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WISER for Android 3.1 is Now Available!

NLM has just released the latest version of WISER for the Android (version 3.1) to the Google Play store. This release brings the Help Identify and Protective Distance Mapping functions to Android devices (it is already on the Windows, iOS, BlackBerry and WebWISER versions). WISER is now functionally equivalent across all platforms, so there’s greater uniformity and less of a learning curve for people using different devices.

Here’s a look at what’s new in this release:

  • WISER’s Help Identify Chemical capability is now available on the Android platform. Identify and validate an unknown chemical based on the following criteria:
    • physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors
    • signs and symptoms of victims of exposure
    • the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab or a flammable substance
    • hazard values from NFPA 704 placards
    • transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car
  • Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your Android device. Visualize the areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after a substance is spilled or released on a live map. The Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook serves as the source of WISER’s protective distance data.

WISER for Android can be downloaded and installed directly from the Google Play Store.

Also, look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WISER for iOS and WISER for Android 4.5, which adds chemical reactivity, triage procedures, and WISER’s full set of radiological tools to these mobile platforms
  • WISER 4.6, which will add many new substances to WISER and update much of WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data

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

New on REMM, April, 2014:

  • Key changes are noted below.
  • Many more updates and changes appear throughout REMM.
  1. Managing Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS): Interactive tool: completely redesigned, with clinical assessments, treatment suggestions, suggestion for referral venues
  2. Top 10 Items for Radiation Emergencies: new page
  3. How to Perform a Radiation Survey
  4. Target Levels for Decontamination of People
  5. Biodosimetry Bibliography: new page, improved navigation, many new references
  6. Radiation Units and Conversions: new interactive tools for unit conversions
  7. Understanding Radiation: new videos incorporated and new sections
  8. Radiological Dispersal Device: new guidance about safety and response perimeters
  9. Training and Education: new offerings from several US agencies
  10. Multimedia Library: new elements in many sections
  11. Emergency Contacts: updated for many US government agencies
  12. REMM bibliography: many new entries

New on Mobile REMM, April 2014, App Version 2.0.1:

  1. App has been completely redesigned for easier use and faster navigation
  2. Dose Estimator: faster data entry for vomiting and lymphocyte depletion kinetics tools
  3. New tools from REMM now available on Mobile REMM
    • Scarce Resources for Interactive Triage Tool for Use after IND Detonation
    • SALT triage system for radiation emergencies
  4. Updated emergency contact information
  5. Mobile platform compatibility updated
    • iPhone and Androids compatibility remains up to date.
    • Newer BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 10, is now supported; but older ones (BlackBerry 7 OS and earlier) are not.

The REMM Team strongly suggests updating any versions of REMM previously downloaded to computers, USB drives, or mobile devices.

New SurveyMonkey Mobile App Available!

SurveyMonkey recently launched a mobile app for the iPad and iPhone, providing the ability to create, send, and monitor surveys from a phone or tablet device. The app is free, although you need a SurveyMonkey account to use it. With the new app, there’s no longer a need to rely on a computer to design and manage surveys. The app also allows convenient viewing of data from any location with Internet access. Another notable benefit is that the analytic reports are optimized for mobile devices and are easy to read on small screens. Although there is not yet an Android app, all SurveyMonkey pages and surveys are optimized for any mobile device, so surveys are easy to take regardless of the operating system used.

Exhibit evaluations with QuickTapSurvey

Exhibiting is a popular strategy for health information resource promotion, but exhibits can be challenging events to evaluate. Survey platforms for tablets and mobile phones can make it a little easier to collect feedback at exhibit booths. The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) has explored QuickTapSurvey, which seems well-suited to getting point-of-contact responses from booth visitors. The application allows creation of short, touch-screen questionnaires on Apple or Android tablets. You simply hand the tablet to visitors for their quick replies. The same questionnaire can be put on multiple tablets, so you and your colleagues can collect responses simultaneously during an exhibit.

When you have an Internet connection, responses are automatically uploaded into your online QuickTapSurvey account. When no connection is available, data are stored on the tablet and uploaded later. You can use QuickTapSurvey’s analytics to summarize responses with statistics and graphs, and can also download the data into a spreadsheet to analyze in Excel. QuickTapSurvey is a commercial product, but there is a limited free version. The application is fairly user friendly, but it may be worthwhile to experiment with it before taking it on the road. Further information about QuickTapSurvey, including the different pricing options, is available on the web site.

WebWISER 4.5 Now Available!

