EOA 2014-2015: Teaching Mobile Access to Health Information and Promoting MedlinePlus Connect
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine proposes a community outreach program in San Diego to teach use of mobile devices to access National Library of Medicine's health information resources, & to promote MedlinePlus Connect capabilities. It is a collaborative project with four major organizational groups comprised of Public Libraries and Librarians; Faith-Based organizations; Community Centers, and Medical Education organizations (e.g., UCSD Biomedical Informatics & PCOM Clinics), which serve San Diego?s 3.2 million residents. The PCOM library will conduct free health informatics workshops at participating organizations, featuring hands-on classes, demonstrations, and use of mobile tools (iPad, smartphone) with advanced computing and wireless connectivity. There are two project goals: First, is to emphasize the latest technology devices and access to NLM resources in training workshops for consumers of all ages, ethnic and cultural groups, practitioners, and students. Second, is to promote and increase awareness of MedlinePlus Connect?s capabilities to link EHR diagnostic information to health topics in MedlinePlus to retrieve patient education literature and improve medical communication. Training workshop participants include community residents, youths, patients, health professionals, interns, and staff at centers & libraries. Instruction will cover MedlinePlus, Pub Med, AIDS Info, and Clinical Trials, including access to multiple languages. Special workshops on MedlinePlus Connect will focus on promoting its features to practitioners, biomedical informatics doctors, medical students and medical/hospital staff and librarians. The proposed project will strengthen services provided by libraries, community centers, churches, medical centers, clinics and practitioners.