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Archive for May, 2011

DigitalLiteracy.gov links to health resources from NNLM

Friday, May 20th, 2011

New Web Portal – DigitalLiteracy.gov

Today the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released www.DigitalLiteracy.gov.  The web site provide librarians, teachers, workforce trainers and other practitioners a central location to share digital literacy content and practices. These trusted groups can, in turn, better teach residents of their communities the skills today’s employers need.

The web site, a collaboration of nine federal agencies, features the work of the medical librarian community, such a “Beyond an Apple a Day” and “ABCs of DNA.” Please have a look and continue to submit new materials for inclusion in the portal.

Thanks,

Naomi

Naomi Miller

Public Services Division, National Library of Medicine

301-496-1384  l   millern@mail.nlm.nih.gov

MedlinePlus Connect now connects to lab test information

Friday, May 20th, 2011

MedlinePlus Connect now responds to requests for lab test information. 

EHRs and patient portals may now send LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) codes to the MedlinePlus Connect system. MedlinePlus Connect responds with links to MedlinePlus consumer health information  for the lab tests related to those codes.

This functionality is available in both the MedlinePlus Connect Web application and Web service. This new feature complements MedlinePlus Connect’s ability to respond to information requests for specific diagnosis or medication codes.

See details on implementing it via the Web application at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/application.html and for the Web service at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/service.html. NLM has also enhanced the MedlinePlus Connect demonstration pages to illustrate how MedlinePlus Connect replies to lab codes. Visit the Web application demo page at http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/services/demo.html and the Web service application demo page at http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/services/servicedemo.cfm.

The lab test responses are available for many of the most frequently used lab tests. NLM plans to further expand the lab implementation in the future.

Thank you,

Stephanie

Stephanie Narva Dennis

MedlinePlus Team, National Library of Medicine

301-435-4898  |  denniss@mail.nlm.nih.gov

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May 25th Conference Call on Community Transformation Grants

Friday, May 20th, 2011

A Message from the American Public Health Association about the CDC’s $100 million Community Transformation Grants program:

Dear Colleague,

As you may be aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced the availability of $100 million to support Community Transformation Grants, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The grants were a key component of the Prevention Fund supported by APHA and other public health advocates for inclusion in the ACA. The funding is available to support evidence- and practice-based community and clinical prevention and wellness strategies that will lead to specific, measurable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates. CDC will be holding a conference call prior to the deadline for submitting Letters of Intent to apply for funding.  The Letters of Intent are due to CDC on Monday, June 6, 2011. The call-in information for the various time zones is posted below:

  • Atlantic, Eastern and Central time zones May 25, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EDT) -  This conference call can be accessed by calling 1-888-972-9343. The leader for this call is Lori Elmore and the passcode is 8899773.
      
  • Mountain and Pacific time zones May 25, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – This conference call can be accessed by calling 1-888-972-9343. The leader for this call is Lori Elmore and the passcode is 8899773.
      
  • Alaska and Hawaii-Aleutian time zones May 25, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) – This conference call can be accessed by calling 1-888-790-3249. The leader for this call is Lori Elmore and the passcode is 6417596.

Local and state government agencies, local and state non-profit organizations and federally recognized American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages and Tribal organizations are eligible to apply.   

For additional information, please visit the Community Transformation Grants website where you can find additional resources and a list of frequently asked questions about the program and the application process.

Sincerely,

APHA

Award Report: Talbot Research Library Public Computer Upgrade–Fox Chase Cancer Center

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The Talbot Research Library of the Fox Chase Cancer Center serves the clinicians, researchers, and staff of Fox Chase; the medical staff of an adjacent community hospital; rotating medical students; and residents, patients, patients’ families, volunteers, and members of the community. The aging public computers were no longer adequate to meet the needs of our clientele to access information from the almost entirely electronic collection, databases, and website. Financial constraints did not allow us to replace our public computers in the summer of 2010.  Thus, we applied for a MAR Technology Improvement award to replace them.  We had also hoped to improve library traffic and visibility through this upgrade.

Last fall, we were able to purchase one iMac and four PCs for the library, enabling us to replace half of our existing PCs and our only Mac.  Shortly after installation, we publicized the upgrade through emails, blog postings, and announcements in our employee newsletter. We hosted an open house in early December during our traditional “tea time.”

Upgraded PCs at the Talbot Research Library, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Survey results indicate satisfaction with the new computers and that these machines have improved users’ experiences. A majority (81%) of respondents indicated that they would use the library more often to use the new computers.

There were some pleasant unexpected successes of the project, too. These include establishing a great working relationship with other departments and increasing my personal visibility in the institution. We also donated our old computers to a shelter so that residents could learn computer skills. As you can see, there were many benefits in doing this project. Thanks, MAR!

Beth A. Lewis, MLS
Talbot Library, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA