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Archive for July 3rd, 2014

NN/LM MAR Closed for the Holiday

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

NN/LM MAR will be closed on Friday, July 4th. We wish you all a very Happy Independence Day!

Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Oh My! Are You Prepared?: 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Presenter:          Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Details:               http://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=489

Date / Time:      Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10, 2014 / 10 – 11:30 am (ET)

Where:               Online

Summary:          Learn how to conduct a basic risk assessment for your library. The goals of the class are to raise awareness of the need for emergency preparedness, response planning, and to provide tools for enhancing preparedness for librarians. Learn how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and through the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure. This class will be divided into two one-and-a-half hour sessions. Participants will earn 5 MLA CE credits.

Data Burger: A Good Questionnaire Response Rate Plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis (Boost Box session)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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

Presenter:     Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Date / Time: Thursday, July 22, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:            Online / No Registration Required

Summary: Many of us use questionnaires to learn about our stakeholders’ attitudes and knowledge. Let’s picture this as a burger: The data we collect is like the meat in the filling, and we wrap the data in a tasty bun (summaries, graphs, and charts) to present it.

Meat: We want to use the best ingredients for our filling and collect good data. The question “What is a ‘good’ response rate?” often comes up. What does “response rate” mean, and why is it important? And how do you know what your response rate is? We’ll go over practical steps you can take to increase the number of people who complete and return the questionnaires that you send to them. We’ll also talk about some strategies for addressing low response rates.

Bun: Once you have administered a questionnaire, what do you do with all those numbers? The next section of this webinar will be about preparing and presenting those numbers. It will provide a very quick review of basic quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics and suggestions for selecting types of charts or graphs to illustrate your data.

NLM VSAC Publishes Annual Update for 2014 Eligible Professional CQM Value Sets

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has published the annual update for the 2014 Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) Value Sets. The update includes revised value sets to address deleted and remapped codes in the latest terminology versions, as well as new codes for addressing CQM logic corrections and clarifications. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) update these electronic reporting specifications annually to ensure that the specifications align with current clinical guidelines and terminologies, and that they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.

The VSAC offers a Downloadable Resource Table, accessible from the Download tab on the VSAC Web page, that provides prepackaged downloads for the most recently updated and released 2014 CQM Value Sets, as well as for previously released versions. Access to the Value Set Authority Center requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License. NLM also provides the Data Element Catalog that identifies data element names (value set names) required for capture in electronic health record technology certified under the 2014 Edition of the ONC Standards and Certification Criteria. The NLM update of the VSAC coincides with the CMS posting of the official updated 2014 Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measures.

The following resources are available to help health care providers and vendors navigate the 2014 CQMs:

NLM: Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) Provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures.

AHRQ: United States Healthcare Knowledge Database (USHIK) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Web site with 2014 eCQMs and other health information technology resources. This site provides a number of formats for viewing, downloading, and comparing versions of eCQMs and their value sets.

CMS: eCQM Library Guidance for understanding and using Eligible Hospital and the Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measures.

ONC: Clinical Quality Measure Feedback System ONC encourages the EHR technology developer and user communities to provide feedback regarding the implementation, structure, intent, and data elements pertaining to CQMs.

Questions? Contact NLM Value Set Authority Center Help.

PubMed Journal Searching Trifold Brochure

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

A new brochure has joined the PubMed listings! Share this brochure with your patrons.

PubMed Journal Searching:http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/journalstri.pdf

Explore the three different ways to add journals to any PubMed search.  These are: adding individual journals,  applying a filter, and using a journal search created in the NLM Catalog.

This brochure, as are all of our NN/LM trifold brochures, is available in three formats: PDF, doc, and docx. To access a different format, simply alter the URL.

FYI: The list of the NN/LM PubMed resources now includes:

For a comprehensive list of printable handouts, visit the MAR Educational and Printed Materials page: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/materials.html

Federal Pain Research Database Launched: Interagency Pain Research Portfolio

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies. Pain is a symptom of many disorders; chronic pain can present as a disease in of itself. The economic cost of pain is estimated to be hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lost wages and productivity.
 

