Dedicated to teaching the application of big data within nursing
Makes extensive use of illustrations to expand on key thematic points
Contextualizes strategies for effective modern nursing practice
Provides a strategic study of the use of big data across healthcare
Historically, nursing, in all of its missions of research/scholarship, education and practice, has not had access to large patient databases. Nursing consequently adopted qualitative methodologies with small sample sizes, clinical trials and lab research. Historically, large data methods werelimited to traditional biostatical analyses. In the United States, large payer data has been amassed and structures/organizations have been created to welcome scientists to explore these large data to advance knowledge discovery. Health systems electronic health records (EHRs) havenow matured to generate massive databases with longitudinal trending. This text reflects how the learning health system infrastructure is maturing, and being advanced by health information exchanges (HIEs) with multiple organizations blending their data, or enabling distributed computing. It educates the readers on the evolution of knowledge discovery methods that span qualitative as well as quantitative data mining, including the expanse of data visualization capacities, are enabling sophisticated discovery. New opportunities for nursing and call for new skills in researchmethodologies are being further enabled by new partnerships spanning all sectors.
Five editors are national and international experts in nursing & health informatics, representing all sectors including health systems, corporate and vendors, academia, policy, and professional associations. All invited authors are recognized experts.