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NLM Theater Presentations at MLA 2015

The NLM exhibit booth at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Austin, TX, featured theater presentations to bring users up-to-date on several NLM products and services. The presentation recordings are captioned and accessible from the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page. The presentations include:

Note: To listen to the voice recordings and view the captions you may need the latest version of Flash® Player (download for free from the Adobe Web site). To maximize the presentation, use the Full Screen button. For more information, go to the NLM Technical Bulletin page.

2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Released!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the solicitation of proposals for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. Quotations are due to NLM by July 20, 2015!

The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. The Federal Business Opportunities Web site will also list all notices, updates, and modifications to the Solicitation.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs: community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources; health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health; faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

The NLM primary point of contact for the solicitation is Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist, and the secondary point of contact is Shari Shor, Contracting Officer.

Assessing Patient Health Information Needs

On May 7th, the Health Information Technology section of AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) sponsored the presentation A National Web Conference on Assessing Patient Health Information Needs for Developing Consumer Health IT Tools. Featured speakers included:

  • Wanda Pratt, Ph.D., Professor, Information School, University of Washington
  • James Ralston, M.D., Associate Investigator/Physician, Internal Medicine, Group Health Research Institute
  • Patricia Flatley Brennan, Ph.D., Moehlman Bascom Professor, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin- Madison

The presenters described projects to improve communication of safety concerns among hospitalized patients, promote effective management of patients with diabetes, and improve asthma care in children. Presentation slides from the talks are now available on the Health Information Technology website.

Two NLM Exhibitions Win 2015 Communicator Awards!

Two National Library of Medicine online exhibitions have been honored with 2015 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), a select group of professionals from leading international creative, advertising, and communications firms. Celebrating outstanding achievement in media and marketing, AVIA Communicator Awards are given yearly to recognize impactful and innovative websites, videos, multimedia, apps, and print ads.

In the category for government websites, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry received the Award of Excellence, the highest accolade, while Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Collection earned the Award of Distinction. From DNA to Beer and Pictures of Nursing were designed by Link Studio, an interactive design and medical illustration company. Both sites bring topics in the history of medicine to life through custom animations developed by Link Studio, that allow visitors to interact with artifacts and delve deeper into the science behind the stories.

San Francisco General Hospital Library Receives NLM Grant to Reduce Health Disparities!

Congratulations to Stephen Kiyoi, Library Director at San Francisco General Hospital, who is a Principal Investigator on a newly awarded three-year, $300,000 NLM Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities (G08) from the National Library of Medicine. The project, Patient Engagement with Personal Health Records, will support the research and development of better ways to engage safety net patients with personal health records.

Partnering on the grant are Courtney Lyles, PhD, and Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH, from the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP). The CVP is an internationally recognized leader in health communication and health policy to reduce health disparities, with special expertise in the social determinants of health. The team will also partner with Yemila Alvarez, Community Outreach Manager at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). SFPL will help disseminate and scale project interventions across its 27 branch locations.

Low Cost Mapping Tools on NLM’s Community Health Maps Blog

Have you ever wanted to be able to use mapping for your outreach needs, but thought that making maps would be too expensive, time-consuming, or just too difficult? The main goal of the National Library of Medicine’s Community Health Maps: Information on Low Cost Mapping Tools for Community-based Organizations blog is facilitating the use of geographic information system (GIS) mapping by providing information about low cost mapping tools, software reviews, best practices, and the experiences of those who have successfully implemented a mapping workflow as part of their work. The blog is moderated by Kurt Menke, a certified GIS professional.

Here are some examples of the kinds of things you can find on the Community Health Maps blog:

  • A short guide for using iForm for field data collection. iForm is an app that can be used on iPads, iPhones and Android devices, and has a free version. Using this app, you can go to different locations, gather data (for example, demographic information about attendance at your program), and view it in tabular or map format.
  • A description of a project using youth in the Philippines to collect data on the needs of their communities. Technology + Youth = Change showed how a dozen donated phones helped 30 young adults survey and map information on access to water, electricity, jobs, and more.
  • A review of a pilot project done by the Seattle Indian Health Board’s Urban Indian Health Institute on noise pollution and health in the urban environment.

NLM’s Reznick Honored by the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS)

On April 30 the professional association Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) awarded NLM’s History of Medicine Division Chief, Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, with the 2015 ALHHS best article award for “Embracing the Future as Stewards of the Past: Charting a Course Forward for Historical Medical Libraries and Archives,” which appeared in the RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (fall 2014 volume 15, number 2). Co-edited by Dr. Reznick and Michelle DiMeo, PhD, Curator of Digital Collections at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, this special issue contains the proceedings of the December 2013 symposium Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries: Value in the Digital Age. Contributors to the issue include Nancy Cervetti, Simon Chaplin, Michelle DiMeo, Jacalyn Duffin, Mary Fissell, Christopher Lyons, and Jeffrey Reznick.

