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Major New Versions of REMM Web Site and Mobile REMM App Released!

In December, 2012, NLM’s Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) released a major update for the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) tool. REMM provides guidance for health care providers about the clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological or nuclear emergencies. It is web-based, but also downloadable to your Windows or Mac, and key information is also available on the mobile apps for Android, iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad & BlackBerry. Key changes are noted below. Many more updates and changes appear throughout REMM. You are strongly encouraged to update any versions of REMM you have previously downloaded to your computer, USB drive, or mobile device.

  1. Creation of REMM Multimedia Library
    • Display of REMM multimedia items in carousel format
    • Items accessible by content category
    • New videos, illustrations, pictures, tables
  2. REMM YouTube channel: 4 new videos uploaded
  3. Improved REMM bibliography
    • New table of contents improves access to listings
    • Many new references and topics
  4. Updated Prototype for Medical Orders
    • Now includes Pediatric information
    • Updated information in many sections, including use of anti-microbial drugs
  5. New sections for “Other Audiences”
  6. Updates to key pages
  7. Print output from Dose Estimator for Lymphocyte Depletion Kinetics and Time to Onset of Vomiting
  8. Improved right navigation panel for accessing key items

New Features on Mobile REMM

  1. Interactive tool for radiation unit conversions, e.g. curie to becquerel, rad to gray
  2. Updates to Emergency Contacts

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Now Available for Mobile Apple Devices!

Image of Mobile Device with the PFA Mobile App on the Screen The US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology are excited to announce a new application, called PFA Mobile, now available in the iTunes App Store. The app is intended for disaster responders who are trained in Psychological First Aid (PFA).

PFA Mobile includes:

  • Summaries of PFA fundamentals
  • PFA interventions matched to specific concerns and needs of survivors
  • Mentor tips for applying PFA in the field
  • A self-assessment tool for readiness to conduct PFA
  • A survivor’s needs form for simplified data collection and easy referral

The app is free and will work on any mobile Apple device (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad). Please download and feel free to send any feedback or suggestions for future versions. An Android version may be available in the coming year. Anyone needing technical assistance or additional resources may contact Dr. Melissa Brymer.

Women’s Health: Learn About Your Body in 52 Weeks

Screenshot of 52 Weeks for Women's Health52 Weeks for Women’s Health, a new app for iOS and Android that offers women access to a year’s worth of practical health information, highlighted week-by-week, is now available. The app is based on the popular Primer for Women’s Health: Learn about Your Body in 52 Weeks, published by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health.

The easy-to-use mobile app can help women identify health risks for themselves and their families, and can help them create and maintain healthy lifestyles throughout their lives. Questions to ask health care providers, a glossary of health terms, health screening information, and links to additional information from NIH institutes and centers expand the mobile app’s offerings. Key features of the app are:

  • a personal health section for recording medications, medical conditions, and disabilities
  • a journal feature
  • a personal goal-setting section for health and lifestyle details

A variety of different skins can be applied to personalize the app, and it can be password-protected to help ensure health information remains confidential. Content is also accessible without the use of a handheld device, at the Primer for Women’s Health: Learn about Your Body in 52 Weeks website. In the near future, NIH will launch an app for men’s health with similar features. 52 Weeks for Women’s Health can be downloaded for free through iTunes and Google Play.

MyMedList Now Available from the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites!

MyMedListMyMedList (MML) has been released as a free Apple iOS app on the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites. MML, developed by the National Library of Medicine, is designed to maintain a record of an individual’s current and past medications, which is easily accessible and adequately protected. MyMedList allows users to electronically manage their medication list(s), and control access to their personal information. The medication list can be printed out to share, mailed to a relative, serve as a reminder to the individual for taking medications, or be shown as reference information in doctors’ offices or hospitals. The app is based on standards; MML follows the HL7 standard for CDA/CCD and uses RxNorm data for prescription medications.

Edit: MyMedList is no longer being actively maintained and was removed from the iTunes. (1/13/14 LT)

NLM Launches “People Locator” for the 2012 Philippine Floods

In response to the recent torrential rains in the Phillipines, which have submerged Manila and surrounding areas, the National Library of Medicine has launched the web site, People Locator for the 2012 Philippine Floods. The Lister Hill Center, an R&D division of the National Library of Medicine, developed People Locator, a web site to post photos and name, age, etc. for missing (or found) people by hospital staff, relief workers, or family members. It can be searched by the public and by relief workers who are assisting with family reunification efforts. The site is designed to receive information through the Web, an iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad app, and from other sites such as Google Person Finder. The underlying app is ReUnite, which is available at no cost. Missing persons’ photos and identifying information can be added through any of these channels.

