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Nursing Informatics and Collaborative E-Health (NICE) Research Core

Understanding the Interactions of People, Technology, and Information to Improve the Health of Patients, Families, and Communities

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The Nursing Informatics and Collaborative E-Health (NICE) Research Core was established at the University of Colorado College of Nursing in November 2013 to increase informatics research capacity within the University of Colorado system and provide informatics consulting expertise to health-related projects in research and practice settings. The NICE Research goal is to understand the interactions of people, technology and information to improve the health of patients, families and communities. The NICE Research Core focuses on three components from the proposed nursing informatics model from the AMIA Nursing Informatics Working Group1 (Figure 1).

If you are interested in engaging NICE investigators about integrating informatics into your research or practice, please contact Blaine Reeder at  

NICE Services

NICE investigators can help you to

(1) Understand how people use information and technology to accomplish health-related work in clinical and non-clinical settings by engaging stakeholders to

  • Identify information needs

  • Characterize workflow

  • Evaluate usability, utility and acceptability of systems, technologies and  information

  • Design and develop novel technologies and data visualizations

(2) Understand the meaning of data from novel and existing multiple data sources through efforts to

  • Develop innovative methods to analyze and visualize large data sets

  • Create new strategies to integrate disparate data sources

  • Validate observed workflow through analysis of data captured by organizational information systems, such as electronic health records

  • Develop and analyze clinical, operational, and summary finance and discharge data to determine nursing or health system efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, performance, costs, quality, and outcomes of care

  • Create, test, and evaluate new statistical models for use real-time analysis of healthcare data to improve clinical, operational, and financial decision-making

  • Develop nursing performance and financial benchmarking tools

  • Create and utilize nursing business intelligence and analytics programs

  • Provide evidence-based nurse staffing and assignment data to improve patient outcomes of nursing care

Current NICE Projects

CUPID (CU Patient-Initiated Data system): Developing a large clinical and operational database for collaborative nursing analytics data research within a multi-hospital consortium. (Welton, Ozkaynak, Reeder)

Developing and testing a new model for costing inpatient nursing care based on electronic nurse staffing and assignment data (Welton, Ozkaynak)

In-home sensing technologies to support independent aging (Reeder, Ozkaynak, Welton)

Understanding workflow for anticoagulation management across clinical and non-clinical settings (Ozkaynak, Reeder)

Systematic review to identify IRB issues and challenges related to conducting multi-institute informatics studies (Reeder, Ozkaynak, Welton)

LITECap: Tools to support synthesis of evidence from scientific literature (Reeder, Ozkaynak, Welton)

NICE Investigators

John Welton

Dr. Welton’s research for the past two decades has focused on the nursing care system, costs, intensity, and value using existing large data sets.

Mustafa Ozkaynak

Dr. Ozkaynak’s research interests include social and organizational consequences of health information technologies.

Blaine Reeder

Dr. Reeder’s area of expertise is the design and evaluation of systems and technologies for use by older adults, health professionals and researchers.