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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, 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.

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.

Great CE Opportunity

Friday, March 7th, 2014


In observance of Patient Safety Week (March 2-8), the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries CE Committee presents a continuing education opportunity, The Librarian’s Role in Failure Mode & Effects Analysis: A Knowledge Management Opportunity. This is an Adobe Connect recording of a program originally presented on January 27, 2014. It is taught by Jeannine Gluck, who has been trained in the FMEA process and has participated in FMEAs in her own institution.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis is a method used by quality improvement staff to identify and prevent failure before it occurs. The aim is to increase the safety of a clinical process. They ask where a process can go wrong, and the effects and causes of those failures. For the most serious among them, steps are redesigned to avoid the identified pitfalls. Librarians’ skills in managing information and knowledge can help the FMEA process. In short, others supply the clinical knowledge, and the librarian corrals that content into a form that helps ensure success of the endeavor. This practical webinar covers the basic steps in an FMEA, and for each, shows where and how the librarian’s skills can be applied.

Cost is $15. Registration is through NAHSL’s Wild Apricot site, at Once your registration has been received, you will receive an e-mail with further details. You can view the recording at any time, and earn one MLA CE credit by answering a couple of brief questions.

If you are a NAHSL member who has already registered for the webinar, e-mail me for access to the recording.

Jeannine Cyr Gluck, MLS, AHIP

Director of the Library (and NAHSL CE Chair)

Eastern Connecticut Health Network

71 Haynes St. Manchester, CT 06040

Embedded and Empowered: Making an Impact with Embedded Librarianship

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Your colleagues from the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey invite you to join them on Thursday, April 3rd for an exciting continuing education offering on embedded librarianship.

Please visit the HSLANJ Website for more information and registration details.

See you on April 3rd!

Libraries Building Strong Community Partnerships

Friday, March 7th, 2014

As trusted centers of the community, libraries are in a unique position to attract potential partners, and to provide resources and benefits to organizations with common goals. In a time of diminishing funds and increasing demands, partnerships are essential to meeting community needs, and to sustaining an active and engaging environment for customers. This month, we focus on tools and tips for successful partnerships and collaboration.

Key Resources:

From starting new partnerships, to sustaining healthy long-term relationships, WebJunction has resources to help, including two new webinars:

In Community Connections: Break with Tradition! discover how new partnerships can lead to programming and events that promote health, literacy and entertainment for the whole community. Presenters discuss efforts that extend the library’s reach and support, and strengthen community relationships, all at little or no cost.

Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement explores the positive partnership between medical libraries and public libraries. The project team leads an interactive session on how libraries can integrate best practices into local health information service priorities.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The 2014 New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians will be held June 11-13 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  Science Boot Camp is a fun and affordable 2 ½ day immersion into science topics offering opportunities for librarians and library students interested in science, health sciences, and technology to learn, meet and network in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Now in its sixth year, the New England Science Boot Camp has been hosted on multiple New England campuses and has been attended by librarians and library students from various regions of the US and beyond-and inspired the development of other Science Boot Camps in the West, Southeast, and Canada!

The topics for this year’s SBC science sessions include:

  • Pharmaceutical science
  • Evolution
  • Computer Science

Each science session will include one scientist presenting an overview of the field, a second scientist discussing research applications within the field, and a final half hour librarian-facilitated discussion with the two scientists about their publications, data management, their use of library services, and ideas for new ways that libraries can support their research.

The Capstone session will feature Citizen Science and a breakout session for boot camp attendees to meet with researchers and conduct research interviews with them (back by popular demand!)

What can you expect to get out of Science Boot Camp?
For each of the focus topics covered at Science Boot Camp’s science sessions, Science Boot Campers will be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the field and its foundational ideas
  • Understand and be able to use terminologies for the field
  • Identify the big questions that this field is exploring
  • Discuss new directions for research in this field
  • Discuss what questions research in this field is addressing
  • Understand how research is conducted, what instrumentation is used, and how data is captured
  • Identify how researchers share information within their fields beyond publications
  • Share insights into what current research in the field is discovering and implications of these discoveries
  • Share insights into how researchers in specific fields collaborate with librarian subject specialists now and how they might collaborate in the future.
  • Identify new ways that librarians can support their research communities

Additionally, following the Capstone session, boot campers will be able to:

  • Explain issues and challenges related to conducting Citizen Science research
  • Identify common data management concerns of researchers and conduct research interviews at their institutions

Registration for Science Boot Camp will open on April 9th and will be announced, along with the link to the 2014 Science Boot Camp site.  Registration fees are $275 for the full 2 ½ days-this applies to both overnight campers and commuters. The one day registration fee is $125.

Are you new to Science Boot Camp? Check out videos and guides from past Science Boot Camps at

Donnna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA  01655

Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is Retiring

Friday, February 28th, 2014

NN/LM MAR is saying goodbye to our friend and leader, Dr. Angela Ruffin, as she retires:

Winter Issue of MAReport Newsletter Available

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Check out the Winter 2014 issue of our newsletter, The MAReport

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Announcing a New Online Webinar Series: Focus on NLM Resources

Friday, February 28th, 2014

MAR is pleased to announce our new bi-monthly series.  Learn about what we have in store for the future:

First Session:  PubMed Health

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.

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

MLA congratulates the 2014 recipients of MLA awards, grants, and scholarships. All recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony / Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, IL, on May 19th.

MAR is delighted to announce that two of our regional members are winners!

Fellowship (MLA Fellows are members elected by the Board of Directors, for sustained and outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship and to the advancement of the purposes of MLA.)

  • Prudence W. Dalrymple, AHIP, FMLA, Institute for Healthcare Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Janet Doe Lectureship for 2015 (To be delivered at MLA 2015.  The Janet Doe Lecturer is an individual chosen annually by MLA for their  unique perspective on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship. The Janet Doe Lectureship is one of the highest honors MLA has to offer.)

  • Barbara A. Epstein, AHIP, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA