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Data-intensive nursing: developing trust, connecting care and involving patients, families and carers

A new role is emerging for nurses as digital advocates for patients, say Mary Tully and Iain Buchan
Data intensive

A new role is emerging for nurses as digital advocates for patients, say Mary Tully and Iain Buchan

The healthcare sector cannot just continue to do ‘business as usual’. Demands for care are escalating beyond resources in most communities, in which increasing numbers of people are living longer with multiple long-term conditions.

Therefore, healthcare is an important target for digital transformation, a term used by industry to describe the reconfiguration of services through data and digital technologies. It is doing business differently rather than simply computerising old ways of working.

Every week, technology companies announce more initiatives to assist patients and healthcare professionals by using artificial intelligence (AI) to turn ubiquitous data into actionable information. This is promising but challenging, not least in terms of earning the trust of patients and the public that personal data will be used properly.

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