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New Course Announced for Spring 2013 at the National Library of Medicine: A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI!

A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI comprises a pre-course, “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching,” offered online (asynchronous), during March 2013, and a five-day, in-person course offered at the National Library of Medicine, April 15-19, 2013. The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping their clientele use online molecular databases and tools from the NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Topics include using the BLAST sequence similarity search and Entrez text search systems to find relevant data. The course describes the various kinds of molecular data available, and explains how these are generated and used in modern biomedical research. Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., from the University at Buffalo. The course will be limited to 18 students. More information and an online application will be available in December, 2012.

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2013 Woods Hole Biomedical Informatics Course!

Applications for the 2013 sessions of the NLM Biomedical Informatics course in Woods Hole, MA, are now being accepted. The submission deadline is January 11, 2013. Selection decisions will be made by mid-February. The costs for attending this course, including travel, housing, and meals, are fully supported by the National Library of Medicine. Sessions are limited to 30 participants. This is a National Library of Medicine fellowship program directed at medical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, and young faculty, who are not currently knowledgeable but can become agents of change in their institutions.

This week-long survey course is designed to familiarize individuals with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants will be introduced to the conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics. The conceptual components will include principles of database design, human-computer interfaces, medical terminologies and coding systems, medical decision analysis methods, clinical information systems architectures, and methods for measuring costs and benefits in health care systems. The technical components will include use of the Internet for biomedical applications, current and emerging wide area network technologies, use of literature and molecular sequence databases, and systems for telemedicine. Evening workshops will include hands-on project development to give students the opportunity to bring their own expertise to bear, and apply the lessons learned in class to a relevant informatics application.

The course dates for 2013 are:

  • Spring Session: May 26 – June 1, 2013
  • Fall Session: September 15 – 21, 2013

More information, including course objectives, activity agenda, and list of instructors, is available on the course page. Many PSR Network members have attended over the years, and they can attest to the value of the experience!

SNOMED CT: July 2012 International Release Now Available!

The July 2012 International Release of SNOMED CT is available for download. The International Release is updated each year in January and July. The recent download contains SNOMED CT files in both Release Format 1 (RF1) and the new Release Format 2 (RF2) versions. Contents of the download include SNOMED CT terminology, cross maps, subsets, User Guide (content, principles and uses), Technical Implementation Guide (design of applications using SNOMED CT), Technical Reference Guide (file layouts, field sizes, required values, data diagrams), and ICD-9-CM Cross Map. Additionally, updated RF2 to RF1 compatibility tools are available for download from the same Web page. SNOMED CT terminology will be available in Metathesaurus format in UMLS 2012AB Release, in November 2012.

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

A new funding announcement offering support for informationists to work on NIH-funded research grants was published on the NIH Guide web site today. These supplements provide funds to researchers who have existing research grants from any of the Institutes listed in the announcement (NLM, NCI, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NIBIB, NIDCD, NIDCR), to pay for adding an informationist to the project. The principal investigator of the grant must apply for this funding, so librarian/informationist colleagues in academic settings might want to identify partners of interest and reach out to them to suggest that they apply, or alert people with whom they already work. An easy way to find potential partners would be to use the NIH RePORTER resource to search by state and funding agency. Applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline of June 5, 2012. The earliest funding start date is September, 2012.

The purposes of the administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist, also known as in-context 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.

An Update of RxNorm Webcast

Upcoming Webcast

The next UMLS Webcast will be on September 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm ET. The topic is “An Update of RxNorm” presented by Dr. Stuart Nelson, Head of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) Section. The Webcast will cover:

  • Inclusion of National Drug Codes from RxNorm content providers First DataBank (National Drug Data File Plus) and Micromedex (RED BOOK®)
  • New term types for RxTerms functionality
  • Current Prescribable Content Subset

For information on RxNorm, see the RxNorm homepage. For information on the subset, see the Current Prescribable Content Subset homepage.

