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Archive for March, 2014

Health Happens in Libraries

Monday, March 31st, 2014

[Forwarded from WebJunction]

Hello! Today marks the final day of open enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces established as part of the Affordable Care Act. Public libraries and their community partners supporting outreach, application, and enrollment efforts for patrons will have opportunities to share best practices and lessons learned with one another over the coming months. The resources below are intended to support that process.

  • The full, free archive is now available for Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner EngagementThis session includes information on strategies and resources for patron and partner engagement from the initial open enrollment period, as well as information on ways that your organization can prioritize future planning for marketplace enrollment activities.
  • Many consumers newly enrolled in healthcare coverage may benefit from information on how to use it and maintain it most effectively. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides guidance for individuals for using insurance and supporting health, via the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You.

The Health Happens in Libraries team is interested in hearing from you. Do you have any lessons learned from the current enrollment period that we should incorporate in future communications? What questions do you have about planning for future open enrollment periods, or managing patron requests in the interim? Please reach us with your thoughts at any time via content@webjunction.org, or on Twitter by tagging #libs4health, and thank you for supporting health information in your communities!

“Communications Tune Up” Webinar Series

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Maximus is offering a series of free webinars focusing on strategies for clear and effective print, digital and mobile communication.  Experts from the Center for Health Literacy will share tips to make complicated information easier to read and understand.  Upcoming webinars include:

  • Quick and Easy Field Testing: Asking for Affirmative, Corrections and Suggestions (April 25)
  • Design for Readability: Creative Visual Order (May 30)
  • Making Content Accessible: Removing Barriers to Print and Web Information (June 27)
  • Getting the Message Out: Planning and Implementing Public Health Campaigns (July 11)
  • Removing Language Barriers: Reaching Your Spanish Speaking Audience (August 15)

Register at: http://www.maximus.com/webinars

New Professional Development Books

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Did you know about the New England Region’s Professional Development Lending Library?  Network members can borrow professional development books on a variety of topics including advocacy, management and technology.  New books in our collection include:

  • Managing in the Middle, ALA Guide for the Busy Librarian
  • Library Management Tips that Work
  • Management Basics for Information Professionals
  • The ALA Book of Library Grant Money
  • Influencer, The Power to Change Anything
  • Using Social Media in Libraries, Best Practices
  • Embedded Librarianship, What Every Academic Librarian Should Know
  • Getting Started with Evaluation
  • Neuro Web Design, What Makes Them Click?

Take a look at what is available in our NER Professional Development Lending Library.  You will notice that we also have MLA webcasts.  You can view the webcasts to receive MLA CE.   Contact us at nnlm-ner@umassmed.edu to borrow an item.

 

Librarians Adding Value to EHRs: Infobuttons and Infobuttons

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

On Wednesday, March 19, NNLM/NER hosted a webinar:  “Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians and Infobuttons”.   Apparently this topic tapped a vein of interest, because 280 people registered for the event, and more than 220 logged in and stayed for the 1-hour session.  There were two presenters.

Taneya Koonce, Associate Director for Research at Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University was the first.  She discussed three aspects of librarians’ involvement with Vanderbilt’s home grown EHR, Star Panel.  Star Panel has an internal messaging feature which allows clinicians to request a literature search from within a patient record. Second, librarians are instrumental in the development of order sets.  Order sets can be defined as collection of orders, (usually derived based on best practice guidelines,) for a select group of patients throughout different disciplines.  Lastly, librarians provide resources to be integrated into the consumer health portal.

Lauren Yaeger, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University, discussed her role in rounding with her hospital.  She also described her involvement with the implementation of a knowledge page embedded in the EHR for clinical decision support in the emergency room.  While there was much positive feedback from clinicians, there were also suggestions for improvement.  They are currently moving to an HL7 Infobutton.

Both speakers stressed the importance of understanding the needs of clinicians and ongoing training for librarians so that they can better support them.

A third speaker, Dr. Guilherme Del Fiol, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah School of Medicine, was scheduled to speak but was unable to participate.  His topic was the HL7 Infobutton standard, how this can be used within EHRs to answer questions raised by clinicians in the course of patient care and the EHR Meaningful Use certification program.  He will be one of two featured speakers on another webinar.

This webinar was organized by a team of three librarians.  Evelyn B. Morgen, director of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut Health Center, suggested the topic.  Jennifer D. Miglus, (librarian at LM Stowe library,) and Douglas L. Varner, (Senior Associate Director and Chief Biomedical Informationist at the Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center) invited and coordinated with the speakers.  This webinar could not have been produced without the invaluable technical support of Meredith Solomon and the staff of NNLM/NER.

A recording of this webinar can be found at http://nnlm.gov/ner/training/distancelearning.html

Another webinar in this series is tentatively scheduled for April 30, 2014. More to come soon.

 

Jennifer Miglus, HMS Librarian

Information and Education Services Dept.

Lyman Maynard Stowe Library

University of Connecticut Health Center

Farmington, CT  06034-4003

miglus@uchc.edu

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