International Conference on Nursing Informatics

"ICT to Improve Quality and Safety at the Point Of Care"


Keynote Speakers

Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, MS, RN

Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota, School of Nursing

PDr. Pruinelli is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She earned a PhD degree from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and a Master’s of Sciences and a Bachelor’s of Nursing Sciences degrees from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Dr. Pruinelli teaches statistics and health informatics for undergraduate and graduate students. Her research leverages innovative nursing informatics tools and cutting-edge data science methods to investigate acute disease conditions, such as liver transplantation and sepsis. Her research uses multi-source electronic health data to discover new knowledge using a holistic approach to health, incorporating physiological, psychosocial, and other determinants of health. Dr. Pruinelli’s scholarship aims to increase the quality of health care delivery and improve the patient care experience in the continuum.

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

The Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Director, Precision in Symptom Self-Management (PriSSM) Center
Director, Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics
Columbia University

Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. Following doctoral study in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, she completed a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at Stanford University. The goal of Dr. Bakken’s program of research is to promote health and reduce health disparities in underserved populations through application of innovative informatics methods. A major focus of her current grant portfolio is visualization of healthcare data for community members, patients, clinicians, and community-based organizations. Dr. Bakken currently directs the Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved and the Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics (RHeaDI) predoctoral and postdoctoral training program; both funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). She also served as Principal Investigator of the AHRQ-funded Washington Heights Inwood Informatics Infrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research (WICER) and its follow-up study, WICER 4 U, which is focused on promoting the use of WICER infrastructure through stakeholder engagement. She has also received funding from the National Cancer Institute, National Library of Medicine, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Bakken has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. In 2010, she received the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Nursing, American College of Medical Informatics, and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Diane J. Skiba, Ph.D., FACMI, ANEF, FAAN

Professor and Informatics Specialty Director
Since 1982, Diane Skiba has taught nurses in the field of Nursing Informatics. Skiba is currently funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Nursing Advanced Nurse Education training grant to prepare nurses in the field of Informatics. This grant supports online master’s degree and post-master's programs targeting educators and funds the I-Collaboratory, an innovative online community to support informatics learners. Skiba was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP). NACNEP advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Congress on policy issues related to the Title VIII programs administered by the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Division of Nursing, including nurse workforce supply, education, and practice improvement. Skiba writes a column on Emerging Technologies for the National League for Nursing’s Nursing Educational Perspectives journal. Skiba and her colleagues, Drs. Helen Connors (University of Kansas), Diane Billings and Pamela Jeffries (Indiana University), and Mary Anne Rizzolo (NLN) were recently awarded one of the HRSA funded Faculty Development: Integrating Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative grants. This five-year grant is designed to prepare faculty to learn about informatics, telehealth, simulations, and other emerging educational technologies. Skiba is an honorary member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Academy of Nursing. In 2005, she was awarded the National League for Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award.

Patrick Weber

EFMI partner European project at Crowdhealth
Lausanne und Umgebung, Schweiz
Consultant and quality controler for medical coding ICD10, interventions and for DRG. Teaching in medical coding and nursing informatics. Development of medical software for DRG and ICD10 and specialized in medical statistics. Consultant for workload measurment system for Nursing department called LEP Development of GS1 server for hopsitals CrowdHEALTH is an international research project partially funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission that intends to integrate high volumes health-related heterogeneous data from multiple sources with the aim of supporting policy making decisions. The project started in March 2017 and will finish in February 2020. Specialties: Nursing informatics Medical informatics

