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Award Funding Provides First Hand Look at mHealth Summit

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Guest Author: Maureen “Molly Knapp, Research Support & Education Librarian at Tulane University Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences

mHealth Summit Logo

In December 2012 I had the opportunity to attend the mHealth Summit in Washington, DC, thanks to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region’s (NN/LM SCR’s) Professional Development Award. The mHealth Summit is an annual event sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), with strategic support from mHIMSS (a division of HIMSS interested in mobile tech), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the mHealth Alliance (an international group with a global focus on the use of mobile devices in health care).

So what is mHealth, you wonder? According to the mHealth Alliance FAQ page:

Mobile Health, or mHealth, can be defined as medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, tablets, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices.

Some uses of mHealth include:
• Education and Awareness – Messaging in support of public health and behavioral change campaigns
• Diagnostic and Treatment Support – Mobile phone as point-of-care device
• Disease and Epidemic Outbreak Tracking – Sending and receiving data on disease incidence, outbreaks and public health emergencies
• Supply Chain Management – Using mobile solution to improve stock-outs and combat counterfeiting
• Remote Data Collection – Collecting real-time patient data with mobile applications
• Remote Monitoring – Maintaining care giver appointments or ensuring medication regime adherence
• Healthcare Worker Communication and Training – Connecting health workers with sources of information

Rest assured, all of these topics and more were addressed at the 2012 mHealth Summit. One of the more provocative keynote sessions I attended was Vinod Khosla’s “Can we have Health and Healthcare without Doctors?” Khosla is a venture capitalist and co-founder of Sun Microsystems. His answer – yes – is detailed in the article “Technology will replace 80% of what doctors do“.

Another interesting panel discussion addressed patient advocacy, featuring Donna Cryer, president & CEO of the American Liver Foundation (@DCpatient) & and Mary Anne Sterling (@SterlingHIT), a health IT consultant and family caregiver. (On a side note, there is a growing role for librarians in patient advocacy, as future MLA programming may soon reveal.)

ZombiePox Game Logo

My favorite, final ‘find’ of the summit was in the Gaming Pavilion in the exhibit hall. There I discovered Tiltfactor Games, specifically a game called ZombiePox, which explores group immunity and the need to vaccinate…WITH ZOMBIES. Tiltfactor was demoing an iPad version of the game, which is unavailable at this time. (Perhaps it was too infected?) With gamification a growing trend in libraries, awareness of companies providing educational, health related games is definitely relevant for collection development. (Also: zombies.)

Overall, the mHealth Summit was heavier on entrepreneurship and investment opportunities and lighter on science. I attended several contributed paper sessions that were hit and miss. Honestly, I don’t know that many librarians would find this type of summit useful to their everyday practice, as it was geared more towards bringing together business and industry. However, for those interested in trends in mobile health technologies and its application to public health and health care, or those who have a really cool app or website in need of a wealthy investor, the mHealth Summit is definitely your scene.

NIH Commits Funding for Big Data Centers of Excellence

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Big Data Road Sign

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced plans to fund up to $24 million per year for four years to establish six to eight investigator-initiated Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence. The centers will improve the ability of the research community to use increasingly large and complex datasets through the development and distribution of innovative approaches, methods, software, and tools for data sharing, integration, analysis and management. The centers will also provide training for students and researchers to use and develop data science methods.

Biomedical research is increasingly data-intensive, with researchers routinely generating and using large, diverse datasets. Yet the ability to manage, integrate and analyze such data, and to locate and use data generated by others, is often limited due to a lack of tools, accessibility, and training. In response, NIH launched the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative in December. This initiative supports research, implementation, and training in data science that will enable biomedical scientists to capitalize on the transformative opportunities that large datasets provide. The investigator-initiated BD2K Center of Excellence funding opportunity is the first of several BD2K funding opportunities to be announced in coming months.

An information webinar for prospective applicants will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. More details about this event and the overall BD2K initiative can be found at NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) website. Applications will be due on Nov. 20, 2013.

Funding for TexShare Libraries to Go Mobile!

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Dollar Signs and Smartphone

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has announced second round funding opportunities for TexShare Libraries to Go Mobile. Intent forms are due by July 31, 2013.

Project Goal: To ensure that member libraries have a mobile presence useful to, and used by, their customers.

Purpose of Funding Program: TSLAC will support Texas libraries or library consortia interested in building or expanding their mobile presence through mobile accessible library catalogs, mobile accessible library web sites, and/or mobile apps. This can include design changes to existing site/catalogs or complete alternatives specifically made for the mobile environment.

TSLAC has assisted over 50 libraries enhance their mobile presence this year. Examples include:

• Mobile users can send research articles and other documents to library printers from their mobile devices.
• Students and faculty can view videoed lectures and presentations via the library’s mobile app
• Library users can access a mobile-friendly library catalog module
• Library users can access a mobile-friendly library website, including program calendar
• Library users can use QR codes printed in community publications to connect to library events or services.
• Library staff have access to mobile devices to test the new mobile technologies and to help patrons with them.

Funding available for FY2014 (September 2013 – September 2014)

TSLAC is offering subsidies ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 (depending upon library type and size). Intent forms are available at the program website.

Round 2 Timeline:
June 24, 2013: Library Intent forms available on TSLAC website. July 31, 2013: Last day to submit an Intent form. August 31, 2013: Last date to submit a Round 2 Project Summary Form. October 1, 2013: If project includes a subscription, latest start date for full 12-month funding. September 30, 2014: Projects completed; All items must be delivered; Subscription funding concludes Fall 2014: Project reports due.

