Archive for July, 2014
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
The National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI) has recently announced changes to PubMed Commons. PubMed Commons is a pilot commenting system for authors in PubMed. PubMed is the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s database of the biomedical literature. PubMed Commons enables authors to share opinions and information about scientific publications in PubMed. All authors of publications in PubMed are eligible to become members.
Members play a pivotal role in ensuring that PubMed Commons remains a forum for open constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. They can comment on any publication in PubMed, rate the helpfulness of comments, and invite other eligible authors to join.
Among the changes are modifications to streamline the homepage. Information about joining and using PubMed Commons has been consolidated in a single page to help you get started. There will be synopsis of the most recent blog post at the top of the homepage to help you stay up-to-date on PubMed Commons.
For several months, comment rating has given members the chance to weigh in on what comments they find useful. Visitors to PubMed can see these ratings alongside comments. Ratings are a key element in calculating the comment and commenter scores that determine the appearance of comments in the “Selected comments” stream on our homepage.
Some new site modifications will highlight contributions to PubMed Commons. On homepage, “Top comments now” will feature the top three recent comments. On PubMed records, “Selected comments” (from the homepage stream) prompt the appearance of an icon above abstracts, directing readers to comments below.
In response to community feedback, corresponding authors of comments on their publications are being contacted to invite them to join PubMed Commons. This new procedure has resulted in an increase in author responses.
More information is available on the PubMed Commons Blog.
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
The Medical Library Association (MLA) believes that access to high-quality information improves decision-making by health professionals, scientists, and consumers and is a major determinant in the quality of care and improved health for the nation and the world. MLA is interested in supporting individuals whose research will extend the underlying knowledge base of health sciences information management or enhance the practice of the information professions, particularly health sciences librarianship.
Areas of interest include the organization, delivery, use, and impact of information and knowledge on:
- Health care access and delivery;
- Public health services;
- Consumers’ use of health information;
- Biomedical research;
- Education for the health professions.
To that end, MLA is accepting applications for the Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. Established in 2003, the annual fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to support research aimed at expanding the knowledge base linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. Areas of interest include the organization, delivery, use, and impact of information and knowledge on healthcare access and delivery, public health services, consumers’ use of health information, biomedical research, and education for the health professions.
Deadline for Applications: November 15.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period for 2015 begins November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is hosting a free 1‑day Marketplace training event for partners and stakeholders who provide general information or help educate consumers about the Marketplace, and/or help them apply for coverage.
This session does not fulfill the certification requirements for Navigators or other assisters, or for agents and brokers. The web-based training for certification of Navigators/Certified Assistance Counselors will be available in August, and for agents and brokers in July.
The training sessions will cover the following:
- An Overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace
- Information on Health Insurance Literacy
- Current Marketplace Topics
- Best Practices and Lessons Learned
As with the South Central Chapter (SCC) of MLA, the states of AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX align exactly with CMS Region 6. Four training events are currently scheduled for Region 6: Houston, TX (August 5); Dallas, TX (August 27 & August 28); and Baton Rouge, LA (September 18).
