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EHR Update – Apple/FBI Backdoor

There has been a lot of press about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter regarding the FBI’s request for “backdoor” access for iOS data. iPhones and other Apple devices contain a myriad of information and are increasingly used to collect users’ health data.  Healthcare IT News discusses these claims and the implications of providing such access in a recent article. /al




EDUCATION: E-Licensing and You – Webinar

Are you the one at your library who suddenly has the responsibility of negotiating licenses for the electronic resources? You may not have the experience of working with vendors nor do you know much about licensing?  Maybe you’re just curious and want to learn more about e-licenses. This may be the webinar for you.  The content in this free MCR sponsored webinar reviews some of the basics in the area of e-licensing.

When:  Monday, February 29, 2016   10 am Mountain Time/11 am Central Time

Where: in the MCR Network Member Services Room

Just click on the link above, key your name in the “Guest” window and click on “Enter Room” You will be prompted to key in your phone# and the system will call you.

Questions? Click here



Update of URL: Disaster Info Specialist Program Webinar Recording

From the DISASTER-OUTREACH -LIB email discussion list:

Many people could not log into this webinar due to a problem with the meeting URL.  The webinar was recorded and is now available for viewing on our Web site at:  (February 16, 2016)

 TOPIC:  “From West Africa to Omaha: Research on Ebola and Other Emerging Pathogens”

This presentation focused on the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s research on Ebola conducted within the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.


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


For All EFTS Users

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


Merck Manual Available Free Online

If you hadn’t heard, the Merck Manual has moved from print books to putting editions online for free.  You may want to let your user population know or add a link to your list of health and pharmacology resources.

Users need not register or provide personal information. Two versions  are available, one for consumers and one for professionals. The same information is available, but the consumer site is designed and punctuated with language that is easy to understand for patients and consumers. The first edition was published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, but has grown to become one of the most widely used medical resources. /ch

Discovering TOXNET online course

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

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

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)

Portrait Unveiled of Former NLM Director Lindberg

On February 10, the National Library of Medicine was the scene of a special unveiling ceremony for a portrait of former NLM Director Dr. Donald Lindberg and his wife, Mary. Dr. Lindberg retired in 2015 after over 30 years of service as NLM Director. An article and photos of the ceremony was published in NLM In Focus./ch

EHR Update – Telemedicine

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.