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NLM Announces Pill Image Recognition Request for Information

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has issued a call for participation in a Pill Image Recognition (PIR) Request for Information (RFI). Unidentified and misidentified prescription pills present challenges for individuals and professionals. Unidentified pills can be found by family members, health professionals, educators, and law enforcement. The nine out of 10 US citizens over age 65 who take more than one prescription pill can be prone to misidentifying those pills.

This PIR RFI is a pilot for a forthcoming PIR Challenge whose goal is to develop smart phone apps that individuals can use to take pictures of prescription pills and then search for and retrieve pill images and associated data of likely matches in an NLM database. NLM anticipates that respondents will include professionals and students, individually or in teams, in computer vision and computer graphics working on content-based image retrieval. Instructions for responding to the RFI are available on the PIR website.

The deadline for submissions to this RFI is Monday, April 27, 2015.

Environmental Health Information for Consumers (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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

Date / Time:  February 3rd / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Want to know what’s in your toothpaste?  Curious about fracking?  Is your child looking for their next science project?  NLM has a number of environmental health information resources for kids, teens, and adults.  In this session, we will demo these interactive resources and discuss ways to use them for reference, outreach and personal use.  These resources will include the Household Products Database, ToxTown, ToxMystery, and the Environmental Health Student Portal.

Transforming the Historical Medical Library (Boost Box session)

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Presenter:  Beth Lander, College Librarian and Joseph Anderson, Digital Projects Librarian / Historical Medical Library, College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date / Time:  February 10th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  In December 2013, the Historical Medical Library (HML) of the College of Physicians launched its Digital Library in order to provide access to its collections to a broader audience.  Join Beth Lander, College Librarian, in a discussion of where to make the best initial investment to start a digital library, how to use metadata effectively, and what the future holds as the HML seeks to transform itself into the “Mütter Library.”

Are You Ready? Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Health Information Resources for Families and the Community

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Presenter:  Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  February 20th / 2 – 3 pm (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=827

Summary:  This class covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for family, friends and caregivers.  Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted.  Audience: consumers, public and consumer health librarians, pre-hospital responders, health care professionals, first-responders or disaster preparedness administrators.  1 MLA CE.

Hospital & Academic Librarians: This ACA Symposium is for You!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Affordable Care Act / Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference

  • Do you know how ACA impacts reimbursements and your hospital’s budget?
  • Do you need help demystifying meaningful use, reimbursements, HCAHPS scores, and more?
  • Can you recognize/anticipate and support your hospital’s ACA-driven operational and service line changes?
  • Do you know how health literacy impacts the ACA?
  • Do you have an interest in developing partnerships for outreach and education?

When:             Friday, April 24, 2015 (Registration deadline:  April 10, 2015)

Where:            Sonesta Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost:                This symposium is funded by NN/LM MAR.  There is no registration fee.

NN/LM MAR network members are eligible to apply for reimbursement of travel expenses—apply early!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/maracastipend

Details:           http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access2015/

Registrationhttp://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access_register/

Hotel:              Sonesta Philadelphia / Special rate available using the name “MAR”

MLA CEs:         Attendance qualifies for MLA continuing education credits

Public Librarians: This ACA Symposium is for You!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Affordable Care Act / Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference

Do you want to increase your comfort level when helping library users access health insurance information and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

  • Do you understand how the Marketplace works?
  • Do you need help demystifying ACA terms such as “meaningful use”?
  • What everyday challenges do library users face when they enroll?
  • Are you concerned about the privacy and security of library users’ personal information?
  • Have you thought about partnerships for outreach, education, and health literacy?

When:             Friday, April 24, 2015 (Registration deadline:  April 10, 2015)

Where:            Sonesta Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost:                This symposium is funded by NN/LM MAR.  There is no registration fee.

NN/LM MAR network members are eligible to apply for reimbursement of travel expenses—apply early!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/maracastipend

Details:           http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access2015/

Registrationhttp://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access_register/

Hotel:              Sonesta Philadelphia / Special rate available using the name “MAR”

MLA CEs:         Attendance qualifies for continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA)

Health Information in Multiple Languages

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Did you know that many patients and healthcare providers often have difficulty identifying good sources of non-English language health information? Many librarians, health care providers and patients are familiar with MedlinePlus.gov. What they may not know is that the National Library of Medicine also provides health related articles in 44 other languages; from Amharic and Arabic, to Urdu and Vietnamese. Spanish has it’s own MedlinePlus site, MedlinePlus en español. Foreign language teachers and students can also use these articles for language learning and practice.

