On behalf of the Scientific Program Committee, I extend a warm welcome to the IMIA-NI members, students, practitioners, informatics researchers, industry partners, and others interested in health and nursing informatics who are attending the NI 2021, 15th International Congress on Nursing Informatics.
NI 2021has been a long time in the planning. Originally planned to be held in 2020, the international year of the nurse and midwife, the conference with the theme of Nursing and Midwifery in the Digital Age aims to showcase achievements of nurses and midwives in the area of digital health. Unfortunately, as with many other aspects of our lives, the advent of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic resulted in the postponement of the NI 2020 conference. But we are now in the position to bring you NI 2021.
The mission of the Scientific Program Committee is to solicit for, evaluate and schedule NI 2021 conference program to be consistent with the goal of the IMIA-NI. The conference delay enabled us to hold two calls for submissions and because of the virtual nature of the conference we have been able to extend the conference to occur over nine days. Each day has a different theme including: Data analytics and the use of nursing data; System implementations and digital workplaces; Nursing information systems; Innovation and AI in nursing; Evidence based practice; Digital health nursing workforce development; International updates; Health policy, service delivery and ethics; and Patient participation and citizen involvement.
We received 437 submissions for papers, posters, case studies, panels, and workshops from more than 40 countries. Each submission was reviewed by three reviewers selected from a panel of experts. Reviewers’ feedback was provided to the authors and every effort was made to ensure the best submissions given the constraints of the conference timetable. In the end, a total of 212 submissions were selected for inclusion. The result of the Scientific Program Committee’s activity is reflected in the Conference Program and Proceedings. The proceedings contain 67 full papers, indexed in MEDLINE, and also workshop, panel, case study, and poster abstracts.
The Scientific Program Committee has prepared a wonderful program. We have 13 keynote speakers addressing the state-of-the-art for health and nursing informatics ranging from data, through healthcare delivery and policy, culminating in patient and citizen involvement in digital health. There are 198 pre-recorded paper, case study, and poster presentations, 8 panel discussions, 6 workshops, 1 fireside chat, available to attend. All content will be available online through the Global Showcase is a collection of papers, case study abstracts and posters curated into 10 channels that you can watch anytime.
I hope that all participants have the opportunity to learn from and network with others through keynotes, paper sessions, poster sessions, panel discussions, case study presentations and workshops and find new and exciting ideas to inspire them.
I am very grateful to the contributors for their contributions and the reviewers for providing expert reviews. I am especially grateful to the Scientific Program Committee, for their leadership and strong support, and to the AIDH Conference Team.
Elizabeth Cummings, PhD, RN, RM, FAIDH, Co-Chair Scientific Program Committee,
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Tasmania, Australia;
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada