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Register Now! How to do a Root Cause Analysis of Diagnostic Error

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine is sponsoring the webinar “How to Do a Root Cause Analysis of Diagnostic Error” on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from       1 – 2 PM CT, 12 – 1 PM MT.  Speakers are Mark Graber, MD, FACP, James B. Reilly, MD, MS, FACP and Robert L. Trowbridge, MD, FACP.  Discussion will include how medical librarians can participate in Root Cause Analysis.  This session is presented at no cost; register at (bbj)

Technology Consultations

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Is your internet access restricted at your organization? Do you want to reach your users through a blog or Twitter, but aren’t sure how to start?  Are you interested in developing a social media plan?  We’re available to consult and advise you on these or other technology issues.  Take a look at our webpage, “Strategies for Increasing Internet Access to Restricted Resources” for basic information and then contact us to work with you on your specific needs.  Contact either Rachel Vukas,, 800-338-7657;  or John Bramble,, 800-338-7667.

Mission I’mPossible – Assess Your Skills

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Attention All Network Members!  It’s time to assess your skills and knowledge.

Do you feel completely qualified to communicate your financial needs to upper management?

Are you assured of your ability to provide health information to non-English speaking constituents?

Have you prepared a plan to meet the after-effects of a disaster and still provide information services?

If you answer no to any of the above, let us help you gain that knowledge by completing one of these missions in Mission I’mPossible.  Complete all three parts of a mission, increase your knowledge and skills, and gain 3 hours of MLA CE credit.  Join the game by registering online, view details on the game website, or contact John “Game Master” Bramble at or 800-338-7667 for more information.  /rv

Mission I’mPossible – The Race is On!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

We’re into the last two months of our online game and it’s time to complete those missions and earn MLA CE credits.   Remember, MLA credits are available only if you complete all three parts of any of the following missions: Emergency Preparedness, Community Languages, and Walk’n Talk Like a CFO.   The game lasts until April 30, so there is still time to participate and even win!  We’re still recruiting and we welcome a new agent, Margaret Bandy.  Join her and the other Mission I’mPossible network agents in a fun learning environment by registering online.  For any questions or more details, be sure to contact John “Game Master” Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv

Digital Life in 2025

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

How will you be using technology in the year 2025?  A new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project asked experts to make predictions about the state of digital life by the year 2025.  Predictions examine developments in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and big data.  “The experts also predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.”    The experts tend to agree on most of the coming technology changes, but disagree about it ramifications.  I encourage you to read the report to determine if you agree or disagree. /rv

The World Wide Web is 25 years old!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The World Wide Web turns 25 on March 12, 2014. To mark the anniversary of the Web, the Pew Research Center conducted a new national survey to document the use and impact of the internet.  Pew Research began studying the internet in 1995 and statistics show American internet use grew from 14% in 1995 to 87% in 2014.   Their latest survey not only examined use, but included questions on the impact of the internet on personal life and relationships and concluded that the internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users. You can read more about the report here  and also view a summary of the findings. /rv

MLA CE Credits for Mission I’mPossible

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

How would you like to earn some MLA certified continuing education credits on your own schedule and at your own pace?  All you have to do is become a Network Agent (register online) in the Mission I’mPossible game AND complete a 3-part mission.  You can earn 3 hours of CE credit by completing all three tasks in any of the following missions:

1) Mission I’mPossible: Advocacy – Emergency Preparedness for Continuity of Service

2) Mission I’mPossible: Health Information Literacy – Community Languages

3) Mission I’mPossible: Advocacy – Walk’n Talk Like A CFO

Once you have finished all three parts of the mission, the Game Master will send you the MLA Evaluation.  So, all of you Agents who’ve only completed the first task of a mission, get going!  Finish up and get your CE credit!  And the class is open for anyone new who wants to join and get some additional CE credits.  For more information contact John “Game Master” Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv

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 ( 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:  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 (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