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Archive for September, 2013

The Quality and Safety of Medical Apps

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Have you ever wondered about the safety or accuracy of a popular medical app? Have you been asked to recommend useful apps?  Do you know if an application has been evaluated by a credible authority?  FDA regulation is required only for specific types of medical apps , primarily those that control medical devices, store or analyze patient data, and impact treatment.  That leaves a large amount of medical apps on the market unvetted.  These questions and concerns are addressed in a recent article, Medical apps for smartphones: lack of evidence undermines quality and safety, in which the authors present several strategies to promote the development of evidence based apps.  The article was also summarized in the Krafty Librarian blog, in which she included additional suggestions to utilize and build on the reviews in and the Medical App Journal.  There may even be a library role in maintaining a repository of approved medical apps.   (rv)

October is Health Literacy Month

Monday, September 30th, 2013

October is Health Literacy Month. In celebration, Health Literacy Innovations (makers of Health Literacy Advisor), are presenting a series of free heath literacy education webinars. Register for one, or for all./da

Understanding Health Literacy, Ten Reasons Why We Can’t Afford to Ignore It
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12-1 p.m. MT

Implementing a Health Literacy Precaution Kit
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 12-1 p.m. MT

The Role of Health Literacy in Disease Management: Implications for Intervention Design
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12-1 p.m. MT

Addressing Health Literacy and Cultural Competence
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 12-1 p.m. MT

Health Insurance Literacy and the ACA: Is It Now Easier or Harder Enroll in Coverage? What Does a Health Insurance Consumer Need to Know?
Thursday October 24, 2013, 12-1 p.m. MT

Creating a Health Literacy Initiative
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 12-1 p.m. MT

Webinar: Resources to Assist Individuals with Access and Functional Needs During Preparedness, Response and Recovery, Oct 10, 2013

Monday, September 30th, 2013

JOIN Harvey Ball, CDR, USPHS. He is the Senior Public Health Advisor, and Operations Team Lead for the Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioural Health, and Community Resilience (ABC) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.  He and members of his staff will share information about specific resources and how they can be used to assist those with access and functional needs during emergencies.

SHARE this announcement with your colleagues, especially those who work in public health or with individuals with disabilities.

LOGIN:  by 11:30 am MT or 12:30 pm CT, Thursday, October 10, 2013. Click on this link. Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room.” A pop-up box should appear asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you. For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

  • Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
  • Pass-Code: 745907

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, go to the Disaster Information Management Resource Center web site. ./ch

Recording now available: Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Self-Help Resources in NLM Databases

Monday, September 30th, 2013

If you missed it, the “Spotlight! on NLM Resources” held on Sept. 25 is now available:  Self-Help Resources in NLM Databases – This focused on on where to find resources and how to use NLM databases. Most NLM databases have training modules of some sort but where are they hidden? Some are simple html pages and some have video tutorials.  Some of the databases covered were MedlinePlus, PubMed/MEDLINE, PubMed Health, PHpartners, Haz-Map, and Household Products Database.  Recording available at:  (mm)



Comments Solicited on Genomic Data Sharing Policy Draft

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Forwarded from NLM:

Please feel free to forward this information to your colleagues and those who may be interested in submitting comments.  Comments should be submitted by November 20, 2013.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking public comments on the draft Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy that promotes sharing, for research purposes, of large-scale human and nonhuman genomic1data generated from NIH-supported and NIH-conducted research. The draft NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy has been released in the Federal Register.   A pdf version is also available. /ch


Viewpoint on Libraries and Librarians in JAMA

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

JAMA published the viewpoint article “The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care” in its Sept 25th issue. Julia Sollenberger, MLS, and Robert Holloway, MD & MPH, summarize recent studies of the contributions librarian provided services and resources make to patient care. The value of libraries study conducted by staff at the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library is one of the articles cited. Kudos to Julia Sollenberger Director  of the Edward G. Miner Library at the University of Rochesteron on her publication in a core medical journal!  How timely to be used for National Medical Librarians Month–October./ch


Recent recordings of Breezing and Spotlight sessions – now available!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Breezing Along with the RML recordings

  • September 18 , 2013 – 1) Social Media lessons learned by the RML presented by John Bramble  2) Intro to the MCR Game “Mission I’mPossible” presented by John Bramble
    View the archived recording at:
  • August 21 , 2013 – 1) Recap of the NLM- National Network Office virtual  “site visit” of July 17 presented by Claire Hamasu 2) The Affordable Care Act and You!  No audio is available on this recording but captioning is present.   View the archived recording at:

Spotlight! on NLM Resources recordings

  • September 11 , 2013  – Finding the Evidence for Support Resources for Dieters.   View the archived recording at:
  • July 24, 2013– Diets and Evidence-Based Medicine. View the archived recording at:


Want to browse some e-books on technology? Try these….

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Have you checked out these E-books – a few our our Technology e-book holdings?   Access them at:    See: EBSCOHost e-book collection for MCR Members. (mm)

  • Becoming a Digital Library
  • Building a Virtual Library
  • Inside, Outside and Online
  • Preserving Digital Information


EDUCATION: Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – great for Public Librarians

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – Self-Help Resources in NLM Databases – September’s Spotlight! is a perfect session for Public Librarians.  We will focus on where to find resources and how to use NLM databases. Most NLM databases have training modules of some sort but where are they hidden? Some are simple html pages and some have video tutorials.  Even if you’ve used PubMed before the Internet, you are bound to learn something new. Some of the databases covered will be MedlinePlus, PubMed/MEDLINE, PubMed Health, PHpartners, Haz-Map, and Household Products Database. Attendees will leave the session with a better understanding on where to go when they need to use the “self-teach” method of learning a NLM Database.

One MLA CE credit will be available for this class.  No registration required.

NOTE URL  Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to (mm)


History of Medicine: New Traveling Exhibit available from NLM – book an exhibit now!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

“Surviving and Thriving Aids, Politics and Culture” is a new traveling exhibit now available from the National Library of Medicine.  You can book this exhibit for your library and find more information at: . (mm)