Mollie R. Cummins, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Curriculum Vitae

  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics Resrch
  • Presidential Scholar
  • Associate Dean for Research and the PhD Program, College Of Nursing


Research Summary

Poison Control - Emergency Department Electronic Information Exchange, Predictive modeling of poison control outcomes, Using data mining methods to enable epidemiological study of medical unexplained syndromes

Research Statement

My research interests relate to leveraging data for improved efficiency, communication, and decision making in health care. I developed a model for bidirectional electronic communication and information sharing across organizational boundaries using existing health information exchange technology. Currently, I'm studying the outcomes of implementing this model to support communication and collaboration between emergency departments and poison control centers for treatment of poison exposed patients. My work reflects an interdisciplinary approach to studying problems in informatics and I collaborate extensively with colleagues at the Utah Poison Control Center. One of my studies related to health information exchange between emergency departments and poison control centers was featured in a 2014 AHRQ video found here.

I also have expertise in data mining methods as an approach to leverage "big data" for decision making and insight in heatlhcare, and I'm currently using these methods to develop predictive models in conjunction with two Department of Veterans Affairs funded studies. Engaged in both clinical informatics and applied analytics, I'm keenly interested in the Institute of Medicine's learning health system vision. My long-term goal is to innovate information management for poisoning toward a learning health system model that brings together population health, individual patient care, and scientific discovery.

Research Keywords

  • Poison Control, Interest Level: 4
  • Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Interest Level: 5
  • Information Technology, Interest Level: 5
  • Informatics, Interest Level: 5
  • Health Information Exchange Networks, Interest Level: 5
  • Health Care Policy/Health Care Systems, Interest Level: 4
  • Electronic information exchange, Interest Level: 5
  • Data Mining, Interest Level: 5
  • Nursing and Health Informatics, Interest Level: 3
  • Nursing Informatics, Interest Level: 3
  • Neural Networks (Computer), Interest Level: 3

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Electronic Exchange of Poisoning Information. PI: Mollie R. Cummins. Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, 09/30/2013 - 09/29/2018. Total project budget to date: $1,224,994.00
  • Current Evidence and Early Warning Indicators of Homelessness Risk Among Veterans. PI: Adi Gundlapalli. Department of Veterans Affairs HSR&D, 11/01/2013 - 10/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Supporting Continuity of Care for Poisonings with Electronic Information Exchange. PI: M. Poynton. Co-PI(s): B.Crouch, P. Gesteland. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 03/01/2010 - 02/28/2012. Total project budget to date: $272,662.00
  • Predictive modeling of caller adherence to poison control center recommendations. PI: Ellington, L. Co-PI(s): Poynton, M., Crouch, B.I., Caravati, E.M.. National Institutes of Health, 08/01/2007 - 07/31/2011. Total project budget to date: $1,126,041.00
  • PRISMS Informatics Platform-Federated Integration Platform. PI: Sward, Katherine. Co-PI(s): Facelli, Julio. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, 10/01/2015 - 09/30/2018. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science . PI: Dere, Willard and Byington, Carrie. NCATS, 01/2013 - 01/2018. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Basic Agreement 11RT0150: Syndrome Surveillance Tools. PI: Stephane Meystre. Co-PI(s): Mollie Cummins, Yarden Livnat, Scott Duvall. Department of Veterans Affairs, 09/01/2011 - 08/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $1,578,842.00
  • Electronic exchange of poison control center data and information in support of population health: A preliminary requirements analysis. PI: Poynton, M.R. Co-PI(s): Crouch, B.I., Gesteland, H.P.. College of Nursing Research Committee, 03/01/2009 - 12/31/2009. Total project budget to date: $5,000.00

More Information

AHRQ video about our work related to health information exchange between emergency departments and poison control centers.