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Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG) website

The Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG) website and materials are now available on the HHS Office of Adolescent Health website. TAG is a national call to action to improve the health and healthy development of America’s 42 million adolescents. Families, communities, educators, youth leaders, healthcare providers, and young people can take practical steps to promote the overall health of adolescents./da

EDUCATION – November Breezing and Discover Sessions

Discover NLM and More: Veterans Health
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 1:00PM MT/2:00PM CT
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There are currently over 21 million veterans in the United States. They often face unique health care needs as a result of experiencing combat, exposure to environmental hazards, and separation from loved ones. This presentation will highlight some of their specific health concerns, and explore health information resources that would be beneficial for both veterans and their families. This webinar is geared towards those in public health, community-based organizations, community colleges, and public libraries who provide programs and services to veterans.

Breezing Along with the RML
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – 10:00AM MT/11:00AM CT
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  • Big Data and EHRs: John Bramble will be presenting an overview of big data, and the integration of big data into electronic health records.
  • DOCLINE Updates: Jim Honour will be providing updates on action steps that libraries need to take following the release of DOCLINE 5.2.


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. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. 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 – Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule Finalized

On October 6, 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued their final rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs – Stage 3.

This rule amends the existing regulations for Stage 2 and finalizes the regulations governing Stage 3 of this program. If you don’t want to read the entire 752 page document, a CMS Fact Sheet is available. CMS also announced a 60-day public comment period to facilitate additional feedback about Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs.

Stage 3 will begin as optional for eligible providers and hospitals in 2017 and will be required in 2018. /al

For the next six months the NN/LM Technology Coordinators will share new information on Electronic Health Records and other Health IT issues in a weekly update. We hope to increase your awareness of EHR technology developments and policies. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Alicia Lillich ( or John Bramble (

MMWR to Include Summary of Notifiable Conditions

Beginning with the Oct. 23, 2015, Supplements to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), CDC will publish the summaries of all notifiable conditions – infectious and noninfectious – at the same time. Together, these two reports provide official statistics for all nationally notifiable conditions in the same MMWR volume. A press release is available that lists the diseases and additional information. /ch

Plain Language Medical Dictionary

Do you or your institution write materials for patients and the public? Have you been stumped on how to translate a medical term into plain language? The folks at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library have developed a Plain Language Medical Dictionary that can help. The dictionary includes 1100 words. /ch

MedlinePlus Connect changing base URLs

MedlinePlus Connect is changing its base URLs from http to https.

The new base URL for the web application is

The new base URL for the web service is

If you are using either of our APIs with http, please update your code to use https by December 31, 2015. After that date, http access will be disabled.

As before, the documentation for MedlinePlus Connect is on

Thanks for using MedlinePlus Connect! (bbj)

E-Learning Institute Fellowship for Public Health Professionals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Public Health Foundation (PHF), invites distance learning professionals who are responsible for developing online training products to apply to participate in the E-Learning Institute (ELI) Fellowship. The ELI Fellowship empowers education and training professionals from state and local health departments and public health organizations with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to create quality e-learning products.

For more information on this Fellowship, visit ( /cm

DOCLINE Users: Update Your Schedules in 5.2

Hello DOCLINE Users,

DOCLINE 5.2 is up and running well.  There are some things you can do immediately to update your account.

  1. Please set your library’s standard weekly schedule for lending via your institution record. The default setting is for 7 days per week. You will need to manually update to override the default setting.   The directions may be found HERE
  2. Plan ahead and set out of office dates for multiple upcoming time spans. You no longer need the RML’s approval for those out-of-office dates .  You can read how to set up the dates HERE

For complete release details, please see the Release Notes


October Issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest Now Available

The October 2015 issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest is now available online. This month learn about the effectiveness of complementary approaches for depression including omega 3-fatty acids, St. John’s wort, SAMe, Inositol, acupuncture, music therapy, and relaxation training. /da

NLM Informatics Lecture Series: Use of Clinical Big Data to Inform Precision Medicine

National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series
Use of Clinical Big Data to Inform Precision Medicine
Joshua Denny, MD

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm CT

This talk will be broadcast live at

Precision medicine offers the promise of improved diagnosis and more effective, patient-specific therapies. Typically, clinical research studies have been pursued by enrolling a cohort of willing participants in a town or region, and obtaining information and tissue samples from them. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Denny and his team have linked phenotypic information from de-identified electronic health records (EHRs) to a DNA repository of nearly 200,000 samples, creating a ‘virtual’ cohort. This approach allows study of genomic basis of disease and drug response using real-world clinical data. Finding the right information in the EHR can be challenging, but the combination of billing data, laboratory data, medication exposures, and natural language processing has enabled efficient study of genomic and pharmacogenomic phenotypes. The Vanderbilt research team has put many of these discovered pharmacogenomic characteristics into practice through clinical decision support. The EHR also enables the inverse experiment – starting with a genotype and discovering all the phenotypes with which it is associated – a phenome-wide association study (PheWAS). PheWAS requires a densely-phenotyped population such as found in the EHR. Dr. Denny’s research team has used PheWAS to replicate more than 300 genotype-phenotype associations, characterize pleiotropy, and discover new associations. They have also used PheWAS to identify characteristics within disease subtypes. /cm