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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 ( 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

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

To Register:
1. Go to:
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 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: What’s new in this release:

WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Managment (CHEMM) website –


Global Health Data Exchange Data Visualizations Released

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Today the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) released several online tools to help users explore the wealth of health data found in their  Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010.  IHME is a research institute at the University of Washington dedicated to independent and rigorous measurement and evaluation of global health data, with the goal of improving overall health by providing policymakers with data to improve decision making.  This study, (more…)

NLM’s DIMRC Apps and Mobile Web Pages

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.
NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps:

iPadxtravaganza: The Great PNR iPad Collaborative Learning Project

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The iPad, a tablet computer produced by Apple, in the few years since its introduction to the market in 2010 has become not only an incredibly popular device generally, but has also become established within the medical community.  Providers use iPads for charting, to share information with patients and medical librarians use iPads while rounding with teams to perform literature searches.  With this information in mind (not to mention the utility of carrying an iPad to conferences and meetings!) the NN/LM PNR would like to provide a cohort of network members with iPads to integrate the device into their professional work and explore this technology together. (more…)