For more information, including how to register, visit: http://www.seiservices.com/cmsmp2014/mp/MPHome.aspx
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Several recently released studies indicate that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped reduce the number of uninsured Americans by between 8 and 11 million in the first year of the Marketplaces. Other key points from one report¹:
- Many of the previously uninsured have used their new coverage to obtain needed care
- The uninsured rate for people ages 19-64 declined from 20% in the period July – September 2013 to 15% in the period April – June 2014
- Young men and women (ages 19-34) made up a significant portion of the decline
- In states which expanded Medicaid coverage, the uninsured rate for people in poverty declined at an even higher rate (28% to 17%)
A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Navigators and Assister programs nationwide found that an estimated 10.6 million people received personal help from Navigators and Assisters during the Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014). In total, more than 4,400 Assister Program provided assistance for enrollment. Most Assister programs reported that people looking for health insurance sought help because they did not understand the ACA or health insurance and lacked confidence to apply on their own. In addition, the survey showed that 90% of Assister Programs have already been re-ontacted by consumers with post-enrollment questions and problems.²
The next Open Enrollment Period for insurance coverage will begin on November 15, 2014. If your organization is a community health center or other health care provider, hospital, a non-federal governmental or non-profit social service agency in a state with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace or a State Partnership Marketplace, and your organization would like to help by training your staff to assist people applying for coverage through the Marketplace, you can apply to be a Certified Application Counselor (CAC). Attend an informational webinar on July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. CT for clarification regarding eligibility requirements. For more information on the CAC program, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/cac.html
Information on the webinar:
From Coverage to Care (C2C) is a national initiative from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), specifically designed to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. It also seeks to give healthcare providers the tolls they need to promote patient engagement. An overview of the full range of resources included in C2C will be presented in a webinar on Wednesday, July 30th, at 11:00 a.m. CT: http://ow.ly/zpUfo
¹Gaining Ground: American’s Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care After the Affordable Care Act’s First Open Enrollment Period
²Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs
Friday, July 18th, 2014
How do HIPPA, Personal Health Records and Online Health Information Sharing impact your library? What is the role of encryption and secure wireless networks in maintaining online privacy and security? What are password management tools and how can they affect your private information?
Want to know more? A recording of the NN/LM SCR’s free monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions entitled, Health Information and Online Privacy for You and Your Organization is now available in the archives.
This webinar will be available for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit. View the recording before August 1, 2014 to receive MLA CE.
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, asynchronous class called “Discovering TOXNET” from October 20 – November 14, 2014.
Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules.
TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and more. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.
Who should take the class?
Health sciences librarians and health or environmental sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.
How much time?
You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.
What happens during the class?
This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.
The modules are:
- Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
- TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
- ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
- Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
- Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
- Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
- TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
- Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
- LactMed: 0.5 hour
- Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
- WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
- REMM: 0.5 hour
- LiverTox: 0.5 hour
How do I register?
Space in the class are limited, so register today!
For questions, contact the NTC
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Call for Nominations: As the U.S. Member of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is soliciting nominations of potential candidates for the four IHTSDO Standing Committees – Content, Quality Assurance, Implementation & Education (formerly Implementation and Innovation), and Technical. These Committees have important roles in the ongoing development of the SNOMED CT clinical terminology and in the IHTSDO. Nominations are due to NLM by COB August 4, 2014.
The current roster, terms of reference, and recent reports of each Committee are available on the IHTSDO website. The Committees are described in Sections 9.4-9.5 of the Articles of the IHTSDO.
Roughly half of each Standing Committee’s 12 members are serving terms that expire in December 2014. People elected to these slots will serve for 2 years (Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016). There may be additional Committee vacancies caused by resignations; people elected to fill these mid-term slots will serve for 1 year (Jan-Dec. 2015).
Current Committee members whose terms are expiring are eligible for re-nomination to the same committee provided they have not served more than six consecutive years on that committee. Re-nomination to the same committee is possible after sitting out a minimum of one year from the date they left the Committee. There is no impediment to a Committee member leaving one Committee and being nominated to another. Current Committee members eligible for re-nomination must submit a nomination package (see details below).
U.S. Nomination Process: All U.S. SNOMED CT Affiliate Licensees (aka, all U.S. UMLS Licensees) may vote to select the U.S. candidates for IHTSDO Committees. The timeline for nominations and elections is:
- July 15 – August 4: NLM accepts nominations of potential candidates for the four IHTSDO Standing Committees. Only candidates with complete nomination packets will be accepted (see below for details and required forms).
- August 6 – August 25: U.S. SNOMED CT Affiliates cast votes for their top three candidates for each Standing Committee. Instructions for casting ballots will be sent to U.S. SNOMED CT Affiliates on August 5th. For each Committee, the three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will become the U.S. nominees for the Committee.
- September 1, 2014: NLM will submit the names of the three (3) candidates receiving the highest number of votes as nominees for each of the four Committees to the IHTSDO for consideration by the IHTSDO General Assembly.
- October 26-29, 2014: IHTSDO will announce the final results of the election process during the General Assembly Meeting to be held in conjunction with the IHTSDO Community of Practice Meeting.
