Current Projects

The Center for Health Informatics is involved in a variety of projects. Listed below are just a few of the ones we are currently participating in, who is involved from the Center, and what the role entails.


AMIA Academic Forum

Informatician: E. LaVerne Manos, DNP, RN-BC


Task Force: Task Force on Informatics-related Roles and Categorization
Charge: To develop a white/position paper that presents a structure, building upon prevailing definitions, for describing and categorizing the varying roles, functions and related certification needs among those working in the discipline of biomedical informatics or closely related fields.
Key Objectives:

  1. Describe at high level what training/knowledge distinguishes an informatician from a non-informatician
  2. Describe at high level what distinguishes a “practice-oriented” informatician from a “non-practice-oriented” informatician and how that relates to needs for accreditation of programs and certification of individuals
  3. Disseminate and share findings with the AMIA Academic Forum Task Force working on determination of certification planning for Informaticians to inform their efforts

Nursing Informatics History Project

Judith J. Warren, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, FACMI

The overall purpose of the Nursing Informatics History Project is to document and preserve the history of nursing informatics through three activities:

  1. Nursing informatics pioneers and nursing informatics organizations have been solicited to preserve their materials in an archive at the National Library of Medicine started by Dr. Virginia Saba in 1997.
  2. Stories of the pioneers in nursing informatics are being videotaped and made available through AMIA's web site.
  3. Historical research is planned to document the evolution of informatics as a specialty in nursing.

Judith J. Warren, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, FACMI is honored by AMIA as a Nursing Informatics Pioneer. Click here to listen to her story.


NLM Tools for EHR Certification and Meaningful Use

The NLM provides free access to vocabulary standards, applications, and related tools that can be used to meet US EHR certification criteria and to achieve Meaningful Use of EHRs. Resources are either created by or supported by NLM can be used for interpreting standardized lists of problems,

The SNOMED CT® encoded Nursing Problem List Subset, intended for use in patients’ problem lists, is an output of the Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®) Metathesaurus® that is based on nursing diagnosis concepts found within the Metathesaurus. The list is free for use in the U.S.A. Please download it from

The main purpose of the Nursing Problem List Subset of SNOMED CT is to facilitate the use of SNOMED CT as the primary coding terminology for nursing problems used in care planning, problem lists or other summary level clinical documentation. This list was developed and maintained by a team co-led by our own Judith Warren. For information on the development of the list, please read: Matney, S.A., Warren, J.J., Evans, J.L., Kim, T.Y., Coenen, A., & Auld, V.A. (2012). Development of the nursing problem list subset of SNOMED CT®. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 45(4), 683-688.

Appointment to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Regional Advisory Board as a representative for informatics

E. LaVerne Manos, DNP, RN-BC

 Appointment project area is healthcare technology.  The mission of the Midcontinent Region of the NLM is:

The mission two parts-the first addresses health professionals; the second addresses the public. The NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by developing programs to ensure that all U.S. health professionals have equal access to biomedical information. The NN/LM is to improve the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

Goals Include:

  1.  Developing collaborations among Network members and other organizations to improve access to and sharing of biomedical information resources throughout the nation;
  2. Promoting awareness of, access to, and use of biomedical information resources for health professionals and the public, with a particular emphasis on contributing to the Healthy People 2010 goal of eliminating health disparities;
  3. Developing, promoting, and improving electronic access to health information by Network members, health professionals, and organizations providing health information to the public;
  4. Understand how the products and services of the NN/LM and NLM contribute to improved access to health information by health professionals, and the public.


Last modified: Jun 06, 2014