Published Date: October 10th 2021
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The term “informatics” was introduced in the 1960s in France. In 1974, at the first MEDINFO conference among 177 papers five of them were in nursing informatics, this is regarded as the beginning of the nursing informatics activities. The term nursing informatics was coined by Scholes and Barber in 1980. Nursing informatics has continuously evolved since it was formally recognized as a nursing specialty in 1992 by the American Nurses Association, and it has played an increasingly crucial role in delivering high quality nursing care, even in fighting against the COVID-19. With the rapid development of information technologies and the applications of medical information system, the society is becoming paperless; much research is also shared on online platforms. Statistics show that by 2026, there will be a 9% growth in the field of nursing informatics. The demand for informatics nurses is rising. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) 2020 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey showed an increase in respondents who have a master's degree or PhD in nursing informatics, and the role of nurse informaticists has expanded into many forms and functions in the past decades, including system educators, project architects, and analysts.