This service benefits people who prefer to read health information in their native language. Users can navigate the collection of health information in multiple languages either by language or by topic. A page listing all of the languages covered is linked from the bottom right corner of MedlinePlus.gov’s homepage. Users can browse these languages and click through to the page listing all of the topics covered for a given language. Additionally, a languages box is displayed on the right side of the English language Health Topic pages. The languages box lists the languages with links on that topic in MedlinePlus. This box also links users to the collection of health information in multiple languages.

Health information in multiple languages serves many people around the world. This benefits those who have a better understanding when they read the health information in their native language. Physicians, health clinic personnel, hospital librarians and public librarians serve patients and care givers who seek health information in their native languages. Please share this excellent resource with those you know who may benefit from understanding more about their health and wellness in their own language.

Direct link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/languages.html

Measles and Vaccinations

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Fifteen years ago, measles was considered eliminated from the United States. However, in recent weeks the number of people infected with measles has gone up to 78 since an outbreak in California’s Disneyland.  In 2014 alone there were 644 reported cases in the United States. Many of those infected were never vaccinated for various reasons.  One of the primary reasons is parent’s fear or concerns regarding the measles vaccine.  Many people may not realize the devastating effects measles can have and therefore do not fear the disease but tend to fear the vaccine due to hearing about possible side effects and reports of its link to Autism which more recent research has disputed

According to the Center for Disease Control, measles is a very contagious disease.  It remains active in the air and on surfaces up to 2 hours.  Generally, symptoms appear about 7-14 days after exposure and often with cough, runny nose, fever, and watery eyes.  Two to three days after first symptoms begin, white spots appear inside the mouth. Following that, a rash begins, starting at the head and spreading down to the rest of the body, usually appearing about 3-5 days from the first signs of being sick.  Serious complications from measles can include pneumonia and encephalitis, which can lead to long-term deafness or brain damage. There is no known cure for measles.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Family  Physicians highly recommend that children get the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine at age 12 to 15 months and again at 4 to 6 years.  This two dose method is considered the best method in protecting against measles, mumps, and rubella.

The most common side effects of the MMR vaccine are fever and a mild rash. The MMR, like any substance, can have side effects some of which can be serious.  However, the risks of serious side effects is very small.  The effects of measles is much more dangerous.

For more information and questions about measles and the MMR vaccine:

  • Contact your local or state health department
  • Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO)
  • MedlinePlus page on the MMR vaccine or measles
  • CDC page on the MMR vaccine or measles

It is important to keep records of vaccinations.  This information is often needed for school, sports, travel, and child care.  Keeping track of vaccinations is made easier with the CDC charts for children from birth to 6 years old and a chart for children ages 7-18 as well as general vaccination information for parents.

New Tools to Help Consumers during Tax Season

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Today, CMS released new tools to help consumers during the upcoming tax filing season.  The 2015 tax season is the first time individuals and families will be asked for some basic information regarding their health insurance on their tax returns.  Specifically, CMS has made available two tools to help consumers fill out IRS Forms 8962 and 8965.  One tool helps consumers determine the amount of their 2014 Premium Tax Credit for Form 8962.  The second tool helps consumers determine whether or not they qualify for the exemption for coverage being unaffordable, for Form 8965.

While the vast majority of tax filers – over three quarters – will just need to check a box on their tax return indicating they had health coverage for all of 2014, people who purchased coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, or decided not to enroll in coverage, should be aware of the additional steps that will be a part of the tax filing process starting this year. Consumers will have questions about this new process and the Administration is committed to providing the information and tools tax filers need to understand the new requirements.

These tools can be accessed:   https://www.healthcare.gov/taxes/

In addition, CMS has posted a new fact sheet for consumers about health coverage and federal income taxes as well as specific information on different types of exemptions.

The fact sheet can be found here: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/factsheets/2015/01/health-coverage-federal-income-taxes.html

The ECRI Institute’s 2015 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The ECRI Institute’s newly released 2015 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List describes technologies and infrastructure issues expected to affect hospitals during the next 12 to 18 months. Topics include disinfection robots, 3-D biologic printing, anti-obesity devices, and post-discharge clinics. Download the free guide to new and emerging technologies on the ECRI Institute website.

Important note:  ECRI Institute encourages the dissemination of the registration hyperlink, www.ecri.org/2015watchlist, but prohibits the direct dissemination, posting, or republishing of this work, without prior permission.