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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 :

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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, 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

Mission I’mPossible – Join the IM Force Now!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

What do Jim Phelps, Cinnamon Carter, Rollin Hand and Ethan Hunt have in common?  They are all members of a “super-secret agency carrying out vital missions, often relying on high-tech equipment” (from a description of the original TV series.)  We want you to join them by participating in the MCR Mission I’mPossible online game.  Have fun while enhancing your health information sciences skills and knowledge!

The game continues through April 30, 2014, so you still have plenty of time to play and become the winner.   New agents are always welcome.  (Do you remember when they replaced Martin Landau with Leonard Nimoy?)  Register to start playing now!  Check here for all of the game details. /rv

Big Data for Healthcare Providers

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Big data is not just for researchers.  Increasingly, healthcare providers are turning to clinical data analytics technology to streamline administrative processes, boost care quality and cut readmission rates.  CIO magazine recently highlighted several real-life cases of healthcare organizations that are using big data analytics to improve outcomes and reduce costs.  One of the organizations mentioned is Intermountain Healthcare in Utah.  In another example, the University of North Carolina Health Care system is using big data to improve the quality of care and reporting data for cancer screening.  Future plans include analyzing data for medicine compliance and the number of clinic visits to predict bad health outcomes.  /rv

PMC Releases New ID Converter

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

PMC has just released an upgrade to the ID converter, now dubbed the PMCID – PMID -Manuscript ID – DOI Converter ( This utility allows you to start with the unique identifier for an article that is in PMC, and find additional unique identifiers that may apply to the article.

Improvements include support for DOIs, auto-detection of the ID type based on its format, and enhanced output. It also provides output in any of several different formats: HTML, XML, JSON, or CSV.

 This tool uses an underlying web service, that is also publicly available for those needing programmatic access to this data. See the ID Converter API documentation (

Mission I’mPossible Game Status Update

Monday, November 18th, 2013

We have a new secret agent, Sarah Weitzel, who is already in second place!  Congratulations Sarah!  The Health Information Literacy category has three tasks worth a combined total of 110 points, and if you start playing now and complete all three, you could be in first place next week.  Remember, you can also gain points for attending our Breezing Along with the RML session this week on Nov. 20.  We hope to see you there and on the game board next week.

To start playing the game, all you need to do is register.  Check here for all of the game details. /rv

Mission I’mPossible

Monday, November 11th, 2013

¿Hablas español?  Вы говорите по-русски?

A good secret agent must be able to operate in multiple languages.  Do you have this skill?  How mange languages are spoken in your territory?  Are you aware of the multiple language health resources available to you?  To enhance your knowledge in this area, complete the Health Information Literacy missions and win up to 110 points!

If you haven’t started playing yet, you can still get in on the fun.  All you need to do is register for the game.  Check here for all of the game details. /rv

Mission I’mPossible

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Congratulations to Secret Agent Kitty Serling, current leader of MCR’s Mission I’mPossible game.  But we need more agents to complete our mission.  You can register now and start racking up those points to become the next leader.  Additional tasks will be added to the game and it’s possible to win bonus points.  You can even get points by attending a Spotlight or Breezing webinar.  Interested?  View the game details.

Besides those network members currently playing, five other network members have registered, but still need to complete their mission tasks.  You know who you are!  Start playing and amaze us with your library skills.  How quickly can you become a point leader?  I look forward to seeing some additional players on the game board next week. /rv

Improving Patient Engagement with Electronic Health Records

Friday, October 25th, 2013

One of the benefits of the meaningful use of EHRs is patient empowerment, enabling patients to take a more active role in their health care.  In turn, EHR vendors are currently developing more tools and avenues for patient engagement.  Epic President, Carl Dvorak, described some ideas they are developing for “MyChart,” Epic’s patient facing app, at the recent Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium. /rv

If you missed it…Health Literacy through Pop Culture – recording now available

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Health Literacy through Pop Culture was the topic for Breezing Along with the RML – Wednesday, Oct 16 .   Did you learn how to do a tracheotomy with an ink pen and a knife from CSI?  Know all the symptoms of ricin poisoning thanks to Breaking Bad?  Learned how to tie a tourniquet from Gunsmoke?  Monica Rogers provides examples and discusses the good, the bad, and the funny.  Come for the clips, stay for the edutainment: