Suzanne Bakken, RN, DNSc, FAAN, FACMI, Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Director, Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved at Columbia University School of Nursing presented the annual Sybil Palmer Bellos Lecture at Yale University School of Nursing on April 20, 2011. Her lecture was entitled, "Promoting the Health of the Public Through Informatics."
Bakken explained the importance of informatics for nursing. "We must pay very careful attention to usability issues.... We do have national agendas around health information technology and we have national agendas for health disparities. And I just don't think they're intersecting quite as much as they need to, to really think how to harness the power of information technology to truly improve the health of the public."
In response to a question about social networking, Bakken commented, "Technology does change. But the biggest mistake I see people make in their grants...is they take a very effective human-delivered intervention and hire a programmer to put it on the phone. And they don't think about...okay,what's the theoretical foundation of the intervention? And which features and functions of that technology are going to match up with that? So I can't just say, 'I'm doing self-determination theory, and I'm throwing this app on Facebook.'"
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