A Message from Our President Karen Bavuso RN, MSN


So if it is February in New England, then spring cannot be that far away! That also means NENIC is getting ready for our winter/spring education and networking event and our annual symposium!

We are happy to announce that Mark Sugrue MSN, RN, FHIMSS, CPHIMS (CNIO, Lahey Medical Center) will be our speaker at the Winter/ Spring Event (date/location tbd). He will be presenting Driving Analytics to the Point of Care as well as bringing us updates from HIMSS17. We are finalizing a date and location to host our speaker but you can be assured this activity will be submitted to Boston Children’s Hospital, our joint provider,  for approval to award contact hours. 

In addition, we are getting ready for our 15th Annual Symposium (May 12, 2017)  – Trends in Clinical Informatics: A Nursing Perspective! This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Jane Englebright PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN who will bring us best practices from HCA on optimizing clinical documentation and practice after an EHR implementation. In addition, Marcie Brostoff MS, RN, NE-BC (Boston Children’s Hospital), Sarah Collins, PhD, RN (Partners), Andrew Phillips PhD, RN (MGH-IHP) and others will also be providing updates on best practices and examples of nurses are transforming patient care with informatics. Register here!

The annual symposium’s call for participation has gone out,  so be sure to consider, or encourage others, to submit their work, research and innovations. Click here to submit your poster idea(s)!

Dr. Patricia Brennan, director of the National Library of Medicine, will be speaking at Boston College on March 27, 2017. Dean Susan Gennaro PhD, RN, FAAN has extended an invitation to the NENIC community so register soon and give Dr. Brennan a warm New England welcome! Register here.

Congratulate Dr. Patricia Dykes PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI on being recently awarded the awarded the Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) for her contributions to the field. 

Finally, enjoy this link to our Fall Education and Networking event – The lecture Denise Goldsmith MS, MPH, RN, FAAN and I presented - Nursing Clinical Decision Support: Governance, Life Cycle and Implementation at the Bedside this past November.  (CE was only available on the evening of the presentation.) There are many more presentations in our members only section and  Innovation Library.

There is a lot going on in our community. We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing your news!

Karen Bavuso RN, MSN and the NENIC Education and Development Committee



Education and Innovations

NENIC is thrilled to offer video recordings from past Education and Development programs to our members.
If you are interested in reviewing only the slide presentations, please visit our Innovation Library for past NENIC program offerings and poster abstracts.

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NENIC Membership Spotlight 


This spotlight showcases NENIC’s greatest resource—its members. Each profile highlights the diversity of experiences, skills, and knowledge of our membership: the student, the manager, and the those at just the beginning of their careers.

Pat Rubalcaba is the Associate Director, IS Clinical Systems at Partners Healthcare in Boston, MA.  In this role, she leads a diverse team focused on enterprise integration and clinical systems development.

Her career at Partners Information Systems began in 1991, when she was hired by MGH Information Systems as a Clinical Analyst, where she worked on multiple IT initiatives. When Partners was formed, Pat joined the Enterprise Services Department, and began to lead a team responsible for creation of the Partners Clinical Data Repository. Since that time, her responsibilities have grown to include additional key integration assets; the Enterprise Patient Master Index (EMPI), and the Corporate Provider Master (CPM). In addition, she oversees the SOA Program, which established a widely used means of accessing patient data residing in the multiple clinical repositories.    

The Clinical Data Repository is a large-scale enterprise repository, developed internally, consisting of laboratory, pathology, and other clinical data, populated in real-time by HL7 interfaces from multiple laboratory and other source systems.Pat’s leadership in developing the CDR has given her an appreciation for the complexities of clinical data integration, and experience in solving related issues that arise.    

Pat’s interests also include Health Information Exchange, and its role in supporting continuity of patient care.She and her team developed the Partners gateway to connect to the MA HIway, and the related processes required to send and receive clinical data.

Pat is an RN, currently licensed in MA, and holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University.

Thank you Pat for sharing your story!  

If you would like to propose we profile a member, please contact  Director of Marketing and Communication or Director of Membership/Recruiting.