Nursing Knowledge and the 2017 Big Data Science Summit: Power of Partnership, Imaging, Impact

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The 2017 Big Data Science Summit marked the fifth consecutive year that a committed community of nursing leaders from all sectors met with experts across interprofessional practice, education, policy, and industry to share impact and envision even bolder futures for health and healthcare. Participants are consistently energized by the shared vision of better health outcomes resulting from the standardization and integration of the information nurses gather in electronic health records and other information systems, and contextual data, including environmental, geographical, behavioral, imaging, and more. The participants and work group members are energized by knowing these visions for sharable and comparable data will lead to breakthroughs for the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
The fifth annual Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science Conference brought together more than 150 professionals from academia, practice, research, information technology, and health systems and standards organizations from across the nation. Similar to past years, the conference also convened active work groups that met throughout the year to advance multiple aspects of the National Action Plan for advancing nursing knowledge.
Conference participants share a goal of achieving health improvements and efficiencies that will come from ensuring that nursing data are captured in electronic health records and other sources and that the data are available in sharable and comparable formats supporting useful, actionable insights by clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and patients.
The preconference offered participants expertise and discussions in three tracks: clinical decision support and quality reporting, care coordination, and big data research. Within each of these tracks, presentations focused on the health policy issues, essential data to support nurses and interprofessional partners, and exemplars of successful implementations.
Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, FAAN, PMP, chief nursing officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services, delivered an inspiring keynote address. She stressed that nurses and informaticists must recognize the importance of adopting widely accepted standardized languages and software systems. Thomas Clancy, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, presented a look into the future of healthcare based on emerging technology, Internet of Things, and the use of robotics in care delivery. He stressed the importance for nurses to inform the design of these technologies, especially robotics and data capture, to ensure patient safety and outcomes.
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