Google Crisis Response has also activated Google Person Finder for the floods in the Philippines, in English and Filipino. The English-language Google home page is also available. NLM’s People Locator and the Google Person Finder share information, so that missing persons are then listed in both places. Additional information about the US government response to the flooding is available from the USAID home page for the Philippines and the US Embassy in Manila. The embassy is closed until at least August 9.

PubMed for Handhelds App Available!

PubMed for Handhelds (PubMed4Hh) app is now available for free in the iTunes store.

This is an alternative to saving the PubMed for Handhelds web site as a mobile site. Remember to check out the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites to see what’s newly listed!

Mobile Guide to NLM Mobile Apps and Sites!

NLM Mobile Apps and SitesThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new mobile website that is intended to serve as the authoritative guide to NLM mobile resources. This website will improve your ability to find and use NLM mobile apps and sites. This HTML 5 mobile website is available in web browsers on many mobile devices. Information on all NLM mobile resources will be available through this website. To explore the website, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile-app/ on a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone, Blackberry, or Microsoft phone. The entry for each resource will include a brief description, descriptive tag(s), image, and a link to install the app or launch the web site. Additional information is available in the NLM Technical Bulletin. NLM welcomes your feedback about this new service. You can either Contact NLM with feedback, or use the “Contact Us” link in the footer of the app.

Introducing WISER for iOS 3.0, with Native Support for the iPad

Screenshot of WISER Identify ChemicalWISER for iOS 3.0, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available. WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. This new release adds native support for the iPad, in addition to support for the iPhone and iPod touch. New and updated features include:

Search WISER’s full set of known substances on the iPad: WISER’s full database of chemical, biological, and radiological substances is now available on the iPad. This includes trusted information for over 440 substances from NLM’s Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB).

Employ WISER’s popular Help Identify Chemical capability on the iPad: WISER for iOS touch includes a fully featured implementation of Help Identify Chemical, allowing a user to identify a chemical using physical properties, signs/symptoms, categorization, NFPA placards, and transportation containers. Users can save a help identify search for later recall and freely search the result list using any supported identifier.

Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your iPad: Using a live map, visualize protective distance data for a given substance directly on your iPad. Track both your current position and the location of a plotted protective distance area. Note that WISER must have permission to use location services to track your current location. The accuracy of this capability is affected by the capabilities of your device (note that not all iOS devices include a GPS).

WISER for iOS is available for free and can be installed through the iTunes App Store. In addition, WISER is available as a standalone website and mobile website, a downloadable programs for Windows, and as downloadable apps for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Palm OS.

Several additional updates are expected in the near future:

  • Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) integration.
  • Updates to WISER’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to the newly released 2012 edition.
  • WISER for Android 3.0, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform.

NLM Drug Information Portal Now Available for Mobile Devices!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices. This mobile optimized web site covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams. Each record also features information links to 19 other resources; including NLM PubMed, NLM LactMed, and Drugs@FDA. The mobile version of a resource is used when available. Smart phones accessing the main Drug Portal site will be taken to the mobile site.

The Drug Information Portal is a free Web resource from the NLM that provides an informative, user-friendly gateway to current drug information for over 32,000 drugs. Links to sources span the breadth of the NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies. Current information regarding consumer health, clinical trials, AIDS–related drug information, MeSH pharmacological actions, PubMed biomedical literature, and physical properties and structure, is easily retrieved by searching on a drug name. A varied selection of focused topics in medicine and drug–related information is also available from displayed subject headings.

National Library of Medicine Releases Free iPad App, “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness”

The splash page for the NLM Native Voices app shows the exhibition logo and four of the featured interview subjects.To give those who can’t travel to Bethesda, Maryland to see it in person a lively virtual experience, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a new, free iPad app that captures the contents of its popular exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, currently on display. NLM is the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health.

The app lets users explore video interviews with tribal elders, healers and other prominent people who practice traditional medicine, Western medicine or a combination of both. From their unique experiences and perspectives, they weave a tapestry of stories of the vibrant and diverse cultures of and medicine ways practiced by Alaska Natives, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. Other video clips provide an exhibition overview and highlights of the 4,400-mile journey of a totem pole specially crafted for the exhibition, from Washington state to the NIH campus in Bethesda.

The NLM Native Voices app works on all iPads with iOS4.2 and higher. The free app is available for download from the Apple iTunes store.