2011 Omaha system international conference.
Participants from 15 states and six countries attended the Omaha System International Conference in Eagan, MN on April 7-9, 2011. The Omaha System is a research-based, comprehensive terminology designed to document care from admission to discharge. It exists in the public domain (www.omahasystem.org). Twenty-five speakers and twenty posters presenters representing practice, education, research, and information technology described their experiences using the Omaha System in a wide variety of settings. The Conference was presented by Martin Associates, and the host school was The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University (CA).
The theme of the conference was electronic health records and meaningful use of clinical data.1 Participants addressed the need to increase the collaboration among all disciplines; improve the accuracy and consistency of documentation; exchange data and increase interoperability; and improve the quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services across diverse practice settings. Faculty and students reported on various educational applications of the Omaha System. They concurred that students in all healthcare disciplines, including nursing, should be educated about the universal use of standardized terminologies such as the Omaha System, and generation of quantitative data to track outcomes of care.
Nurses and information technology specialists employed in home health, public health, long-term care, and acute care settings in Canada, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and The Netherlands came to the conference, and visited a number of practice sites in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. During the conference, they shared details about their exciting Omaha System applications in their home countries through speeches, poster presentations, and discussion. Their personal and organizational goals are very similar to those of their colleagues in the US. The conference fostered opportunities for international healthcare professionals to collaborate as partners with managers, administrators, system engineers, and software developers.
The 2013 Omaha System International Conference will be held during April 2013 in Eagan, Minnesota. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia will be the host school.
(1.) Martin KS, Monsen KA, Bowles KH. The Omaha System and meaningful use: Applications for practice, education, and research. Comp Inform Nurs. 2011;29(1):52-58.
Karen S. Martin, RN, MSN, FAAN, Judith G. Riemer, RN, CNS, MS, Karen A. Monsen, RN, PhD