What happens when there is an urgent widespread need for knowledge in clinical practice? We saw the answer to this question during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, when little was initially known about the novel virus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease. The situation was compounded by the highly infectious nature of the virus. As clinicians and scientists scrambled for answers, information was quickly developing in relevance, accuracy, and abundance, and it kept changing. This column of Technology Today provides insights into technology that enabled the harnessing and updating of rapidly evolving evidence; this technology enhanced the translation of new knowledge into nursing practice, leading to improvements in patient outcomes.

Relevant to this topic is a previous Technology Today column published in 2016 on cognitive technologies. Cognitive technologies were described as the differentiator in the digital age for mental work, enabling...

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