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NLM’s DailyMed Website Redesigned with New Features and Improved Usability

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine launched a newly redesigned DailyMed web site. DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the U.S., and is the official provider of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label information. The website provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts. Since 2005, when DailyMed was first launched, its usage has increased significantly.

Based on the needs and feedback received from the public, NLM began redesigning the DailyMed web site in 2013. The new site is a responsive design which is now easily accessible on all types of devices, adjusting and optimizing automatically for smart phones to large screen desktop displays. Based on the size of the screen, content will relocate, images will resize, the layout will change, and even the navigation will adjust, to deliver an exceptional user experience no matter what device is being used to view the site.

In addition to responsive design, the following new features are available:

  • Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provide a more user friendly experience.
  • Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.
  • Simplified page navigation and added definitions & tooltips for industry-specific phrases.
  • A dedicated News page and Article & Presentation Page for users to easily access DailyMed and NLM/FDA drug-related news.

Celebrate Health Literacy Month – Support our Thunderclap Campaign!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is celebrating Health Literacy Month by kicking off a Thunderclap campaign in support of clear, easy-to understand health information. In order for our mass message to go out, we need to reach 250 supporters by October 15 – and we need your help! Please help us spread the word.

In addition, @healthfinder will tweet weekly conversation starters this month. Feel free to join in our discussions using the hashtag #HealthLit. We look forward to hearing not just what you’re doing this month, but how you’re working to improve health literacy year round!

Sample Tweets

October is Health Literacy Month! Support this HHS Thunderclap in support of clear health info for all. http://thndr.it/1rqdAwt #HealthLit

Do you agree that everyone should have access to clear health info? Support this Thunderclap: http://thndr.it/1rqdAwt #HealthLit

9 in 10 Americans have trouble understanding health info. Join the Thunderclap in support of #HealthLit. http://thndr.it/1rqdAwt

Sample Facebook Post

It’s Health Literacy Month! We encourage you to support the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Thunderclap campaign in support of clear, easy-to-understand health information for all Americans. Join by Oct. 15th. http://thndr.it/1rqdAwt

Kick Off Health Literacy Month

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Take the #plainpledge

October is Health Literacy Month. Join the UAMS Center for Health Literacy in making health information simple.

October 1st – 22nd

How to take the pledge:

  • Take a simple selfie with a health-related word that you pledge to stop using or better explain.
  • Post your simple selfie on your Facebook or Twitter @UAMS_CHL using the hashtag #plainpledge
  • Tag your friends and co-workers to challenge them to take the pledge

Participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win prizes!

https://www.facebooks.com/uamscenterfor healthliteracy/

National Library of Medicine Joins the Commons on Flickr!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine has announced that it is now a participating institution of the Commons on Flickr. The Commons on Flickr was launched in 2008 as a pilot project in partnership with the Library of Congress in order to increase access to publicly-held photography collections and to invite the general public to provide information about the collections. The National Library of Medicine now joins a distinguished, international group of nearly one hundred cultural institutions in providing greater access to its collection and inviting public use of and engagement with these images held in the public trust through The Commons on Flickr.

Images from the historical collections of the History of Medicine Division, including public health posters, book illustrations, photographs, fine art work, and ephemera, have always been available through the Images from the History of Medicine database, which includes over 70,000 images illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to the 21st century. Now, they can also be accessed through the Commons on Flickr via a photostream, where visitors can contribute information about the images by adding comments and tags. By adding a new way to see its collections through Flickr NLM hopes to learn more details about its collections, create dialog about its holdings, and share knowledge with the public. The collection of images on Flickr will continue to grow so visitors can check back regularly for new content!

NCBI HIV-1 Website Updated

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The HIV-1, human interaction database has been updated and is now on an improved page. The improved interface includes help documentation and supports structured queries against Gene, as well as browsing, filtering and downloading the protein and replication interaction data sets. The most recent data release (June 2014) includes 12,785 HIV-1, human protein-protein interactions for 3,142 human genes and 1,316 replication interactions for 1,250 human genes. The HIV-1, human interactions project, collates published reports of two types of interactions – HIV-1, human protein interactions, and human gene knock-downs that affect virus replication which are reported as “replication interactions.”

