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Reflections of the National Library of Medicine’s Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

by: Fatima Barnes, Ed.D, MPH, MSIS; Library Director, and Assistant Professor Graduate Studies and Research, Meharry Medical College Library, Nashville, TN.

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Fatima Barnes was one of the few librarians selected to participate in the Fall Biomedical Informatics course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Georgia Regents University. Located two hours or so from the Atlanta Airport, Brasstown Valley in Young Harris is surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains, making the environment conducive for this fast-paced, enlightening, and fun, one week course. During the workshop lectures and discussions, time was allocated for social interactions with renowned scientists and researchers. In addition, this resort facility provided the opportunity for swimming, good food, and appreciating the beauty of nature through the hiking trails.

Other selected applicants worked in health industries and government owned medical agencies. The workshop covered numerous introductory and complex topics ranging from Genetics, Big Data and the Cloud, Telehealth and Imaging Informatics. Familiar topics to librarians included NLM resources, Genomics, and Consumer Health/Social Media databases. One unique topic which I particularly enjoyed was testing the technologies associated with Disaster Informatics. The diverse nature of librarians, nurses, researchers, and scientists made discussions and group collaboration fascinating.

Dr. Seago and her staff are well deserving of this Bioinformatics Workshop Contract Award. I encourage librarians to consider this opportunity and apply for this workshop to enhance their educational background. An important criteria in selection of applicants is the willingness for participants to apply acquired knowledge with their institutions. Since her return from this workshop, Fatima and her staff are developing “best practices” of supporting clinical and translational research at Meharry Medical College.

Applications for the Spring and Fall 2015 programs are currently being accepted.

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Application Deadline for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015: December 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT.

Share Your Success: Ambassador for myWakeHealth

Monday, November 10th, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWritten by: Dianne Johnson,
Coy C. Carpenter Library, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Two years ago, a second year medical student wanted to do research on how the under-served and uninsured population received access to healthcare with the federal government’s new healthcare plan. With another librarian, we crafted several search strategies and searched but didn’t come up with anything appropriate. Since the healthcare plan was new at the time, we helped him change his topic for that research project. That research question planted a seed for me.

At the same time, my institution was implementing electronic health records to be called myWakeHealth. Along with all the training that came with integrating new programs, there were many communications about how to publicize and teach patients about myWakeHealth. An example is the internal website having scripts for different types of healthcare providers explaining how to show myWakeHealth to patients.

I decided to sign up and see how it worked. As I was doing it, I wondered how someone without a computer or access to the Internet would do it. I knew patients were receiving a print-out summarizing each visit and letters in the mail explaining test results because I had received them. I also knew I could call or email my providers, but again, I’m an employee and I’m comfortable with technology.

My institution kept promoting our patient promise about how we will keep patients safe, respect their time, etc., but we also wanted patients to be empowered with their healthcare. And in today’s world, empowerment comes via technology. So being a librarian who helps teach various populations, having been in charge of the history of this institution for a number of years and having a life-long attraction to the under-served population (always cheering for the under-dog in sports), I decided to help. Thus is born what I unofficially called: Your Ambassador for myWakeHealth!

I approached the manager at the Downtown Health Plaza, an outpatient clinic for the under-served population, with my idea. I knew what the Plaza did since I created a historical website about the various healthcare buildings in Forsyth County. The Downtown Health Plaza manager suggested I support the community at Winston East Pediatrics, the pediatric clinic for the same population. I came armed with my laptop, smartphone, clipboard, authorization/registration forms and two pens. I used the clipboard, paper forms, and pen the most after I approached parents in the waiting room. I briefly explained what myWakeHealth is and offered the form for them to register. Most parents were appreciative and typically filled it out if they had a few free minutes.

After having done this for a month and somewhat targeting the people I approached, I decided that the waiting area for a pediatric clinic was not the best environment. I sent the forms the parents filled out to another department which sent patients a paper letter explaining how to create a myWakeHealth account. So working in a stressful waiting room with no follow-up after the initial form helped me realize that I could do more in a better environment.

I’m now in the process of speaking with various community advocates to set up myWakeHealth classes in nearby recreation centers, public libraries, and churches to teach this population how to use myWakeHealth – hopefully bringing health information, comfort, and empowerment.

Beyond the SEA: November 19, 2014 – Instruction – An Exciting Program on Academic Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – Recording Now Available

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Recording Now Available:

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenters: Kathleen Annala, Co-founder of Archetype Innovations, LLC and Carolyn Schubert, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian, James Madison University

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact PJ Grier at

Summary: Many health sciences librarians are active in an advisory capacity to faculty curriculum committees as well partners with school faculty in developing specific course content. At the same time, curriculum developers in health sciences education including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and medical coding now recognize that health care information technology (HIT) is an important component in the educational outcomes of future clinicians. Although there are other academic electronic health records (EHRs) in the marketplace, this exciting webinar will explore two EHRs in use today by health sciences schools, colleges and universities: Neehr Perfect and Sim Chart.

Two facts make academic EHRs different than ones deployed in actual patient care are:

  1. Academic EHRs usually integrate with a college or university’s learning management system (LMS) which is an important instruction and education tool for faculty and students,
  2. Academic EHRs are not HIPAA compliant and do not require certification as delegated by the Office of the National Coordinator in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Biographical Sketch: Kathleen Annala, MA, RN, President & Chief Operating Officer, Archetype Innovations, LLC, Duluth, MN.

Kathleen Annala is the owner of Archetype Innovations, an educational technology company that designs and supports EHR systems for educational use. Kathleen began her work designing EHRs for educational use over 15 years ago at the College of St. Scholastica where she was a professor of nursing and founding member of the nation’s first project to develop an EHR that could be used as an educational tool. She taught students with an educational EHR that she helped create and has been improving upon EHRs ever since. After teaming up with Archetype Innovations to design the “perfect” educational EHR, Neehr Perfect was released in 2009.

Summary: Kathleen will discuss the key features of an educational EHR and show how faculty and students simulate clinical practice and develop EHR competencies in an academic environment using Neehr Perfect. She will also discuss ways Neehr Perfect is customized with patient scenarios, documentation forms, references, resources and training tools to give students hands on experience with the type of patients, data and point-of-care opportunities available with EHR technology in healthcare.

Biographical Sketch: Carolyn  Schubert, MLS, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Carolyn Schubert teaches a course titled “Introduction to Informatics for Health Care Professionals”.  Recent publications include the book chapter “What is Biomedical Informatics? An Overview and a Case Study” in the book Curriculum-Based Library Instruction. Her research interests include biomedical informatics, educational technologies and instruction, and scholarly communication.

Summary: Carolyn will discuss her training in Sim Chart, give a short demo of some of its functionality, speak about student perspectives with some insight on the faculty’s perspective and provide an overview of how it was incorporated into the University’s nursing curriculum. She received vendor-supplied training on Sim Chart alongside Nursing faculty. She has been given access to use and evaluate the system in relation to the library’s iPad program and point-of-care resources. She also uses other systems, such as Practice Fusion when teaching students about electronic health records.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014







PRINCETON, NJ (OCTOBER 31, 2014)—Due to high interest from medical librarians throughout the MAR and SE/A Regions, the deadline to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI), is being extended from October 31 to Friday, November 14 (firm).

More than 500 resources from 11 vendors are available through the Offer, and at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through the leveraging of group purchasing power. To receive a copy of the Fall Offer, please contact Robert Mackes at 570-856-5952 or

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases. More than 100 hospitals and medical facilities regularly participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR), and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources. Managed by medical librarian and HSLANJ Executive Director Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, the GLI is guided by a committee comprised of librarians from different-sized health facilities in the regions served.

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Information and News: Ebola Update

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

***Webinar:  Ebola Preparedness and Response: What Every Nurse Needs to Know!***
American Nurses Association (ANA)
Tuesday, October 28th 1:00 pm ET

ANA has brought together a panel of health care experts to discuss what every nurse needs to know to be prepared to protect themselves from contracting Ebola while providing quality patient care. This 90-minute webinar will cover topics designed to ensure that you and your organization are ready. Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

*** Webinar: Lessons Learned From Texas: How You Can Help With the Ebola Threat***
Texas Nurses Association
Texas Organization for Executive Nurses
American Nurses Association
Thursday, October 30th 1:00 pm ET

The state of Texas was thrust into the national spotlight when it treated the first case of Ebola in the U.S. at the end of September. The city of Dallas had to quickly mobilize and determine how to best support all health care workers, hospitals and other care facilities while planning for the real possibility that more patients with Ebola would present themselves. This webinar will highlight what nurses need to know to effectively handle Ebola cases, including chief nursing officer preparation, critical resource mobilization, balanced communications, and practical application of new processes and procedures. Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

***FDA 2014 Ebola Virus Emergency Use Authorizations for Testing Assays***

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) to authorize the emergency use of testing assays in the 2014 Ebola outbreak. The FDA provides access to letters of authorization, fact sheets for healthcare providers and patients, and labeling document for each EUA. This website is updated as additional EUA’s are released.

The EAUs along with additional documents from the FDA can be found in Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health:[]=128

***Information Specialists Vital to the Ebola Effort*** The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is documenting staff efforts in the fight against Ebola through a blog series “Profiles in Courage”. The October 24th entry focuses on two Information Officers (IO) who “compile, collate and verify all the information about the U.S. Government’s Ebola response efforts and the crisis at large.” This blog entry discusses the critical role that information is playing in the response efforts, and describes the work of the two IOs.
***Add your Logo to APHA Tools***

Sharing information with the public is important in the Ebola response efforts. The American Public Health Association (APHA) has created a “Get Ready” Ebola Fact Sheet that covers what the disease is, how it is spread, and the risk to the general public in the United States. To personalize the fact sheet, you can add your logo by following instructions provided for both Word and Adobe Acrobat versions.


Ebola PDF file:

Ebola Word file:

***Interview with Dr. Frieden on Ebola 2014 Outbreak***

Journal of the American Medical Association

October 23, 2014

This is an interview by Howard Bauchner, MD, executive editor of JAMA, with Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, about managing Ebola in the United States and West Africa.

***Did You Miss?***

Items posted recently to the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv on Ebola information resources:

Ebola: Planning Considerations for Human Services Programs

Office of the Administration for Children and Families:

Managing your fear about Ebola

American Psychological Association:
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks


***Health Information Compilation of Ebola Materials***

We are continuing to add the latest Ebola health information documents to the Disaster Lit Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. In the last week we have added over 65 documents dealing with a variety of topics and formats, including guidance documents, Q&A’s, resources for airline employees, isolation and quarantine, and more.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland