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Fox Chase Cancer Center Creates Informatics RN Position and Promotes Internally

PHILADELPHIA (January 6, 2005) -- Richard Dyer, RN, BS, has been promoted to clinical informatics coordinator, a recent position developed by Fox Chase Cancer Center administration to unite clinical and information technology areas. The registered nurse informatics position is less than a year old.

Dyer's responsibilities will include system analysis, troubleshooting and maintaining select systems, and acting as a liaison between clinical software users and the information technology (IT) department. He will also plan for future IT projects, including the implementation of the new peri-operative computer systems. Currently, Dyer is under the tutelage of consultants working with three clinical information systems, Sorian, ProVation and PICIS.

"My job, in part, is to find out what the users want and need in a system and then report that back to the IT department," said Dyer. "This is a challenge, as each clinical area is unique, requiring different information and documentation capabilities."

When exploring the clinical informatics coordinator position, Fox Chase administration looked to promote a staff member with a strong clinical background. "Dyer possesses an strong clinical background, as well as a wealth of IT knowledge," said Joanne Hambleton RN, MSN, CNA, vice president of nursing and patient services. "These attributes will allow Dyer to help redefine the relationship between the two departments."

According to Dyer, the RN informatics coordinator role will continue to evolve, as the hospital and need for technology updates does. "Understanding both sides of the field will help meet the needs of all involved in a more time-efficient and realistic manner."

Dyer brought 12 years of nursing experience to Fox Chase when he joined the operating room (OR) staff in April 2004. In 2003, Dyer graduated from Temple University with a B.S. in Information Science and Technology. He received an Associate of Arts from Buck County Community College in nursing in 1992.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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