Katsumasa Ota

Nagoya University, Medicine, Faculty Member
Nagoya University, Nagoya Meidai

Kaija Saranto

Department of Health and Social Management
Kaija Saranto, PhD, RN, FACMI, FAAN works as a full Professor in Health and Human Services Informatics (HHSI) at the University of Eastern Finland, Department of Health and Social Management. In 2012 the HHSI master’s degree programme received the status ”IMIA accredited” by the International Medical Informatics Association as the very first internationally. Dr. Saranto also acts as the Deputy Director at the Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care, an affiliated Centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute. She has also co-edited various publications to enhance the adoption of health informatics in clinical practice. Dr. Saranto has a number of memberships both in academic and expert groups focusing on ICT use in the society. She is the former president of the Finnish Health Informatics Association under the IMIA and the Association of European Nursing Diagnosis, Interventions and Outcomes (Acendio). In addition, she has been chairing the scientific programme committees for NI2009 and MedInfo 2015 as well as the editorial committees for NI2009 and NI 2014. Currently, professor Saranto holds the post of the vice chair for the IMIA SIGNI and the IMIA vice president for MedInfo. Her research interest is the role of structures and classifications in EHRs as well as educational and organizational issues in information system implementation. Currently she is also leading a research group focusing on patient safety.

Dra. Sayonara de Fatima Faria Barbosa

Post-doctorado en Informática en Enfermería por la Universidad de Michigan (Estados Unidos)

Post-doctorate in Computer Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan (United States); PhD in Health Sciences from the Federal University of São Paulo (2005) with an internship abroad at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing - United States (2004); Specialist in Information and Informatics in Health and Nursing at the National School of Public Health (2000) and Intensive Care Nursing at the University of São Paulo (1990). Associate Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina - Department of Nursing, Graduate Program in Nursing and Post-Graduation Program in Health Informatics. Sub-Coordinator of the Professional Master's Degree in Health Informatics at UFSC. It has books and chapters of national and international books and several articles published in national and international journals. She is an Ad Hoc consultant for periodicals in Brazil and the United States. Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Health Informatics. Vice-Chair Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group of the International Medical Informatics Association. She has experience in the area of intensive care nursing and health informatics, mainly in the areas of: intensive care nursing and emergencies, health informatics, health technology, patient safety and organ donation and transplantation. Vice-leader of the group GIATE - Group of Clinical Research, Technologies and Informatics in Health and Nursing, of the Post-Graduation Program in Nursing of UFSC - GIATE


University of Salford
Salford, United Kingdom

I have a background in general Nursing and have Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. I have over 25 years experience of theoretical and applied research in Health Informatics, with a particular focus on Health Records and Terminologies. I hold an adjunct position of Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver, USA and have previously held eHealth leadership roles at the UK Royal College of Nursing and the International Council of Nurses. I have published widely and am asked regularly to speak at conferences and seminars. I am Editor-in-Chief of Informatics for Health and Social Care, a member of national and international standards bodies and think tanks, and I regularly provide advice to organisations such as the UK Department of Health on informatics issues. • Registered General Nurse (from Blackpool School of Nursing), 1987. • BSc (Hons) Computation, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, 1992 (First Class Honours). • MSc Computer Science (by research), University of Manchester, 1995. • PhD Computer Science, University of Manchester, 2002. • BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine (from University of Central Lancashire, 2007 (First Class Honours). • ILM7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, 2017

Abbott, Patti

Associate Professor
Director, Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
University of Michigan School of Nursing

Dr. Patricia Abbott is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She completed a 2-year post-doctoral NIH funded research fellowship in the Department of Computer Science in the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL) at the University of Maryland College Park where she focused upon the design of usable and error-mitigating HIT. Dr. Abbott extended her research background in knowledge discovery in large datasets (data analytics) at the HCIL by also focusing upon visualization (making sense of large collections of healthcare data in a way that provides value), human computer interaction, and user-centered design. She has expanded that body of knowledge into low-resource mHealth/eHealth development and study, partnering with the University of Michigan School of Medicine and the University of Michigan’s Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Dr. Abbott is focused on e-Health/mHealth applications for low-resource settings and vulnerable populations, particularly in Latin America, with a primary focus on non-communicable diseases and digital education. Dr. Abbott served as a member of the Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section at the US National Institutes of Health. She was the founding director of the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM), a low bandwidth electronic community of practice - part of the WHO/RHR Implementing Best Practices Knowledge Gateway. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Editorial Board of Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Abbott has joint appointments at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Division of Health Sciences Informatics, and at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon School of Nursing.

