The Future for Nurses in Health Informatics

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
  • Marion J. Ball
  • Margaret J. A. Edwards
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


As a new millennium approaches the emphasis in health informatics is increasingly changing. The initial focus was on hardware and moved to an emphasis on software. As understanding of health informatics evolves, increasingly that hardware and software are recognized as merely means of capturing, transporting, and transforming data into information that enables caregivers to provide people with the best possible health services. There is an information rich environment with new and powerful tools to assist caregivers and care recipients alike to seek and use information to make health-affecting decisions and to generate new health knowledge. Expanded understanding of how people seek and use information by drawing on cognitive science and organizational development (Tang and Patel, 1992; Lorenzi et al., 1995) is essential.


Medical Informatics Nurse Educator Unify Medical Language System Care Recipient System Analyst 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marion J. Ball
    • 3
    • 4
  • Margaret J. A. Edwards
    • 5
  1. 1.Health InformaticsSierra Systems Consultants, Inc.CalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of Community Health Science, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineUSA
  4. 4.First Consulting GroupBaltimoreUSA
  5. 5.Margaret J.A. Edwards and Associates, Inc.CalgaryCanada

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