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NIH News in Health Now Available!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Check out the March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Be a Partner in Clinical Research: Help Others, Help Yourself
    Did you know that you can participate in clinical research? Whether you’re healthy or sick, young or old, male or female, you’re probably eligible to participate in some type of clinical study. Maybe you or a loved one has an illness, and you’d like to help scientists find a treatment or cure. If you’re healthy, you can help researchers learn more about how the body works or how sickness can be prevented.
  • Better Check Your Bowels: Screening for Colon and Rectal Cancer
    Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death nationwide. But it can usually be cured when caught early. Screening tests like colonoscopy can save lives by catching problems before symptoms even appear, when treatments might work best.
  • Are You at Risk for Alcohol-Medication Interactions?
    Many people may be both drinking alcohol and taking prescription drugs that interact with alcohol, according to an NIH-funded study. The finding highlights the need to talk with a health care professional about the risks of drinking alcohol while taking prescription medications.
  • Measles: Preventable with Vaccines
    Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It starts with a fever, followed by a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. A rash of tiny, red spots then breaks out and spreads. Measles can be especially dangerous to children under 5 years old. It can lead to pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and even death. The good news is that measles can be prevented by getting a vaccine.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

HHS Invites Participation in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is inviting private payers, employers, providers, patients, states, consumer groups, individual consumers, and other partners within the health care community to participate in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (“Network”).  First announced on January 26 by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, the Network has been created to support the transformation of the nation’s health care delivery system to one that achieves better care, smarter spending, and healthier people through the expansion of new health care payment models.

Cooperation through the Network supports efforts to help the entire U.S. health care system match or exceed the goals recently announced for Medicare: tying 30% of fee-for-service payments to quality or value through alternative payment models by the end of 2016 and tying 50% of payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2018.  It will also support the broader goal of tying the vast majority of payments in the health care system to quality or value.

For more information on the Network, please visit: innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Health-Care-Payment-Learning-and-Action-Network/.  The Network’s kickoff event is planned for March 25, 2015.

Attached are a fact sheet, frequently asked questions document, and blog post about the Network.  The blog post can also be found here: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/index.html.  Please contact the CMS Office of Legislation (202-690-8220) if you have any questions. Thank you.

The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship

Friday, March 6th, 2015

MLA is offering a webcast on data management on April 22.  The program, “The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship,” will have Lisa Federer, AHIP, Kevin Read, and Jacqueline Wirz present strategies and success stories for data management.

More information on the program and speakers can be found on MLANET.

Because we work closely with many of you to offer these programs to your RML members, we wanted to announce the webcast early.   This way you will be able to coordinate sites, purchase group and individual registrations, and plan your education budgets.  The member site rate is $399.  Also, there is a multi-site discount, see below:

Multiple Site Rate: $370 (2-10 sites) / $350 (11-35 sites) / $320 (36-50 sites) / $300: (51+sites)

2015 Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Friday, March 6th, 2015

With the winter still sitting on Boston in a big way, it’s nice to think about June and the 2015 Health Literacy Leadership Institute: http://go.tufts.edu/summerinstitute. The Health Literacy Leadership Institute at Tufts University School of Medicine is a one-week advanced professional development opportunity for those working in health literacy and those interested in doing more to improve health literacy in the United States and around the globe.

Peer learning and the sharing of research and best practice are central to the Institute’s educational approach. Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors highly regarded for their pioneering work in medical education, adult literacy, and program evaluation. Throughout the week, participants work on a health literacy educational program of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice.

For more information about the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, please visit our website http://go.tufts.edu/summerinstitute  or contact the Course Director at Sabrina.Kurtz_Rossi@tufts.edu.

What is Big (Crisis) Data?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Save the Date! NLM’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) will have a very special presentation at their April 9th webinar from Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation.  He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups.  Among his many accomplishments, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi.  Ushahidi made major contributions during the Haiti earthquake response through deploying its innovative crowdsourcing platform.

Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.  Read more about Patrick at http://irevolution.net/bio

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing.  More information about logging into this webinar will be posted at: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

DOCLINE for Beginners

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Date / Time:  Wednesday, March 4th / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Where:  Online / No Registration Required

Registerhttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/memberservices

Summary:  Audience:  Anyone involved in Resource Sharing.  This class covers the bare essentials of DOCLINE where participants will have an increased understanding of the basic features of DOCLINE.  The instructor will give an overview of the layout of the DOCLINE window and will provide a brief description of some of the most commonly used features and their functions.  A collaborative project of coordinators in the Greater Midwest, Middle Atlantic, MidContinental, and Pacific Northwest regions.  1 MLA CE.

Hospital-Community Partnerships

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

As the transition from a fee-for-service model to a value-based system continues to build momentum, it will largely be up to hospital leaders to chart a new course forward. To aid in this effort, a new report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) outlines how health system executives, boards and their communities can work together to improve the quality of care.

The report, “Leadership Toolkit for Redefining the H: Engaging Trustees and Communities,” is the product of two AHA committees–one that hosted events in 2014 to collaborate with community partners, and another that conducted a survey of 949 CEOs and 629 trustees to gauge how well hospital and health system governance practices are prepared for a changing healthcare environment.

