How to create a Health Informatics Training Program for nurses

How to create a Health Informatics Training Program for nurses

The training for the new health informatics in combating the COVID-19 pandemic will be conducted using various approaches and resources. The program will last for about two weeks. It will be conducted online and via face-to-face training.  The final sessions will involve a simulated work environment. Upon completing the program, the participants will be allowed to develop practical experiences requiring them to utilize health informatics in Combating the COVID-19 pandemic. This practice will be led by experienced instructors.  Those participants interested in integrating health informatics from their daily activities will benefit more from the training problem.

Why health informatics

COVID-19 has impacted many individuals globally. Healthcare workers are required to adjust to the pandemic. Health information technology can be used in combating the pandemic. Healthcare practitioners need to utilize various health information technologies such as electronic health records, patient portals, and other information technologies (Edwards et al., 2019). These can increase contact tracing and improve the ability of policymakers to utilize the data to make decisions and healthcare policies.  It makes the healthcare providers use the data on COVID-19 to improve patient care and outcomes.

Importance of the Training Program

The training program will be beneficial for the nurses and the other healthcare providers. The training program will provide these healthcare practitioners with an opportunity to interact and improve their skills in using health information technologies in combating the global pandemic.  The training sessions will allow the participants to stay connected digitally. This will allow them to share information and experiences on improving the quality of services they deliver during the pandemic (Adeleka et al., 2016). The main goal of the training sessions is to equip the healthcare providers with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities in health information technology.

The training program curriculum and contents

The content of the training session are as follows

  • Types of data collected related to COVID-19. This includes the positivity rate, incidence, prevalence, vaccination, relevant medical records, etc.
  • Significance of informatics
  • Types of health informatics technologies and their application in managing COVID-19
  • Benefits of the technologies
  • Limitations of the technology
  • Health information security, privacy, and confidentiality while using health information technologies.
  • Case scenarios, application, and real-life experiences

Training program resources

Various resources will be utilized during the training programs.  The first resource is a dedicated training laboratory equipped with whiteboards and computers. Here the face-to-face sessions will be conducted to the individuals. The other resource is dedicated and experienced instructors. These instructors should be knowledgeable in the use of various health information technology. The other resource is internet access. All the employees who are being trained will be required to have internet access. Various sessions will be conducted online. The individuals will also be required to search for various online resources that can be used as reference materials.

Training program eligibility criteria

All the healthcare individuals working in the department with COVID-19 patients will be required to attend the sessions. These include the nurses, physicians, respiration therapists, and social workers. The patients may also be involved in one way or another.

Training sessions and venue

The sessions will be conducted every day from November. Different individuals will be involved in the sessions. The healthcare practitioners will be divided into groups based on the working sessions to ensure that healthcare delivery is not interrupted. There will be alternating face-to-face and online sessions on alternating days. The venue will be the hospital instruction theatre and the hospital computer laboratory.



Edwards, G., Kitzmiller, R. R., & Breckenridge-Sproat, S. (2019). Innovative health information technology training: exploring blended learning. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing30(2), 104-109.

Adeleke, I. T., Lawal, A. H., Adio, R. A., & Adebisi, A. A. (2016). Information technology skills and training needs of health information management professionals in Nigeria: a nationwide study. Health Information Management Journal44(1), 30-38.

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