WISER logoWebWISER 4.5 is now available. WISER is a system designed to assist emergency 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 integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012. CHEMM integration brings the following new features to WISER:

  • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles, along with a customized home screen for all WISER profiles
  • Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes
  • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
  • CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident

August 2013 Updates to REMM and Mobile REMM

Mobile REMM screenshotMajor new versions of the REMM website and Mobile REMM apps have been released. Key changes include:

  • New multimedia in the REMM Multimedia Library
    • Incident timeline
    • Recovery Phase Continuum Timeline
    • Transportation incidents involving radioactive material (3 new US DOT videos), including decontamination techniques
    • Shrinking fallout zones after an IND detonation Watch video
    • Sheltering: Selecting a safe room after an IND detonation
    • Lethality and radiation dose: LD 50/60
    • Hospital Approach to patients Presenting after a Nuclear Detonation
    • Link to all videos on REMM
    • Graphic Showing Radiation Effect on Neutrophils
  • Update to the Isotopes of Interest table
  • Other Audiences section has 2 new groups: Public Health Emergency Researchers and Medical Examiners / Coroners
  • New pages on REMM: Collection of data: prototypes of forms for radiation safety and medical data tracking, and Describing an Incident: Definition, Severity, Phases, Timeline
  • Significant updates to key pages
    • Nuclear Detonation: Weapons, INDs
    • Transportation Incidents
    • Triage Guidelines
    • Nuclear Power Plant and Reactor Incidents: new page title and new content
    • Burn Triage and Treatment: Thermal Injuries
    • Strategic National Stockpile
    • Planners: Preparedness and Response
    • Public Information Officers
    • Training and Education: Educational Competencies for Health Care Professionals
  • Updated Prototype for Medical Orders
  • Updated fever and neutropenia information
  • REMM YouTube Channel updated
  • Improved REMM bibliography

Coming soon in October 2013 are complete redesigns of the interactive tool Managing ARS and of Mobile REMM app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry!

USC Center for the Digital Future Releases 11th Digital Future Project Report!

On June 13, The University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg Center for the Digital Future released the 11th Digital Future Project Report, the longest continuing study of its kind, which includes findings on more than 180 issues that explore the views and behavior of Internet users and non-users. The 2013 report features new questions about negative online attention (bullying, harassment, and unwanted sexual attention), the impact of mobile devices, and a closer examination of the “Millennial Rift;” the vast differences between how Millennials (age 18-34) and non-Millennials use online sites and services. A press release with highlights from the report is available, and the complete report is available for downloading.

NLM Launches Dietary Supplement Label Database!

Dietary Supplement Label DatabaseResearchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website! The Dietary Supplement Label Database is a joint project of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. By law, any product labeled as a dietary supplement must carry a Supplement Facts panel that list its contents and other added ingredients (such as fillers, binders, and flavorings). The Dietary Supplement Label Database includes this information and much more; such as directions for use, health-related claims, and any cautions listed on the label. The Dietary Supplement Label Database offers these features:

  • Quick Search: Search for any ingredient or specific text on a label.
  • Search for Dietary Ingredients: An alphabetical list of ingredients is also provided.
  • Search for Specific Products: An alphabetical list of products is also provided.
  • Browse Contact Information: Search by supplement manufacturer or distributor.
  • Advanced Search: Provides options for expanding a search by using a combination of search options, including dietary ingredient, product/brand name, health-related claims, and label statements.

For consumers, the ODS app, My Dietary Supplements (MyDS), is available to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products taken, and has science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.

The former Dietary Supplements Labels Database, based on DeLima Associates Dietary Supplements On-Line Database (DSOL), will be retired before the end of June, 2013, and replaced by the new ODS/NLM Dietary Supplement Label Database. More information about the Dietary Supplement Label Database is available from a recent NIH News Release or from the MLA 2013 Offline with NLM Sunrise Seminar: NLM Specialized Information Services Update.

National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Android 2.0 Now Available!

The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Android 2.0 is now available and can be installed directly from the Google Play Store. New features in this release include: 

  • Emergency Response Guidebook data is now updated to the ERG 2012; WISER for Android includes a custom ERG 2012 tool; and
  • WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) website.

This integration includes:

  • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles;
  • Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes;
  • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material; and
  • CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST); a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident.

These exciting additions are coming soon:

  • Updates to the Windows and WebWISER platforms to include CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 data, and more;
  • Data updates for all WISER platforms; and
  • WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform.

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.

NLM Theater Presentations at MLA 2013

The NLM exhibit booth at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Boston 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 zoom in to detailed screens, use the scroll button. For more information, go to the NLM Technical Bulletin page.