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Archive for May, 2012

Upcoming Event: Health Datapalooza June 5 and 6

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The Health Data Initiative Forum, an organization that brings together private and public interests in health data and health systems to promote collaboration and innovation to develop tools and technologies, is hosting the Health Datapalooza June 5th and 6th in Washington, D.C..  Attendees and participants in the Forum represent a wide range of stakeholders in health data, including individuals involved in health care policy, software developers, stakeholders in consumer and community health and others.

Check out the schedule for Day 1 and Day 2.  Highlights for this year’s forum include keynote addresses by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, plus, demonstrations of health care apps aimed at providers, consumers and community members developed to utilize health data to improve care, health outcomes and more. (more…)

New Podcasts in a Series About the AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two more audio interviews in a series focused on the use of quality improvement tools in the AHRQ Quality IndicatorsTM Toolkit for Hospitals. The toolkit is a free resource to guide hospitals through the process of using the AHRQ Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) and Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) to improve care.

The interviews include: (more…)

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Seeks Applications to Fund $120 Million in Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research in 2012

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

DENVER, Colo. (May 22, 2012) — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today released its first primary research funding announcements to support comparative clinical effectiveness research that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make better-informed health care decisions.

PCORI will award $120 million this year for innovative projects that effectively incorporate patients and stakeholders in research teams and address the areas of focus of PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. PCORI previously announced the approval of 50 Pilot Project Program awards, totaling $30 million over two years, to researchers in 24 states and the District of Columbia. (more…)

Spring PubMed Changes

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The NLM Technical Bulletin recent announced a change which went into effect at the end of last week.

The Limits Page has been replaced by an easy-to-use Filters Sidebar. Similar to the way Limits worked, Filters will remain in effect, once selected, until they are cleared. The Filters Sidebar will not be visible until the search results are displayed, so this will require a slight change in searching habits for some. A new tutorial about Filters has been published on YouTube.

Another recent change to PubMed is the ability to click on an author name in a citation to execute a more relevant search. PubMed will search for the same author by comparing metadata for more precise results.

Your feedback on these and other changes to PubMed is welcome! Please use the “Write to the Help Desk” link at the bottom of every PubMed screen.

Allow me to introduce myself

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Hi there Dragonfly readers! My name is Mahria Lebow and I am the new Regional Technology Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region. I was lucky enough to meet some of you before I got started here at the Regional Advisory Council meeting a few weeks back.

This position brings me back from the Midwest to my favorite part of the country. I am a native Oregonian, going back six generations to Thomas Simpson Lebow who trekked on the Oregon Trail from Tennessee to Lane County, settling in 1850.  I’m excited to again be sandwiched between the Pacific and the Cascades. I enjoy both camping and surfing, so my recreational activities will be much improved upon from my time in a landlocked state.

Prior to obtaining my Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of British Columbia, I had a wide range of experiences from providing technology support to clinical work (including phlebotomy!) at Oregon Health and Science University. I am coming most recently from the University of Iowa where I was acting as a Data Manager.

For those of you I had the opportunity to meet before, hello again.  For everyone else, I hope I have a chance to meet you in person sometime soon.  In the meanwhile, please feel free to contact me via e-mail (, skype (mahriatalksonhermac) or call me (206-221-3489).  I am here to support you and your endeavors as they relate to technologies (old and new) and improving health information access, so please feel free to introduce yourself!

USDA Invites Applications for Grants to Provide Broadband Service to Remote Rural Communities

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications through the Community Connect Broadband program for grants to provide broadband service to residents of remote, rural communities.

“Ensuring that all Americans have access to reliable broadband is a key part of the Obama Administration’s effort to help create jobs and expand economic opportunities in rural areas,” Vilsack said. “These grants not only are critical for businesses and residents, they also help first responders, educators and health care professionals by providing them with access to broadband service.”

Information on available funding and application requirements are published on page 26241 of the May 3, 2012 Federal Register. More information on Community Connect Grants, including the application guide, can be viewed from the USDA Rural Development website. Applications must be received by June 18, 2012.