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Tietze named Doswell Endowed Chair

Johnna Headley, Reporter

16-01-14 Mari Tietze
Dr. Mari Tietze

Dr. Mari Tietze was named the Doswell Endowed Chair in Nursing Informatics. As the endowed chair, Tietze will continue to develop and incorporate the significance of Nursing Informatics to improve patient care delivery. Medical records cover all patient information from hospital care all the way through to healing in the community and is now stored electronically – this is where Nursing Informatics comes in.              

Data analysis is one of the multiple reasons for Nursing Informaticists – to get the clinical data into electronic format to analyze and interpret the trends to improve care delivery. On a paper record, it is labor intensive and difficult to look at the trends in a patient’s health. Ultimately, electronic health records are a means to improve patient care.               

There are a multitude of benefits from informatics, and saving money is not excluded. With the electronic health records, patient information can be instantly available for all involved healthcare professionals. This optimizes patient care and decreases miscommunications that lead to unnecessary spending and errors.            

Before the electronic health record, an individual could potentially walk away with a medical record. With informatics and the electronic health records, there are stringent rules of security for the developed systems to house the information – password protection, encrypted information and multiple layers of firewalls.   

The Doswell endowment envisioned the future of TWU to be a forefront for Nursing Informatics, but also in support all of the clinical areas – Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nutrition, etc. Tietze added: “All of those disciplines are staring to use informatics, so we are not isolating this role, but we are integrating and welcoming other disciplines. Our core mission for the endowed chair is nursing, but it is delivered best by inclusion of other disciplines with an interprofessional approach.”             

Tietze earned her Doctorate in Nursing from TWU in 2002, has been an associate professor at TWU since 2010 and the program director for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Interprofessional Informatics since 2013.

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