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Archive for March, 2010

iPad: What’s the Potential for Clinicians and Researchers?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Paper iPad by f.yamada
Paper iPad by f.yamada

This Saturday, Apple will release its newest fancy gadget, the iPad. An estimated 150,000 iPads have already been ordered, and there is speculation that iPads will sell faster in the next few weeks than iPhones did when they were first released in 2007.

iPads are larger than iPhones or iPod touches, smaller and lighter than laptops, and frequently compared to netbooks, tablet PCs, and e-book readers such as the Amazon Kindle. Even with so many similar devices already on the market and in use, the iPad is generating a good deal of buzz in medical and research circles. According to one recent survey, 20% of current ePocrates users plan to purchase iPads very soon (ePocrates is a leading provider of clinical decision support tools for use on mobile devices). Another 50% of ePocrates users are interested enough in the iPad to request more information about it.  Here are a few ideas about how the iPad might be used in research environments, hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices.


Free Webinars: Making the Most of Research Resources for Health Services Research

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

AcademyHealth is sponsoring two free instructional webcasts about information resources to support health services research. The presenters will be Dr. Lynn Whitener of Information Packaging, LLC, and Ione Auston of the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) at the National Library of Medicine.

On Thursday, April 1 at 10am Pacific Time, Whitener and Auston will present information about PubMed’s specialized search filters for health services research, including a newly developed filter for comparative effectiveness research (CER).

On Thursday, April 15 at 10am Pacific Time, Dr. Whitener will provide overviews and search strategies for the HSRProj database (Health Services Research Projects in Progress) and HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) which is a database of datasets, software, and instruments/indices.

For more information and to register, visit AcademyHealth.

Why Use a Third-party Tool to Interact with PubMed?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The freely available PubMed API (application programming interface) makes it possible for programmers from outside of the National Library of Medicine to develop alternatives to for searching NLM’s vast database of biomedical journal literature citations. In this guest post, super searcher Kristine Ogden describes two third-party PubMed tools, HubMed and Quertle, and explains how they can be useful for specialized searching.

by Kristine Ogden
ICON Clinical Research

I’m a researcher and PubMed is my first stop when I need to find relevant biomedical literature. It offers broad, international coverage and its MEDLINE subset is a well-regarded source for indexed citations. But recently, I’ve been keeping my eye on two third-party websites that offer the ability to search and interact with PubMed data: HubMed and Quertle.  Although neither of these tools has knocked PubMed from its place as my preferred search site, they do feature several helpful functions that are not available on the NCBI-maintained PubMed website. As a consequence, I find myself visiting HubMed and Quertle to help augment my PubMed searches. Hopefully, this little summary of HubMed and Quertle will pique your interest and prompt some exploration of these two web sites. Happy searching!


Follow us on Twitter, Fan us on Facebook

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Here at NN/LM PNR, we’re experimenting with social media as one of several ways we communicate with Network members and work to spread the word about health information resources, programs, and services. We invite you to follow us on Twitter, be our fan on Facebook, and let us know what kinds of information you would like to see in those places.

If you are new to social media or just new to thinking about it in a professional context, take a look at our self-paced online Social Networking tutorial. This tutorial was originally part of the Geeks Bearing Gifts course offered to health information professionals and public health professionals in Fall 2009. To access the tutorial, go to:

and click log in as guest.

MLA webcast: Understanding Electronic Health Records

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Join your colleagues on Wednesday, March 24th from 11am-1pm (Pacific time) for the Medical Library Association (MLA) webcast Now’s the Time: Understanding the Electronic Health Record Maze and Health Sciences Librarians’ Roles.  The goal of this program is to clarify the terminology surrounding the emerging electronic health information environment and to illustrate how and why health sciences librarians can and should become engaged with the efforts to achieve the national 2014 goal of instituting an electronic health record for each person in the United States. Presenters include Margaret Bandy, AHIP; Janice Willis, Sara Pimental, AHIP; David Sweet, Elaine Alligood, Kelly Near and Annette Williams.

The Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) will host the webcast at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, LTL.  If you will join us for the webcast at UW please register at

In Spokane, WA the webcast will be presented at the Riverpoint Campus, room SAC 249, hosted by the Inland Northwest Health Sciences Libraries (INWHSL). Pre-Registration is required via and parking permits are available if needed.

In Oregon, the webcast will be presented at the Portland State University Library in Portland, hosted by the Oregon Health & Sciences University.

This entry will be updated with additional location information as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rendezvous: Scanner Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Are you interesting in improving your document delivery service through better performance by your scanner? Don’t miss this informative session.

Join our free RML Rendezvous webcast on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 1pm Pacific Time (2pm Mountain, noon Alaska) at

Not Through a Glass, Darkly: Tips and Tricks for Optimal Scanner Settings by Mary Van Court, Library Supervisor at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is now available on this and all future RML Rendezvous webcasts. If you are hearing impaired and in need of closed captioning, please contact Patricia Devine at by Monday, March 8 so we may gladly arrange for this service.

We look forward to seeing you at the webcast! For more information please visit How do I connect to the Rendezvous? to test your computer connection.