Impact of Informatics on Evidence & Research

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Instructor: Alyssa Campbell

Alyssa is an active RN and teaches Nursing and Leadership university courses. She also has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a Master's in Business Administration.

Informatics is the product of several sciences, and is used in health care to promote better care outcomes. Read this lesson to learn about the huge impact informatics has on evidence and research.

The Impact of Informatics

John is a lead nurse educator for a large health care network. He works closely with inpatient educators to teach and help direct care staff implement the latest evidence-based practices (EBP). The use of EBP ensures that the patients receive the highest quality care possible, backed by evidence, or data that supports such practices.

To keep his team of educators on the cutting edge of evidence and research, John frequently looks to health care informatics to prioritize educational care efforts.

What Is Informatics?

Health care informatics, commonly referred to as biomedical informatics, is the process of using technology to gather data and use data to promote better health care practices. John explains to his team that data is gathered from many sources, especially software programs that are used every day in the health care delivery system.

Informatics is the product of three sciences working together to promote health. These sciences are cognitive science, computer science, and artificial intelligence.

Cognitive science is the science of organization and process, applying cognitive science with technology aids in the development of health-based applications and computer programs. Computer science involves the use of existing technology, hardware, and software development. Computer science is the direct engineering required to build new computer systems. The combination of cognitive and computer sciences works together to develop artificial intelligence. This aspect of informatics is particularly seen in the form of complex decision algorithms and computing.

Informatics to Support Research

Informatics has been particularly useful in the health care industry because it has prompted the development of software to gather, analyze, and report data. John's team uses informatics, not only to provide care, but also to gather evidence and conduct research.


John's team is well aware of the benefits of teaching EBP to their staff. The use of informatics helps to keep the education team current and up to date, as it influences:

  • Structured data searches with the use of specific terminology, or language
  • The ability to house resources in electronic repositories to increase access and minimize waste
  • The creation of decision-assist software, combining patient data with the latest evidence to make decisions regarding patient care
  • The establishment of standards and competencies for the future use of informatics


The Internet has greatly expanded access to health care-related information and knowledge. Smart searches help narrow results by eliminating dated and irrelevant materials.

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