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Archive for March 7th, 2014

MAR Closure

Friday, March 7th, 2014

MAR will be closed Friday, March 14, 2014 for University Recess.

Introduction to Altmetrics for Medical and Special Librarians (Boost Box session)

Friday, March 7th, 2014

MAR now offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per Boost Box session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenter:       Linda Galloway, Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Sciences Librarian / Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse, NY

Date / Time:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Altmetrics (or alternative citation metrics) provide new ways to track scholarly influence across a wide range of media and platforms.  Join our webinar to learn altmetric fundamentals, get some tips on connecting your users with altmetrics, and receive a quick update on the newest published research in this field. Awareness of altmetric tools, and the ways in which they can be used to measure scholarship and broader impact, will position information professionals at the forefront of this exciting new era in knowledge dissemination and assessment.

  • Beforehand, test your connection to ensure Adobe Connect will run on your computer:  http://na1cps.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
  • Log-in at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/ (ONLY use Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  • Allow Adobe Connect to call your phone.   Choose the DIAL-OUT option.  HOWEVER, if the system has to dial an extension to reach you, then skip to the next step.
  • If you’re unable to connect for any reason, then join us by phone:  1-888-850-4523, Participant Code:  172486.

PubMed Health (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Friday, March 7th, 2014

MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenter:       Hilda Bastian, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NLM

Date / Time:  Tuesday, March 18, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Hilda has been the editor responsible for PubMed Health at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NLM since 2011. Previously, she headed the Health Information Department at the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) (2004-2011). Hilda first became involved in health as a health consumer advocate in the 1980s, serving as Chairperson of the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia (1997-2001). She has been participating in and communicating the results of systematic reviews since the early 1990s, when she helped establish the Cochrane Collaboration.

Free Online Tools for Librarians (TechTime session)

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Presenter:       Tiffany Tawzer, Technology Coordinator, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region (GMR)

Date / Time:  Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Want to do more with less? Discover new programs for image editing, infographics, presentations, and other cool services. Tiffany will talk about a wide range of free, web-based programs that can be used instead of, or in addition to, expensive desktop-based software, all without the need to download or install anything to your computer.

MAR Members to Be MLA Section Officers

Friday, March 7th, 2014

We are delighted to announce that two of our network members will be serving as section officers:

  • Nancy Glassman, elected incoming Chair-Elect/Program-Chair of MLA Medical Informatics Section
  • Nancy Tannery, elected Chair-Elect/Program-Chair of MLA Leadership & Management Section

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Winners of MLA’s Ida and George Eliot Prize—many are from our network:

  • Joanne Gard Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
  • Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Sharon Easterby-Gannett, AHIP, Medical Libraries, Lewis B. Flinn Medical Library, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
  • Lynn Kasner Morgan, Upper Montclair, NJ; Mary Lou Klem, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Susan K. Cavanaugh, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Camden Campus Library, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
  • Kathleen Burr Oliver, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Cheryl A. Thompson, Howard W. Odum Institute for Social Science, University of North Carolina−Chapel Hill
  • Neil Romanosky, NYU Health Sciences Libraries, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York University−New York, NY
  • Sue Hunter, Birnbaum Library, Pace University, New York, NY

Network Members are Now Published Authors!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Claire B. Joseph, Jules Redish Memorial Medical Library, South Nassau Communities Hospital

Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, Medical Library, Weill Cornell Medical College

Proving Your Worth / Adding to Your Value, Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 14:1, 69-79:  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15323269.2014.860842#.Uxo5JIUz28A

Missy Harvey, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region

Michael G. Harvey

Privacy and Security Issues for Mobile Health Platforms, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technologyhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.23066/abstract

Big Data Means Big Questions on How That Information is Used

Friday, March 7th, 2014

At a workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, academics and government officials addressed tricky questions posed by the harvesting of large quantities of information.:  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/03/big-data-means-big-questions-on-how-that-information-is-used/

Health IT Literature Review Report and Interactive Data Visualization on the Health IT Dashboard

Friday, March 7th, 2014

ONC recently updated its Health IT Dashboard with the results of a comprehensive literature of the impacts of health IT titled: Health Information Technology: An Updated Systematic Review with a Focus on Meaningful Use Functionalities. The literature review updates previous systematic reviews with the new peer review literature published during the 2010 to 2013 time frame.

The literature review results include findings that the majority of new studies indicate that health IT enabled significant gains in health care quality, but efficiency and safety were still the subjects of relatively little research. In addition, this report has a complementary interactive data visualization that allows users to see the value of health IT across these outcomes. The report and data visualization are just one of many examples of what ONC has been doing to show the value of health IT and make data come alive.

Download the full report [PDF — 2.2 MB] from HealthIT.gov, or dig deeper into the literature with ONC’s interactive data visualization. With the data visualization you can:

  • Read about the effect of health IT on outcomes
  • Use a clickable interactive tree map that shows what Meaningful Use health IT functionalities have positive or negative impacts on healthcare outcomes.
  • Browse through a sortable and interactive table of 236 new health IT studies to explore what the new research evidence shows regarding the relationship between health IT and quality, safety, and efficiency.

http://dashboard.healthit.gov

NLM Resources for Patient Safety Awareness Week

Friday, March 7th, 2014

March 2-8, 2014 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, established by the National Patient Safety Foundation, which supports “Creating a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm.”  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) supports the work to keep patients and healthcare providers free from harm by making available quality health information.

Below is information from the NLM MedlinePlus “Patient Safety” health topic Web page that describes actions patients can take:

You can help prevent medical errors by being an active member of your health care team. Research shows that patients who are more involved with their care tend to get better results. To reduce the risk of medical errors, you can:

  • Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns. Take a relative or friend to your doctor appointment to help you ask questions and understand answers.
  • Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery
  • Tell your health care providers about all the medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements. Tell them if you have any allergies or bad reactions to anesthesia. Make sure you know how to take your medications correctly.
  • Get a second opinion about treatment options
  • Keep a copy of your own health history

Also, the NLM has two prominent health information Web sites that assists patients and healthcare providers to learn more about particular health issues.  These Internet resources can help patients and providers get more involved with their medical care and research alternative treatments.

MedlinePlus  You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

PubMed  PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.  Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.