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Creating an Enabling Information Technology Infrastructure

Barton, Amy J. PhD, RN, FAAN

Section Editor(s): Barton, Amy J. PhD, RN, FAAN; Column Editor

Clinical Nurse Specialist:
doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000023
DEPARTMENTS: Information Technology and the Clinical Nurse Specialist

An enabling information technology platform is required to transform the healthcare system to one that is focused on improving value for patients. The key attributes of this platform are that it is patient centered, uses common data definitions, includes all types of patient data, is accessible to everyone involved in care of the patient, includes templates and experts systems, and is structured to facilitate information extraction. These attributes are described within the context of clinical nurse specialist practice.

Author Information

Author Affiliation: Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs, College of Nursing, University of Colorado, Aurora.

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Amy J. Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, University of Colorado, 7983 S Trenton St, Centennial, CO 80112 (

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