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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.

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.

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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Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Date / Time: Thursday, June 26, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Presenters:

Awardee: Joy Burt Conti, United Methodist Church Union, Pittsburgh, PA
Project: Health Education and Advocacy through Health Ministers
Awardee: Joey Nicholson, New York University School of Medicine, NYU Health Sciences Libraries
Project: Health Education and Literacy Project (HELP) Curriculum Enhancement
Awardee: Charles Wessel, Head of Research and Reference Initiatives; John LaDue, Knowledge Integration Librarian; Julia Jankovic Dahm, Technology Services Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Project: A Clinical Information Tool for Community Health Centers: A Demonstration and Evaluation Project

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/

NISO Issues Altmetrics White Paper Draft for Comments

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has released a draft white paper summarizing Phase I of its Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics) Project for public comment. The Initiative was launched in July 2013, with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to study, propose, and develop community-based standards or recommended practices for alternative metrics. In Phase 1 of the project, three in-person meetings were held and 30 in-person interviews conducted to collect input from all relevant stakeholders, including researchers, librarians, university administrators, scientific research funders, and publishers. The draft white paper is the summary of the findings from those meetings and interviews, along with the identification of potential action items for further work in Phase II of the project.

 

“Citation reference counts and the Journal Impact Factor have historically been the main metric used to assess the quality and usefulness of scholarship,” explains Martin Fenner, Technical Lead Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and consultant to NISO for the project. “While citations will remain an important component of research assessment, this metric alone does not effectively measure the expanded scope of forms of scholarly communication and newer methods of online reader behavior, network interactions with content, and social media. A movement around the use of alternative metrics, sometimes called ‘altmetrics,’ has grown to address the limitations of the traditional measures. With any new methodology, however, issues arise due to the lack of standards or best practices as stakeholders experiment with different approaches and use different definitions for similar concepts. NISO’s Altmetrics project gathered together the variety of stakeholders in this arena to better understand the issues, obtain their input on what issues could best be addressed with standards or recommended practices, and prioritize the potential actions. This white paper organizes and summarizes the valuable feedback obtained from over 400 participants in the project and identifies a road forward for Phase II of the project.”

 

“More than 250 ideas were generated by participants in the meetings and interviews,” states Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “We were able to condense these to 25 action items in nine categories: definitions, research outputs, discovery, research evaluation, data quality and gaming, grouping and aggregation, context, stakeholders’ perspectives, and adoption. The highest priority items focused on unique identifiers for scholarly works and for contributors, standards for usage statistics in the form of views and downloads, and building of infrastructure rather than detailed metrics analysis. We are now soliciting feedback on the draft white paper from the wider community prior to its completion. The white paper will then be used as the basis for Phase II: the development of one or more of the proposed standards and recommended practices.”

 

The White Paper is open for public comment through July 18, 2014. It is available with a link to an online commenting form on the NISO Altmetrics Project webpage (www.niso.org/topics/tl/altmetrics_initiative/), along with the detailed output documents and recordings from each of the meetings and related information resources.

 

Cynthia Hodgson

Technical Editor / Consultant

National Information Standards Organization

chodgson@niso.org

ORCID: The Universal Author Identifier (Boost Box session)

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Presenter:          Andrea Ketchum, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Summary:          Almost 25% of PubMed queries are author searches, yet 2/3 of authors in MEDLINE share the same last name and first initial with an average of eight other authors! This session will explore name ambiguity and introduce ORCID, the international registry that provides a persistent digital identifier to authors, useful throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle. Learn the benefits of ORCID to authors and researchers as well as publishers, funders, universities and professional societies, and how to get started with a new ORCID ID.

Date / Time:      Tuesday, June 10, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:               Online / No Registration Required

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