A new report from the Institute of Medicine, released on Thursday, assessed “efforts to evaluate and improve psychological health services for military members and their families.” The review panel said that DOD, “…should develop, track, and evaluate programs based on scientific evidence to ensure their effectiveness… DOD has implemented numerous resilience and prevention programs — mostly focused on individual-level interventions — that address various aspects of psychological health. While some of these programs have demonstrated effectiveness, many are not evidence-based and are evaluated infrequently.”
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The Journal of General Internal Medicine published a commentary this month that gives physicians guidance on their role in implementing health literate health care organizations. Physicians’ responsibilities to address health literacy are not restricted to improving the clinical encounter, declared authors Cindy Brach, Benard Dreyer, and Dean Schillinger. For health care organizations to become health literate, physicians must also be willing to serve as health literacy champions.
The authors detail actions physicians can take to implement each of the ten attributes of health literate health care organizations, as described in an Institute of Medicine discussion paper by Brach et al. The article also points readers to the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to help physicians lead their practices in implementing health literacy universal precautions.
Access the commentary, Physicians’ Roles in Creating Health Literate Organizations: A Call to Action at: http://download.springer.com/static/pdf/971/art%253A10.1007%252Fs11606-013-2619-6.pdf?auth66=1391696763_424f051436ab0a4f7e4655d453e7045c&ext=.pdf
To access Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations, go to: http://iom.edu/~/media/Files/Perspectives-Files/2012/Discussion-Papers/BPH-Health-Lit-10-Attributes-of-Health-Lit-Orgs.pdf
To access the Health Literacy Universal PrecautionsToolkit, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/literacy-toolkit/index.html
Check out the February issue <http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/feb2014> of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:
Stop the Spread of Superbugs
Help Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria <http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Feb2014/Feature1
Antibiotics can destroy many types of bacteria that can make us sick. Sadly, our overuse of antibiotics is helping to create new drug-resistant “superbugs” that are difficult to defeat
Gripped by Gout
Avoiding the Ache and Agony <http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Feb2014/Feature2>
Sudden, painful swelling at the base of the big toe is often the first warning sign of gout. It can affect other joints as well. The good news is, most types of gout are treatable, especially if caught early.
* Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk <http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Feb2014/Capsule1>
* Caring for a Seriously Ill Child <http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Feb2014/Capsule2>
* Featured Website: NIDA for Teens <http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Feb2014/Capsule3>
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Beyond the SEA – February 19, 2014 – HL7, Meaningful Use Stage 2, Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval and Libraries
TIME: Noon – 1:30 PM
This is an exciting opportunity for health sciences librarians to learn what major online publishers are doing to ensure a smooth transition.
Calendar year 2014 ushers in Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 <http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Stage_2.html> – advanced clinical processes for hospitals utilizing certified electronic health record systems (EHRs). Publishers (and EHR vendors) are putting appropriate platforms in place for clinical decision support resources so that EHRs certified <http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/certification-process-ehr-technologies> for MU Stage 2 and associated hospitals can complete CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) attestation <http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/RegistrationandAttestation.html> requirements for the transmission of patient-specific information. EHR technology that has been certified for the 2014 Edition standards/certification criteria will have been tested for enhanced CQM-related capabilities which means that eligible hospitals will be required to report using the new 2014 CQM criteria <http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/2014_CQM_EH_FinalRule.pdf> regardless of whether they are participating in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of MU Incentive Programs. The MU Stage 2 Core Criterion Number 5’s <http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/downloads/Stage2_HospitalCore_5_ClinicalDecisionSupport.pdf> objective is to, “use clinical decision support to improve performance on high priority health conditions” via the HL7 Version 3 Standard <http://wiki.hl7.org/index.php?title=Product_Infobutton#Releases> should interest librarians, because the criterion requires clinical users of EHRs to functionally interact with diagnostic and therapeutic reference resources in a patient specific, context-aware manner.
EBSCO Information Services – Senior Director of Medical Market Development
Ms. Breen is responsible for product management and market strategy for EBSCO’s evidence-based point-of-care product lines. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare technology market with a strong knowledge of integration, implementation and change management within hospitals and healthcare organizations. Breen joined EBSCO in 2006 and has led the effort to ensure all EBSCO Health products meet data and interoperability needs within clinical systems while ensuring compliance to clinical decision support standards such the Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Standard and Meaningful Use.
Michelle Troseth, RN
Elsevier Clinical Solutions: Chief Professional Practice Officer
Ms. Troseth provides clinical leadership and engagement strategies both to Elsevier clients as well as a contributing thought leader in the healthcare community. She has over 25 years of experience focused on large-scale healthcare transformations.
Technical Product Manager: Elsevier lead on HL7 Infobutton technologies
Ms. Haltermann will demo the Elsevier infobutton
What do you need to join these conferences?
• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone
How do I connect?
Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea
• Enter as a Guest
• Sign in with your first and last name
Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.
