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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Nursing Services

Nursing Informatics

The Nursing Informatics Division


The mission of the Nursing Informatics division is to facilitate the nursing leadership, nursing staff and the interdisciplinary teams to integrate the use of technology to assess data and make clinical decisions to support patient outcomes. In collaboration with Information Services we will educate, train nursing staff and develop nursing informatic superusers to access, collect and communicate data among disciplines using the integrated Eclipsys Corporation electronic health record system (SUNY Healthbridge) Use of the electronic health record system will facilitate clinical decisions supported by evidence based practice which will improve nursing practice and patient outcomes. Utilizing nursing research, we will study the impact of the electronic health record system on nursing documentation, medication errors and nursing time at the patients' bedside.


Our vision is to create a center of excellence where nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary health team are inspired to utilize technology as a resource to plan patient care. Nurses are able to deliver quality care by accessing current research findings to formulate quicker clinical decisions to plan patient care. It is anticipated that the electronic health record system will eliminate redundant documentation, improve nurses' time at the bedside which will result in improved patient outcomes and reduce length of stay.

What We Do

The staff of the Nursing Informatics Division supports staff in using automated applications in their daily assignment on the unit and plays an important interdisciplinary role that combines passion for nursing and love of technology to bring a nursing perspective into the evaluation of clinical systems to facilitate positive patient outcomes. The team provides training to nursing staff in support of new or revised clinical applications implemented on the nursing units. Working collaboratively with Information Services, nursing leadership, and staff to provide instruction and user support to facilitate the introduction of new technology into nursing care workflows. Training includes classroom instruction in computer simulation lab, validated using clinical competencies in the classroom and on the clinical units. Computer based tutorials for self learning is also utilized following by clinical unit validation.

The Nursing Informatics Division utilizes technology to enhance communication, among nursing leadership, staff and hospital endeavors via email, nursing intranet site, organizational policies and procedures, links to clinical base references and professional organizations.

Impact of Technology on Nursing:
The evolution to electronic documentation of the medical record not only improves access to patient information at the point of care, it enhances nursing's ability to benchmark, monitor, audit and report quality measures in support of Center for Medicare Services, The Joint Commission and Magnet Initiatives.


The Nursing Informatics division in collaboration with Information Services and Nursing administration and staff selected the electronic health record system from Eclipsys Corporation. In 2008, the first phase of the initiative, the clinical documentation system, wellness and immunization manager and prescription writer were successfully launched in four ambulatory clinics. The inpatient setting was implemented with patient list, laboratory and radiology results, In 2010, the electronic medication administration record on all inpatient clinical units was implemented. Physician medication order entry is slated for December on all units.

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