chief Nursing Officer at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. During her
time in industry she focused on clinicians’ accessibility to patient information across the care continuum, implementation science, and ensuring that technology enhances the end-user experience.

An accomplished writer with multiple peer reviewed published articles and book chapters she has lectured extensively in the United States and around the world. Dr. Harper is a registered nurse and board-certified in informatics, holds a doctorate in
nursing practice executive leadership, and a master’s in business. Dr. Harper is active in numerous HIT related organizations and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurses.