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NLM Resource Update: ToxLearn Module II Now Available

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) ToxLearn, Module II: Cells and Tissues: Injury and Repair is now available. It offers an introduction to biological molecules, cells, tissues, and organs, and to how they might be affected by toxicants. It also explains principles of cell damage and tissue repair and reviews physiological and morphological changes.

Created in partnership with the Society of Toxicology, ToxLearn is a multi-module online learning tool that provides an introduction to basic principles of toxicology. It can be used as a supplementary curriculum to a first-level undergraduate toxicology course and can assist users in interpreting search retrieval from NLM’s TOXNET databases.

ToxLearn Module I: Introduction to Toxicology and Dose-Response is also available. ToxLearn Modules 1 and 2 update some of the information in the earlier Tox Tutor.

IOM Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology Workshop

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy on March 24, 2015 for the workshop Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology.

The workshop will include presentations on health literate digital design strategies, consumer engagement in health IT, health IT and select populations and reactors from industry, federal government, and non-profit sectors. The workshop will take place in Washington, DC and be webcast for free on the IOM website.

For more information, registration, and webcast please visit: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2015-MAR-24.aspx

The topics to be covered include:

  • Health Literate Digital Design and Strategies
  • Design specifications for apps
  • The Federal Digital Strategy and Health Literacy
  • Patient Portals
  • Catalyzing Widespread Informed Engagement
  • Skills needed by Health Professionals to interface with consumers around consumer generated information?
  • Incentives for Consumer Engagement
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
  • Health IT and Select Populations
  • Issues and Use in Native American Populations
  • Mobile Technologies for Pregnant Women and New Mothers
  • Lessons Learned from the Workshop: Digital Health Strategies, Health Disparities, and Health Equity: The Promises and Perils of Technology

If you are interested in a specific topic, you can tune in to the live webcast at that time.

NCBI Homepage Update: Action Buttons and Category Pages

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The NCBI homepage has six new buttons on it: Submit, Download, Learn, Develop, Analyze, and Research. Each of these leads to an action page devoted to a particular set of services. These action pages allow easy access to the pages and resources you need to complete tasks. For instance, you can: Find information about the Entrez API; Find an upcoming NCBI webinar, Find an NCBI tool that designs PCR primers, and much more! On the new action pages, you’ll also see six categories in the header: Literature, Health, Genomes, Genes, Proteins, and Chemicals. These category pages highlight useful databases, tools and resources for each of the topics all in one place.

Also included is a blue Feedback button on the left side of the Download, Learn, Develop, and Analyze pages so that you can send comments to NCBI. More information about the new homepage will be released on NCBI News and to the blog, NCBI Insights.

DOCLINE Routing Tables

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Date / Time: Wednesday, March 11th / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Where: Online / No Registration Required

Register: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/memberservices

Summary: Audience: Anyone involved in Resource Sharing. This class will provide an in-depth look into DOCLINE Routing Tables. Participants will learn about using their Borrowing Preferences, brief explanation of copyright compliance, editing Routing Tables, M/A/N Map, setting up Lending Options, and more!   A collaborative project of coordinators in the Greater Midwest, Middle Atlantic, MidContinental, and Pacific Northwest regions. 1 MLA CE.

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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

Date / Time:       March 23rd and 30th / 2 – 3:30 pm (ET)

Where:               Online

Register:              http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=39

Summary: Audience: Health Professionals, Information Professionals. This class is a fun, fast-paced, and informative update on today’s hottest technology trends.  Content will be presented with a “can-do” focus intended to encourage participants to investigate at least one technology for implementation in their institution.  4 MLA CEs.

MAR-Funded Study Needs Primary Care Providers to Test and Use a Clinical Information Tool

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or other providers practicing in community health centers and primary care practices are invited to participate in a Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh study.

The purpose of this study is to validate whether or not a web-based clinical information tool provides access to free relevant information that can be used at the point-of-care.

For this reason, the study needs primary care providers working in community-based or primary care settings to individually volunteer for one month to use a website to answer their day-to-day patient care questions. The use of the web-based clinical information tool will take place where the provider currently uses the Internet to do this task. At the end of the month, these providers will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about their perception of the site. This questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Primary care providers willing to participate in this validation study will receive an email containing directions on how to access the site, a short video about the site, and other instructional information for the study.

Web analytic software will be used to monitor the use of the site through collecting and analyzing non-identifiable usage information. Non-identifiable usage information includes search feature usage, keywords used in search, and time spent on the site.

There are no foreseeable risks associated with using this website or with completion of the online questionnaire. All references to study participant names, and any other identifiable data, will be kept anonymous if used in any report, presentation, or publication.

Participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time.

After completion of the study and the questionnaire, each participant will receive a $500 stipend in a prepaid debit card, along with instructions on how to activate the card.

Whether or not you choose to participate in this study will have no effect on your relationship with NN/LM MAR or with the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

If you have any questions or wish to participate, contact Charlie Wessel, Principal Investigator, by phone at (412) 648-8730 or by email at cbw@pitt.edu.

Charles B. Wessel, M.L.S.

Head of Research & Reference Initiatives

Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

MAR Announces the Winter Issue of the MAReport Newsletter

Friday, March 6th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the new issue of our newsletter, The MAReport. We have a nice range of topics in this issue.  We want to highlight the interesting “Member Spotlight” article by Valli Hoski.

MedlinePlus No Longer Providing Interactive Tutorial Modules

Friday, March 6th, 2015

As of Friday, February 27, the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus resource is no longer providing a library of interactive tutorials from the Patient Education Institute. The Anatomy and Surgery videos remain available.

This decision is based on trends NLM has observed from users, and the desire to provide information that most closely aligns with user needs. NLM welcomes feedback about how MedlinePlus information should be presented and what type of content is missing. Feel free to send suggestions or comments through the Contact Us form.

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.