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Low Cost Mapping Tools for Community-Based Organizations

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Community Health Maps Blog is an initiative designed to share information about free and low cost and easy-to-use applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools. The goal is to help community-based and other types of small organizations collect and visualize information about their communities with an eye towards using these techniques to support planning and decision-making about community health. The tools discussed on the Community Health Maps Blog can support the collection and visualization of health statistics, demographic information, community resources, and events, thereby facilitating a better understanding of community conditions.

The interactive nature of blogging helps Community Health Maps share information about hardware platforms and software applications available to communities as they consider how, or if, they might use GIS. NLM encourages the submission of blog postings by those who use such resources to carry out projects within their communities, as well as those who have identified additional applications that may be of interest for this purpose.

NLM VSAC Publishes Annual Update for 2014 Eligible Professional CQM Value Sets

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has published the annual update for the 2014 Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) Value Sets. The update includes revised value sets to address deleted and remapped codes in the latest terminology versions, as well as new codes for addressing CQM logic corrections and clarifications. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) update these electronic reporting specifications annually to ensure that the specifications align with current clinical guidelines and terminologies, and that they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.

The VSAC offers a Downloadable Resource Table, accessible from the Download tab on the VSAC Web page, that provides prepackaged downloads for the most recently updated and released 2014 CQM Value Sets, as well as for previously released versions. Access to the Value Set Authority Center requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License. NLM also provides the Data Element Catalog that identifies data element names (value set names) required for capture in electronic health record technology certified under the 2014 Edition of the ONC Standards and Certification Criteria. The NLM update of the VSAC coincides with the CMS posting of the official updated 2014 Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measures.

The following resources are available to help health care providers and vendors navigate the 2014 CQMs:

NLM: Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) Provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures.

AHRQ: United States Healthcare Knowledge Database (USHIK) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Web site with 2014 eCQMs and other health information technology resources. This site provides a number of formats for viewing, downloading, and comparing versions of eCQMs and their value sets.

CMS: eCQM Library Guidance for understanding and using Eligible Hospital and the Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measures.

ONC: Clinical Quality Measure Feedback System ONC encourages the EHR technology developer and user communities to provide feedback regarding the implementation, structure, intent, and data elements pertaining to CQMs.

Questions? Contact NLM Value Set Authority Center Help.

Federal Pain Research Database Launched: Interagency Pain Research Portfolio

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies. Pain is a symptom of many disorders; chronic pain can present as a disease in of itself. The economic cost of pain is estimated to be hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lost wages and productivity.
 

Users of the database easily can search over 1,200 research projects in a multi-tiered system. In Tier 1, grants are organized as basic, translational (research that can be applied to diseases), or clinical research projects. In Tier 2, grants are sorted among 29 scientific topic areas related to pain, such as biobehavioral and psychosocial mechanisms, chronic overlapping conditions, and neurobiological mechanisms. The Tier 2 categories are also organized into nine research themes: pain mechanisms, basic to clinical, disparities, training and education, tools and instruments, risk factors and causes, surveillance and human trials, overlapping conditions, and use of services, treatments, and interventions.

 

The database was developed by NIH staff and members of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). The IPRCC is a federal advisory committee formed to increase understanding of pain and improve treatment strategies by expanding pain research efforts and encouraging collaboration across the government. Four of the agencies that played a role in developing the IPRP are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration. The other two agencies are the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

National Library of Medicine Planning Blog

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The U.S. National Library of Medicine will soon be initiating development of its next long-range plan and, in so doing, welcomes public feedback through its recently-launched “Voyaging to the Future” blog, located at: http://nlmvoyagingtothefuture.org/
Thank you for your feedback, and for sharing this information with interested colleagues and friends.

Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD
greenbes@mail.nih.gov

CDC Launches Blast Injury Mobile App on June 30th

Friday, June 27th, 2014

On behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am pleased to announce the release of a new CDC Blast Injury mobile application to assist in the response and clinical management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombings and other mass casualty explosive events. The application provides clear, concise, up-to-date medical and healthcare systems information to assist healthcare providers and public health professionals in the preparation, response, and management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombing events.

 

We invite you and your organization to join us for a Google+ Hangout on June 30th at 11:30 EDT as we discuss this new tool. You can RSVP and join the Hangout here: https://plus.google.com/+CDC

 

Download the mobile application for free today from the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/cdc-blast-injury/id890434999?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2.

