DeKalb Medical holds inaugural Georgia Chapter of the American Nursing Informatics Association
April 15, 2015
Nurses from DeKalb Medical, along with other nurses from across the state of Georgia gathered on Thursday, April 2nd, for the inaugural Georgia Chapter of the American Nursing Informatics Association meeting held in the Keeton Auditorium at the DeKalb Medical North Decatur campus.
“This was so exciting to hold the first ever Georgia ANIA meeting,” stated Diane Humbretch, National board member of ANIA. “Not only did we hold the first meeting, but several of our nurses here at DeKalb Medical are founding members of the chapter.”
Beth Patino, CIO of DeKalb Medical welcomed over 30 guests to the North Decatur Campus. Tracee Tomlinson, MS, RN-BC, President of the Georgia ANIA, reviewed chapter purpose of chapter which is to advance the field of nursing informatics through communication, education, research and professional activities. Dr. Regina Cole, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS discussed the ideas of Health IT and personal innovation
The Georgia Chapter of ANIA consists of 85 members from both hospitals/healthcare and academic organizations and joins Vermont, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Carolina and California as the only states to have a localized chapter.
“At DeKalb Medical, it is our mission to earn our patients’ trust every day, through our uncompromising commitment to quality,” the GA chapter of ANIA supports this mission by contributing improved patient safety and outcomes via health information technology. “By holding the inaugural meeting and having founding members on staff here continues to demonstrate our commitment to the community.”
ANIA is an organization originally founded in 1982 as the Capital Area Roundtable on Informatics in Nursing (CARING). CARING was developed and organized by nurses in 1982 as a non-profit undertaking to provide a forum for the advancement of automated healthcare information systems. In 1992 the American Nursing Informatics Association was formed in Southern California to provide networking, education and information resources that enrich and strengthen the roles of nurses in the field of informatics.
For more information on the ANIA Georgia Chapter or ANIA, please visit www. ania.org