When I think about data, I am reminded of the Aesop fable about a miser who hides his gold by burying it in his backyard:

Data, like the miser’s gold, can be “buried” in numerous locations, with nurses spending hours manually inputting a large part of that “gold” into electronic health records. Nurses, similar to the miser continually digging up and reburying gold that he will never use, must ask themselves, “Are you working for your data, or are your data working for you?” In this column of Technology Today we look at the multiple facets of data in the digital age and highlight the implications for nursing.

Consider the following:

  • 2.5 quintillion bytes (ie, 2 500 000 000 000 000 000 bytes) of data are created every day.

  • 90% of the world’s data were created in the last 2...

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