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Archive for May, 2012

Seeking Health Information Exchange (HIE) Evaluators for Two AHRQ Studies

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking input from health information exchange (HIE) project evaluators to participate in studies to assess the usability and usefulness of a revised version of the AHRQ HIE Evaluation Toolkit.

Participants should not have used the AHRQ HIE Evaluation Toolkit.

  • Study #1 is a usability study and seeks participants developing an HIE project evaluation plan with limited experience in HIE project evaluation.
  • Study #2 seeks participants who will be developing an evaluation plan in the latter part of 2012. Participation in study #2 will require use of a revised HIE Evaluation Toolkit in planning the HIE project evaluation.

Participation in both of the studies includes an interview of up to 90 minutes.  Participants in each study will receive $100.

If interested in participating, please email Westat at or call toll-free, 888-653-4336 by May 13, 2012 for Study #1 and by June 1, 2012 for Study #2.  Contact Mary Crimmins at for more information.

NNPHI Call for Proposals: States Without an NNPHI Member

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Public health institutes (PHIs) are nonprofits that improve the public’s health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors.  PHIs address current and emerging health issues by providing expertise in areas such as:  Fiscal/Administrative Management; Population-Based Health Program Delivery; Health Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation; Training and Technical Assistance; Research and Evaluation; Health Information Services; Health Communications and Social Marketing and Convening/Partnering. See NNPHI’s membership categories for more information.

In August 2011, NNPHI embarked on a new set of projects that are designed to amplify  PHI’s roles and impact on public health performance, policy, and evidence, as well as strengthen NNPHI’s own infrastructure and partnerships to promote PHIs as an essential component of the “new public health system”“. This CFP seeks to enhance the performance of the public health system by supporting additional states with finding ways to use the PHI model to help address their pressing health challenges.  The 22 states currently without a PHI (as defined by NNPHI are eligible to apply for this opportunity (click for a map of current NNPHI Members This project will fund up to two states to advance efforts to establish a PHI that meets NNPHI’s definition, with an ultimate goal of improving these states’ public health systems.

Important Dates:

Project Timeline:

Selected states will be notified in late July.  The grant period begins August 1, 2012 and continues through March 31, 2013.

Changes to PubMed

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Hospital Libraries Invited to Join Innovative Consortium

Friday, May 4th, 2012

PRINCETON, NJ (May 3, 2012)—Known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation, the 10-year old Group Licensing Initiative formed under the umbrella organization Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), is currently inviting new members to join the current membership of 75 hospitals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region (NJ, DE, PA and NY).

There are two major benefits of membership:  access to the highest-quality, current electronic resources in the form of medical journals, books and databases; and the most cost-effective pricing available thanks to the organization’s leverage of group purchasing strategy.

For more information, see or contact Project Manager Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, at 570-856-5952 or

Karen Hendricks

Hendricks Communications LLC


Upcoming EIIP Webinar: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)

Friday, May 4th, 2012 is pleased to host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion Wednesday, May 9, 2012, beginning at 12:00 Noon Eastern time.  Our topic will be the recently published Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide (CPG) 201.

The guide provides a comprehensive approach for identifying and assessing risks and associated impacts and expands on existing risk methodologies by broadening the factors considered in the process, incorporating the whole community throughout the entire process, and by accounting for important community-specific factors.

Our guest will be Donald “Doc” Lumpkins, Executive Director of FEMA’s PPD-8 Program Executive Office since mid-2011.  Doc Lumpkins also serves as Branch Chief, National Planning Coordination and Assistance, National Preparedness Directorate. In this position he oversees the development of national planning doctrine, catastrophic preparedness planning initiatives, and tailored technical assistance programs.

Please make plans to join us, and see the Background Page for links to related resources and participant Instructions.  On the day of the program, use the Webinar Login link not more than 30 minutes before the scheduled time. The password is attend.

As always, please feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues.

EIIP and Jacksonville State University are now partnering to offer CEUs for attending Webinars.  See for details.

Is your organization interested in becoming an EIIP Partner?  Click here to review our Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles and access the Memorandum of Partnership.

This educational opportunity is provided by the Emergency Information Infrastructure Project (EIIP).

Note: Our instructions have changed since we have moved to a WebEx Webinar service. Mac users are now able to join us, and we hope to see improvements in access to computer audio.  Please take time to review the new instructions in advance.

John C. Scott

President, Center for Public Service Communications

3221 North George Mason Drive

Arlington, Virginia 22207

Phone: 703-536-5642

Fax: 703-782-1620

AIDS Community Outreach Projects

Friday, May 4th, 2012

NLM’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) will once again be funding AIDS community outreach projects.  The announcement of the forthcoming RFP is listed currently on FedBizOp at the URL below. The RFP will be available on May 15 with proposals due on June 18.

