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For All EFTS Users

Friday, February 19th, 2016

For those of you who missed this message sent to the [efts-l]  email discussion list:

Attention EFTS Members!

Please take a moment to review and UPDATE your Member Profile.  Changes in staff, addresses, telephone numbers and emails should reflect current information.

Thank you!

Jola Sliwinski  I  EFTS Program Coordinator


Discovering TOXNET online course

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, free, asynchronous CE class called Discovering TOXNET from March 7th, 2016 – April 6th, 2016.

Learn about TOXNET® and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive, online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

The modules (and their CE credits) are:

  1. Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  2. TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  3. ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  4. Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  5. Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  6. Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  7. TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  8. Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  9. LactMed: 0.5 hour
  10. Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  11. WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  12. REMM: 0.5 hour
  13. LiverTox: 0.5 hour

How do I register?

Follow the link below to register:

For questions, contact the NTC at

/apm on behalf of NTC

Health Literacy and Precision Medicine: An Important Partnership Workshop

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

From the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the Institute of Medicine:

Health Literacy and Precision Medicine: An Important Partnership

March 2, 2016, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern

In-person: The meeting will be in Room 100 of the Keck Center of the National Academies located at 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Online: When registering, choose “Via Webcast.”

On March 2, 2016 the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the Institute of Medicine will conduct a workshop on Health Literacy and Precision Medicine: An Important Partnership. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions of the issues that surround the role of health literacy in the growing field of precision medicine. The recently announced Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) by President Obama plans to recruit a research cohort of more than a million participants to contribute genomic and health data to advance the field. Health literacy plays a significant role in the future of precision medicine. Research participants must be able to grant informed consent and researchers must be able to recruit, engage, and retain a truly representative cohort. In addition the results of the research must be reported in a clear and easily understood manner and patients must fully understand their treatment options. The workshop will cover the areas where precision medicine and health literacy intersect and communication in the research and clinical settings, as well as with the public.  For more information and to register, visit:


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!