“The Redefining the H report is incredibly valuable not only in terms of articulating a shared set of principles, but offering a toolkit for community conversations,” AHA Chairman Jonathan Perlin said in a podcast regarding the report. “Triple Aim [better care, better health and lower costs] and ‘Redefining the H’ are demonstrative of the link between the immediate advocacy agenda for hospitals in terms of their current mission requirements and their collective aspirations in terms of defining a healthier future.”

They will discuss their DST Optimization tool that helps improve efficiency and effectiveness in care management, bid preparation, formulary management and virtually any function across the enterprise. Register Now!

In its “leadership toolkit,” the report offers some of the following recommendations for hospital and health system leaders in their efforts to engage the community:

Drive policy that supports collaboration. Hospitals and the community must work together to incentivize partnerships that get consumers more involved in the system and in their own care, according to the AHA.

Engage in broad-based, ongoing dialogue. “Move outside the hospital’s comfort zone to listen to voices and perspectives that often go unheard in general hospital meetings and planning sessions,” the report states, later providing guidance for how to host “Community Conversation” events.

Use community health need assessments as a planning tool. Hospitals should not just conduct these surveys because they are required, but should use them as a blueprint for how multiple stakeholders can work together to improve population health.

Consider a holistic approach. In the future, the emblematic blue “H” should bring to mind “health” instead of “hospital,” according to the report, noting that reimbursement systems also must change to incentivize keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital.

Hospital leaders can be agents of change by also pursuing “high-performance governance practices” such as building a board-CEO co-leadership partnership; establishing a foundation of trust and effective communication; and defining a clear path for transformation, according to the report.

This is not the first AHA report to emphasize the importance of hospital-community collaboration. The organization released a guide in 2013 for small and rural hospitals to further their efforts to develop effective population health management partnerships, FierceHealthcare previously reported. And in December, the AHA released a comprehensive report that examined best practices from successful health partnerships around the country

Joint MLA-Phil / HSLANJ Annual Meeting

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) and MLA-Phil Chapter invite you to join them for a joint annual meeting!

Speakers:

  • “Two Doctors, Two Generations:  Medical Ethics Then and Now” / Barron H. Lerner, Professor of Medicine & Population Health, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • “Bioethics and Library Resources” / Martina Darragh, Deputy Director of Reference, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
  • “The Evolving Librarian” / Michelle Kraft, Senior Medical Librarian, Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library; President Elect, Medical Library Association

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 / 9 am – 5 pm

Where:  New Jersey Hospital Association, 760 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ – an easy drive with plenty of parking and accessible via public transit

Cost:

  • HSLANJ & Philadelphia Regional Chapter Members: $65
  • Students/Retirees/Between Jobs: $40
  • Non-Members: $100

Register at:  http://www.mlaphil.wildapricot.org/event-1843624

HSLANJ and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter wish to thank the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region for their generous financial support of this joint meeting.

Native Voices Exhibit in Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Falk Library in Pittsburgh, PA will be hosting a new NLM traveling exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, from March 17, 2015 through May 31, 2015.

To promote the exhibit, a few resources have been developed:

Evidence-Based Practice Online CE Course

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

This asynchronous online course is designed to introduce health and information professionals to the principles of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) including the steps of the EBP process, understanding the literature of evidence, and an overview of epidemiological concepts. Recorded lectures, independent readings, assignments, and threaded discussions provide an opportunity for assimilation, interaction, and exchange of ideas. Formative feedback will be given throughout the course.

It will take approximately 20-30 hours to complete the course.  Consider reserving 3 hours of dedicated time per unit for optimum benefit.   The course is approved for 21 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits.

Instructors:  An experienced group of University of Illinois at Chicago instructors from the Library of the Health Sciences, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Medical Education will lead the course.  They are:  Sandy DeGroote, MLIS; Jo Dorsch, MALS; Carmen Howard, MSLS; Emily Johnson, MLIS, Jordan Hupert, MD; and Alan Schwartz, PhD. Course instructors will be available by e-mail to answer questions or provide guidance.

Requirements:  Access to the course is through UIC’s Blackboard system. Once you are registered you will receive a temporary UIC NetID and password for access.  If you are in a hospital environment, you should check with your IT department to determine if there are firewalls that would interfere with your ability to access all aspects of the class.

You will also need:

  • Internet Access
  • Word or Open Office
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Windows Media Player or comparable media software

A short tutorial is available for those not familiar with Blackboard.  All readings will be available from the course site.  There is no required text, but having one of these texts for reference is recommended:

1.  Straus SE, et al.  Evidence-Based Medicine:  How to Practice and Teach EBM
2.  Badenoch D, Heneghan C.  Evidence-based Medicine Toolkit
3.  Glaxziou P, et al.  Evidence-Based Practice Workbook.

  1. Guyatt G., et al. Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature.  Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice.

Registration

Cost is $150.00.  The course runs from March 16th – April 26th, 2015.  The course is limited to 25 registrants.

To register: https://appserv7.admin.uillinois.edu/FormBuilderSurvey/Survey/UIC_Library/Health_Sciences/Evidence_Based_Practice___Spring_2015/.

You will be asked for information that is required to establish access to the course site.

Payment may be made online or by sending a check for $150.00 made payable to the University of Illinois at Chicago to:

EBP Online – Emama Muhlim

UIC Library of the Health Sciences

MC 763

1750 W. Polk St.

Chicago, Illinois 60612

 

For additional information, please email lib-pref@uic.edu.