PubMed for Trainers Coming to Our Region

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center is bringing their PubMed for Trainers course to New York City, October 11 – 23, 2012.  The course requires attendance at all sessions, both online and  in-person:

  • Online session:                                                October 11, 2012 (10:00 am – Noon ET)
  • Online session:                                                October 15, 2012 (10:00 am – Noon ET)
  • Online session:                                                October 18, 2012 (10:00 am – Noon ET)
  • In-person session in New York, NY:            October 23, 2012 (9 am – 4 pm ET)

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

Human on a Chip

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Jesse L. Goodman, M.D., M.P.H., the FDA’s Chief Scientist and Deputy Commissioner for Science and Public Health, was interviewed on Friday on the FDA Voice web site about the FDA, DARPA, and NIH collaboration, “Human on a Chip”:

PRIM&R New Webinars

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Our colleagues at PRIM&R have announced two new webinars.  A webinar titled “Data Sharing in Genomics Research:  Participant Attitudes and Ethical Issues,” will take place on Thursday, May 24, from 1:00-2:30 PM ET. A webinar titled, “Introduction to Adaptive Clinical Trial Designs,” will take place on Wednesday, June 20, from 1:00-2:30 PM ET.

NLM e-Clips

Friday, May 4th, 2012


1000 Genomes Project data available on Amazon cloud

Dr. Frederick M. “Skip” Burkle, Jr. to Give the 2012 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture, May 9

National Library of Medicine Awards $67 Million for Informatics Research Training

National Library of Medicine Ends Its Support for ToxSeek

National Library of Medicine Ramps Up for Full Deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)

NIHSeniorHealth Redesign

NLM @ Medical Library Association (MLA) 2012 — Schedule of Events

NLM Announces New Look for NIHSeniorHealth

NLM Completes Mass-Digitization Projects with Gale/Cengage Learning

NLM Lends Historical Collections to Yeshiva University Museum Exhibition, “Trail of the Magic Bullet”

NLM Preservation Week 2012

Patient Tracking and Locating System Wins HHSinnovates Award

PubMed Results and Citation Manager Software

Showcase of NLM APIs – Free Webinar

US National Library of Medicine Hosts Lecture, Reception Honoring S. Kalani Brady, MD and

Commemorating St. Damien’s Day



Air Pollution & Health Risks

Colonoscopy Reduces Colon, Rectal Cancer Deaths

Diabetes, Obesity & the Night Shift

Malaria Deaths Underestimated

New Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Approach

Weight Loss Surgery Controls Type 2 Diabetes?



A DC Primer: Measuring Grant Impacts at the National Library of Medicine

AHA Member Spotlight: Jeffrey S. Reznick

Amazon Takes Genomics Research to the Clouds

A Pillar of Modern Neurology, Robert J. Joynt, Dies

Buttoned Up: Still cleaning with toxic chemicals?

Clinical trials 101

Creighton University Health Sciences Library [Omaha, Nebraska] to host National Library of Medicine exhibit, ‘A Voyage to Health’

Digital AustinMan Created To Study Cell Phone Radiation

ECU Notes: Tree’s Roots in Ancient Greece

Federal government releases SNOMED to ICD-10 map

Giving Docs iPads Might Boost Patient Care

Half of federal websites working on mobile strategy

Internet connects patients with resources – and each other

Is It Safe to Play Yet? Going to Great Lengths to Purge Household Toxins

Hidden Treasures at NLM

Hitler as Seen by His Doctors, 1945-46

Leila Denmark dies at 114; pediatrician practiced until she was 103,0,3350487.story

Magic Meets Medicine in Lewisburg [West Virginia]

New Additions to the MHL [Medical Heritage Library]

New HHSinnovates winners show culture of innovation at HHS

News anchor talks about covering an election while living with MS

NIH announces database for genetic test information

Quirky Photos From the National Library of Medicine (Slideshow)

Rare, Beautiful and Disturbing Objects From the National Library of Medicine

Researchers Tune In to the Internet Buzz

Services Match Patients With Clinical Trials

The 14 most trusted health sites

The strange evolution of medical art

Toddler swallows 37 magnets, survives [papers of Dr. Chevalier Jackson housed at NLM; see images, foot of page]

Two IEEE Publications Now Part of World’s Largest Medical Library



Health in a Hair Salon: Outreach Project Rooted in Beauty Shop

NLM Celebrates Acquisition of Papers of Sickle Cell Pioneer

That’s a Wrap: 2011 Combined Federal Campaign Makes Big Finish



WISER for iPhone/iPod touch 2.0

The second release for WISER for iPhone/iPod touch is now available. Investigate what’s new in this updated release:

WISER’s Help Identify Chemical capability is now available on the iOS platform. Identify and validate an unknown chemical based on the following criteria:

  • Physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors
  • Signs and symptoms of victims of exposure
  • The ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab or a flammable substance
  • Hazard values from NFPA 704 placards
  • Transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer and type of rail car

Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your iPhone or iPod touch. Visualize the areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after a substance is spilled or released on a live map. The Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook is the source of WISER’s protective distance data.

WISER for iPhone/iPod touch can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store:

Reviews are always appreciated. If you’d like to let us know what you think of the latest WISER enhancements, please consider leaving a comment on the App store. You can read more about our privacy policy on Third-Party Web Sites and Applications at when reviewing WISER on the iTunes App Store.

WebWISER Update

WebWISER has been updated to include protective distance mapping. Visualize a protective distance map directly within your Web browser.