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Drug Information Portal (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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

Presenter:          Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date / Time:      Thursday, May 8 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:               Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  The Drug Information Portal gives users a gateway to selected drug information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other key U.S. government agencies.  Resources include consumer health and clinical NLM research resources; resources organized by audience and class; and other NIH and government resources such as the FDA, DEA, and CDC.  This session will provide an overview of the Portal, describe resources linked from the Portal, and demonstrate sample searches.

Announcing 1st Ever America’s PrepareAthon!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national and community-based campaign for action designed to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.  The overarching goal of the campaign is to increase the number of people who understand the hazards most relevant to their community, know the steps to take to protect themselves and their families and practice these steps.

America’s PrepareAthon! builds on existing preparedness campaigns by providing free downloadable materials including step-by-step implementation guides for workplaces, schools, houses of worship, community-based organizations, and the whole community to learn the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur.  Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.

Throughout the year, organizations can organize community days of action to encourage individuals to discuss, practice, and train for relevant hazards.  Twice a year, in the spring and fall, America’s PrepareAthon! will hold two national days of action.  The national day of action is April 30, 2014 and will focus on preparing organizations and individuals for tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and wild fires.  The second national day of action year will be September 30, 2014.

To learn more about America’s PrepareAthon!, its supporters and to register your activity, visit  Follow the latest preparedness conversation on Twitter @PrepareAthon using #PrepareAthon.  If you have any questions, please send your comments to

Mass Gatherings – Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The University of North Carolina Gillings School Of Global Public Health hosted a webinar on February 27th, 2014, that provided an overview of the Boston Marathon, the public health concerns before the race, the communication and information needs after the bombing, and a summary of lessons learned. The Marathon was used as a case study example to assist others in preparing for public health concerns for future mass gatherings.  The free webinar has been added to the Biosurveillance Knowledge Repository, created by the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center along with support materials for those who are interested in more in-depth information.

This App Tells Loved Ones You’re OK After a Bombing

Friday, April 18th, 2014

From The Atlantic April 17, 2014

This App Tells Loved Ones That You’re OK After a Bombing

A woman in Paris developed this app that posts a message to Twitter with the hashtags.  There are a preselected group of hashtags and new ones can be added.  The update can be posted to Facebook via the app.

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014


Awardee:  Robyn Hillman-Harrigan, Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project
Project:  Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project Technology Improvement from Superstorm Sandy

Awardee:  Elizabeth Irish, Schaffer Library of Health Sciences, Albany Medical College
Project:  Educating K-12 Professionals to Meet the Health Information Needs of Special Needs Children and Their Parents: A Collaborative Outreach Project of Albany Medical College and the East Greenbush Central School District

Awardee:  Michele Klein-Fedyshin, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Project:  Assessment of Information Literary Skills and Training Needs of Hospice Nurses

Date / Time:   Thursday, April 24, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

  • If you’re unable to connect for any reason, then join us by phone:  1-888-850-4523, Participant Code:  172486.

Value Study Article Wins Eliot Prize from MLA

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

The January 2013 JMLA article on the Value Study was selected as the recipient of the Eliot Prize for publication of the year.

ICD-10 Delayed Until October 2015

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Librarians Adding Value to EHRs: Infobuttons and Meaningful Uses

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Champion for Coverage Weekly Newsletter

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Over 7.1 million enrolled! Now that is a historic achievement to celebrate! THANK YOU, thank you, for your extraordinary contribution to meeting this incredible milestone.

In the next few months, we will keep contact with you via emails and conference calls to keep you in the loop with the latest information. We know the work continues with ensuring that your networks and constituents are well-informed about how to access their health care benefits and to prepare the countless others who can still benefit from coverage through the Marketplace during the 2015 open enrollment period, running from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

Please let us know about your experience!

Please contact us at to let us know about your outreach and education experiences; what worked well, what can be improved, etc. This way, you can help us make improvements and make for an even better 2015 open enrollment.

Please click here for the full April 4 Champion newsletter:

-CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group

MedlinePlus Connect Now Supports ICD-10-CM

Friday, April 4th, 2014

We are pleased to announce that MedlinePlus Connect now supports queries using ICD-10-CM codes. Upon receiving a problem code request with an ICD-10-CM code, MedlinePlus Connect returns relevant, patient-friendly health information from MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, and other reliable health resources. We will continue to support ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT codes for problem code requests.

As you may have read in the news, the use of ICD-10 as a required standard might be delayed. Even so, many users have asked for MedlinePlus Connect to support ICD-10 so they can start testing it with their systems, so we are excited to release this enhancement.

Learn more:

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Try it out:

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Rex Robison, PhD, MLS, AHIP
National Library of Medicine