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Nursing needs to embrace digital ways of working and forget tech prejudices

Harnessing 'big data' will help clinicians make safer, better choices, says NHS Digital chief nurse Anne Cooper

Harnessing 'big data' will help clinicians make safer, better choices, says NHS Digital chief nurse Anne Cooper

The rate of technological change in our world is rapid. Developments in mobile technology, electronic healthcare systems, our ability to use large amounts of data, the possibility of artificial intelligence and our use of IT to make clinical decisions are all evidence of this.

We need to consider our response to this phenomenon as a profession and as professional leaders. And, to make the best of emergent technology, we need to update our thinking so we can recognise its potential to support and transform how we work.

Patient power will change too, with patients able to access information we hold about them more easily, and contribute to records directly from devices and wearables. This creates new challenges in healthcare delivery.

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