The current enrollment period for individuals seeking health care coverage in the health insurance marketplace is still open! There are many resources to support organizations and individuals in obtaining the information they need about this component of the Affordable Care Act. The following resources are intended to support libraries as they develop their own priorities for responding to patron inquiries in this area.
- HealthCare.gov provides an excellent overview of key topics, questions, and answers related to the health insurance marketplace for individuals, families, and businesses, at: https://www.healthcare.gov/all-topics/
- The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative provides cross-disability information and support for Navigators and other enrollment specialists. More information, including access to a comprehensive guide for serving individuals with disabilities in the ACA marketplace, is available at: http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/
- If you missed our January webinar on Health Information Resources For Library Staff, you can access the free archive at anytime at: http://webjunction.org/events/webjunction/health-information-resources-for-library-staff.html
- Registration is now open for our March 27 webinar on strategies for Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement in your local health information services. To register, visit: http://webjunction.org/events/webjunction/prioritizing-patron-and-partner-engagement.html
Do you have questions or input about libraries supporting community health information needs? Email us at any time! Thanks for your continued interest in Health Happens in Libraries, and for supporting our efforts to connect libraries with useful health information resources.
NN/LM MAR announces a new round of funding for projects to be completed May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015.
- New! Emergency Preparedness / Library Partnerships
- New! Health Information Awareness
- Outreach to Consumers: now includes funding for underserved, minority populations
- Medical Library Projects
- Exhibitor Awards: now includes K-12 nurses, health / science teachers or librarians
- Professional Development
- Outreach to Health Professionals: now includes funding for…
- community college faculty, librarians and/or students affiliated with health sciences programs at their college
- minority health students or health professionals, or health professionals serving medically underserved areas / populations
Apply now! Applications accepted until March 14, 2014: http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/
To learn about funding MAR has awarded previously:
NOTE: If MAR Network members are interested in this workshop, consider applying for a Professional Development Award. We have some limited funds available for events to be completed by 4/30/2014: http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/prof_dev_awards2014.html
Limited Spaces Available: Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians
April 7 – 9, 2014
2.5 Days – 20 MLA Continuing Education Credits
Where: Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Take your search skills and librarian expertise to the next level by attending this 2.5 day workshop. This course provides a comprehensive framework and discussion of the librarian’s role in the systematic
review process, with special emphasis on successful completion of the literature search.
Sessions will feature a mixture of small and large group discussion, interactive lectures, and hands-on exercises. Topics covered will include: 1) Understanding the structure and purpose of systematic
reviews; 2) The reference interview and communication issues; 3) Approaches to comprehensive literature searching; and 4) Project organization.
Who should attend: Health science and medical librarians who aspire to learn more about the comprehensive literature search process and to advance their core knowledge required for systematic review collaboration.
For more information and registration: http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/systematicreview
WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar
WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.
TOPIC: Training Classes for Public Health Preparedness and Response
The public health workforce, other disaster-related professionals, volunteers and the many others who support their work need continuous training to maintain and advance their skill sets. This webinar and conference call will feature representatives from TRAIN (https://www.train.org), the Public Health Foundation’s free learning resource for searching, registering for and tracking on-site or distance learning courses. Dr. Lois Banks, TRAIN Director, and Erin Bougie, TRAIN Program Assistant, will demonstrate how TRAIN operates as a tool for both learners and course providers. Representatives from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center will also share information about accessing training courses through the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov).
LOGIN: To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, February 13th, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo
- Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
- A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
- Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
- For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
- Dial-In: 1-888-757-2790
- Pass-Code: 745907
Or, if you are in the area you can attend the meeting in person at our offices at 6707 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD, Suite 440. Park in the visitor’s parking lot (we will validate your parking), walk to the middle building (Democracy Two) and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Suite 440 is around the corner behind the elevators.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html
As of January 13, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting voluntary and mandatory reports of dietary supplement adverse events online.
The secure reporting portal was implemented to simplify and allow for easy reporting of these events by manufacturers, distributers and the public. The FDA will also continue to accept paper 3500A and 3500 reporting forms.
The Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act requires the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of a dietary supplement marketed in the United States to report to the FDA any serious adverse events received when their product is used in the United States. The FDA also strongly encourages physicians to file voluntary reports of adverse events experienced by their patients after using dietary supplements.
The new online reporting capability is now available through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Safety Reporting Portal. To submit a dietary supplement adverse event report, please visit www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov.
AHRQ in collaboration with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), is hosting a Webinar on February 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET, on the use of evidence-based recommendations to inform clinical practice. After participating in this Webinar, advanced-practice nurses will be able to:
- Describe the five major steps in conducting a systematic review.
- List the evidence-based resources available on the AHRQ Web site, including those available through the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program.
- Locate the resources available on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Web site, including the Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) tool.
- Explain how the EHC Program resources, USPSTF recommendations, and the ePSS tool can be integrated into clinical decisionmaking by advanced-practice nurses.
- Download the ePSS application to a personal digital assistant or mobile device.
Select to register.
This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standard and is approved f