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EHR Update – Predictions for 2016

As we begin 2016, you may be interested in reading some of the Health IT predictions for the new year. CIO, Healthcare DIVE, and Healthcare IT News all have varied takes on where the future will bring us. No matter what happens, the prognosis is that this will be an interesting time for Health IT and everyone involved.

MedlinePlus Connect Changes URLs

Hello, MedlinePlus Connect users!
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)

Happy Holidays from the NN/LM MCR!

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2015 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards Winners Announced

Congratulations to Network member St. Louis University School of Medicine Medical Library and the Institute for Biosecurity as one of the recipients of the Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project Awards for 2015! Their project was “The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri.”

The awards are sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Research Center through the U.S. National Library of Medicine.   Read more about all the recipients and their projects here     [jh]

2015-2016 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Announced

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) are pleased to announce the members of the 2015-2016 class of NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-seven fellow graduates have assumed director positions.  If your career plans include advancing into a leadership position, you should consider applying next year. Applications are accepted during the summer. /ch

Adults Seeking Health Information on the Internet

Did you know that one third to half of the adult U.S. population has looked for health information on the Internet and that “73% of all those ages 16 and over say libraries contribute to people finding the health information they need.” That’s a lot of people! The CDC recently published a graph that further identified where these adults seeking health information lived by size of community. What the CDC doesn’t relate is whether these seekers of health information found what they were looking for. The Pew Research Center reported how the public depends on public libraries for health information. Is your public library a resource that they could tap into?  Have you promoted your resources and the skills of your staff to help your community members locate credible health information? The NN/LM MCR state coordinators are happy to assist you with ideas and training.

STEM Programming Grants for Rural Libraries

Rural Gateways: Fostering the Development of Rural Librarians as Informal Science Facilitators is providing grant funding to rural libraries. Participating libraries will have access to public program materials, professional development, ongoing programming support, and an online peer-to-peer community. The application deadline is February 15, 2016. For more information, visit 


NEW! PubMed for Nurses Tutorial

The PubMed for Nurses Tutorial is available now from the PubMed Online Training page on the NLM Web site. This tutorial was created specifically to help nurses efficiently find literature using PubMed. Its concise, targeted content consists of five videos with exercises to test your knowledge. The tutorial was designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes.

The PubMed for Nurses Tutorial was researched, designed and developed by Megan Kellner from Maryland’s iSchool, the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, in consultation with nurses and librarians who serve nurses around the United States. /da

EHR Update – Clinical Wearable Technology

Healthcare IT News recently posted an interesting article about an AppleWatch pilot program at Ochsner Health System. Patients who receive a watch use it to get medication reminders, track blood pressure, and input weight. This data is uploaded into the EHR and used by medical professionals to observe symptoms and possibly adjustment treatment. This is just one example of the ways wearable technology can be incorporated into electronic health records.  For more details on the program, see this press release. /al


For the next 5 months, the NN/LM Technology Coordinators will continue to 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 (

DOCLINE Users : New Password Security Requirements in January

From the DOCLINE – L email discussion list:

Beginning January 7, 2016, DOCLINE account passwords will need to meet new complexity requirements. On January 6, we will email all DOCLINE libraries instructions on how to change passwords to meet the new requirements.  Please change your password on January 7 or shortly thereafter. *** If you do not change your password by February 1, 2016, it will be automatically changed for you.

Please note that we have to change the system to accept the new password requirements and we won’t be making the necessary system changes until January 7. Therefore, passwords changed prior to January 7 will not meet the new requirements and you’ll have to change your password again.

As part of this security update, User IDs not used to log in during 2015 will be deleted on February 1, 2016, and Libraries without User IDs active in 2015 will be set to non-participant status.

Please use the DOCLINE Contact forms, here: to reach out to the DOCLINE Coordinator at your Regional Medical Library (RML) or DOCLINE Customer Support if you have questions about your user account, your library’s status or Institution Record.


Questions may also be sent here    [jh]