Original ArticlesThe Evolution of the New Provider Team Driving Cultural Change Through DataAnen, Trish MBA, RN, NEA-BC; McElroy, Debra MPH, RNAuthor Information Illinois Health & Hospital Association, Chicago, Illinois (Ms Anen); and Vizient, Chicago, Illinois (Ms McElroy). Correspondence: Debra McElroy, MPH, RN, Vizient, 155 N. Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Ms Anen is the executive sponsor and cofounder of the Center for Advancing Provider Practices (CAP2). Ms McElroy is the cofounder of CAP2. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Nursing Administration Quarterly: January/March 2017 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 4-10 doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000202 Buy Metrics Abstract Nursing executives are continually challenged to address a rapidly evolving health care system. Every aspect of care delivery is being scrutinized, yet the constant requirement remains assurance of high-quality, highly reliable care that is cost-effective and easily accessible. The nursing workforce remains visible in traditional roles as well as in new and innovative capacities, whereas nurse executives experience expanded realms of focus and responsibility. As health systems continue to adapt to the changing environment, the ability to leverage the role and scope of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) as a health care provider is emerging as an essential business and care strategy. While the APRN role is more commonly accepted in primary care, ambiguity persists in how to best use the role along the continuum of care to achieve the cost-effective solutions required in today's health care environment. Successful health care systems of today and tomorrow are those that act boldly in a strategic direction. Data-driven decision making is key to meaningful change, whether clinical or operational. The need to develop high-functioning, integrated provider teams is apparent and immediate. Nurse executives and their nursing leadership colleagues must lead with evidence in hand to create infrastructures that support true integration, optimization, and engagement of all members of the provider team to better serve our patients and communities. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.