NIDSECNursing Information and Data Set Evaluation Center (Washington, DC)
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RESOLVED, that the Iowa Nurses Association supports the American Nurses Association to ensure the Electronic Health Record contain the Nursing Minimum data Set with functions to meet the requirements of the NIDSEC standards to support a safe and quality nursing practice, and be it further
The American Nurses' Association established NIDSEC, the Nursing Information and Data Set Evaluation Center, to establish criteria for rating the extent to which information systems support nursing practice documentation.
NIDSEC's key evaluation factors include the following:
To obtain more information about NIDSEC standards and evaluation, go to and type NIDSEC into the search field.
Ask the vendor whether their product is NIDSEC certified?
In addition to applying the NIDSEC guidelines, consider the following questions pertaining to clinical documentation.
The Nursing Information and Data Set Evaluation Center (NIDSEC) was established by the American Nurses Association (ANA) to create and disseminate standards for information systems.
NIDSEC's standards and scoring follow the model from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which consists of standards with specific parameters, each of which is rated on a Likert-type scale.
NIDSEC evaluates the nomenclature an information system uses in this way:
According to NIDSEC, the data set should map an ANA-recognized nomenclature to an appropriate external nomenclature (for example, NANDA to SNOMED, NIC to CPT-4, etc.), and/or local terms to an appropriate ANA-recognized nomenclature.
NIDSEC says "...ideally, an ANA-recognized nomenclature is used in its entirety.
In addressing this criterion, it is important to be familiar with NIDSEC's Dimension #3.