example of the pivotal role that health information technology

One of the major drivers in recent health care reform legislation is the American

Reinvestment and Recovery Act’s (ARRA) HiTech Incentive. This act, passed in 2009,

earmarked $22 billion for the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), with a goal

of 100% adoption in all practice settings by the year 2014. The HiTech Act provides an

example of the pivotal role that health information technology plays in the delivery of

quality health care services. Yet, health information technology is a relatively new field.

This Application Assignment provides an opportunity for you to examine the

contributions of pioneers in this arena and consider how their contributions have

influenced health informatics and nursing practice today.

To prepare:

 Visit the AMIA Video Library 1: Nursing Informatics Pioneers webpage listed in the

Learning Resources.

 Review the biographies and video presentations of pioneers who are of interest to you,

or may hold a position that you aspire to achieve.

 Select two nursing informatics pioneers and conduct further research on their


 Consider how their contributions have influenced health information technology and

nursing practice today.

By Day 7 of Week 2

Write a scholarly 3- to 4-page paper comparing two nursing informatics pioneers.

Synthesize your thoughts using the bullets below as a guide:

 What are the professional accomplishments of each individual?

 How have their contributions influenced nursing practice?

 How have their contributions shaped the field of nursing informatics?

 What lessons can you take away from their experiences?

 What skills or ideas demonstrated by these leaders might you apply to your professional