The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for sites around the region to host the upcoming Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education webcast on Wednesday, December 11, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time: Research versus research: Sometimes the Little r Is All You Need, presented by Heather Holmes, AHIP, Information Services Librarian, Medical Library, Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio.
We have a short turnaround this time, so please let me know if you are interested in hosting a site by Thursday, December 5. Some funding is also available for individual viewing.
NN/LM PNR will pay MLA webcast registration fees for selected sites that agree to promote and host the webcast for colleagues in their area. Please contact Patricia Devine at email@example.com by Thursday, December 5 if you are an NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region Network Member (or would like to become a member) interested in hosting the webcast for your institution and your local colleagues (or yourself). Please include:
- A brief description of how you will promote the event in your area.
- Estimated attendance.
- A room to host the webcast.
- Confirmation that your location can meet the technical requirements of Internet access for an Adobe Connect webcast.
Site participants will be selected based on geographic location, accessibility, and the potential number of attendees.
PNR will also be hosting the webcast at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. Free registration details will be announced in an upcoming Dragonfly article in addition to the other funded webcast locations.
An important mobile app review was posted on the site iMedicalApps yesterday. The review of Epocrates’ new app “Bugs & Drugs,” though a bit longer than most of iMedicalApps review pieces is worth a read (here). In this review, author Timothy Aungst, PharmD, judiciously points out the potential utility of this app billed as a “antimicrobial susceptibility reference” intended to aid clinicians in selecting antibiotics by identifying localized bacterial resistance patterns. Read more »
Way back in June (the warm season, you remember that time, right?) the first Science Boot Camp West was held at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A fabulous recap of that event was penned by Margaret Mellinger, Oregon State University Libraries, and posted to the Dragonfly. For those of you who were unable to attend in person, the videos of the three sessions (physics, environmental science and bioinformatics) are now available online: http://libguides.usu.edu/content.php?pid=420407&sid=4424923.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to announce that the 2014 Science Boot Camp West will be held July 9-11 in Seattle at the University of Washington. So if watching the videos gets you jazzed up to attend, save the dates! More information regarding registration and speakers for next year coming soon.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is assisting the NLM with promoting MedlinePlus Connect. An NN/LM task force conducted interviews with 17 key informants representing the broad spectrum of organizations that are involved with EHR implementation. Following on last week’s post about NLM’s recent MedlinePlus Connect enhancement, I thought some might be interested in the advantages of this service as identified by the informants. The interviews included discussion with some innovative hospital librarians who are taking advantage of the dynamic EHR environment and finding ways to be involved with meaningful use at their organizations.
Key informants provided insight into the aspects of MedlinePlus Connect that are the major advantages of the service from their perspective:
• The material is evidence-based and updated regularly.
• MedlinePlus links to primary literature, which is becoming increasingly popular among patients as they become more sophisticated in locating health information.
• Patient information is provided in varying reading levels, multi-media formats, and different languages, with an extensive database of Spanish-language materials.
• Health IT professionals will find easy instructions for integrating MedlinePlus Connect into EHRs.
• MedlinePlus Connect allows health organizations to maintain their identifying information when MedlinePlus information is sought.
The fact that MedlinePlus Connect can be added to EHRs at no cost to users was a definite advantage, but key informants cautioned against calling it a “free resource,” a term that has a negative connotation among health professionals. It would be more effective to call it a “non-commercial service paid for by the National Library of Medicine with no cost to users.”
The Meaningful Use measure for providing patient-specific education materials was optional for Stage 1 and becomes a core requirement in Stage 2. Key informants said that patient portals were the emerging issue of the year as organizations focus on Stage 2 criteria. The time to promote MedlinePlus Connect is now as we move towards 2014 when Stage 2 implementation begins.
Have you tried implementing MedlinePlus Connect? Do these advantages ring true to you?
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific NW Region (NN/LM PNR), is pleased to announce two locations in our Region that will host the upcoming Medical Library Association continuing education webcast on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time: “Addressing Hospital Needs and Goals in the Era of the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use: What Librarians Need to Know“, presented by Michelle Kraft, AHIP, Cleveland Clinic.
In Billings, Montana, Billings Clinic will host the webcast. Contact Tori Koch for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Seattle, Washington, the NN/LM PNR will host the webcast at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Lab C. Please register at if you plan to attend at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pnrmlawebcast.
MedlinePlus Connect is a free service from the National Library of Medicine that can link the health information resource MedlinePlus.gov to EHRs and patient portals. Connect can be set up as a web service or web application and delivers relevant consumer level information on conditions, medications and labs from MedlinePlus after receiving a request from the EHR via a coding system (ICD-9, SNOMED CT, RXCUI, LOINC). For eligible providers and hospitals, using MedlinePlus Connect may help meet the Meaningful Use measure of providing patient-specific education materials.
Beginning this month MedlinePlus Connect will respond to some SNOMED CT codes with information from both MedlinePlus and NLM’s Genetics Home Reference (GHR) web site. GHR is the NLM’s resource for consumer information on diseases and conditions with known or suspected genetic factors. This feature is only available for English SNOMED CT requests. To test it out, go to either the MedlinePlus Connect web application or web service, select the SNOMED CT radio button and enter the code 445243001 for ulcerative colitis.