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Archive for August, 2012

New Resources on

Friday, August 31st, 2012

This week, ONC added a number of resources to  Highlights include:

Stage 2 Meaningful Use—Final Rules:  On Thursday, August 23, ONC and CMS released final requirements for the Stage 2 Electronic Health Records Incentive programs and Standards & Certification Criteria.  Information and resources about both rules are available on a new Meaningful Use Stage 2 page.

New Consumer Videos Available:  In recent weeks, ONC has expanded its library of consumer-friendly videos.  New videos available in the Patients and Families section of include an animated video about the benefits of health IT, as well as winners of two consumer video challenges.  Watch the videos.

Redesigned Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) Pages Launched:  Webpages for the Health IT Policy and Standards committees and workgroups meetings featuring a new meeting calendar are now available.  Visit the new FACA pages to view calendars and other resources for both the Health IT Policy Committee and the Health IT Standards Committee.

Read the Buzz from Your Mobile Device:  ONC launched its Health IT Buzz blog mobile website.  Readers can now access information about health IT and view important updates from ONC from their smartphone or other mobile devices.  Read the Health IT Buzz blog.

Visit often for the latest information and resources and to stay up-to-date on how health IT is improving America’s health and health care!

September is Disaster Preparedness Month

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Each week during September, MAR will be highlighting an online resource.  We will include both personal and professional preparedness information to inform our members about the vast array of disaster and emergency preparedness resources available.

Our first featured resource is which has instructional videos developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Advertising Council.  The Ready Campaign sponsored videos ( encourage, educate, and empower Americans to prepare themselves, their families, and their communities to respond to all kinds of emergencies.  These instructional videos are available in both English and Spanish.  They also include American Sign Language and closed captioning.

Michelle Burda

Network & Advocacy Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Middle Atlantic Region

Subscribe to the MAR Quarterly Newsletter

Friday, August 31st, 2012

MAR announced the inaugural issue of our quarterly newsletter–The MAReport.

Our goal is…

  • to spotlight various aspects of our services and NLM resources
  • to highlight a Network member
  • to announce classes and training for the next quarter, and
  • to touch on any number of possible topics in future issues

Make sure to sign-up to receive future issues using the Subscribe feature. Also, please share the newsletter with colleagues and friends:

PubMed for Experts

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Presenter:  Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Location:  Temple University, Ginsburg Health Sciences Library

Date:  November 16, 2012 / 10 am – 1 pm


(Limited to 32 participants)

Description:  Participants should have some previous experience using PubMed or other health sciences databases.  This hands-on class will highlight advanced PubMed techniques that can be used to conduct comprehensive searches.  Recent changes to PubMed will be covered.  Attendees are encouraged to contribute past and present questions about PubMed to discuss with the class.  Participants will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the MLA.

Award Recipient Project Reports (Lunch with the RML Session)

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Location:  Free, Online: (the URL is posted the morning of each session)

Date:  September 27, 2012

Awardee: Kristina Flathers, Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children of The Nemours Foundation
Project: iRound: Bringing EBM to Family Centered Clinical Teaching Rounds
Description: The project outfited three General Pediatrics Residency teams with iPads; one each will be distributed to the senior resident, the attending physician, the librarian and the nurse. Each team member was given the capability to access electronic medical records (EMRs) through the iPad on the Nemours secure network and perform their own searches within the library portal for access to electronic EBM and library resources.

Awardee: Bruce Johnston, Robert Morris University
Project: Advancing Technology in Nursing Education: Integrating iPads into Clinical Practice and Patient Education
Description: Robert Morris Library and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, along with UPMC Passavant, used state-of-the-art technology to augment and improve nursing education as well as patient education activities. By adding iPad2 devices and relevant apps, this project improved the technology mix for accessing health information. Nursing students were the target audience, along with clinical instructors working with the student nurses on patient care units, as well as the RMU Clinical Faculty Instructor and Health Sciences Librarian.

Awardee: Joey Nicholson, New York University School of Medicine
Project: Pilot Project using Anatomy Apps and Mobile Resources to Improve Learning in the Anatomy Lab
Description: NYU purchased an iPad for the Education and Curriculum Librarian to support and demonstrate new anatomy teaching technology, as well as 30 copies of the Netter’s Anatomy Atlas iPad application and Grant’s Dissector through Inkling to be used on 30 NYU School of Medicine iPads supplied to the anatomy lab. At the beginning of their anatomy course, students received a demonstration from the Librarian of how to access and use the iPads that included an overview of what is in each of the apps and how they can be used to support anatomy education. Students were able to go back and forth between the 3D visualization and the reference applications in real time as they dissected cadavers to support their learning and retention.

