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Awardee Project Reports / June 25, 2015

Project: An Assessment of Health Information Needs of Critical Access Hospitals in Pennsylvania and New York
Awardee: Madhu Reddy, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Information Sciences and Technology, University Park, PA
Description: While health information technology (HIT) has the potential to improve access to information, reduce medical errors, lower costs, and improve patient care, many hospitals---especially Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) ---cannot afford the costs associated with infrastructure development and maintenance. Consequently, more needs to be learned about the health information needs of clinicians working at CAHs. In this project, an online assessment of 24 CAHs in Pennsylvania and New York will be made to ascertain their HIT and health information needs. Project:

Project: Waiting Room Education
Awardee: Kristine N. Voos, Genesee County Health Department, Batavia, NY
Description: The Genesee County Health Department (DOH) will encourage access to high quality health information by allowing county residents to interactively explore websites supported by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) through the use of computer tablets that will be available in the clinic waiting room area during public clinics and during several outreach opportunities. Promotion for the use of NN/LM-supported websites will occur at clinics, advertisements will be disbursed in Genesee County, through the use of the Time Warner Cable’s community calendar, Genesee County Health Department’s Facebook page, newspaper ads, flyers, and posters.

Project: iPad Technology: Targeted Evolution of Embedded Librarian Services
Awardee: Deborah Chiarella and Elizabeth Stellrecht, University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library, Buffalo, NY
Description: The University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library (UBHSL) provides reference and instructional services to support the research, curricular and clinical programs of the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Professions as well as support for the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. The UBHSL will purchase seven iPads, two portable projectors and accompanying accessories to develop embedded research and promote educational services through the use of NLM products such as PubMed, MedlinePlus and other NCBI tools. The iPads will be used by the six library liaisons to provide point of care information in the clinical setting, embedded reference hours in academic and clinical departments, and off campus instruction. The seventh iPad will be used by the UBHSL information technology support personnel to provide technical information and support to the instructional team. By leveraging the portability and power of iPads in combination with the evidence based practice expertise of UBHSL liaisons, this project will allow the UBHSL to reach more students and faculty at the point of their educational need and provide them with instruction in quality information resources such as PubMed which will continue to meet their information needs upon graduation and continuation in their profession. Funding will allow us to effectively transform evidence based practice and information literacy education, and consequently meet our overarching goal--to educate and produce a healthcare workforce equipped to discover, evaluate and synthesize health information.