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Registration open for the March 7, 2016 forum: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

Monday, February 1st, 2016

When you hear “Big Data” what comes to mind? Research? That’s where the NN/LM focus has been–introducing health sciences librarians to the role they can play in managing and curating research data, introducing health sciences librarians to training resources and tools to teach students and researchers what should be considered when they produce data.

Big data does not just exist in the research setting. There is a lot of patient data that exists in each of our hospitals, medical centers, and healthcare systems. Doesn’t this quantity of patient data qualify it as big data too? Some of us say the answer is, “Yes.”  

On March 7, 2016 the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest (PNR) and MidContinental Regions (MCR) are sponsoring an event that will provide an overview of current and potential uses of patient data to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes. (more…)

PNR Partners webinar January 28

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Date: Thursday, January 28

Time: 1:00 pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00 pm MT

Join us to hear from two of our recipients who each received PNR Health Disparities Information Outreach funding. In, Somali Cultural Profile Project: Collaborating to Update Information about Culture and Health Disparities in the Somali Community, Christine Wilson Owens will describe the partnership and work of EthnoMed and the King County Somali Health Board in reviewing and enhancing the Somali Cultural Profile and Somali Community Resources pages on the EthnoMed website. (For those who may not be familiar with EthnoMed it is an online resource for healthcare providers serving immigrant and refugee patients.) Collaboratively, EthnoMed and the Somali Health Board pulled in community voices and health care provider perspectives to document information about the culture and the health experience of Somali immigrants in the Seattle area, with particular focus on highlighting health disparity issues affecting this immigrant community.

Library Services Manager at Tuality Healthcare, Judith Hayes had a unique feature to her project titled, Increasing Health Disparity and Resource Awareness at Tuality Healthcare. Tuality Healthcare’s Cultural Diversity Task Force collaborated with People, Places, Things to bring a dynamic, hands-on workshop to demonstrate techniques for facilitating critical information transfer across language divides. Vignettes were used to demonstrate sources of disparity and possible sources of resources and resolution. The one-hour presentations were designed jointly by Tuality and Teatro Milagro to address Tuality’s Specific Situation. The goals were to increase awareness of health disparities in the Tuality service area, increase awareness of available resources to help address health and cultural disparity issues at Tuality, and to improve the level of understanding between staff and clients of different cultural backgrounds.

Listening to the successes and challenges of these particular programs can inspire and generate energy to create your own program or adapt these and other funded projects to your own organization’s needs.  (more…)

PNR Rendezvous, Library and Other Leadership Development Programs: What Opportunities Exist and What You Need to Know to be a Successful Applicant and Participant

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Date: Wednesday, January 20

Time: 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time

Tune in to the next PNR Rendezvous when NN/LM PNR and University of Washington Health Sciences Library Director, Tania Bardyn, will moderate a panel of directors and past attendees of current leadership development programs. Unsure whether leadership development is right for you? Attend this webinar to discover whether your goals and skills align with this path of professional development. Find what it takes to be a successful applicant and participant. The webinar will appeal to librarians and other professionals working in hospitals, universities, and community based settings, with varying degrees of experience. Anyone currently in or thinking about a leadership role in the health information profession will find this Rendezvous session beneficial. (more…)

March 7, 2016: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

Monday, January 4th, 2016

SAVE the DATE!

On March 7, 2016 the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental (MCR) and Pacific Northwest Regions (PNR) are sponsoring an event that will provide an overview of current and potential uses of patient data to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice. (more…)

Happy Holidays from the Regional Medical Library and the Regional Advisory Council!

Friday, December 11th, 2015

rac2015 The RML convened and celebrated our Regional Advisory Council (RAC) at the final meeting of the contract on December 7, 2015.

Representing diverse perspectives of almost 400 network members, the RAC has admirably carried out its charge to advise PNR’s programs and services. Themes of this meeting underscored the importance of collaboration with communities, practitioners, researchers, and developers to improve healthcare practice, to advance science and medicine, and to effectively address health disparities.

Looking forward to 2016—Happy and Healthy Holidays to All!

PNR Rendezvous, ClinicalTrials.gov

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Date: Wednesday, December 16

Time: 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time

Join us next week when NN/LM PNR Community Health Outreach Coordinator, Emily Glenn, presents information regarding ClinicalTrials.gov. ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. The registry and results database are vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. This presentation will provide an overview of the information in ClinicalTrials.gov, drawing from records for trials involving mobile apps, plus an update of policies and laws that impact clinical trials. You will gain a basic understanding of how ClinicalTrials.gov records can be part of the landscape of research evidence when considering the effectiveness of an intervention. (more…)