The book in front of you arose from a collaboration among nursing informatics experts from research, education and practice settings, from eighteen countries, and from varying levels of expertise – those beginning to forge new frontiers in connected health and those who helped form the discipline. Having participated in several NI post conferences before, each time it is a great pleasure to work in this condensed format of preparing viewpoints, discussing them in person, organizing them into chapters, and then producing the wealth of information into a fine book.
We would like to thank all the participants who attended the NI 2016 Post Conference, as well as all the authors and co-authors who participated but did not attend, for their significant contributions to this NI 2016 Post Conference Proceedings. We appreciate each and every one of you for your time and talent in adding to the wealth of information in this book.
In addition, Patrick Weber must be acknowledged and thanked as organizer of NI 2016, the NI 2016 Post conference, and for his assistance in editing all of the chapters to make them consistent and meet the publisher's requirements.
We are hopeful that this book will help forecast and define the informatics competencies for nurses in practice, and as such, help outline the requirements for informatics training in nursing programs around the world. We are further hopeful that this content will help shape the nursing practice that will exist in the future of connected health, when we believe that practice and technology will be inextricably intertwined. As you read about the concept of Connected Health in this book, consider the wise words from Virginia Henderson to “preserve the essence of nursing in a technological age.”
Please be inspired by this book and let it help you achieve the best care possible using health informatics solutions.
Judy Murphy, William Goossen, Patrick Weber