NIDSEC Standards draft for public review and comments

Specialties Informatics


An opportunity to give some feedback!

Please go to

to retrieve and review the draft NIDSEC standards posted for public comment.

This is an opportunity for Informatics Nurses (and others) to comment on these Guidelines, which are used to evaluate computer systems for their ability to support Nursing Practice. The Guidelines are an excellent resource for Informatics Nurses in helping to understand what should be required of a vendor when selecting a system for Nursing.


In December 1995, the ANA Board of Directors approved the establishment of the Nursing Information and Data Set Evaluation Center (NIDSEC). These standards are used in the ANA recognition program of information systems that support nursing practice

The NIDSEC originated from a proposal by a joint Task Force appointed by the Congress of Nursing Practice Steering Committee on Databases to Support Clinical Nursing Practice and the Congress of Nursing Practice Committee on Nursing Practice Standards and Guidelines.

Guidelines and Standards of Care:

NIDSEC has developed standards to evaluate four dimensions of nursing data sets and the systems that contain them.

Nomenclature (the terms used)

ANA Recognized Classification Systems:


Nursing Interventions Classification System/Nursing Outcomes Classification System

Nursing Management Minimum Data Set

Home Health Care Classifications

Omaha System

Patient Care Data Set

Perioperative Nursing Dataset


Clinical Content(the "linkages" among terms),

Clinical Data Repository (how the data are stored and made accessible for retrieval), and

General System Characteristics (such as performance and attention to security and confidentiality).

The Standards follow the model of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).


Please go to

to retrieve and review the draft NIDSEC standards posted for public comment.

Then forward your recommendations to:

Carol Bickford [mailto:[email protected]]

by February 22, 2002. Feel free to have vendors, administrators, IS staff, and anyone with an interest provide comments. Input from international colleagues is welcome too!

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