Questions can be addressed to Beverley Shirley at or by phone to 800-252-9386.


Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The CTSA Program at NIH

Created in 2006, and currently funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program aims to facilitate and accelerate the translation of laboratory discoveries into new and better preventive and treatment solutions to improve human health.

At the request of the NIH, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a consensus committee to review the mission and strategic goals of the CTSA Program. The committee’s report, The CTSA Program at NIH: Opportunities for Advancing Clinical and Translational Research, offers key opportunities for action and recommendations to guide the program and ensure future success.

The IOM committee finds that the CTSA program is contributing significantly to advancing clinical and translational research, and recommends a number of revisions that could make the program more efficient and effective and could ensure future successes. If enacted, these changes would help establish the CTSA Program as the national leader for advancing innovative and transformative clinical and translational research.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is home to six CTSA funded institutions. Last year the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Briscoe Library in San Antonio, Texas and the TMC Library in Houston, Texas each received funding from the NN/LM SCR to promote community engagement and encourage library support of CTSA programs.

Emerging Leader Award

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Super Woman

Are you a junior librarian (minimum of 3 years experience) interested in becoming a library director?  Would you like to know the attributes, skills and other qualities necessary to become a leader?  If so, consider applying for the NN/LM SCR Emerging Leaders Award.

The NN/LM SCR is partnering with the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium to offer this award to motivate and prepare a junior librarian for a position of leadership in an academic health sciences library.

The award will pair a librarian with an academic health sciences library director who will serve as his or her mentor. The award will include visits to the mentor’s library, the SCAMeL meeting at SCC/MLA, and the NN/LM SCR office.

More information and to apply online is available at the NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities page.



2013/2014 Mobile Application Project Award

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

image of a smartphone

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 – 2014 Mobile Applications Project Award

Name of Institution:  University Health System-CareLink, San Antonio TX
Title of Project: CareLink iPad Mobile Patient Education Initiative: Using MedlinePlus Videos to Reach the Underserved

More information is available on our Previously Funded Projects page.



2013/2014 Disaster Preparedness Award

Friday, May 24th, 2013


The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013-2014 Disaster Preparedness Award:

Institution: Louisiana Health Sciences Center Library – Shreveport, Shreveport LA
Project Title: Are You Prepared? Promoting Disaster Preparedness in Northwest Louisiana through the Public Libraries
Project Director: David Duggar

More information on all NN/LM SCR Funded Projects are available at our Previously Funded Projects website.

2013/2014 Electronic Consumer Health Award Recipients

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Computer with health button

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013/2014 Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award.

Name of InstitutionSchool of Information, University of Texas at Austin
Title of Project: Improving Low SES Older Adults’ Ability to Evaluate the Quality of Online Health Information
Project Director: Yan Zhang

Name of Institution: Louisiana Health Sciences Center Library – Shreveport, Shreveport LA
Title of Project: Do I Need to Worry? Mental and Developmental Checklists for Parents – Development and Education Program
Project Director: Julia Esparza

2013/2014 Express Outreach Award Recipients

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Library students

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Express Outreach Award:

Institution:  Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Little Rock AR
Project Title: Ensuring informed decision making among medically underserved rural cancer patients via collaboration, education, and technology
Project Director: Gail Lowery

Institution: Easter Seals Arkansas, Little Rock AR
Project Title: Health-Able: Integrated Health Information Literacy for Families of Individuals with Disabilities
Project Director: Linda Rogers

Institution: Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith AR
Project Title: Mercy Home Health: Healthcare Information for Home Health Patients and Outreach Services for the Fort Smith Asian Community
Project Director: Pat Morris

Institution: Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center, Slidell LA
Project Title: 2013-14 SEL-AHEC Community Outreach
Project Director: Helen Caruso

Institution: University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, Schusterman Library
Project Title: Operation School Nurse: Health Information Outreach to School Nurses in Tulsa County
Project Director: April Schweikhard

Institution: Face to Face Enrichment Center, Gonzales LA
Project Title: Project Connections Baton Rouge: Your Link to Health Resource Information
Project Director: Gabrielle Johnson

Institution: Texas Woman’s University, Dallas TX
Project Title: Educational Service Learning Model for Developing a Consumer-Centered Health Literacy Toolkit
Project Director: Shelly Burns

Institution: University of New Mexico Health Science Library and Informatics Center, Albuquerque NM
Project Title: I Heard it on the Radio
Project Director: Gale Hannigan

Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2013

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Image of damage caused by a hurricane

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce for the third year the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve disaster medicine and public health information access for health professionals, first responders, and others (paid or volunteer) that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information needs assessment;
  • Roles in providing disaster health information;
  • Practices and methods in information sharing;
  • Skills development;
  • Information retrieval;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Document access.

Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information in a way useful to all-hazards preparedness, response and recovery workers, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, all-hazards, and emergency topics. The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations on disaster health information needs among and to the mutual benefit of librarians, information specialists, or informationists and the disaster workforce.

Eligible projects will be based on a partnership or collaboration that includes at least one library or information center and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities.

Awards are offered for a minium of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 for a one-year project.

Information about previous years’ projects: 2011 projects and 2012 projects.

Proposals are due to NLM on June 20, 2013 by 2 pm ET.