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Archive for February, 2012

February NIH News in Health

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Check out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

Love Your Heart:  Take Steps to Reduce Heart Risks

February is American Heart Month—a time to reflect on the sobering fact that heart disease remains the #1 killer of both women and men nationwide.  The good news is you have the power to protect and improve your heart health.  Read more about protecting your heart.

Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Most of us feel some discomfort in our guts now and then.  But if you regularly feel aches in your abdomen, it might be a sign of a disorder called irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that affects about 1 in 5 Americans.  Read more about irritable bowel syndrome.

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NLM Holiday Closing

Friday, February 10th, 2012

NLM will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of Presidents Day.

Interested in an iPad Programming Class?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Carnegie Mellon University, known as one of the nation’s leading computer science schools, offered a course on iPad programming.  On the first day, the 30-person class saw 90 students show up and had a 75-student waiting list.  The school is putting the course lectures online for free on iTunesU.  The course is intended to help students design better iPad apps and understand data visualization.

Find out more details in the recent article in Pittsburgh Business Times

The NIH Public Access Policy (February 2012)

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The NIH released a February 2012 document summarizing its public access policy…

“WHAT IS AT STAKE UNDER THE PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY:  Opening up to the public 90,000 new scientific articles each year reporting research that U.S. taxpayers have funded through NIH’s annual 32 billion dollar investment in biomedical research…

HOW IT WORKS:  The NIH policy honors, and is consistent with, U.S. copyright law.  The author, as the creator of the work, holds the copyright in the original paper.  The author gives NIH a non-exclusive right to distribute the paper in PMC and may transfer to the publisher the balance of his rights, including an exclusive copyright for the final published version of the paper…

SUPPORT FROM PUBLISHERS:  Publishers representing about 1000 journals voluntarily submit the full content of their journals to PMC, regardless of whether the issue contains an article subject to the NIH Public Access Policy…

NO HARM TO PUBLISHERS IS EVIDENT:  The Public Access requirement took effect in 2008.  While the U.S. economy has suffered a downturn during the time period 2007 to 2011, scientific publishing has grown:  [1] The number of journals dedicated to publishing biological sciences/agriculture articles and medicine/health articles increased 15% and 19%, respectively.  [2] The average subscription prices of biology journals and health sciences journals increased 26% and 23%, respectively.  [3] Publishers forecast increases to the rate of growth of the medical journal market, from 4.5% in 2011 to 6.3% in 2014…”

The NIH public access policy:

New Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Toolkit

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Rural Assistance Center and the National Rural Health Resources Center recently announced the release of an online health IT toolkit aimed at helping rural health care providers plan and implement health IT projects.

HHS’ Office of Rural Health Policy provided funding to support the development of the online toolkit (AHA News, 1/27).

Toolkit Details

The toolkit offers resources on:

  • The planning, setup, implementation and maintenance of health IT systems;
  • How to find health IT training programs, management expertise and funding support; and
  • The meaningful use program.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

Goals of Toolkit

The toolkit aims to help rural communities:

  • Address hurdles to raising capital for health IT projects;
  • Improve community college-based health IT training programs;
  • Obtain federal resources to support health IT initiatives; and
  • Stay informed about health IT policy (RAC release, 1/26).

Read more:

NeHC University: HIT Orientation

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) University is back in session.  The new Spring 2012 semester kicked off February 1st.  The NeHC University will welcome Gwenn Darlinger, Project Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, to lead another installment of HIT Orientation, a comprehensive introduction to health IT in under two hours!

The HIT Orientation program will provide students with an introduction to HITECH, ONC initiatives and a high-level view of the current HIT landscape in the U.S.  This class is designed for stakeholders who are new to the HIT field, new to NeHC University, or just need a refresher on some of the HIT basics.

  • Register and join NeHC University’s HIT Orientation
  • Learn more about NeHC University programs and the new Spring 2012 semester

2011-2016 NNLM Membership Certificates Forthcoming

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

MAR is in the process of reviewing and updating the contents of our membership files. So we want you all to know that it may be several weeks before we’re able to send new certificates out to all our members. We thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact our Network and Advocacy Coordinator, Michelle Burda:

PubMed for Trainers Coming to Our Region

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center is bringing their PubMed for Trainers course to Syracuse, NY, April 16-30, 2012.  The course requires attendance at all sessions, both online and            in-person:

  • Online session:                                 April 16, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)
  • Online session:                                 April 18, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)
  • In-person session in Syracuse, NY:             April 24, 2012 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm ET)
  • Online session:                                 April 30, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)

Seating is limited.  For class details and to register, see: for Trainers.