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Archive for October, 2013

HHS Awards Funding for Research on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Monday, October 28th, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded funding for research that will focus on physical and behavioral health aspects of recovery after Hurricane Sandy, including community resilience, risk communication and the use of social media, health system response and health care access, evacuation and policy decision making, and mental health:

HHS Launches Second Video Game on Disaster Planning

Monday, October 28th, 2013

ONC released its second Web-based security training module, “CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice” for healthcare providers and staff. This latest game focuses on disaster planning, data backup and recovery and other elements of contingency planning. Contingency planning helps providers and staff prepare for power outages, floods, fires or weather related events such as hurricanes or tornadoes. These events can damage patient health information or make it unavailable. Planning for these events can help ensure that patient health information is protected and that patient information can be accessed when the disaster is over.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and is an opportunity for ONC to remind providers about the need to create contingency plans to assure a safe and secure cyber environment. Contingency Planning is also required by the HIPAA Security Rule.

“We know from recent experiences such as Hurricane Sandy, that these events can very adversely impact the delivery of health care,” said ONC Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts. “We hope that this video game will raise awareness of contingency planning and help practices begin to develop their own disaster plans, backup and recovery processes and other vital activities.” This new online resource is available at:

About the Video Game

The security training module, which was developed with the assistance of the Regional Extension Center Program’s Privacy and Security Community of Practice, uses a game format that requires users to respond to privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical practice. Users choosing the right response earn points and see their virtual medical practices flourish. But users making the wrong security decisions can hurt their virtual practices. In this version, the wrong decisions lead to floods, server outages, fire damage and other poor outcomes related to a lack of contingency planning.

The use of gamification by ONC is an innovative approach aimed at educating health care providers to make more informed decisions regarding privacy and security of health information.

RFP for Biomedical Informatics Course

Monday, October 28th, 2013

NLM has posted a request for proposals to select a host institution for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course.  Please see the Request for Proposals for details; and share with any institution or organization you think might be interested. The deadline has been extended to October 31, 2013.

Extended Deadline for the HHS/ASPR Challenge Grant

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The deadline for the HHS/ASPR challenge grant is extended until October 31, 2013.  Please see this website for more details –

System for Locating People Using Electricity Dependent Medical Equipment During Public Health Emergencies

Public Good, Engineering/Design, Computer Science/Information Technology, Business/Entrepreneurship, Ideation

AWARD: $10,000 USD  |  DEADLINE: 10/31/13  |  ACTIVE SOLVERS: 201  |  POSTED: 9/20/13

The Seeker desires a system for monitoring the location and status of life-sustaining durable medical equipment (DME) during a prolonged power outage or disaster situation. This information would be used by a network of family and friends, formal caregivers, emergency responders and others responding to a disaster to better assist individuals who are dependent on DME.  The current Challenge focuses on obtaining information about DME; however, this is part of a larger effort to ensure that these people get the necessary help as quickly as possible.

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NAHRS Honors Committee Award for Professional Excellence: Request for Nominations

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Honors Committee seeks nominations for the NAHRS Award for Professional Excellence. This award recognizes a NAHRS member who exhibits outstanding leadership and exceptional librarianship in meeting the information needs of nursing and allied health professionals.  The nomination may be made for service and contributions to the information needs of nursing and allied health professionals as demonstrated by excellence in leadership and librarianship, a history of professional publications, conference presentations and participation in NAHRS and MLA. The nominee must be a member of MLA and a member of the NAHRS Section. For additional details, see the nomination form at  All nominations must be received no later than December 1, 2013. The recipient receives a $100 cash award and will be recognized at the 2013 NAHRS Annual Business Meeting. To view past recipients, please visit :

In addition, the Honors Committee seeks nominees for the Recognition for Lifetime Professional Contribution award. This award acknowledges a career of service at the time of retirement. If you know of a NAHRS member, or are yourself reaching retirement, please contact Sarah Katz ( so that NAHRS can recognize this milestone.

We know that many NAHRS members are doing great work, and invite you to take this opportunity to help them be recognized. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Katz ( off-list.


Sarah Katz (Chair), Adrianne Leonardelli, Emilie Ludeman, Rebecca Raszewski, Barbara Rochen Renner, Heidi Schroeder

Mozilla’s New Tool to Expose Who’s Looking Over Your Shoulder on the Web!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Emergency Responder Self-Care App

Monday, October 28th, 2013

University of Minnesota:  This mobile app aids those deployed to emergency response events in maintaining their own physical, emotional, and social well being. It provides checklists for before, during, and after deployment that help responders pack for deployment, take care of daily needs, maintain important relationships, reflect on experiences, and more.  Customizable reminders ensure that critical tasks are not forgotten and tips explain why certain aspects of self-care are vital:

Health Happens in Libraries: Share Your Story!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

We are excited to announce our updated Health Happens in Libraries website. Please visit our project page, and spread the word about our updated Resources section, where you will find:

  • Resources produced as part of WebJunction’s work to support libraries in their efforts to provide eHealth services to their communities
  • Official Affordable Care Act (ACA) resources for all states
  • Examples of resources created by libraries to respond to patron ACA and eHealth inquiries
  • FAQs

We know that health information support happens in libraries every day, and we want to hear from you. If you have a story to tell or perspective to share about your library’s role in supporting community health and wellness, please email us at Here are a few questions we are interested in:

  • What programs or resources does your library provide to support health and wellness in your community? How do patrons and/or community partners benefit from these services?
  • In what ways has your library been involved in supporting patrons with ACA application and enrollment activities? What are you learning from responding to this new information need?

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing these stories with the field.

An App That Saved 10,000 Lives

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Start-ups like HealthTap are increasingly looking to the principles of behavioral psychology to encourage behaviors and return visits:

NDSA Report on Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) has just issued a report on the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data; this should be of interest in a wide range of data curation contexts. You can find some background on the report, and a pointer to the report proper, at:

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI