Sarah Collins ’09 is a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia University's Department of Biomedical Informatics. This is a two-year position funded by a National Library of Medicine Trainee Grant. Her background is as a critical care nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Collins received a PhD in nursing informatics from the School of Nursing. With the acknowledgement that interdisciplinary communication is essential to safe and high quality patient care, she will use the electronic health record to build tools that support interdisciplinary communication and improve patient safety in the hospital setting. This work involves two foci: analyzing clinician-clinician handoff of patient care and how computerized tools can support that process, and using data mining to derive knowledge from electronic nursing documentation that may be early indicators of inpatient complications.