In the first episode of 2022, the Accelerate Health team again turns the microphone over to a guest host for the second installment of our three-part series on Nursing Informatics. In this episode, Regina Wysocki, Senior Clinical Informatics Specialist at Texas Children's Hospital and member of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee interviews her colleague Kaitlin Perera, a Clinical Informatics Specialist at Texas Children's.
Kaitlin tells us about her journey from nursing into the informatics specialty, and tells a tale relatable to many IT professionals: an interest and knack for using technology helped her become a super-user of a new system, and that first step opened up a whole new career path.
Kaitlin talks about her first-hand experience with some of the core issues facing clinicians, including moving between hospitals that use different EHRs and losing accumulated super-user experience and the efficiency that it brings. Later in the interview, Regina and Kaitlin discuss continuing education and how there comes a level in one's career where some advanced training or an advanced degree in informatics becomes a requirement.
Finally, the interview explores a bit about how individuals can help drive change within an organization and how technology is becoming pervasive in healthcare and is increasingly at the center of the care experience.