Dr. DiMeo also received the 2015 ALHHS best online resource award for her editorship of the special issue, which included negotiating open access rights with RBM’s editor and its publisher, the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. In conferring the award, the ALHHS recognized Dr. DiMeo for her leadership in organizing the associated symposium, which was sponsored in part by a Library Project Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR). The event offered a rare opportunity for library professionals and researchers to discuss collectively the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age, and to articulate the pedagogical, intellectual and public outreach potentials offered by physical library spaces and material texts. On Thursday, July 30, at 9:00 AM PDT, Dr. DiMeo will present an NN/LM MAR-sponsored webinar about the symposium, including an overview of the project, outcomes, and lessons learned. Details will be announced soon through the NN/LM MAR’s Lunch with the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) Schedule.

Funding Announcement: NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other participating NIH Institutes and Centers solicit applications for administrative supplements to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, depending on each participating Institute or Center’s preferences, with active P01, P20, P30, P50, R21, R34, U01, U19, U24, UM1 and U54 grants. The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages eligible NIH awardees as described above, who are interested in integrating an informationist into their research teams for the above-stated purposes to begin to consider applying for this new FOA. Interested eligible awardees are encouraged to begin seeking collaborative arrangements with informationists at their institutions or another institution as appropriate. Informationists are information specialists, usually health sciences librarians, who have graduate training and practical experience that provides them with disciplinary background in biomedical, behavioral or biological sciences and in library and information sciences/informatics. Their cross training provides informationists with a unique perspective on the acquisition, synthesis, management and use of information in research. Informationists work as team members with research scientists and health professionals, and are sometimes called in-context or ‘embedded’ information specialists.

Applications must be submitted electronically by July 17, 2015. Approximately five administrative supplement awards are anticipated in FY 2015. Total direct costs requested for the supplement may not exceed $25,000 per year. The project period is limited to two years. The earliest funding start date is September, 2015. Previously, eleven awards were made in 2014, and eight awards were made in 2012. For questions, contact Dr. Alan VanBiervliet at NLM.

May 2015 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of a man, woman, and child walking with bags from a local grocery storeCheck out the May issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Opportunities Abound for Moving Around: Get Active, Wherever You Are
    You know that physical activity can help you live a longer, healthier life. But did you know you don’t need to join a gym or use costly equipment to be physically active? No matter where you live, work, or go to school, you can find ways to move more and sit less throughout your day. In addition to helping your health, you might have fun without spending a lot of money.
  • HIV Therapy Promising in First Human Study
    Just one dose of an experimental antibody significantly reduced HIV levels in infected people for up to 28 days. This promising approach, called immunotherapy, might help to combat many strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • Add NIH’s Free Content to Your Website
    If you have a website or blog, or manage one for your organization, NIH has a new way for you to get trusted, up-to-date health information added directly to your site. It’s called “content syndication,” and it’s an easy way to share high-quality articles, images, infographics, videos, podcasts, and other credible material that updates automatically on your site.
  • Featured Website: Allergens & Irritants
    This website can help you survive the seasons by learning more about asthma, allergies, and the common substances that trigger breathing problems. Get tips on preventing exposure to irritants such as cigarette smoke, cockroaches, animals, pollen, and dust mites, so you can keep breathing easier.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

NLM VSAC Publishes Annual Update for 2014 Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets

On May 1, 2015, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), published the annual update for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) value sets for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. Providers will use these updated eCQM value sets to electronically report 2016 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR), and the EHR Incentive Programs. CMS updates these electronic reporting specifications annually to improve alignment with current clinical guidelines and terminologies and to remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.

The VSAC offers a Downloadable Resource Table, accessible from the Download tab on the VSAC Web page, that provides prepackaged downloads for the most recently updated and released eCQM value sets, as well as for previously released versions. Access to the VSAC requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License. NLM also provides the Data Element Catalog that identifies data element names (value set names) required for capture in electronic health record (EHR) technology certified under the 2014 Edition of the ONC Standards and Certification Criteria.

The NLM update of the VSAC eCQM value sets coincides with the CMS posting of the annual update for the 2014 eCQMs for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals, available in the CMS eCQM Library. CMS has re-specified all of the 2015 updated measures using Quality Data Model (QDM) 4.1.2 based-HQMF version R 2.1. 2014 Clinical Quality Measure Resources.

The following resources are available to help health care providers and vendors navigate the 2014 eCQMs.