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How Mayo Clinic Is Using iPads to Empower Patients

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Mayo Clinic is using technology to improve outcomes and lower costs delivering care to surgical patients. They developed a program using iPads to provide educational materials to patients recovering from cardiac surgery. Using the capabilities of the iPad, the materials (such as expected daily care events and a self-assessment tool) were presented as videos, voice-over slideshows and text modules. The full article in The Health Care Blog includes more details on the development of the standardized practice model and the program results and benefits.  Most patients felt it was a positive experience and preliminary data shows the program can help shorten length of stay, reduce cost of care, and improve patient independence after leaving the hospital. /rv

EDUCATION: Breezing and Spotlight sessions for February

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Feb. 19 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT
Breezing Along With the RML

  • Business Communications: Library Style – The One Pager – Marty Magee – What can you do to help you and your library “stick” in peoples’ mind.   How about creating a quick one pager, identifying you, your skillset, and what services you offer?  And when and where can you use this?    If you’ve ever created one, send it to Marty Magee (mmagee@unmc.edu) and we’ll share a few of our members offerings as well!
  • Resource Sharing: Jim Honour will be leading a discussion on best practices  in resource sharing for those librarians who have an interest in interlibrary loan, document delivery and other library mediated information services.   What best practices does your library use to ensure that health professionals and the public receive the health information they need in a timely and cost-effective manner? Participants are encouraged to share their favorite best practice during the session and why. If you share a best practice, it will be included in the next issue of the Plains to Peaks Newsletter along with your name, a short profile about yourself and your institution!

Feb. 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT
Spotlight on NLM Resources

  • The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) – Monica  Rogers -How do you know if a patient education handout is worthing having?  PEMAT is an assessment tool to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of print and audiovisual materials for patient education.  If you are a health care provider, health sciences librarian, patient educator, or anyone else who has a stake in health literacy, come learn how to use this tool.  You’ll be able to follow along as scoring is demonstrated, and then get a chance to try it out yourself.

NOTE URL:  https://utahntc.adobeconnect.com/mcr  Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu (mm)

 

Cleaning Up Your Charts – a post from the OERC

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Check out the OERC Blog for interesting articles that you can put to use in your own work. Nikki Dettmar’s Feb 7 2014 post offers tips for creating good charts for presentations and reports. BK

Education: The EHR: What’s it all about?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The EHR: What’s it all about?

If you need an overview of EHRs, a better understanding of meaningful use, want to learn more about the workings of MedlinePlus Connect, or are just wondering what all of this means to a librarian, this is the class for you.  One hour of MLA CE credit can be earned as well as points for the MCR online game, Mission I’mPossible.  The class will be offered twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, to accommodate busy schedules.

Date: 2/25/14

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 MT/11:00 – 12:00 CT; Or 1:00 – 2:00 MT/2:00 – 3:00 CT

URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr_edtech/

Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required.  Questions to rvukas@kumc.edu (rv)

Mission I’mPossible : Recruiting Agents

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Recruting Agents for the I’mPossible Missions Force

Having well trained secret agents is essential to the survival of medical libraries and health information services in our region.  Do you have what it takes to be an agent and to assume this critical role? We need additional qualified agents and if you want to apply, we will provide the required training.  As you conduct assigned missions, you will acquire skills in a variety of areas, including multiple language resources, new technology, continuity of service, and how to demonstrate library value.  To join the I’mPossible Missions Force, register online.  Questions? View classified information (game details) or contact John Bramble at john.bramble@utah.edu or 800-338-7667. /rv

 

 

EDUCATION: Breezing and Spotlight sessions for February

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Feb. 19 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT
Breezing Along With the RML

  • The One Pager – Marty Magee.   This segment taken from the Business Communications:   Library Style class as taught by Marty Magee and Barb Jones will focus on a promotional tool you can easily create.   Feel free to bring suggestions and ideas!
  • Interlibrary Loan – Jim Honour

Feb. 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT
Spotlight on NLM Resources

  • The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) – Monica  Rogers

NOTE URL:  https://utahntc.adobeconnect.com/mcr  Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu (mm)

 

Mission I’mPossible: Secret Identity

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Mission I’mPossible secret agents are AWESOME! Each agent completed their task in covert identity by updating their online game profile.  Your next mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build on that identity and integrate yourself into management, become comfortable with financial jargon, and “Walk’n Talk like a CFO.”  Further instructions are online under Mission: Advocacy.

We invite all potential agents to join us in becoming library financial wizards!  The only requirement is to register online. Questions? View  classified information (game details) or contact John Bramble at john.bramble@utah.edu or 800-338-7667.

EDUCATION: PubMed Update on Jan. 10

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
  • Friday, January 10 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT  – Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources – PubMed Updates from the National Training Center (this is a change of time/date from regular Spotlight! sessions).

Please note the time!  Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months, such as the new Relevance Sort.  Bring your questions!  One MLA CE will be available for this event, as well as points for Mission I’MPossible.

https://utahntc.adobeconnect.com/mcr  Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.

FUNDING: DOCLINE Users – Apply for EFTS Award !

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The MidContinental Region (MCR) is offering $150 in start-up funding for  the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) to each MCR library using DOCLINE but not currently participating in the EFTS program.  EFTS is used by health sciences libraries, and other DOCLINE users,  for processing payment of inter-library loan transactions.   Benefits include reduced costs,  minimizes human error, reduced paperwork and  increases efficiency.  More information on the program is here.

Any MCR DOCLINE library, but EFTS non-participant is eligible to apply. You must enroll in EFTS to receive the award.  Deadline for submitting an application has been extended to December 31, 2013. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds are no longer available, or until the deadline date.

For more information about the award requirements and how to apply : http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/#A3

Questions to Jim Honour

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Mission I’mPossible

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Special Agent Ranking:

Kitty Serling is in the lead, Sarah Weitzel is in second place and Jackie Hittner is in a very close third place!  These Special Agents are doing a commendable job, but wouldn’t you like to see if you can outsmart them?  You’ll be amazed at how fast you can earn points.  So start playing now by registering for the game or visit the game details page.  Further instructions on how to start the game will be sent to you after registration. If you have any questions or comments, please contact John Bramble at john.bramble@utah.edu, 800-338-7657

Stay tuned as we’ll be adding new missions in the next few weeks.  The next opportunity to gain some points is by attending our next session of Breezing Along with the RML on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10:00 MT/11:00 CT.  /rv