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Improving Patient Care through Health & Nursing Informatics

Drs' Roberta Christopher and Teresa MacGregor discuss obstacles and opportunities to improving patient care through health and nursing informatics.
  • Overview

    Federal regulations requiring the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) spurred the need for the healthcare industry to assess processes and employee skill sets relative to maintaining proper electronic records and improving patient care and safety outcomes. As a healthcare professional, it's likely that your job is affected every day by tasks or information related to health informatics. Because of the breadth of the health informatics industry and the depth of its impact on medical facilities throughout the country, we have interviewed some of the industry’s thought leaders on the practice of health informatics and nursing informatics.

    Dr. Christopher is an ANCC board certified nurse executive, and is board certified as a healthcare technology specialist clinician/practitioner consultant (CHTS-CP) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  She is also an active member of the AHIMA and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Dr. Christopher was credentialed by EPIC in electronic health record (EMR) report writing and inpatient clinical documentation. She had further training in EPIC hospital outpatient departments, Stork (maternal child module), ASAP (emergency department module), BEACON (oncology module), research, and business intelligence reporting during her tenure overseeing a nursing informatics department and co-facilitating an EPIC EMR go live at a large academic, level 1 trauma center.  Post-EMR go live, Dr. Christopher focused her efforts on report writing and data analytics to improve quality, safety, and organizational performance.

     Dr. MacGregor received her BSN from Jacksonville University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Laura Lee Wold Award for Clinical Excellence.  She obtained her MSN and PhD from the University of Florida. Her doctoral research focused on maternal caregiving of premature neonates with intraventricular hemorrhage.   She has received two grants for her research focusing on premature neonates with intraventricular hemorrhage and the Rehabilitation Nursing New Researcher Award. She has been published multiple times in the Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Child Nervous System. She was a co-author for a book chapter In ASET:  The Neurodiagnostic Society. She is a member of and previous board member of Sigma Theta Tau International, a current board member of Phi Kappa Phi.

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