Where technology and nursing intersect!

The Clinical Nurse Informaticist (CNI) team consists of specialized, board-certified, registered nurses who have acquired the knowledge of connecting the science of information systems to patient care. UCSF CNIs support all nurses across UCSF Health: Parnassus Heights, Mount Zion, Mission Bay, and Oakland. The CNIs provide support to patients and families by supporting the nurses who care for them.

The CNI role focuses on the relationship between direct care nurses and information technology (IT) teams within the health system. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve in this digital age, the CNI role has become a requisite within the healthcare delivery organizations to support nurses’ effective use of clinical information systems in their practice.

CNIs require a solid technical understanding and background, broad expertise in nursing practice and clinical workflows, and strong organizational skills. To ensure that clinical nurses’ needs are met, CNIs maintain a close connection with direct caregivers to assess technologies and workflows by evaluating feasibility, design, usability, and employing implementation best practices. CNIs also participate in system testing, education and training, implementation, post-implementation evaluation and benefits realization. Well-informed decisions for technology selections with strong nursing input and training is paramount to the success of the implementation, as well as continued sustainability. Together, the CNIs, with the analysts and training team, continue to grow and evolve towards streamlined technology for safer, innovative patient and family care systems.

Our Teammates

Kay Burke, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

Chief Nursing Informatics Officer

Kate Finch, MSN, RN

Director of Nursing Informatics

Jennifer Corbell, BSN, RN

Clinical Nurse Informaticist

Janelle del Rosario Aguila

Janelle del Rosario Aguila, MSN, RN, PHN​​​​​​

Interim Clinical Nurse Informaticist

Craig M. Johnson, RN-BC, MSN, FNP

Clinical Nurse Informaticist

Amy Kangwankij, BSN, RN

Clinical Nurse Informaticist

Natalia Kelley

Natalia Kelley, MSN, RN-BC

Clinical Nurse Informaticist

Roseanne (Rosie) Krauter, FNP-BC, CORLN

Associate Director of Advanced Practice Providers and Clinical Informatics

Amy Kalea Kuwata, MSN, RN-BC, CNS

Clinical Nurse Informaticist

Jennifer Leos, MSN, RN-BC, PHN, CPHIMS

Clinical Nurse Informaticist

Ijeoma Aylor, DNP, RN, RN-BC

Clinical Informaticist, Rehab Services

Katie O'Connor, RN, BSN, OCN

Clinical Nurse Informaticist

Kristen Rhinehart, MSN, RN, CNOR

Director, Perioperative Informatics

Lisa Sikora, MSHI, BSN, RN

Clinical Nurse Informaticist

Tip Tilton, MSN, RN

Clinical Nurse Informaticist







Click to watch: Rover at XGM

Clinical Nurse Informaticist, Jennifer Leos, shares UCSF's experience with rapid mobile implementation of Rover at Epic's XGM conference in April 2021. Registration may be required.

Click to watch: Nursing Informatics at Nursing Grand Rounds

The Nursing Informatics team presented at the Nursing Grand Rounds in June 2021 to share with the audience more information about what nursing informatics entails, professional organizations that guide the field, teammates, areas they support, and Clinical Nurse Informaticist (CNI) skills. 

Click to watch: University of California, San Francisco CNO & Informatics Nurse on COVID-19 Crisis

Kay Burke, CNIO and Jennifer Leos, CNI share COVID-19 learnings from UCSF Health with Cheryl Parker, ANIA 2020 National President. 

Click to watch: Rover at HIMSS

Clinical Nurse Informaticist, Jennifer Leos, shares UCSF's experience with deploying Epic Rover with Scandit barcode scanning SDK on nurses' iphones. Registration may be required.

Melody Haworth (mentee) and Craig Johnson (Clinical Nurse Informaticist and mentor) presented their project, To Share is to Care: Standardizing Handover and Rounding Electronically, at the 2020 Clinical InQuERI Conference.

Kay Burke, CNIO, participated in a panel discussion at ShareCase and spoke about supporting diversity and inclusion in technology.


UCSF Clinical Nurse Informaticists shared efforts to improve the discharge process with attendees at Epic's 2019 UGM Conference. 



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