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After obtaining her degree at Sahlgrenska School of Nursing in Goteborg, Sweden, Dr. Margareta Ehnfors spent almost 20 years as Deputy Principal of Studies in the School of Caring Sciences, Vanersborg University College. She then returned to obtain her doctorate in nursing research at Uppsala University and has been a member of the faculty at Orebro University since that time. Professor Ehnfors is a leader in the medical informatics field in Sweden, Europe, and internationally. Her publications about nursing terminology began with a 1991 study of the content of Swedish medical records and culminated with a proposed model, known as VIPs, for capturing the content of care processes in Swedish health care records. The VIPs model has been translated for use in several European and Nordic countries, and its adoption is accompanied by a research and evaluation focus to understand its validity, impact, and importance to care quality. Dr. Ehnfors has served as Swedish representative to IMIA's Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group since 1997 and to the international standards in nursing work group within the International Standards Organization (ISO). She is an active member of IMIA's nursing concept representation group, an invitee of the annual International Nursing Terminology Summit, and a member of the Evaluation Committee of the International Council of Nurses. She is also an accomplished informatics educator, having successfully competed for funding to establish a multidisciplinary doctoral informatics program at Orebro University, and she has received awards from international societies for her informatics distance-learning course. Dr. Ehnfors is contributing significantly to informatics in Sweden and beyond by conducting seminal research on representing nursing care in patient records, by contributing to the international informatics literature, by participating actively in European standards work, and by establishing doctoral education for medical informatics in a multidisciplinary university environment in Sweden.


The American College of Medical Informatics

ACMI is a college of elected Fellows from the U.S. and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics. It is the central body for a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to advancing the informatics field.

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