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Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes forum. Join us on Monday, March 7th at the University of Washington or University of Utah or online as we explore this fascinating and timely topic with leaders in the field. More information is available on the website, and registration is open. Professional Development funds are available for MCR members.  (bbj)

EHR Update – Telemedicine

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Telemedicine is an increasingly significant part of healthcare and we are seeing a lot of new advances as technology improves. An interesting article was published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization by Dr. Alfred Papalia. “Providing health care in rural and remote areas: lessons from the international space station” [pdf] talks about the remarkable parallels between using telemedicine to monitor, diagnose, and treat astronauts aboard the International Space Station as compared to patients in remote areas.

Back on Earth, telemedicine has been utilized by ICU nurses for a number of years now. The American Journal of Critical Care published a survey of nurses using this technology to determine their perceptions. The results found that a majority of nurses find telemedicine beneficial.

EHR Update – HIPAA information

Friday, February 5th, 2016

A recent Washington Post article discusses some of the major patient privacy flaws in HIPAA practice and enforcement. It provides some chilling examples of people impacted by the release of their personal health records.

On a more positive note, Health IT Buzz just began a four part series that touches on HIPAA interoperability. Part 1, which includes links to a new factsheet on permitted uses and disclosures, is available now.


PubMed Central: Resource with Free Full Text

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)  with 3.7 million articles archived in its repository.

PMC is a repository for journal literature deposited by participating journals, as well as for author manuscripts that have been submitted in compliance with the public access policies of participating research funding agencies.  Use keyword or advanced search functions with limits  to find articles.  [jh]

Disaster Information Specialist Monthly Webinar

Monday, February 1st, 2016

From DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion list:

WHEN:  Thursday, February 11, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and 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:  “From West Africa to Omaha: Research on Ebola and Other Emerging Pathogens”

This presentation will focus on the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s research on Ebola conducted within the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. The speakers will review preparations by the biocontainment unit team as well as the IRB, which positioned them to be prepared not only to care for patients with Ebola, but to initiate and conduct research in a rapid and collaborative manner. A review of the development of the biocontainment unit as well as the development of the rapid response IRB will provide the background for a discussion on ways to efficiently and effectively conduct clinical research in the context of emerging pathogens.


Christopher Kratochvil, M.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Vice President for Research, Nebraska Medicine

Bruce Gordon, M.D., Executive Chairman, IRBs, UNMC, Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC

Login information for this webinar  and archived sessions may be found here


Discover NLM Resources & More – February 24, 2016

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More: AIDSource
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – 1 PM MT/2 PM CT
Join us at

AIDSource is a treasure trove of information on HIV/AIDS-related resources. Resources include information on treatment and prevention, clinical trials, statistics, videos, mobile apps and much more! It was developed to make sure those seeking information about HIV/AIDS have a reliable source of quality, current information. Come and explore the vast array of HIV/AIDS-related information available through one website. This presentation includes hands-on exercises, and will be of special interest to librarians, public health professionals, school nurses, and health teachers.

Registration is not required. Instructions to connect to the webinar audio will show up after you log in. Captioning will be provided. A recording of the session will be posted to our website. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information. Questions to


EHR Update: 23% of Accountable Care Organizations still use paper charts

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Healthcare IT News reports on PBMI‘s recent study that 23% of ACOs continue to use paper charts. Study identifies issues facing ACOs in health information technology integration.

Read Healthcare IT News report here!

Feedback on Priority Areas for SAMHSA

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

You have an opportunity to help set priorities for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In addition to reviewing submitted programs, SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) will be conducting independent literature reviews to identify important substance abuse and mental health programs and treatments. NREPP has identified a list of topics, many of which are relevant to suicide prevention, and is asking the public to rate the priority of each area. Suicide prevention is not specifically listed, but you can suggest it (and other topics) by adding them in an open text field. The deadline for feedback is January 29.
About NREPP:
NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 350 substance abuse and mental health interventions. NREPP was developed to help the public learn more about evidence-based interventions that are available for implementation. NREPP does not endorse or approve interventions. Learn more about NREPP and current minimum requirements for inclusion in the registry.


PLOS: Public Library of Science

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The  Public Library of Science (PLOS) is also a resource with more than 140,00 archived articles .  The free full text articles across disciplines of science and medicine are peer reviewed and immediately available.  Some of the PLOS titles are: Medicine , Neglected Tropical Diseases and Pathogens   Users can also follow updates  the  blogs  sponsored in the PLOS Blog Network on the  website.  Content is contributed by staff and independent writers. PLOS could be an important resource for those in quest of free full text articles. [jh]

Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library will be offering the Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians on May 23-27, 2016. This is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged. Applications will be accepted Febuary 15 – March 13, 2016. For more information, visit: