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Increasing Public Health Awareness through Technology

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

by Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

The Centers for Disease Control has released a new iPad app called Solve the Outbreak that allows users to “assume the role of a disease outbreak investigator in the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) by navigating three fictional outbreaks based on real-life events, ” per Carol Crawford, branch chief of the CDC’s Electronic Media Branch in a press release (http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0220_ipad_app.html).

I downloaded and played the free game and I must admit: it’s pretty addictive. It definitely “delivers in a kind of CSI-meets-public-health-policy mashup,” as the Kansas City Business Journal noted,  (http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/2013/02/cdc-app-turns-ipad-users-into-disease.html). There’s learning involved, points and badges to be earned, and results can be posted on Facebook and Twitter in the hopes that social media will assist in both promotion and interest. Users get clues, analyze data, solve cases, and save lives, just like real disease detectives, while gaining familiarity with terminology and learning from health tips along the way. Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director, noted that people do not need to “experience an outbreak investigation through fictional Hollywood films like Contagion,” since they can now experience it virtually through this game (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/02/20/cdc-turns-from-zombies-to-outbreak-ipad-app).

This use of technology aims to raise awareness about public health issues and increase engagement with the CDC, along with encouraging young people to enter the field of epidemiology. CDC spokesman Alex Casanova told ABCNews.com that “the app was developed in-house and cost $110,000 to develop, minus salaries.”  It appears to be less controversial than the 2011 “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” campaign that was developed after Twitter users responded to a CDC query regarding the types of disasters for which people are prepared.  The Outbreak app currently has only three scenarios but more are in the works. Who knew epidemiology could be so exciting?

Congratulations: Someone Cares Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Monday, February 18th, 2013

By Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

Please join us in congratulating our awardee, Someone Cares of Atlanta, on their recognition by the Black AIDS Institute as a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Congrats to Ronnie & everyone at Someone Cares! http://goo.gl/CTmJ5 and http://www.thegavoice.com/blog/health/5823.

Someonecare

Patient Engagement Framework

Monday, February 18th, 2013

By Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

If you are following developments on the national stage regarding patient engagement and consumer eHealth, you may have read recently about the Patient Engagement Framework. This framework is a model created to guide healthcare organizations in developing and strengthening their patient engagement strategies through the use of eHealth tools and resources. (http://www.nationalehealth.org/patient-engagement-framework) In collaboration, over 150 experts in healthcare, technology, and human behavior have produced this framework to assist organizations become more efficient and effective in their patient models of care. The collaboration is rooted in the idea of treating patients as partners in their care, rather than just passive customers.

The partnership behind all of this work and activity is the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC). It is a public-private partnership focused on “secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to advance and improve health care.” (http://www.nationalehealth.org/about-national-ehealth-collaborative) The NeHC itself was established through a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to build on the accomplishments of the American Health Information Community, which is a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There are a number of programs and more information on the NeHC website that describe how they work to educate, connect, and encourage healthcare stakeholders to efficiently use health information technology and health information exchange.

What this means for health science libraries and librarians, is that we can promote and educate the stakeholders in our organizations on these developments and serve as a source of information. One of the products from NeHC is the Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool (CeRT). This tool includes an extensive survey-based organizational assessment to ascertain an organization’s readiness to engage patients in their healthcare. The idea behind this tool and consumer engagement is that an engaged consumer is more likely to take care of themselves and their health, which improves health outcomes, cultivates customer loyalty, and increases their competitive advantage. There is a charge for this tool, but it may be very helpful to an organization seeking to strengthen the “providers’ ability to meet meaningful use incentive requirements and criteria important to new accountable care and other patient-centered programs.” (http://www.nationalehealth.org/cert)

We are going to hear much more about patient-centered care and patient engagement as we all move toward a more participatory form of health care provision. All health sciences librarians and consumer health librarians should be monitoring developments and become better informed about what is happening on the national stage. Being informed will help us provide assistance and information to our stakeholders. As customer satisfaction and quality healthcare become even more paramount, libraries can be an important partner in connecting providers and the public with quality information resources.

For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen at tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

 

Beyond the SEA: February 20, 2013 - A Discussion of Funding Opportunities from SE/A in the 2013-2014 Year - Recording Now Available

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Recording now available: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p77434635/

Slide show presentation: http://www.nnlm.gov/sea/services/webconf/awardfunding2013.pptx

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Date:  February 20, 2013               

Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm (EST)

Presenters: J. Dale Prince, Executive Director, NN/LM SE/A

J. Dale Prince will present on the opportunities, schedules, and anticipated outcomes for the 2013-2014 funding program of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

 

What do you need to join these conferences?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

 Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.

Beyond the SEA: February 20, 2013 – A Discussion of Funding Opportunities from SE/A in the 2013-2014 Year

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Date:  February 20, 2013               

Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm (EST)

Presenters: J. Dale Prince, Executive Director, NN/LM SE/A

J. Dale Prince will present on the opportunities, schedules, and anticipated outcomes for the 2013-2014 funding program of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

 

What do you need to join these conferences?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

 Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.