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Why Use MedlinePlus Connect? What Key Informants Say

Tuesday, November 19th, 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.  Following on last week’s post about NLM’s recent MedlinePlus Connect enhancement, I thought some might be interested in the advantages of this service as identified by the informants.  The interviews included discussion with some innovative hospital librarians who are taking advantage of the dynamic EHR environment and finding ways to be involved with meaningful use at their organizations.

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?

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 MedlinePlus.gov 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.

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: http://health.younginvincibles.org/video-contest/

3D Printing: an Overview

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

When I first heard about 3D printing, I assumed it was some sort of gimmick – an expensive gadget that people could use to “print” their own hokey plastic figurines.  In reality though, this is far from the truth and while expensive, these devices have the capability to create some very cool and also practical objects.  A 3D printer is a machine that prints multi-layer objects from digital models created with computer aided design (CAD) software programs.  Unlike traditional office printers, 3D printers do not print in ink.  There is a wide range of substances that objects can be printed from – depending on the desired outcome – from plastics to food stuffs.  Having trouble visualizing how this process works?  This video (http://video.seattletimes.com/1279920256001/3d-printing-at-uw/) featuring students and faculty of Mechanical Engineering labs at the University of Washington provides a great visual look at how 3D printing works.

3D printers have a multitude of uses and potential uses that are being explored across domains. (more…)

A National Web Conference on Using Health IT To Improve Outcomes in Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Populations

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

A National Web Conference on Using Health IT To Improve Outcomes in Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Populations
Date: June 3, 2013
Time: 10:30a.m-12:00 p.m., PST

Overall Purpose:
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has identified a gap in health care and public health practitioners’ knowledge of health IT using multiple mechanisms, including the findings of the continuing education (CE) planning group. This series of Webinars is designed to increase practitioners’ ability to improve health care decisionmaking, support patient-centered care, and improve the quality and safety of care through the use of health IT. Health IT can enhance self-management and quality of life for patients within traditionally vulnerable or disadvantaged populations. This session will review the methodology and implementation of interventions that improve the health and well-being of three groups: diabetes patients of a publicly funded clinic, minority low-income pediatric patients, and people with intellectual disability (ID).

Confirmed Speakers:

Margaret Handley, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Melissa Stockwell, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, Columbia University

James Rimmer, Ph.D., Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Moderator:
Angela Nunley, M.S.Ed., Program Analyst, AHRQ

To Register:
1. Go to: https://ahrqnrc-conferences.webex.com/ahrqnrc-conferences/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=998308800
2. Select “Register.”
3. On the registration form, enter your information and then select “Submit.”

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the event.

For assistance: Contact Jennifer Webb by email at jrwebb@rti.org or by phone at (919) 541-6746.

WISER for Android 2.0 Now Available from NLM

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The National Library of Medcine’s WISER for Android 2.0 is now available and can be installed directly from the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nih.nlm.wiser. What’s new in this release:

WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Managment (CHEMM) website – http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/

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