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Express Mobile Technology Pilot Project Awards

The goals of the express mobile technology award are:

  • to improve or showcase the use of hand-held devices to enhance information access
  • create new avenues to deliver information 
  • introduce NLM mobile products to health professionals

For more information about this funding opportunity and how to apply, please click here.

Descriptions of funded projects from 2006-2011 contract


Funded Projects May 2011-Present

East Tennessee State University
Equip charity clinic workers with point of care information tools. Expose charity clinic workers to handheld medical databases. Expose charity clinic workers to NLM mobile products. Expose charity clinic workers to MedlinePlus. Expose charity clinic workers to PubMed/LoansomeDoc. Build relationships with these caregivers and ETSU.
May 1, 2013-Aprl 30, 2014

Florida International University
This project proposes creating a new medical e-book lending program for Florida International University (FIU) Medical Library in Miami, FL.
July 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group
Objective 1: Participants will be trained to help alleviate financial burden related to diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol and to insure the existence of diabetes, health education, nutrition information and family/community involvement to meet the needs of the people with or at risk of diabetes in the Rose Hill/St. Luke community Objective 2: participants will be trained through programs on the reduction of unhealthy behaviors, the diabetes, cardio- vascular and cholesterol disease processes, shopping, cooking, healthy eating and physical activity exhibiting favorable results. The training will be done by using the IPADS Laptops therefore participants will be learning interactively
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

George Washington University
This project is to promote awareness of NLM information sources for 500 underservedand minority residents of the DC metropolitan area and to help deepen partnerships with DC-area health and criminal justice organizations in order to disseminate information on health, local social and health services, and re-entry resources.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

HIV/AIDS Empowerment Resource Center for Young Women
This community-based organization project will help a community-based organization train urban and underserved health care providers and underserved and minority individuals, specifically African-Americans and Latino men and women to use Medline Plus and other NLM health information resources.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

Howard University
Our objective is to enable the Howard University Health Sciences community to become more comfortable with new technology, specifically mobile technology for which they can read ebooks and access apps related to health sciences. We are subscribed to several databases that contain ebooks, such as AccessMedicine, MD Consult, OVID, PharmacyLibrary, Psychiatry Online, and R2 Digital Library. We also provide our students access to medical apps such as uCentral from Unbound Medicine, Scopus, First Consult, and more.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Loyola Notre Dame Library
Project Goal: To lead a workshop for students registered in the NUR431: Community Health Nursing course, a core course in Notre Dame of Maryland University R.N.-to-B.S.N. program. The workshop will demonstrate multiple ways in which mobile technologies are being used in community health nursing and give students hands-on experience with these technologies. This workshop will empower students to 1) use demonstrated apps and resources on their own devices and 2) successfully make a case with employers for the value of acquiring mobile technology for use in nursing practice. Workshop Learning Objectives: The learning objectives for the library workshop are designed to enable students to locate information needed to successfully complete their Community Health Assessment project, as well as prepare them to use mobile apps and mobile technologies for finding health information in their nursing careers. By the end of the workshop, students will be able to: 1. Access health, demographic, and economic data on a specific geographic location using an iPad pre-loaded with apps and bookmarks to web resources. 2. Search for and download mobile applications on an iPad. 3. Access one research article related to the group's chosen nursing intervention for the community, using PubMed Mobile or CINAHL from an iPad. 4. Locate consumer health information on a particular health topic using the MedlinePlus app. 5. Recognize key consumer health apps and websites that are available to use and share with patients.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

Medical University of South Carolina
The Mobile Health Information Initiative will reach underserved rural and urban targeted populations through MUSC’s College of Nursing Programs in the John’s Island, Wadmalaw, Edisto Islands, and rural and urban schools areas. As part of this initiative eight iPads will be purchased through the NNLM award and distributed to the five MUSC College of Nursing program representatives. These five Nurse practitioners will use iPads in programs with patients, parents of patients, relatives of patients, public school students, migrant populations, and the community. Out of the eight iPads, three will be available to twenty College of Nursing students that work with the identified programs. The College of Nursing students will check out the iPads and take to the program sites to use with patients, public school students, parents, migrant population, and the community. We will have check out sheet for the students to fill out upon taking one of the three iPads to use with the identified programs. The iPads will be preloaded with College of Nursing community health and patient care videos in Spanish and English. These videos are instructional tools that help Nurse Practioner teach health lessons to parents on children’s oral health, mental health, safety issues, breastfeeding, contraception, STIs, parenting, nutrition and physical activity. There will also be icons for Medline Plus, PubMed, MUSC Library, and Hands On Health on these eight iPads. In order to measure the value of using iPads in these settings we will have a survey for the Nurse practitioners, Nursing students, and the individual or people that they reach. The targeted population will fill out a survey after the health information lesson or video to gauge how effective an iPad is as a health information tool/ resource in working with the underserved. As part of the survey it will indicate what health sites or tools the Nurse practitioner, students, and patients used during their session.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

MERCI Clinic, Inc.
To train MERCI Clinic Patients,clinic Doctors, Healthcare Professionals, Administrative Staff, and Volunteers to seek health information and to use the patient portal on mobile technology.
Jume 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Project of Intermediate Advocates International (PIA)
Train 100 men how to use computers. Teach 100 men the definition of health literacy and health literacy concepts. Teach 100 men navigation strategies for health information. Introduce 100 men to and how to navigate medlineplus.gov.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

Rex Healthcare
The main objective of this project is to explore options to obtain and circulate e-books via mobile devices. The second objective is to promote available clinical applications including PubMed for mobile devices and let our users become comfortable with new technology and online resources.
June 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Tallahassee Community College
To increase the information fluency and student learning of allied health students through the use of wireless devices. A secondary objective is to introduce the students to the health information available through NLM and other sources.
August 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

University of Central Florida
The Health Sciences Library is investigating the use of personal wearable mobile devices in health awareness and workplace wellness. The library will be conducting a one year study on the use of these devices by a group of UCF COM employees. We will be evaluating this new technology for workplace wellness.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

University of South Carolina
Project title: Beyond the Spectrum: Promoting the Use of NLM Mobile Products among South Carolinians Impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Reach out to and develop partnerships with non-profit, community, and medical organizations providing assistance and resources to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families. Specifically, the target organizations include the Autism Academy of South Carolina, the South Carolina Autism Society, and the Palmetto Children’s Hospital. Promote the use of hand-held devices to enhance access to authoritative and reliable health information online in order to improve the quality of service to all Richland County children and adults affected by autism. Introduce NLM mobile products, such as Mobile MedlinePlus, PubMed® for Handhelds, and Drug Information Portal Mobile, to health professionals and parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Encourage partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and promote key NLM mobile products and services on the national level by presenting project results at the 2015 ALISE Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Promote NLM products and services available through mobile apps and websites. Enhance awareness of mobile resources available from the National Institutes of Health, e.g., NIH Gallery of Apps. Provide resources (apps and websites) to increase health information literacy through access to reliable, accurate, and authoritative sources of health care information. Market and implement this project through selected campus outreach projects. Evaluate the project’s effectiveness. Share project results and lessons learned at professional conferences and through peer-reviewed journals as appropriate.
August 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

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