 

We hope that you can join us on June 30th as we launch the CDC Blast Injury mobile application.

 

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Announcing the Sewell Fund

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 10 librarians in 2014.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014. Its theme is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website.

 

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is July 24, 2014, 5pm EST.  For the complete Call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQs, go to http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/

 

For more information on the 2014 APHA meeting see http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/ .

 

For more information on the Sewell Fund, see http://www.sewellfund.org/  -

What is the Value of Attending APHA as a Sewell Stipend recipient?

The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals.  Stipends have been awarded annually since 2001.  Past participants testify to the value of attending APHA:

 

“Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and public health colleagues was energizing…The spirit of true collaboration shone through the programs.”  (Feili Tu)

 

“Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts, more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers just about everything…for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and knowledgeable about the ‘agendas’ of the interested parties…” (Kristin Kroger)

 

“Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a librarian….It was an incredible learning experience.” (Manju Tanwar)

 

“The fact that I’m working on a Masters in Public Health was very interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn’t realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to teaching faculty.” (Amber Burtis)

 

“As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my patrons’ needs”  (Peggy Gross)

 

“I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my institution’s public health program.” (Laure Zeigen)

 

The committee is looking forward to reading your applications!

 

Barbara Folb, Chair, Client Relations Committee

folb@pitt.edu

 

Helena VonVille, Chair-elect, Client Relations Committee

Helena.M.Vonville@uth.tmc.edu

 

Public Health/ Health Administration Section

Medical Library Association

Needs Assessment: Opportunities for Collaboration Across Multiple Stakeholders

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) is hosting a webinar focused on community needs assessments in partnership with Community Action Partnership and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). Speakers will provide an overview of the key elements of assessments used by Community Action Agencies, hospitals and public health programs to inform community benefits and services programs. Specifically, presenters will discuss commonalities and differences in the outcomes and applications of the different assessments, the degree to which health equity concerns are captured by these assessments, and opportunities for improved coordination between users of both assessments.
SPEAKERS:   

Vincent Lafronza, Ed.D, President and CEO, National Network of Public Health Institutes

Steve Ridini, Ed.D, Vice President, Health Resources in Action, Inc.

Don Mathis, President and CEO, Community Action Partnership

DATE: July 9, 2014

TIME: 3 – 4 p.m. EDT

 

Click Here for Registration and Speaker Information:

https://communityactionevents.webex.com/communityactionevents/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=668544916 

 

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) is a coordinated, multi-sector effort to tackle health disparities in the United States. Health disparities represent a significant societal and economic burden, not only for the individuals and communities affected, but also for the country as a whole. The NPA promotes cross-cutting, multi-level, and systems-oriented approaches to eliminate health disparities.   

Community Action Partnership serves over 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the nation that are working to change people’s lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities, and make America a better place to live. The Partnership cares about the entire community and is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Created in 2001 as a forum for public health institutes, today the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) convenes its members and partners at the local, state, and national levels in efforts to address critical health issues.  Dedicated to the vision of improving public health through innovation, NNPHI is the national membership network committed to helping public health institutes (PHIs) promote and sustain improved health and wellness for all.

NLM e-Clips (June 2014)

Friday, June 27th, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

AIDSinfo and infoSIDAWeb Sites Now Optimized for Display on Mobile Devices

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/aidsinfo_optimized.html

 

Clinical Advisory: Randomized, Multi-Center, Phase III Study of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Comparing Regimen Intensity in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (BMT CTN 0901)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/alerts/2014_nhlbi_bmt_ctn.html

 

Daily MEDLINE/PubMed Updates

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_daily_medline_pubmed_updates.html

 

MLA 2014: NLM Theater Presentations

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_mla_theater_presentations.html

 

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/associates_2014_2015.html

 

NLM Announces Biomedical Informatics Course, in Partnership with Georgia Regents University

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/biocourse.html

 

NLM Issues Request for Information in Preparation for 2016-2021 Contract Award of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nnlm_contract_2016_2021.html

 

NLM Mourns William G. Harless, PhD, Creator of the First Natural Language Computer Patient Simulation Model

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/william_harless_death.html

 

NLM VSAC Publishes Annual Update for 2014 Eligible Professional CQM Value Sets

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/cqm_value_sets.html

 

