Dr. Mollie Cummins, an Associate Professor of Nursing and Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at University of Utah, has been awarded $1.25 million to develop and study a health information exchange process between emergency departments and poison control centers. Poisoning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, and health care providers depend upon consultation by U.S. poison control centers in order to deliver optimal care. The five-year study is funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and will entail user-centered design of a process and tools to facilitate health information exchange to support decision making for poison exposed patients. The research team includes Dr. Guilherme Del Fiol and Dr. Scott Narus of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Barbara Crouch of the College of Pharmacy and Utah Poison Control Center, and Dr. Tom Greene of the Department of Internal Medicine. The study is a collaborative project involving the Utah Poison Control Center and Intermountain Healthcare.
Oct 11, 2013