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MedlinePlus Connect service update

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

MedlinePlus Connect is a free service from the National Library of Medicine that can link the health information resource to EHRs and patient portals.  Connect can be set up as a web service or web application and delivers relevant consumer level information on conditions, medications and labs from MedlinePlus after receiving a request  from the EHR via a coding system (ICD-9, SNOMED CT, RXCUI, LOINC).  For eligible providers and hospitals, using MedlinePlus Connect may help meet the Meaningful Use measure of providing patient-specific education materials.

Beginning this month MedlinePlus Connect will respond to some SNOMED CT codes with information from both MedlinePlus and NLM’s Genetics Home Reference (GHR) web site.  GHR is the NLM’s resource for consumer information on diseases and conditions with known or suspected genetic factors.  This feature is only available for  English SNOMED CT requests. To test it out, go to either the MedlinePlus Connect web application or web service, select the SNOMED CT radio button and enter the code 445243001 for ulcerative colitis.

Rendezvous webcast: Health Insurance and Libraries

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Health Insurance and Libraries: Pacific Northwest Region ACA Update - November 13, 2013 at Noon Pacific (11am Alaska 1 PM Mountain).

Libraries are on the front line of receiving questions about the health insurance options now available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Join Nikki Dettmar, Education & Assessment Coordinator NN/LM PNR as she provides an overview on the ACA and the health insurance marketplace options currently operating in our region’s coverage area (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington). The webcast will have a primary focus on consumer health information but will also touch on the Community Health Needs Assessment requirement for non-profit hospitals under ACA, and some examples of successful ACA outreach activities already taking place in public and hospital libraries.   Also, take a peak at our ACA resource page for the Pacific Northwest Region and if you are unable to join us next Wednesday, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast at the Rendezvous website later. Update: Recording now available here

Due to a recent Adobe Connect system update, please test your computer ahead of time to help avoid technical difficulties as a plugin may be needed.

New for 2013: This webcast is eligible for 1 hour of Medical Library Association continuing education (MLA CE)  for attending the webcast and completing a brief evaluation form (provided during the webcast). If you are unable to join us then, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast at the Rendezvous website later – the evaluation form will still be accessible and you can obtain the CE for watching the recording.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.

RML & NLM Status During Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
The Regional Medical Library (RML) office for the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region is not affected by the government shutdown and is open during regular business hours 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific Time on weekdays.

The National Library of Medicine
Due to the lapse in government funding, the National Library of Medicine will be closed until appropriations are enacted.

NLM Web Site
Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.

Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at

Young Invincibles Video Contest (Raising Awareness About the New Health Care Law)

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Young Invincibles and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services have created a competition  that will tap into the creativity and energy of young Americans while raising awareness about the new Health Care Law and encouraging young people to take advantage of the benefits of health insurance.  With a prize pool worth up to $30,000, and over 100 prizes to be won, this is your opportunity to shine!  Cash prizes will be awarded to the creators of the best videos in three distinct categories; so whether you’ve got a talent for short films, writing a great song, or designing an entertaining video infographic, you can be a winner!

Videos can be submitted during the five-week period starting on Monday, August 19th.  A public voting period will follow to help determine the finalists in each category, and a final round of voting and judging will determine who takes home the Grand Prize.

More information about the contest and how to enter is available from the Young Invincibles web site:

Circulating Now, A New Blog From The National Library Of Medicine’s History Of Medicine Division

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

President Garfield image

The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, which is intended to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world’s largest and most treasured history of medicine collections.  Circulating Now will bring the NLM’s diverse historical collections to life in new and exciting ways for researchers, educators, students, and anyone else who is interested in the history of medicine.  Whether you are familiar with NLM’s historical collections, or you are discovering them for the first time, Circulating Now will be an exiciting and engaging resource to bookmark, share, and discuss with other readers.

Kicking off Circulating Now will be a series of posts that draws on NLM’s historical collections and associated others to reenact in a unique way a tumultuous event in medical and American history which occurred 132 years ago this summer: the assassination of, and attempts to save, our nation’s twentieth President, James Garfield.

Visit Circulating Now at:

NLM Launches Outreach To Specific Populations Listserv

Monday, July 1st, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the creation of a new “Outreach to Specific Populations” listserv –  This free information system will provide health information professionals, students and others with an opportunity to share information and discuss outreach to specific populations through quality information, capacity building and community engagement.  This discussion forum will enable participants to stay informed about health information resources, services and programs tailored to specific populations, as well as connect with colleagues in the field and benefit from discussions that address best practices, challenges and gaps associated with health information outreach to specific populations.  It was created by the Outreach and Special Populations Branch in the NLM Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS).