ICN Announces Agreement with MNI for use of International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) in software
01 November 2006
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Geneva, Switzerland, 1 November 2006 - The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has agreed terms with Medicos Na Internet (MNI) to incorporate the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) into its software products. The use of ICNP® in MNI software supports the vision of ICNP® to be an integral part of the global information infrastructure enlightening health care practice and policy for improved patient care worldwide.

"This type of partnership with industry is important to advance use of the ICNP® in nursing practice," explained Judith Oulton, ICN's Chief Executive Officer. "Using ICNP® will provide data to support clinical, administrative and policy decision-making, thus enhancing the safety and quality of care to patients and families. With the current shortage of human resources in health care, there is an urgent need to understand and evaluate how nursing practice impacts patient outcomes."

ICNP® is a unified nursing language system that provides terminology for nurses to document their practice. It provides an international standard to facilitate description and comparison of data across specialities, health delivery settings, client populations, geographic regions and languages.

MNI joins national nurses associations, health ministries, researchers, private industry, health terminology developers and other industry partners who aim to improve the health of individuals, families and communities wherever nurses deliver nursing care.

Editor's Note
1. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of 129 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN is the international voice of nursing and works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.

2. Medicos Na Internet (MNI), based in Porto, Portugal, is the parent company of ALERT Life Sciences Computing, Inc., headquartered in Virginia, USA, which has developed a suite of clinical software applications called ALERT®. ALERT® has several product offerings for hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergency departments, operating rooms and private physician offices.ALERT® uses the latest industry standards, such as HL7, LOINC, SNOMED CT, ICD9, DICOM, ICPC2 and ICNP® and complies with Integrating the Healthcare Initiative (IHE).

3. For further information contact Linda Carrier-Walker
Tel: +41 22 908 0100
Fax: +41 22 908 0101
Email: carrwalk@icn.ch
ICN Website: www.icn.ch 

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