Judy Murphy Informatics Nurse
Nursing informatics (NI) according to the American Nurses Association is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. NI supports consumers, patients, nurses, and other providers in their decision- making in all roles and settings. This support is accomplished through the use of information structures, information processes, and information technology. Informatics Nurses are expert nursing clinicians with extensive clinical practice and have additional education and experience related to technology information systems. Nursing Informatics was first recognized as a specialty by the American Nurses Association in 1992. That same year the first scope and standards of nursing informatics practice was published. Nursing Informatics is valuable because it helps analyze clinical and financial data, promote and facilitate access to resources and references. NI enhances continuity of care as well as enable cost savings and productivity goals.
Background, Contributions, and Current Works
An important Informaticist is Judy Murphy. Judy was educated at Alverno College with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Judy Murphy is Deputy National Coordinator for Programs & Policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. “She coordinates federal efforts to assist health care providers and organizations in adopting health information technology to improve care. She also works to promote consumers’ greater understanding and use of health information technology for their own health” (Murphy, 2013). She is a nurse with more than 25 years of informatics experience. She previously worked in Wisconsin at Aurora health care where she was the VP of electronic health records. She led the EHR program since 1995. “Judy was on the Health IT Standards Committee since its inception in May 2009, co-chaired their Implementation Workgroup, and was a member of the Meaningful Use Workgroup. She served on the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board of Directors and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Board of Directors. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics and HIMSS. She received the 2006 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, was named one of the “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better” in 2007 by HealthLeaders magazine, and was selected as one of 33 Nursing Informatics’ Pioneers to participate in the Nursing Informatics History Project sponsored by AMIA, NLM, AAN, and RWJF” (Murphy, 2013). Her career in informatics focuses on promoting a facilitating access to resources and reference, delivery high quality, evidence-based care, facilitate change management and enhance continuity of care. Judy has published and lectured nationally and internationally on informatics. Judy currently is the Deputy National Coordinator for programs and policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in Washington D.C. She is the ONC Liaison for HIMSS Board of Directors as well as the Co-Chair for Alliance for Nursing Informatics.
Beginning Involvement in Informatics
Judy’s career started as a staff nurse. She became interested in education and moved into in-service education. She then got involved in training nurses on mainframe computer applications. She really enjoyed and saw a future in the computer department of the hospital. She reached out to the Director of Nursing and explained to her interested she would be in the role of the Chief Nursing Officer. CNO was a position that didn’t currently exist during the late 70’s, early 80’s. It took about two years before the DON became increasingly interested in creating a CNO position, which she was hired into in 1983. The “aha” moment
Judy realized during...
References: American Medical Informatics Association. (2008) Nursing informatics pioneer interview: Judy Murphy. Retrieved from http://www.amia.org/nursing-informatics/nursing-informatics-pioneers-judy-murphy
Murphy, J. (2010, November/December). Nursing and technology: a love/hate
Murphy, J. (2011, February). HITECH programs supporting the journey to
meaningful use of EHRs
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