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