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Archive for July, 2012

HealthCare Workforce and Community Colleges

Friday, July 13th, 2012

By Pat Gorman

Pat Gorman leads NER’s Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest and is a librarian at the Community College of Rhode Island.

The Healthcare Workforce COI begins its second year with a focus on the many healthcare professionals who are educated and trained in our local community colleges. From certificate programs to associate degree programs, the community college offers a variety of career paths to a highly diverse population and prepares them with the skills and competencies needed to succeed in a healthcare setting. In addition to the traditional academic degrees in fields such as nursing, dental hygiene, respiratory therapy and occupational therapy, these school often have additional workforce programs to support developing fields such as Health IT .

Our goal this year will be to look at the role of the community college the healthcare workforce, to become familiar with the resources available to them, to share regional news and personal experiences, and to explore the many ways that libraries can support these programs.

We invite those who are interested in this aspect of the healthcare workforce to join us in an initial web session on Wednesday, August 8 from 10:00-11:00. To start our thinking on the topic, here is a link to a short Q&A session with Roxanne Fulcher, Director of Health Professions Policy and the Health Professions Education Center at the American Association of Community Colleges: The Role of Community Colleges in Meeting the Nation’s Health Workforce Needs

Register for the HealthCare Workforce Community College Libraries Session on August 8th.

If you can not make the session please let us know you are interested in being a part of the Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest: send us an email.

Health IT and the CCC Program

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

On July 11, 2012, the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) welcomed representatives from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), along with its workforce development grantees from leading universities and community colleges, to discuss the work of Health IT education and workforce development programs across the country.

This 90-minute webinar included four panelists that provided case studies demonstrating how new Health IT academic programs are preparing graduates to join the workforce and advance their careers through the Community College Consortia (CCC) Program. CCC program participants currently number 82 member community colleges throughout the 50 states.

The country is broken up into five regional groups (Group A thru Group E). Region E includes 22 member colleges located in the District of Columbia, along with ten other states: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Region E’s goal is to help provide the northeastern area of the United States with a skilled professional workforce needed to support transition to a new era of health care, where health care providers will use electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient health and ultimately affect the way health care is delivered in this country.

Individual member community colleges will receive funding to rapidly create their Health IT academic programs or expand existing health IT training programs that can be completed in six months or less. Academic programs are designed for professionals with an IT or health care background, and focus on training students for six professional roles:

  1. Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist
  2. Clinician/Practitioner Consultant
  3. Implementation Support Specialist
  4. Implementation Manager
  5. Technical/Software Support Specialist
  6. Trainer

CCC program graduates are expected to be high caliber health information technology professionals interested in supporting the growing and evolving Health IT industry. In all, CCC Program members hope to train more than 10,500 new highly skilled Health IT specialists by the end of 2012.

Disaster Health Information Outreach Funding

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals that was Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2 pm ET, has now been change to Monday, August 20, 2012 at 2pm EST.

Summaries of the seven projects funded for 2011-2012 can be viewed at

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2012”, please visit .

Please know that proposal submission, approval, and management of projects is with NLM’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center.

DOCLINE and WISER Updates – July 2012

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012


DOCLINE is the National Library of Medicine(NLM’s) automated interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing and referral system.  On Jul 11, 2012, NLM released DOCLINE 4.8.  This newest release corrects several user-reported issues in the Loansome Doc interface.

Check out what’s new in this release:

 WISER iOS 3.0

WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) was designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

Made available earlier this month, WISER for iOS 3.0 has become a universal app for Apple iOS devices; this new release adds native support for the iPad.

And later this September:  Mark Goldstein will be conducting a breakout session on the WISER app at this year’s Massachusetts Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians (MAHMT) conference to be held in Plymouth on September 19-21.

Check out what’s new in this release:

 WISER for iOS 3.0 can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store:

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