Collins is uniquely qualified to be a nursing and informatics leader. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, minoring in healthcare management by way of a program at the Wharton School of Business. She then worked as an ICU nurse at some of our country’s finest hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Scripps Memorial. Collins notes, “During these experiences I observed how variability in our healthcare system, including the information systems, impacts the quality and safety of patient care.”
Determined to act on what she saw as a nurse, Collins pursued her PhD in Nursing Informatics and a Biomedical Informatics Research fellowship at New York’s Columbia University. She returned to Boston after graduating and took her current role at Partners HealthCare. Asked about her current work, Collins passionately describes 2 of her favorite initiatives: The first is MySafeCare App at Brigham & Women’s Hospital which allows patients and care partners to submit any concerns (or compliments) to enhance our safety data and enable follow-up in real-time. The second is CONCERN (Communicating Narrative Concerns Entered by RNs) — which uses machine learning of electronic health record data, including nursing documentation patterns, to predict and prevent patient mortality in the hospital in real-time.
Building a learning health system that uses massive data sets and advanced analytics is Collins’ dream going forward. “We need better data to learn how to improve patient safety and innovative tools that can help prevent patient harms and avoidable deaths in real-time,” she says.
The data her tools collect will generate new knowledge quickly that can be fed back to the right clinicians at the right time to inform decision-making and improve patient outcomes.
Collins loves to travel when she’s not working. At last count, she’s been to over 20 countries. Collins is also an avid tennis player.
James Gardner, Pamela Bump, Olivia Tardif, Sarah Schroeder and Shreya Iyer all contributed to this year’s 40 Under 40. Learn more about their work in the “About the Authors” section!
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