Committee Obligations and Participation Logistics: English is the official language of the IHTSDO, but Committee Members must be willing to take extra steps to ensure understanding by those for whom English is a second language. Teleconference arrangements are available for all Committee meetings, but, given the geographic distribution of IHTSDO members (currently 27 Members from all corners of the globe), meeting schedules cannot be convenient for all relevant time zones. The IHTSDO encourages Committee Members to attend at least one of the two major IHTSDO meetings each year in person. Committee Members must participate (either in person or via teleconference) in at least 50% of their Committee’s meetings to retain their seat on the Committee. U.S. Committee members may also be called upon to provide advice and input to NLM on matters related to the IHTSDO and SNOMED CT.
Submitting your nomination: Nominations are due to NLM by COB August 4, 2014. Please submit your nomination packets to NLM by e-mail with the subject line “US Nominations – IHTSDO Standing Committees”. NOTE: Nominations MUST be for a specific Committee.
Monday, July 14th, 2014
Attention health science librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel costs are at the expense of the participant.
There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:
Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course.
Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
Monday, September 29, 2014 – Watch for a detailed announcement about the course and application process here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Monday, November 17, 2014 – Application deadline
Monday, December 15, 2014 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed
Monday, January 12, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins
Monday, March 9, 2015 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM
More information, including registration specifics, will be coming soon.
Friday, July 11th, 2014
Please join us Wednesday, July 16, 2014, from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s free monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions.
The topic for next week’s presentation has been changed from what was previously announced.
Technology Coordinator Emily Hurst will present on online privacy and security. In May Emily spoke about online heath information and privacy as part of a panel for OCLC’s Web Junction webinar series Health Happens In Libraries. For Wednesday’s SCR CONNECTions Emily has expanded on this topic to address issues related to health information online, password creation, wifi security, mobile devices, and more.
This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.
How to Log In
Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio.
Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.
**Do Not Place Call on Hold**
Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).
As always, our webinars are free of charge and open to anyone.
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
Dazzled by the latest smartphone? Interested in the Internet of things? Heard the buzz about biochips? Each year new and emerging technologies make headlines, often promising new and better ways to improve lives or industry. But is all just hype? Do any of these emerging technologies really make an impact? Information technology research and advisory firm Gartner take a look at emerging technologies each year and have devised a way to better understand the hype around the new trends. “Gartner Hype Cycles provide a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications, and how they are potentially relevant to solving real business problems and exploiting new opportunities.” Gartner creates hype cycles for various aspects of technology but their emerging technology hype cycle can be used to better understand the impact of new technologies in general.
Each Hype Cycle drills down into the five key phases of a technology’s life cycle:
- Technology Trigger: A potential technology breakthrough kicks things off. Early proof-of-concept stories and media interest trigger significant publicity. Often no usable products exist and commercial viability is unproven.
- Peak of Inflated Expectations: Early publicity produces a number of success stories—often accompanied by scores of failures. Some companies take action; many do not.
- Trough of Disillusionment: Interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver. Producers of the technology shake out or fail. Investments continue only if the surviving providers improve their products to the satisfaction of early adopters.
- Slope of Enlightenment: More instances of how the technology can benefit the enterprise start to crystallize and become more widely understood. Second- and third-generation products appear from technology providers. More enterprises fund pilots; conservative companies remain cautious.
- Plateau of Productivity: Mainstream adoption starts to take off. Criteria for assessing provider viability are more clearly defined. The technology’s broad market applicability and relevance are clearly paying off.
Gartner uses proprietary research processes to explore the impact of technologies and make predictions. The image below shows the 2013 Emerging Technology Hype Cycle from Gartner, the latest version of the graphic. The Hype Cycle and topics covered in the Hype Cycle are discussed in detail in the updated version of the Geeks Bearing Gifts class.
According to Gartner the Hype Cycle Can Help You:
- Separate hype from the real drivers of a technology’s commercial promise;
- Reduce the risk of your technology investment decisions;
- Compare your understanding of a technology’s business value with the objectivity of experienced IT analysts.