The Webcast link is https://webmeeting.nih.gov/rxnorm_update. It will be archived and linked from the UMLS Webcasts Web page.

From MEDLARS Management Section

Valerie Florance Talks About NLM Grants

Valerie Florance, PhD, Director of NLM’s Division of Extramural Programs, was featured in a March 9, 2011 article in NLM in Focus. Extramural Programs is the only part of NLM authorized to award grants. In 2010, NLM made 185 awards, totaling nearly $50 million in a mix of new and continuing grants. Forty-one of the new awards, totaling $37 million, were made with American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

In the interview, Dr. Florance discusses the goals of NLM’s extramural programs, the five types of NLM grants available, future directions for the field of biomedical informatics, and how librarians fit into that vision. She also addresses outcomes-based measurement of grant success.

NLM in Focus is an electronic newsletter featuring behind-the-scenes looks at the National Library of Medicine, and showcasing its programs and services, research projects, and staff talents. RSS subscriptions are available for NLM in Focus, to provide notification whenever new stories are posted. More information is available on the FAQ page.

NLM Invites Applications to Train Biomedical Informatics Researchers

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) invites applications from US educational institutions that wish to provide training for research careers in biomedical informatics. Since 1975, NLM has been the leading federal sponsor of research training in biomedical informatics.

Awards will be made for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral education in a range of informatics areas including:

  • Health care/clinical informatics: Applications of informatics principles and methods to direct patient care, such as advanced clinical decision support systems and multimedia electronic health records, to the provision of informational support to health care consumers. Special tracks might be proposed for nursing informatics, dental informatics, imaging informatics, or other appropriate clinical themes.
  • Translational bioinformatics: Applications of informatics principles and methods to support “bench to bedside to practice” translational research, such as genome-phenome relationships, pharmacogenomics, or personalized medicine. Special tracks might be proposed in health effects of environmental factors, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), or other similar areas.
  • Clinical research informatics: Applications of informatics principles and methods to support basic clinical trials and comparative effectiveness research. Special tracks might be proposed in areas such as biostatistics, in-silico trials, merging and mining large disparate data sets that mix images, text and data.
  • Public health informatics: Applications of informatics principles and methods to build integrated resources for health services research, for decision support in public health agencies, to support regional or global health research, or syndromic surveillance. Special tracks might be proposed in areas such as health literacy, information design for consumers, health effects of climate change.

Organizations funded by NLM to do this training are responsible for defining an appropriately rigorous curriculum, selecting a diverse cadre of high-quality trainees, and providing research mentoring training in the responsible conduct of research and other resources that help trainees transition to successful research careers.

For details about the solicitation including deadline, scope and levels of support available, please see the funding opportunity announcement: NLM Institutional Training Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics (T-15) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-11-001.html.

Apple’s iPad on Medical Rounds

Are you interested in how physicians might use Apple’s iPad device on rounds in the hospital? See an interesting article recounting one physician’s experience here: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2010/08/apples-ipad-medical-rounds-hands-physician-review.html. The article discusses privacy and security issues as well as the usability of the iPad during rounds.

EHR Meaningful Use and Standards Published

The Department of Health and Human Services has published the final version of the rules for EHR “meaningful use,” as well as EHR standards and certification criteria for electronic health records.

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a summary of the meaningful use rules.

Electronic Health Record Resources

During the March 24 MLA webcast entitled “Now’s the Time: Understanding the Electronic Health Record Maze and the Health Sciences Librarians’ Role,” speaker Jan Willis recommended several websites to access information about electronic health records:

MEDLINE/PubMed Search & Electronic Health Record Information Resources
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/ehr.html

Health Information Technology and Health Data Standards at NLM
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/healthit.html

HHS Health Information Technology
http://www.healthit.hhs.gov/

In addition, you can access the Twitter page for the webcast at http://twitter.com/search?q=%23mlaehr. There you’ll find interesting comments from webcast viewers as well as many more links to valuable information about EHRs and PHRs.