The Academy Fellows Office is pleased to announce the revival of its Informatics Work Group, joining the list of 18 current discipline-specific and interdisciplinary Academy Sections and work groups.  

The work group will serve as a networking and collaboration hub for the informatics community, with a goal of hosting events and conferences and the potential to conduct collaborative research in the future.

Edmund J. Y. Pajarillo, PhD, RN BC, CPHQ, NEA-BC, Associate Professor at the Adelphi University College of Nursing & Public Health, is among the Fellows leading the development of this work group. Dr. Pajarillo holds a PhD in information studies, served as Associate Dean of Rutgers College of Nursing for six years, and currently conducts research on the information behavior of nurses, with a focus on the topics of leadership, mentorship, and patient safety.

Dr. Pajarillo joined the Academy in 2015 and discovered while attending a Fellows open house event that there was a demand among Fellows for networking and information sharing within the informatics community.

“Technology changes rapidly based on what’s demanded from the health care settings,” Dr. Pajarillo said. “They notice a lot of manual processes that aren’t working, so they convert them into systems. It’s really so stressful and labor intensive. If we have a network spearheaded by the Academy, we hope we can support each other through sharing our experiences and hope we can catch up more quickly.”

“With the growing importance of informatics in health and health care, this is a perfect time for Academy Fellows to actively engage in the issue,” said Academy Executive Vice President Anthony Shih, MD.

If you are interested in becoming involved with this work group, please contact Donna Fingerhut at dfingerhut@nyam.org.