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Archive for March, 2011

mHealth “must read reports”

Friday, March 11th, 2011

mHealth is the use of mobile devices for health purposes. What to learn more? Brian Dolan highlights “must read” mobile health reports in an April 2010 and a March 2011 blog postings.

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about mHealth? There will be a mHealth Summit in Maryland in December 2011.

HIV/AIDS funding opportunity

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2011
(RFQ No. NLM-0011-049-SES)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. (more…)

Health Literacy Webinar

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Health Literacy in the Real World: Awareness, Ideas, Solutions
Poor health literacy is a major issue in the United States. We see examples of how it affects patients, providers, and the healthcare system every day. This session will look at some of the problems created by poor health literacy, discuss programs and ideas to help improve it on both the patient and provider side, and review some solutions. The upcoming IHA Health Literacy Conference will be reviewed, as well as a discussion of the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy.

This webinar is FREE. The session will be recorded for later viewing, and captioning will be provided.

 Registration information: Please register online at The first session of this webinar filled up quickly, so be sure to register soon for this event to reserve your space.

 Login: Enter the class on March 18th about 5 minutes before the meeting starts at  Log in as a Guest with your first and last name.  Instructions to connect to the audio will appear once you’ve logged in. The system will prompt you for your phone number and will call your telephone. 

Equipment needed: Connection to the Internet and a phone.

MedlinePlus Connect Q & A

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

What is MedlinePlus Connect?
MedlinePlus Connect is a free service of the National Library of Medicine that allows any EHR to link to health information on MedlinePlus. MedlinePlus connects the EHR with the health topics information on MedlinePlus.

How does it work?
MedlinePlus Connect accepts requests for diagnoses (problem codes) and medications. The problem code requests link to ICD-9-CM and SNOWMED CORE Problem List Subset. For medication requests, MedlinePlus links to RXCUI and NDC Codes.  See how MedlinePlus Connect responds to codes for problems and medication on the Demonstration Page.

How can I implement MedlinePlus Connect?
You need to work with your technical staff who can add links to your EHR system. The coding information in your system(ICD-9-CM, NDC, etc) will be used to create links in a standard format. Links take users to MedlinePlus information on that topic. Please refer your EHR staff to the Technical Documentation provided by MedlinePlus.

Which EMRs are compatible with MedlinePlus Connect?
MedlinePlus Connect uses the open HL7 Infobutton Standard and any vendor can use it. MedlinePlus Connect requires no registration so NLM doesn’t know exactly who’s using it. As more institutions use MedlinePlus Connect, there will be more sharing of implementation experiences. You can join the MedlinePlus Connect discussion list to share experiences with your colleagues and stay informed of updates.

Where can I find technical information?

Need further assistance?
NLM is happy to answer questions about MedlinePlus Connect. Contact them on the NLM customer service page.

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