Judy Murphy

For over 25 years Judy Murphy has been a leader and pioneer in the nursing informatics community. She is currently Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in Washington DC. Previously, she was Vice President, Electronic Health Record Systems at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an integrated delivery network with 15 hospitals and 30,000 employees. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on system implementation methodologies, automated clinical documentation, and the use of technology to support evidence-based practice. Ms. Murphy was on both the AMIA and HIMSS Board of Directors. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics and HIMSS. She was recipient of the 2006 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award and, in 2007 was named one of the “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better” by HealthLeaders magazine.

Marion Ball

She is Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Affiliate Professor, Division of Health Sciences Informatics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Marion Ball is an international innovator, educator, author, and leader with over thirty-five years of experience in the healthcare IT community. Dr. Ball is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and serves on the National Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents. She is a founding board member of the Health on the Net (HON). She has served on the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board, and has served as President of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), the International Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Ball has twice served on the board of the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME). In 2004, she was elected to the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Board, where she served for three years. She served from 2003-2007 as a member of the American Health Information Management Association/ Foundation of Record Education (AHIMA/FORE) Board. From 2007-2009, she served on the Advisory Council for the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, and most recently has been invited to serve on the International Advisory Committee for the China Hospital Information Management Association (CHIMA). She is a visionary in the field of health informatics and has worked in the federal, academic, and private sectors, and has published some of the core texts in the field of health informatics. Two of her latest book published in 2015 and 2016 are entitled "Health Information Management Systems: Cases, Strategies, and Solutions "(4th Edition) and the second edition of "The History Of Medical Informatics In the United States”. In addition, her book "Consumer Informatics" received the Book-of-the-Year Award at the HIMSS National Convention in Dallas, Texas in February 2005. In January 2015 she published, "Introduction to Nursing Informatics," 4th Edition . In 2007, she was a coeditor of Aspects of Electronic Health Record Systems in the series entitled Health Informatics and the 4th Edition of Nursing Informatics: Where Technology and Caring Meet was published January 2011. There are now over 65 volumes in the series published by Springer-Verlag. Previous editions of her nursing books have been translated into Portuguese and Chinese, Japanese, German, Korean, and Polish. Dr. Ball has received numerous academic, national and international awards for her contributions to the field of health informatics. She is the recipient of such coveted awards as the Morris F. Collen Lifetime Achievement Award from ACMI/AMIA, the Award of Excellence—a lifetime achievement award from International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), and the Distinguished Service Award from AHIMA. Dr. Ball was selected as one of the 50 most influential IT professionals by HIMSS over the last 50 years. This was documented in the HIMSS publication HIMSS 50 in 50, debuted at the HIMSS Annual 50thAnniversary Meeting in February 2011. She is an honorary member of Sigma Theta Tau International and was inducted as an Honorary Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Most recently, she was invited to serve as an International Advisor to the Board of the China Hospital Information Management Association (CHIMA) and was given the Lifetime Membership Award by HIMSS for 30 years of service and major contributions to the field of health informatics. Dr. Ball is Professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Nursing and is currently an affiliate Professor in the Division of Health Sciences Informatics in the school of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She is also an affiliate Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as well as holding an appointment at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. As an educator and speaker, Dr. Ball has led workshops and lectured on various aspects of health informatics worldwide. She has dedicated much of her career to the field of Nursing Informatics and is a founding member of the TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Foundation initiative which addresses the importance of integrating the most current enabling technologies into the nursing profession from bedside practitioners to researchers. TIGER has moved into the inter-disciplinary environment and as of 2014 is part of the HIMSS Foundation. Most recently, she has concentrated on patient safety, process engineering, and change management, and clinical point of care initiatives in healthcare. Dr. Ball works both nationally and internationally on patient safety, nursing, the electronic health record, and point of care initiatives. Dr. Ball has written and edited 27 books and over 200 journal publications and book chapters.

