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Archive for 2009

True Tales of Technology Improvement

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

by Jane Saxton
Director of Library Services
Bastyr University
Kenmore, WA

“We live forward, but we understand backward.”

-William James

This is the True Story of what happened when we received an NN/LM PNR Technology Improvement Award.


More About E-Patients

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Hope Leman, Research Information Technologist at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon, submitted the following as a comment on our October 27 post E-Patients Rising. I am re-posting it here in order to highlight the great resources Hope suggests for learning more about the e-patient movement. Thanks Hope!

I have been to several conferences recently: Medicine 2.0, Health 2.0, the Connected Health Symposium and e-Patient Connections Conference 2009. At each of those I was privileged to hear e-Patient Dave speak. He is a remarkably incisive thinker on these issues and his keynote at the recent Medicine 2.0 conference (provocatively entitled, “Gimme My Damn Data!”) made a deep and positive impression on the attendees.


Congratulations to OHSU Library!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Chris Shaffer and the Oregon Health & Science University Library are part of a national consortium recently awarded NIH funding to implement a Federated National Informatics Network.  This web-based initiative, called the eagle-i Consortium,  will be developed by OHSU and 8 other universities–led by Harvard Medical School.  Funding is from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), part of the NIH.

As one of 2 major awards made NCRR, Director Barbara Alving, M.D. states: “The infrastructure created and implemented through these awards has the potential to greatly facilitate the pace of biomedical research nationwide.”

For more information about the project,  see announcements on OHSU’s library website, and  the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.

PubMed Demo on the RML Rendezvous

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Photo by law_keven on flickr

Are you finding the newly redesigned PubMed a tough nut to crack?

Linda Milgrom, Outreach Coordinator here at the Pacific Northwest Region, is here to help with a live demonstration and question & answer session during a special feature on the RML Rendezvous.

Join us on Wednesday, November 4 2009 at 1 pm Pacific time (2 pm Mountain, noon Alaska) at Please login as a guest after entering your name in the box. If you need more information about how to connect on the RML Rendezvous, click here. We look forward to having you join us!

PubMed Redesign is Live

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free resource for searching millions of biomedical journal citations and abstracts, has undergone a significant facelift. The redesigned version is now live at


E-Patients Rising

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

A recent report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 61% of American adults are e-patients, meaning they look online for health information. In a presentation for the Medical Library Association Tri-Chapter Conference earlier this month, Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet Project, reported on what survey data indicated about questions like these:

  • What kind of health information do e-patients seek?
  • How many e-patients use mobile devices as opposed to more stationary computers?
  • How many use social media to connect with healthcare providers or other patients?
  • How many e-patients are also e-participators, meaning they create, tag, and share health content online?
  • How satisfied are e-patients with the information they find online?