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Visualization Literacy

Friday, July 18th, 2014

With an increase of technology tools available for data reporting and visualization, sometimes it’s challenging to know how to best use them to clearly communicate the intended meaning of data. The concept of visualization literacy and a broader theme of visual literacy are often not included as part of the instructions guiding people in the steps to create their own visualization design.

A recent entry by Andrew Kirk on the blog of Seeing Data, a research project in the United Kingdom studying how people understand big data visualizations shown in the media, offers a great review of 8 Articles Discussing Visual and Visualization Literacy that are freely available and well worth a read to better understand both visual and visualization literacy. Their featured articles include resources ranging from the importance of Visual Literacy in an Age of Data to How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics, and Seeing Data has asked that you share additional ones with them via blog comments or their Twitter social media account @SeeingData.

Ready, Set, Go: Easy-to-Use Online Tools to Create Effective How-To Tutorials (TechTime session)

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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

Presenter:      Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies / Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A)

Date / Time: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary: This presentation will feature a select group of easy-to-use, (mostly) free online tools to plan and create online tutorials (aka, screencasts). Key features of these online tutorial creation tools will be demonstrated and best practices for screencasting, including voice-over narration and
storyboarding, will be discussed.

Save the Dates: 2015 A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI Course

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Attention librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel costs are at the expense of the participant. However, you typically have to submit an application to attend, due to limited enrollment.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

  • Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course.
  • Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, September 29, 2014 – Watch for a detailed announcement about the course and application process here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
  • Monday, November 17, 2014 – Application deadline
  • Monday, December 15, 2014 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed
  • Monday, January 12, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins
  • Monday, March 9, 2015 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM

Mark your calendars for this training opportunity.

IMPORTANT: For network members of NN/LM MAR, consider applying for a professional development award to cover your travel costs. BUT you should not apply for the award until they are known to be accepted.

What Kind of Library Users are in Your Community?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is pleased to announced the creation of a new tool that helps you gather data about library habits and attitudes of your own community.  Librarians, educators, and other groups can now create their own unique “community version” of the Pew’s library user quiz and can invite members of their community to participate with a unique URL.  Learn more about the quiz and community tool on the Pew’s blog.

Implications of FDA Regulation of Medical Devices: When is an iPad More than an iPad?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

11-12 MT, 12-1 CT

Register Here

On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications. As applications on mobile devices are increasingly used in health care, the FDA has now provided a framework for determining if a mobile device running a health app is a medical device. To illustrate the significance of this guidance and what it means for the future use of mobile applications in patient care and education, the AAMC is hosting a webinar with Sharon R. Klein, JD, partner at Pepper Hamilton, LLP to explore how it plays into the larger picture of data privacy, patient care, and government regulations. For more information, please contact gir@aamc.org.

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.

PubMed Journal Searching Trifold Brochure

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

A new brochure has joined the PubMed listings! Share this brochure with your patrons.

PubMed Journal Searching:http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/journalstri.pdf

Explore the three different ways to add journals to any PubMed search.  These are: adding individual journals,  applying a filter, and using a journal search created in the NLM Catalog.

This brochure, as are all of our NN/LM trifold brochures, is available in three formats: PDF, doc, and docx. To access a different format, simply alter the URL.

FYI: The list of the NN/LM PubMed resources now includes:

For a comprehensive list of printable handouts, visit the MAR Educational and Printed Materials page: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/materials.html

A Call to Action for a Nationwide Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the release of Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.

“This paper describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for interoperability and is an invitation to health IT stakeholders – clinicians, consumers, hospitals, public health, technology developers, payers, researchers, policymakers and many others – to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap that will allow us to collectively achieve health IT interoperability as a core foundational element of better care, at a lower cost and better health for all.” The ONC welcomes your feedback on this paper and will offer several opportunities over the coming months to provide your feedback. Stay tuned for future details.

NIH launches 3D Print Exchange

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download, and edit 3D print files related to health and science. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy. The NIH 3D Print Exchange also provides video tutorials and additional resources with instruction on 3D modeling software to enable users to customize and create 3D prints.

“3D printing is a potential game changer for medical research,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “At NIH, we have seen an incredible return on investment; pennies’ worth of plastic have helped investigators address important scientific questions while saving time and money. We hope that the 3D Print Exchange will expand interest and participation in this new and exciting field among scientists, educators and students.”

NIH uses 3D printing, or the creation of a physical object from a digital model, to study viruses, repair and enhance lab apparatus, and help plan medical procedures. The 3D Print Exchange makes these types of files freely available, along with video tutorials for new users and a discussion forum to promote collaboration. The site also features tools that convert scientific and clinical data into ready-to-print 3D files.

The 3D Print Exchange is a collaborative effort led by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). “3D printing is helping to advance science at NIAID and beyond,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “The ability to design and print tangible models of pathogens, for example, can give researchers a fresh perspective on the diseases they study and open new and promising lines of investigation.”

Additional support is provided by other NIH components, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Library of Medicine. The 3D Print Exchange is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Ignite External Web Site Policy and Ventures External Web Site Policy programs, which help support innovation within the agency.