Oncology Nursing Society Well-Represented at Upcoming Health Information Technology Conferences

Use of electronic health records (EHR) increases accuracy in medical record keeping, saves storage space, and improves overall efficiency of patient care delivery. The Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS’s) executive director of professional practice and programs, Elizabeth Wertz Evans, PhD, RN, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, CPHQ, FACMPE, represents ONS as a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS’s) Nursing Informatics Committee. The committee provides the nursing voice in leadership and guidance to HIMSS initiatives.

Many nurses use an EHR every day and have suffered stress adapting to the challenges that come with learning new systems and multiple changes in workflow. Wertz Evans will present a poster that addresses this issue, “Understanding Productivity and Technostress for Nurses Using an Electronic Health Record” at the HIMSS annual conference February 23–27, 2014, in Orlando, FL.

“This research examined the effect of technostress on the perceived productivity of nurses and identified strategies that can be used to minimize stress and increase productivity for nurses using an EHR,” said Wertz Evans. “It is critical for nurses to be involved in the EHR process to ensure that the nursing role is adequately addressed especially when day-to-day processes require change.” 

Wertz Evans also will represent ONS on two panel discussions at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s At the Crossroads of Patient Care: Health IT for Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses Summit on March 21, 2014, in Glen Burnie, MD.    

ONS also has a seat at the table of the American Nursing Informatics Association, and Wertz Evans will attend their annual conference from March 27–29, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV, as the governing director for ONS.