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The Emergence of a Learning Healthcare System

MASON, ALISON RICH MS, RN; BARTON, AMY J. PhD, RN, FAAN

Section Editor(s): Barton, Amy J. PhD, RN, FAAN; Thompson, Teri L. PhD, CPNP, FNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e3182776dcb
Departments: Information Technology and the Clinical Nurse Specialist

A learning healthcare system has emerged as a means of addressing the need to move evidence to the bedside in a manner that is meaningful and efficacious. The advent of electronic healthcare records has translated to massive quantities of clinical data; a learning healthcare system coupled with locally derived clinical rules will push practice-based evidence to the point of care where its application will mean improved quality and patient outcomes.

Author Affiliations: Clinical Process Manager (Ms Mason), Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colorado; and Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs (Dr Barton), College of Nursing, University of Colorado–Denver, Centennial.

No funding was received from any of the following organizations: National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and other(s).

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Amy J. Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Colorado–Denver, 13120 E 19th Ave, Room 3216, Mail Stop C288-5, PO Box 6511, Aurora, CO 80045 (amy.barton@ucdenver.edu).

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