Health care informatics leaders bring expertise to new STTI book

Experts explain importance, provide guidance for future of burgeoning health care informatics industry

INDIANAPOLIS — Since the 2009 passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, health care providers across America have begun to adopt electronic health records (EHRs), creating a rapidly growing need for health care informatics resources and expertise.

Mastering Informatics: A Healthcare Handbook for Success,a new book published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), not only provides helpful guidance in understanding informatics, but also offers continuing nursing education (CNE) credit, making it both a helpful career resource and an imperative professional development tool for nurses specializing in informatics.

With increasing adoption of EHRs, the need for informatics resources has also increased. Many nursing and clinical informaticists transitioned into their positions from superuser roles during or after a system implementation.

“These informatics workers possess ‘on the job’ experience but lack the applied science that currently exists in the field of informatics,” said one of the book’s authors, Patricia P. Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS. “Since informatics has evolved into a specialty that possesses a unique body of knowledge backed by science, the book will provide an essential guide to surviving in many of these new and emerging roles in health care informatics.”

Increasingly, nursing students find that they are required to pass an informatics class in order to graduate. As these new informaticists continue to develop the growing field, it is important to be sure that they have all the necessary tools.

In Mastering Informatics, experts Sengstack and Charles Boicey, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, present key informatics concepts to help readers increase knowledge and expertise. The authors begin with the phases of the system development lifecycle (SDLC): planning and analysis, design and usability, testing, training, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation. This overview provides informatics nurses, physicians, pharmacists, dentists, dietitians, and other clinical professionals with a solid foundation of knowledge, positioning them for success within any clinical system.

Mastering Informatics is the first health care informatics text to offer real-life experiences and strategies instead of relying solely on theories and models. The book demonstrates the importance of health care informatics in the present and future.

A companion CNE course (30.6 CNE contact hours) for Mastering Informatics is also available. The book and online course, Mastering Informatics Companion CNE, will prepare nurses for the American Nurses Credentialing Center board certification exam in nursing informatics.  Each book contains a one-time use coupon code allowing readers to purchase the course for US $50 (regularly priced US $250).

Mastering Informatics: A Healthcare Handbook for Success
Authors: Patricia Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS; Charles Boicey, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Published by STTI, 2015
ISBN-13: 9781938835667
EPUB ISBN: 9781938835674
PDF ISBN: 9781938835681
MOBI ISBN: 9781938835698
Price: US $59.95
Soft Cover, 480 pages
Trim size: 73/8 x 91/8

About the authors

Patricia P. Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, is the chief nursing informatics officer for the Bon Secours Health System. She serves on the curriculum advisory board for the University of Maryland’s Nursing Informatics program and is an informatics lecturer at Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing at both the master’s and doctoral levels. She is the president of the American Nursing Informatics Association and has served on its board of directors since 2012.

Charles M. Boicey, MS, RN-BC, PMP, CLNC, CPHIMS, is the enterprise analytics architect for Stony Brook Medicine. He is the vice president of the American Nursing Informatics Association and has served on its board of directors since 2010. He was a founding member of the team that developed the Health and Human Services award-winning application MappyHealth, and he developed Saritor, which is a novel big data health care data platform for advanced health care analytics.


The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 130,000 members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. STTI’s 499 chapters are located at 695 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at