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A Focus on Implementing Nursing Vocabularies

A Focus on Implementing Nursing Vocabularies 390 GASSERT, Implementing Nursing Vocabularies Editorial Comments JAMIA A Focus on Implementing Nursing Vocabularies ‘‘Implementation of Nursing Vocabularies in Com- formation model with health care vocabularies. The puter-based Systems’’ was the theme of an invita- second priority is to disseminate information about tional conference held before the 1997 AMIA Spring vocabularies, emphasizing their use in practice. The Congress. The conference served as a summit to bring third priority is to coordinate language activities so together vocabulary developers, industrial partners, that redundant work is avoided, research efforts are sites implementing systems that include nursing vo- cumulative, and resources are used efficiently. These cabularies, researchers, policy-makers, and govern- priorities will be the focus of AMIA’s Nursing Infor- ment representatives to discuss issues surrounding matics Work Group projects relative to nursing vocab- the difficulties of implementing languages that rep- ularies over the next two years. resent nursing concepts in computer-based systems.* Recognizing a need to share conference outcomes To expedite discussion, conference faculty provided with the informatics community, the Nursing Infor- an overview of the challenges and strategies for im- matics Work Group disseminated information about plementing nursing vocabularies in their own set- the conference through a followup workshop, ‘‘Im- tings. Categories of challenges were varied but in- plementation of Nursing Vocabularies in Computer- cluded familiar themes of user resistance, data based Systems,’’ and a tutorial, ‘‘Implementing Stan- structure, cost, discipline-specific terminology, redun- dardized Coding and Classification: A Nursing dancy, and representation of the patient as a whole. A Summit,’’ will be held at the 1997 AMIA Fall Congress recurring challenge was the necessity to determine the for the larger AMIA membership and those interested level of granularity needed for data collection and in the topic. The Nursing Informatics Work Group coding of languages. Issues of simplicity versus spec- hopes that drawing attention to the implementation ificity were commonly raised. of vocabularies that represent nursing will spur vo- cabulary developers, software industry leaders, re- Through open discussion, assembly participants iden- searchers, and implementors to work together to meet tified strategic actions related to the challenges. Al- existing challenges. — CAROLE A. GASSERT though 30 actions addressing the challenges of imple- menting vocabularies were identified initially by the assembly, three actions received highest priority. The Correspondence and reprints: Carole A. Gassert, PhD, RN, Act- first priority is to develop a model that depicts a nurs- ing Deputy Branch Chief, Department of Health and Human ing view of information and to link the resulting in- Services, 9-36 Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852. e-mail: ^cgassert@dhhs.hrsa.gov&. The views expressed in this editorial are solely those of the *The conference was sponsored by AMIA’s Nursing Informatics author and not necessarily those of the Department of Health Work Group (NIWG), with additional financial support from and Human Services. CareCentric Solutions, CINAHL Information Systems, HBOC, Lexical Technology, Oceania, 3M, and the University of Califor- Received for publication: 12/8/97; accepted for publication: nia San Francisco Nursing Press. 1/14/98. n JAMIA. 1998;4:390. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association Oxford University Press

A Focus on Implementing Nursing Vocabularies

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Oxford University Press
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American Medical Informatics Association
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1067-5027
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1527-974X
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10.1136/jamia.1998.0050390
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390 GASSERT, Implementing Nursing Vocabularies Editorial Comments JAMIA A Focus on Implementing Nursing Vocabularies ‘‘Implementation of Nursing Vocabularies in Com- formation model with health care vocabularies. The puter-based Systems’’ was the theme of an invita- second priority is to disseminate information about tional conference held before the 1997 AMIA Spring vocabularies, emphasizing their use in practice. The Congress. The conference served as a summit to bring third priority is to coordinate language activities so together vocabulary developers, industrial partners, that redundant work is avoided, research efforts are sites implementing systems that include nursing vo- cumulative, and resources are used efficiently. These cabularies, researchers, policy-makers, and govern- priorities will be the focus of AMIA’s Nursing Infor- ment representatives to discuss issues surrounding matics Work Group projects relative to nursing vocab- the difficulties of implementing languages that rep- ularies over the next two years. resent nursing concepts in computer-based systems.* Recognizing a need to share conference outcomes To expedite discussion, conference faculty provided with the informatics community, the Nursing Infor- an overview of the challenges and strategies for im- matics Work Group disseminated information about plementing nursing vocabularies in their own set- the conference through a followup workshop, ‘‘Im- tings. Categories of challenges were varied but in- plementation of Nursing Vocabularies in Computer- cluded familiar themes of user resistance, data based Systems,’’ and a tutorial, ‘‘Implementing Stan- structure, cost, discipline-specific terminology, redun- dardized Coding and Classification: A Nursing dancy, and representation of the patient as a whole. A Summit,’’ will be held at the 1997 AMIA Fall Congress recurring challenge was the necessity to determine the for the larger AMIA membership and those interested level of granularity needed for data collection and in the topic. The Nursing Informatics Work Group coding of languages. Issues of simplicity versus spec- hopes that drawing attention to the implementation ificity were commonly raised. of vocabularies that represent nursing will spur vo- cabulary developers, software industry leaders, re- Through open discussion, assembly participants iden- searchers, and implementors to work together to meet tified strategic actions related to the challenges. Al- existing challenges. — CAROLE A. GASSERT though 30 actions addressing the challenges of imple- menting vocabularies were identified initially by the assembly, three actions received highest priority. The Correspondence and reprints: Carole A. Gassert, PhD, RN, Act- first priority is to develop a model that depicts a nurs- ing Deputy Branch Chief, Department of Health and Human ing view of information and to link the resulting in- Services, 9-36 Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852. e-mail: ^cgassert@dhhs.hrsa.gov&. The views expressed in this editorial are solely those of the *The conference was sponsored by AMIA’s Nursing Informatics author and not necessarily those of the Department of Health Work Group (NIWG), with additional financial support from and Human Services. CareCentric Solutions, CINAHL Information Systems, HBOC, Lexical Technology, Oceania, 3M, and the University of Califor- Received for publication: 12/8/97; accepted for publication: nia San Francisco Nursing Press. 1/14/98. n JAMIA. 1998;4:390.

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Journal of the American Medical Informatics AssociationOxford University Press

Published: Jul 1, 1998

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