Important Spiritual Care Symposium on Helping Survivors of Bullying

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

http://tinyurl.com/ove6lga

Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians Step Up

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians Step Up

Date: October 29, 2014 – 2:00 pm (ET)

Hosted by the HealthIT COI and UConn Health

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”     ~ Charles Dudley Warner

There is SO much talk about Health IT and EHRs and yet, how many of us can say we’re actively involved?  Attribute this to HIPAA, or politics or a silo mentality at many institutions, librarians are frequently frustrated by a perceived inability to get to the table and contribute.

This webinar features two librarians who ARE involved.  Tune in to hear how one describes ways to become involved and stay in touch with EHRs and hear the experiences of another teaching EPIC’s CADENCE application to employees working at the front desk of her organization.

Register here

Guest speakers include:

Dina McKelvy, MLS, AHIP, Library Manager for Automation and Planning at Maine Medical Center Library

Mina Davenport, MLS,CT, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Qualitative Data Visualization

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center New OERC Blog posting! This is to let you know that a new OERC Blog article has become available. You can find this article online here. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

Have you thought that only quantitative information can be used for data visualizations, and qualitative data wasn’t an option without first coding or otherwise turning this valuable content into quantitative formats?

I learned about an innovative and compelling approach to creating qualitative data visualizations with illustrations from Fresh Spectrum . They begin the process (as shown in the illustration above) of taking a long narrative such as a focus group transcription, and chunking it into a few paragraphs per concept with a unique illustration for each one. In this case custom illustrations of people were used, but you could use your organization’s existing images or Creative Commons-licensed images for illustrating concepts. The next step for the visualization uses the images with brief captions as an online data dashboard, where visitors can click on the captioned image of interest to them to then access the more detailed narrative. The author describes how to do this within a WordPress portfolio blog template, or a simpler strategy of creating HTML anchor links to each individual section within a longer text. You can see how this works by clicking on an anchor link from the original post (http://freshspectrum.com/blogging-advice/#davidson for example) that leads to the longer narrative at http://freshspectrum.com/blogging-advice/ (a great source of advice for blogging by the way!)

Need more information about reporting and visualizing your data? We at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) have more resources available for you from the Reporting and Visualizing tab of our Tools and Resources for Evaluation Guide at http://guides.nnlm.gov/oerc/tools and welcome your suggestions and comments about the guide.

Tornadoes, Chemical Spills, Flooding, Are You Prepared? 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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

Dates:               Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9, 2014 / 10-11:30 am (ET)

Where:             Online

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=489

Summary:  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. Participants will learn how to conduct a basic risk assessment for their libraries, 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.

Participants who attend the webinar and complete a short practice exercise will receive 5 MLA CEs.

Project Tycho / Data for Health: Open Access to Public Health Data (Boost Box session)

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Presenter: Wilbert van Panhuis, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Date / Time:  Tuesday, October 14, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:            https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  The Project TychoTM team aims to provide open access to public health data from around the world. Currently, the database contains the entire 125 year history of U.S. weekly nationally notifiable disease surveillance reports. All these data are freely available to the public through an easy-to-use online interface. Oftentimes, restricted access to public health data limits opportunities for scientific discovery and technological innovation. The Project Tycho™ team is continuously engaging in new partnerships with scientists, funding, and public health agencies around the world to add or connect new historical and current datasets to the system. New datasets include global dengue surveillance data and Chikungunya data for Latin America.

The Project Tycho team is collaborating with international partners from a large variety of scientific disciplines to create innovative analytical approaches to add value to public health data. Analytics range from creative data visualizations to reveal population level patterns of disease spread that help to understand disease causality leading to better control strategies. Currently, about 1,300 people from around the world have registered for free to use Project Tycho data and over 17,000 users have visited the website since the launch in November last year. Project Tycho data are used for research, for student theses, dissertations, and homework, for teaching, and for public advocacy. We are excited to present this new resource for the advancement of science and population health.