Whether you are a registered nurse, an advanced practice registered nurse, nurse manager, director, or chief nursing officer, you most likely have been using some form of analytics to improve patient care and outcomes. Is it sufficient? Are the analytics you are using today transforming nursing care or are they promoting incremental, albeit important, improvements?

Look around you at all of the technology in your work setting from infusion pumps to patient monitoring systems, point-of-care laboratory systems, electric beds, electronic health records (EHRs), smartphones, and more. What’s happening to the enormous amounts of data being generated by these diverse technologies, and what should be happening? How do we combine these data with data from other sources, including genomic data and patient-generated health data?

This Technology Today column is intended to provide initial answers to these questions, taking current data analytics to a new...

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