Polun Chang, PhD, MIAHSI

President of the Medical Informatics Association of Taiwan; Director of the Integrated Health Research Center; Professor, Institute of Biomedical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Yang-Ming, Taipei, Taiwan; Founder and Consultant, Nursing Informatics Association of Taiwan; Consultant, Nursing Informatics Working Group, Chinese Medical Informatics Association

Heimar Marin, RN, Ph.D, FACMI

A 1983 graduate of the nursing baccalaureate program at the Federal University of Sa˜o Paulo, Brazil, Heimar Marin quickly became committed to academic pursuits and served as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Nursing Informatics at that same institution from 1985 to 1991. During this time, she was working on her master’s degree in nursing informatics (1991) and subsequently completed a PhD in medical informatics at the Federal University in 1995. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston (from 1996 to 1998), she returned to Sa˜o Paulo where she is now an esteemed senior faculty member in Nursing Informatics. In 2001, Dr. Marin was awarded a ‘‘Livre docente’’ in medical informatics. This is a credential awarded by auniversity at least five years after the doctorate based on additional course work, a new thesis, an annotated CV, and oral and written examinations. The holder of this credential is considered expert in all aspects of the discipline. Dr. Marin is the first Brazilian woman ever to receive this credential and the first nurse ever to be named Professor Livre Docente in Medical Informatics by the School of Medicine of the State University of Sa˜o Paulo, Brazil’s largest and arguably most prestigious school of medicine. Broadly trained and prolific in her research and educational innovations, Heimar de Fatima Marin is a leading medical informatician, not only in Brazil but also throughout Latin America. She works effectively through international organizations such as IMIA, the Pan American Health Organization, and the International Council of Nurses. Also an active member of AMIA, Dr. Marin has worked to strengthen ties between North American and Latin American informatics organizations. Outgoing and vivacious, she enriches both the social and scientific activities to which she devotes her energies. Knowledgeable and clear thinking, Dr. Marin is at once both diplomatic and outspoken. She is a proven innovator and leader whose accomplishments stretch beyond disciplinary and national boundaries.

Heimar Marin, RN, Ph.D, FACMI

Nursing Supervisor, Department of Nursing, Cathay General Hospital;
Leader of benchmark model of hospital nursing information system in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan

Toria Shaw, MSW

Toria Shaw, MSW has served as the Manager of Clinical Informatics for HIMSS North America since 2014. In this role, she manages all programs, activities, resources, volunteer efforts, and research for the advancement of interprofessional informatics competencies aligned with TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) and TIGER’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Toria focuses on education reform initiatives, fostering international community development, preparing the interprofessional clinical workforce and universities using HIMSS/TIGER curriculum and resources while continuously developing out a robust VLE in collaboration with HIMSS leadership, volunteers, international partners, and community members. Toria has over 10 years of experience working in countries throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe focused on global health and international development initiatives. She obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work in 2012 with a mental health concentration. Toria trained to become a clinical therapist while directing trauma focused therapy with vulnerable, at-risk, and marginalized populations recovering from alcohol and drug related dependency impacted by Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Evelyn Hovenga

Evelyn’s work during the 1980’s as an independent health service management consultant for private and public hospitals was combined with doctoral research studies in health administration (nursing informatics). Appointed at Central Queensland University in 1992 where she was promoted to Professor in Health Informatics in 2003. Evelyn managed its health informatics program and research centre, and the school of management and information systems till 2007. Her experience and expertise covers many facets of health informatics especially standards development, health terminology and electronic health records incl. knowledge management and ontology. Evelyn was a foundation member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia and a foundation Fellow of the Australiasian College of Health Informatics for which she initiated the establishment of the Australian Health Informatics Education Council that undertook the initial developmental work towards the establishment of nationally recognised Health Informatics competencies. The first openEHR archetype repository was developed at CQU’s Health Informatics research centre, this is now the internationally known as the Clinical Knowledge Manager. Evelyn facilitated and managed all HL7 Australia educational activities for several years; was an invited expert to IMIA’s Nursing Informatics group competency development workshop in 1987, the European Nightingale Nursing Informatics competency development project during the early 1990s, an invited member of the International Medical Informatics Association’s education taskforce. She participated in the original development of the medical (health) informatics education recommendations and the 2010 review and update of these curriculum guidelines. Evelyn chaired IMIA’s education workgroup for several years during which time a text edited by her and Prof John Mantas on Global Health Informatics Education (2004) was published by IOS Press.