Awardee: Cristina Pope, Upstate University Health System, Health Sciences Library
Project: Emergency Preparedness: Enhancing Communication and Access to Health Information Resources
Description: The pilot project’s primary objective was to determine whether the incorporation of an iPad loaded with emergency preparedness resources and an online synchronous communication application would enhance the Emergency Preparedness Regional Partnership’s ability to prepare for catastrophic events through planning; provide a forum to strengthen collaboration among emergency preparedness partners throughout the healthcare system; facilitate the development of exercises and evaluations; facilitate the delivery of emergency preparedness training and education; provide information sharing and communication between preparedness partners and build emergency response capability.

Disaster Information Resources (Boost Box Session)

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Presenter:  Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Aquilent

Location:  Free, Online: (the URL is posted the morning of each session)

Date:  September 11, 2012

Description: Ms. Champ-Blackwell promotes and implements the disaster health information goals of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and for the Bethesda Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness Partnership.

Learn about NLM disaster information resources and emergency response tools. See a demo of the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) and how it can provide emergency responders with critical information in the palm of their hand.

Beginning DOCLINE (the 1st of 4 weekly classes)

Friday, August 31st, 2012


James Honour, Member Services Coordinator, NN/LM MCR

Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date:  September 5, 2012 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Location:  Free, Online:

Description:  You must be a DOCLINE user with access to DOCLINE to take the class.  The hands-on part of the class requires attendees to log into their DOCLINE account to complete the exercises.  (1 MLA CE credit)

  1. Beforehand, test your connection to ensure Adobe Connect will run on your computer: (NOTE: Only use Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  2. Log-in at and allow Adobe Connect to call your phone.

If you’re unable to connect online, then join us by phone:  1-866-519-2800, Participant Code:  848754.

The Use of Volunteers in Hospitals DURING DISASTERS

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Mesa County Advanced Practice Center is hosting a webinar on their toolkit, Blueprint for the Use of Volunteers in Hospitals and Rural Medical Centers, on September 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Mesa APC toolkit, Blueprint for the Use of Volunteers in Hospitals and Rural Medical Centers. The Blueprint Toolkit has been used to help local public health agencies, hospitals, and Medical Reserve Corps units coordinate in the development of volunteer management plans and training/exercise programs.  The toolkit is divided into four primary areas, which we will cover during this webinar: identify and organize your partners into a planning team, hospital emergency operations plan orientation, establish a training and exercise program, and just-in-time training for volunteer integration.

Register for this webinar at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions for joining the webinar.

The toolkit can be accessed at

NEW: Now you can watch a video on how to start the volunteer integration process! The video features several of the key players in our planning process in 2010!

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Job Ad: Medical Librarian, Paoli Hospital

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Main Line Health has an immediate need for a strong Medical Librarian to join our organization.  This position will be located at Paoli Hospital.


  • Catalogs and classifies all monographs, serials, and audio-visual materials using NLM classification.
  • Responsible for collection development in assigned subject areas
  • Assists staff and students in preparing bibliographies, abstracts, or reviews and acts as a consultant in the location of study or reference materials
  • Consults with staff and other library users on information retrieval and management and online searching
  • Responsible for audio-visual acquisitions and development of audio-visual programs
  • Prepares journals for binding
  • Perform Interlibrary Loan procedures and maintain DOCLINE
  • Logs in journals & Processes journal claims
  • Maintains reference and reserve lists
  • Performs work in accordance with specified standards
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned by site supervisor & Director, library services
  • Does inventory of holdings twice a year
  • Work in other locations (BMH & Paoli ) as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by Director

Job Requirements

West Nile Virus Outbreak Viewpoints

Friday, August 31st, 2012

JAMA has posted two important resources related to the West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak. A viewpoint by Robert W. Haley, MD, of UT, Southwestern discusses “Controlling Urban Epidemics of West Nile Virus Infection.”  Dr. Haley concludes, “The ability of WNV to mutate and adapt to the environment and the continuing occurrence of large urban epidemics, as seen in Dallas this year, indicate that WNV is likely to remain a serious threat into the foreseeable future.  The explosive pattern of WNV epidemics that could affect any US city coupled with the morbidity and mortality attributable to this disease require preparedness and early decisive action.  Given the effectiveness and safety of available control measures, this is a good time for all local governments to reevaluate and establish policy for response before it is their turn to be visited by WNV.”  JAMA also has posted a “Patient Page” on the West Nile virus.