Terrence Sejnowski to Give the 2014 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture, June 12, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/leiter_lecture_sejnowski.html

 

NLM DIRECTOR’S PODCASTS

 

Child Mental Health and Brain Development

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript061614.html

 

Chronic Kidney Disease Mystery in Central America

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript060214.html

 

Mammography Counseling Challenges

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript051914.html

 

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Spring 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript052714.html

 

NLM’s Past 30 Years and Future

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript062314.html

 

Treating Prescription Opioid Overdose

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript060914.html

 

NLM IN THE NEWS

 

Civil War exhibit on display at Gundersen [La Crosse, Wisconsin]

http://www.news8000.com/news/civil-war-traveling-exhibit-on-display-at-gundersen/26416912

 

Exhibit on Native health will open in Anchorage today

http://www.newsminer.com/features/health/exhibit-on-native-health-will-open-in-anchorage-today/article_f708ea04-efa5-11e3-b944-001a4bcf6878.html

 

Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin diagnosed with career-ending condition

http://tracking.si.com/2014/06/22/isaiah-austin-marfan-syndrome/

 

Greek Envoy Helps Plant ‘Hippocrates Tree’ at NIH

http://www.washdiplomat.com/PouchArticle/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=193

 

How popular is the STEM degree?

http://techpageone.dell.com/industries2/education/how-popular-is-the-stem-degree/

 

Magic comes to campus: Laupus Library [Greenville, NC] brings in Harry Potter exhibit

http://theeastcarolinian.com/?p=33661

 

Making drug information smart and open

http://developmentseed.org/blog/2014/05/23/pillbox-launches-on-github/

 

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

http://technews.tmcnet.com/news/2014/06/20/7886468.htm

 

National Library of Medicine: Past, Present, and Future

http://informaticsprofessor.blogspot.com/2014/06/national-library-of-medicine-past.html

 

“Native Voices” Exhibit in Anchorage, Available on iTunes

http://kdlg.org/post/native-voices-exhibit-anchorage-available-itunes

 

“Native Voices” Traveling Exhibition Visits Anchorage

http://www.scf.cc/newsletter/2014MayJunANN.pdf

 

Open digital signage journal gains users

http://opensource.com/life/14/6/open-digital-science-journal-gains-users

 

Traveling exhibition explores Native peoples’ concepts of health and illness

http://thearcticsounder.com/article/1424traveling_exhibition_explores_native_peoples

 

Visiting Exhibit Explores Link Between Traditional, Modern Medicine

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/visiting-exhibit-explores-link-between-traditional-modern-medicine/26428782

 

NEW IN NLM IN FOCUS

 

A Close Look at Openi

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/a-close-look-at-openil.html

 

NLM Honored at Medical Library Association Meeting: NLM Resource Updates Available Online

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/06/nlm-at-mla-14-medical-library.html

 

Regional Medical Libraries Making a Difference: Focus on MidContinental Region

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/regional-medical-libraries-mak-3.html

 

Training Future Leaders in Informatics Research

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/training-future-leaders-in-inf.html

 

NEW OR UPDATED MEDLINEPLUS TOPICS AND FEATURES

 

Agrandamiento de la próstata

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/enlargedprostatebph.html

 

Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/enlargedprostatebph.html

ClinicalTrials.gov (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Friday, June 20th, 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, July 10, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary: ClinicalTrials.gov was launched in 2000 by the National Library of Medicine.  In 2008, as a result of Section 801 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, ClinicalTrials.gov was expanded to include basic results reporting, including adverse effects.  Due to reporting bias, results reported in ClinicalTrials.gov may not be published anywhere else.  This presentation will provide an overview of this resource and how librarians can use the site to support clinicians, researchers and consumers.  The presentation will also briefly describe the various types and phases of clinical trials and the background and current status of trial registration and reporting.

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Connecting America: Building Resilience with Social Media

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Center for National Policy is an independent policy institute focused on addressing global issues faced by America. The Center’s Taskforce for a Resilient America released a meeting summary paper after holding a series of meetings which brought together leaders in the fields of social networking, security, emergency response, advertising, public relations, public opinion polling, market research, as well as screenwriters, producers, media executives, and academics, to analyze methods of promoting cultural resilience. They provide a number of steps that can be taken to empower people to use social media to take a more active role in preparedness, response and recovery.

http://cnponline.org/p/connecting-america-building-resilience-with-social-media/