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Librarians Adding Value to EHRs: Infobuttons and Meaningful Use

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Free Health IT Webinar –  

Title: Librarians Adding Value to EHRs: Infobuttons and Meaningful Use

Time:  April 30, 2014, 1:00-2:00 pm, EDT.

Course length:  1.0 hour

Registration Required:  http://tinyurl.com/p3nxmq9

This webinar is the second in a series on ways librarians can add value to electronic health records.  The goals of this webinar are threefold: to give librarians a clear understanding of what infobuttons are and how they work; to deepen their understanding of the needs of clinicians using EHRs; and to highlight requirements for Meaningful Use that may provide opportunities for medical librarians. 

Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah, School of Medicine will present results of a systematic review on clinical questions raised by clinicians and tools that help answer these questions by integrating EHR systems with online knowledge resources. 

He will also discuss how these tools are being disseminated via the “HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval Standard” (a.k.a, Infobutton Standard) and the EHR Meaningful Use certification program. 

John Halamka, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will review the healthcare IT challenges ahead that medical librarians can help support. Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations and proposed regulations for Meaningful Use Stage 3 include several requirements for decision support, patient education, and quality metrics, all of which benefit from knowledge services curated by medical librarians. 

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,  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.

 

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

Why Use MedlinePlus Connect?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is assisting the NLM with promoting MedlinePlus Connect. An NN/LM task force conducted interviews with 17 key informants representing the broad spectrum of organizations that are involved with EHR implementation.  

Key informants provided insight into the aspects of MedlinePlus Connect that are the major advantages of the service from their perspective:

• The material is evidence-based and updated regularly.

• MedlinePlus links to primary literature, which is becoming increasingly popular among patients as they become more sophisticated in locating health information.

• Patient information is provided in varying reading levels, multi-media formats, and different languages, with an extensive database of Spanish-language materials.

• Health IT professionals will find easy instructions for integrating MedlinePlus Connect into EHRs.

• MedlinePlus Connect allows health organizations to maintain their identifying information when MedlinePlus information is sought.

The fact that MedlinePlus Connect can be added to EHRs at no cost to users was a definite advantage, but key informants cautioned against calling it a “free resource,” a term that has a negative connotation among health professionals. It would be more effective to call it a “non-commercial service paid for by the National Library of Medicine with no cost to users.”

The Meaningful Use measure for providing patient-specific education materials was optional for Stage 1 and becomes a core requirement in Stage 2.  Key informants said that patient portals were the emerging issue of the year as organizations focus on Stage 2 criteria.  The time to promote MedlinePlus Connect is now as we move towards 2014 when Stage 2 implementation begins.

Have you tried implementing MedlinePlus Connect?  Do these advantages ring true to you?

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