Users of the database easily can search over 1,200 research projects in a multi-tiered system. In Tier 1, grants are organized as basic, translational (research that can be applied to diseases), or clinical research projects. In Tier 2, grants are sorted among 29 scientific topic areas related to pain, such as biobehavioral and psychosocial mechanisms, chronic overlapping conditions, and neurobiological mechanisms. The Tier 2 categories are also organized into nine research themes: pain mechanisms, basic to clinical, disparities, training and education, tools and instruments, risk factors and causes, surveillance and human trials, overlapping conditions, and use of services, treatments, and interventions.

 

The database was developed by NIH staff and members of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). The IPRCC is a federal advisory committee formed to increase understanding of pain and improve treatment strategies by expanding pain research efforts and encouraging collaboration across the government. Four of the agencies that played a role in developing the IPRP are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration. The other two agencies are the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

A Call to Action for a Nationwide Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the release of Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.

“This paper describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for interoperability and is an invitation to health IT stakeholders – clinicians, consumers, hospitals, public health, technology developers, payers, researchers, policymakers and many others – to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap that will allow us to collectively achieve health IT interoperability as a core foundational element of better care, at a lower cost and better health for all.” The ONC welcomes your feedback on this paper and will offer several opportunities over the coming months to provide your feedback. Stay tuned for future details.

NIH launches 3D Print Exchange

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download, and edit 3D print files related to health and science. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy. The NIH 3D Print Exchange also provides video tutorials and additional resources with instruction on 3D modeling software to enable users to customize and create 3D prints.

“3D printing is a potential game changer for medical research,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “At NIH, we have seen an incredible return on investment; pennies’ worth of plastic have helped investigators address important scientific questions while saving time and money. We hope that the 3D Print Exchange will expand interest and participation in this new and exciting field among scientists, educators and students.”

NIH uses 3D printing, or the creation of a physical object from a digital model, to study viruses, repair and enhance lab apparatus, and help plan medical procedures. The 3D Print Exchange makes these types of files freely available, along with video tutorials for new users and a discussion forum to promote collaboration. The site also features tools that convert scientific and clinical data into ready-to-print 3D files.

The 3D Print Exchange is a collaborative effort led by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). “3D printing is helping to advance science at NIAID and beyond,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “The ability to design and print tangible models of pathogens, for example, can give researchers a fresh perspective on the diseases they study and open new and promising lines of investigation.”

Additional support is provided by other NIH components, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Library of Medicine. The 3D Print Exchange is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Ignite External Web Site Policy and Ventures External Web Site Policy programs, which help support innovation within the agency.

From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be hosting a Webinar on Friday, July 18, 2014, see information below:

From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst

Date: Friday, July 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Description: This one hour Webinar is geared toward the primary care provider who works in an office setting. The Webinar will offer general preparedness strategies and ideas for how pediatricians and their office staff can prepare for disasters. Tips will be shared on how pediatricians can work to improve preparedness in families with children with special health care needs, as they are more vulnerable in disasters. The Webinar will also assist pediatricians to take concrete steps to strengthen office practices related to newborn screening and contingency planning. To register, visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/232227134, or e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org with your name and e-mail address.

Speakers:

  1. Scott Needle, MD, FAAP
  2. Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, FAAP
  3. Timothy Geleske, MD, FAAP

Please consider sharing this information on any available electronic mailing lists or with individual offices. We very much appreciate your help in promoting this Webinar!

If you have any questions, please e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org.

Sean Diederich, Program Coordinator, Disaster Preparedness and Response

American Academy of Pediatrics

Department of Child Health and Wellness

141 Northwest Point Blvd.

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Ph: 847-434-7125 Fax: 847-434-8000

Email: sdiederich@aap.org

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 2014-2015: Call for Applications

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) has announced the 2014-2015 opportunity for the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL, with an application deadline of August 1, 2014. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses. Sixty-one fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, twenty-six fellows have been appointed to director positions.

The one-year program design is multi-faceted, involving three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Details about the program design, schedule, and application process are available in the program brochure.