Defining Nursing Informatics: A Narrative Review

Lisa Reid, Anthony Maeder, Didy Button, Katrina Breaden, Mark Brommeyer

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Healthcare has experienced rapid transformation with the development of digital technologies which aim to make healthcare safer and more efficient. In response, health informatics has evolved, including nursing informatics, which integrates nursing, information and communication technologies (ICT) and professional knowledge to improve patient outcomes. New language has developed to describe informatics and its processes; however, this has generally been poorly understood. This paper will describe current definitions of nursing informatics from three different healthcare contexts: Australia, the United States of America and Canada, to identify the similarities and differences between these definitions and to summarise the distinct bodies of knowledge described by each country. These countries have amongst the oldest definition attempts in the literature. A pragmatic approach was taken in this narrative review, working forward from historic references and backwards from recent references extracted from published health and nursing informatics literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNurses and midwives in the digital age
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers, Posters and Panels from the 15th International Congress in Nursing Informatics
EditorsMichelle Honey, Charlene Ronquillo, Ting-Ting Lee, Lucy Westbrooke
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherInternational Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and IOS Press.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643682211
ISBN (Print)9781643682204
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2021
Event15th International Congress in Nursing Informatics: Nurses and Midwives in the Digital Age, NI 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 23 Aug 20212 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference15th International Congress in Nursing Informatics: Nurses and Midwives in the Digital Age, NI 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Informatics
  • definition
  • nursing


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