No problem, glad to be of assistance.
FYI: Connie is the chairperson for the NIWG (Nursing Informatics Working Group) of AMIA The American Medical Informatics Association. "ANIA" the American Nursing Informatics Association is a different organization. You will find that there are multiple regional and national NI organizations. In fact one of the most recent and ongoing debates within this specialty has been whether or not there is a need for one organization that speaks for all of NI, similiar to ANA.
NIWG-AMIA is known for its academic focus.
"Is there any way I can get a standalone downloadable version of one of them just to understand the basics?"
Common HISs such as those from Meditech, Cerner, McKesson, Eclipsys, Epic etc do not come as "standalone downloadable" versions. The file size alone of these systems would prohibit that. Within an institution these sytems run on AS400 or client server type boxes/servers.
Remember these are hospital informations systems not just relational databases or office programs.
I'm not sure what "basics" you would be attempting to understand by viewing. Each of the above vendors products is different. Maybe how each system handles the flow and processing of information throughout an organization? This type of access of the above vendors products is not common unless you work in an institution that has the product, (remember confidentiality and security of patient specific info) work for the vendor or are on the system selection team at an organization. I'm sure part of this is that the vendors want to protect their product and its functionality from being copied/duplicated etc
You wrote that you are in nursing school. Some SON have access to the test environments of an affiliated hospital's information system.
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Thankyou for responding to my question. I would specifically like to enter the Clincial Informatics field and not just general Health/Bio Informatics. I think it would be better to practice in a clinical setting first. Nursing was my choice since becoming a doctor or PA would take a LOT longer.
From my previous experiences I've realized that to be successful in any area of IT you need to have a thorough knowledge of the product you work on. It is easy to be detached and just concentrate on the IT part but you cannot be as effective as you go further along. I also feel that practicing medicine in any capacity is emotionally rewarding.
I did get in touch with ANIA(American Nurses Informatics Association) and got some valuable input form its chairperson Connie Delaney. I think this chat forum will give me a lot of info. I will follow your advice and get some input from informaticists in the local area.
I've heard that Cerner and Meditech are products that widely used in the healthcare setting. Is there any way I can get a standalone downloadable version of one of them just to understand the basics?
Thank you much Angela