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Archive for the ‘Electronic Health Records’ Category

NIH Request for Information Yields Important Public Input on the Value of NLM Products and Services

In January of 2015 NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, formed a working group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) for the purpose of reviewing the programs of the NLM and making recommendations for a vision for the library that would ensure its continued role as an international leader in biomedical and health information. In carrying out its charge, the working group issued a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public input regarding NLM. The RFI was active from February 13 to March 13, 2015, with 650 respondents providing feedback. At NLM’s September 17, 2015, Board of Regents meeting, Dr. Barbara Rapp, Chief, Office of Planning and Analysis, summarized the responses to the NIH RFI. She found that comments were submitted from across the broad range of NLM users, including medical librarians; researchers in biomedicine, biomedical informatics and computational biology; clinical, public health, and emergency response practitioners; historians; health information technology developers; journal publishers; and educators. (more…)

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2015!

NMLM Poster: Are You A Risk Taker?October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)! Highlighting the fact that medical librarians are the best and most cost effective way to obtain quality health information, this year’s NMLM theme is Are You A Risk Taker? When you need to be right, ask your medical librarian. In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Teaching Mobile Access to Health Information and Promoting MedlinePlus Connect

by Naomi C. Broering, MLS, MA, FMLA
Dean of Libraries
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
San Diego, CA

Mobile devices are popular for using the powers of a conventional computer in environments where carrying one would be impractical. Loading pertinent Apps to mobile devices makes access to information, when needed, quick and easy. Instantaneous, on-demand access of NLM’s PubMed and MedlinePlus mobile sites accelerates results to health information queries and improves health care delivery. There is no doubt that MedlinePlus Connect for practitioners with EHR capability provides immediate highly useful patient education summaries during an office or hospital visit. However, there are major segments of San Diego’s diverse community without the ability or knowledge to benefit from these advances. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Engaging Patients with MYSFHEALTH, the Patient Portal for the San Francisco Health Network

by Stephen Kiyoi, MLIS
Library Director
San Francisco General Hospital
Barnett Briggs Medical Library
San Francisco, CA

You may be surprised to learn that in San Francisco – the very center of the tech industry – 18% of residents do not have broadband internet at home. This includes our most vulnerable populations – those over 65 (69%), those without a high school degree (68%), and African Americans (70%) – all of whom have disproportionately low broadband internet access.1 (more…)

Your Input Is Needed for an RFI to Shape the Future of the NLM: Respond by March 13!

You have a unique opportunity to impact the future of the National Library of Medicine by providing input for the deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM)! A Request for Information (RFI) has just been issued soliciting input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM, to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections); collectively referred to in this RFI as “NLM elements.” Responses must be submitted electronically by March 13, 2015. (more…)

Highlights of the NN/LM PSR 2014 Planning Questionnaire!

We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the recent RML planning questionnaire! We received about 100 responses with information and valuable feedback that will enable us to continue to improve our programs and services to meet the needs of Network members. Overall, we were encouraged to see results suggesting that our work does make a difference for health sciences librarians and information centers in the region, as illustrated by the roughly 94% of respondents who agreed that the RML is effective in promoting access to or awareness of biomedical information resources, and effective in improving awareness of regional activities. Following are additional highlights and themes from the questionnaire results. (more…)

Announcing the 2014-15 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards!

Four outstanding projects were funded in response to the 2014-15 Request for Proposals: Express Outreach/Training/Technology Awards. These projects will be funded for $9,000 each, for a period of 12 months, beginning May 1, 2014. The projects strive to improve access to health information for health professionals and health consumers, and to promote the awareness and use of products and services available from the NLM and the NN/LM. (more…)

A Survey of Biomedical Informatics: The Woods Hole Experience

Dr. Donald Lindberg and Joyce MitchellAmong medical librarians, the phrase ‘Woods Hole’ is synonymous with a week of immersion into the topic of biomedical informatics. For those who haven’t experienced it, the idea of attending is intriguing yet daunting. Those who have attended return to their home institutions with a new appreciation and enthusiasm about the field. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants are introduced to the conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics; including medical terminologies, electronic health records, medical decision analysis methods, clinical information systems architectures, consumer informatics, and many other related topics. (more…)

Report on the 2013 AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics

by Judith Kammerer, MLIS, MA, AHIP
Medical Librarian/Manager
UCSF Fresno and Community Regional Medical Center
Fresno, CA

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has organized an annual summit on translational bioinformatics (TBI) since 2008. I was fortunate to attend the 2013 Summit, which took place in San Francisco, CA, on March 18-20, 2013. This was made possible by an NN/LM PSR Professional Development Award, that supports hospital librarians in attending continuing education workshops and conferences. (more…)

PSR Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting Held at UCLA!

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, a meeting of the NN/LM PSR Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) was convened at the UCLA Faculty Center. The committee had not met as a large group for several years, so the membership was completely reconstituted and revitalized! Fifteen committee members, representing the constituencies served by the RML, attended the meeting, along with RML staff. Composition of the committee includes health professionals, hospital librarians, academic librarians, school and public librarians, community college librarians, community health librarians, and community-based organization representatives. A complete list of RAC members, along with minutes and presentation slides of the 3/27/13 meeting, are available on the NN/LM PSR web site. (more…)