Chapter 1 Overview of Informatics
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Overview of Informatics

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Applications and Competencies


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Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform's (TIGER) Competency Wiki. This site has a pdf report and a spreadsheet of all the competencies.

Computer Competencies from Gassert and Staggers

Self assessment

Nursing Informatics Assessment. Has competencies under technical, utility and leadership. Also lists competencies on areas that span these areas.

This is a test that actually tests proficiencies. You might want to modify it.

This site has a list of tasks in spreadsheets and databases.

Actual knowledge questions

This site is from a group of hospitals. To take the test one must create a name as well as enter other information.

This site is from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There are questions there that test knowledge of browsing the Web, email, Word, and the operating system.

Discussion of competencies

Basic Computer Competencies from the TIGER group, a 34 page report. This group was charged with defining the minimum set of informatics competencies that all nurses need to succeed in practice or education in today's digital era. (Added April 8, 2010)

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Computer Fluency

Being Fluent with Information Technology. From the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, this book from the National Research Council discusses the needs for responsible citizens to have contemporary skills (the ability to use today's software), foundational concepts (basic principles and ideas behind computers and networks) and intellectual capabilities (ability to apply information technology in complex and sustained situations and when appropriate think in the context of information technology). Well thought out, an excellent resource for anyone planning to teach about computers or informatics. The concepts could easily be applied to using a system. (Added October 18, 2010)

Computer Literacy Home Page. (From the Handbook of the University of Minnesota Duluth, this page presents questions to assess one's computer skills and an excellent glossary of computer terms.

Larsson, L. (2000). Digital Literacy Checklist. University of Washington. Download the Word paper to see the actual questions

Computer History

Always Adapting: The History of Computers. Great history and lots of links!

Computer History from BC to 2000 A.D. (2002).

Outline of a history of information technology starting with 3000 BC through 1998 with many illustrations.

Goldschmidt, A.& Akera, A. (2000). John W. Mauchly and the Development of the ENIAC Computer.

Rehmeyer, Julie (2008, November 26) Florence Nightingale: The passionate statistician. Besides an overview of the problems in the Crimea, there is an excellent description of the coxcomb graph that she pioneered.

An outline of prominent dates in computer development from 1937 to 2015, with links to each item mentioned.

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Healthcare Informatics Overview

Informatics Overview. Al-Shorbaji, Najeeb.Health and Medical Informatics:Technical Paper. Done for the World Health Organization. This is a 19 page overivew, although 10 years old, is still applicable today. Includes benefits, definitions, and importance of informatics.

Informatics in the Nursing Curriculum

Preparing the next Generation of Technology-rich Environment: an Informatics Agenda (2008). National League for Nursing Statement

From a Canadian journal this is an excellent blueprint for integrating informatics into a curriculum.

Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER)

A column about the beginnings of TIGER.

TIGER Phase II Report.

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Applications and Competencies

Number 6 - the Delphi Study by Staggers, Gasssert and Curran

Websites from the Text in Chapter 1

Page 10 Leapfrog group

Page 16 Computer Comptencies from Gassert and Staggers


Websites from the Reference List in Chapter 1

American Health Information Management Association & American Medical Informatics Association. (2006). Building the workforce for health information transformation.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008, October 20). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice.

Bellis, M. (n.d.). Herman Hollerith – Punch cards.

Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, & Institute of Medicine. (2001). Crossing the quality chasm: A new health system for the 21st century.

Davenport, T. H., & Glaser, J. (2002). Just-in-time delivery comes to knowledge management. Harvard Business Review, 80(7), 107–111.

Department of Health & Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. (2008, June 3). The ONC-coordinated federal
health IT strategic plan: 2008–2012.

Freiberger, P. A., & Swaine, M. R. (n.d.). Arithmetic machine – Encylopedia Britannica.

Gugerty, B., Maranda, M. J., Beachley, M., Navarro, V. B., Newbold, S., Hawk, W., et al. (2007, May). Challenges and opportunities in documentation of the nursing care of patients.

Jacobs, L. (2009). Interview with Lawrence Weed, MD – The father of the problem-oriented medical record looks ahead. The Permanent Journal, 13(3). (No longer available at this URL)

Leapfrog Group. (2009). About us.

Leapfrog Group. (2009). The Leapfrog Group fact sheet.

*Moye, W. T. (1996, January). ENIAC: The army-sponsored revolution. CHANGE

National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. (1997, December). A national informatics agenda for nursing education and practice. CHANGE FROM TEXT

National League for Nursing. (2008). Position statement: Preparing the next generation of nurses to practice in a technology-rich environment: An informatics agenda.

Office of Science and Technology Policy. (2010, June 9). Science, technology and innovation.

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses. (2010). Project overview: QSEN – Quality & safety education for nurses. (No longer available at this URL)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2010, May 6). Improving the nurse work environment on medical-surgical units through technology.

Technology Guiding Educational Reform. (2007). The TIGER initiative: Evidence and informatics transforming nursing: 3-year action steps toward a 10-year vision. To get this report, go to and scroll to the second report. (No longer available at this URL)

The Oughtred Society. (2007, September 16). Slide rule history.

Thompson, T. G. (2004, May 6). Health Information Technology Summit. (No longer available at this URL)

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Created October 21, 2011, Updated January 7, 2016

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