Archive for February, 2005
First, here’s a link to a very timely article on technology security issues. If you aren’t familiar with US CERT and the useful information that comes from this agency, it’s worth taking a look.
Also worth looking at is the blog that references this article, “Library Technology in Texas,” published by Christine Peterson of Amigos Library Services. She posts lots of great tech items, many of interest to those outside of Texas as well!
Behavior Change Seen as Health Care’s New Frontier
Many employers say they’ve had it with cost shifting to employees and tinkering with health benefit plan design. Instead, they’re trying to save money by driving behavior change. American Airlines, for example, began offering WebMD Health’s online information and decision support tools to its 101,000 employees last year. Fifty-five percent of employees registered for the services, which Virginia Nisbet, the airline’s director of health strategy, calls a “huge success.” [Benefit News, 2-10-05]
[ACHI Community Health News, 2-16-05]
National Public Health Week 2005 (April 4-10) will focus on empowering Americans to live stronger, longer. Libraries can develop programming addressing this topic and submit the information to the American Public Health Association Web site to have the event posted on the national list. Some possible programming ideas:
For more information about National Public Health Week and to order press kits:
National Public Health Week
From User Interface Engineering:
From the New York Times (registration required to read)…this article discusses information literacy and the role of librarians. “Wiring schools is of little use unless students know how to find useful information in the oceans of sludge on the Web.”
This state-by-state review from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a status report on how federal dollars are spent on public health programs. Louisiana and Oklahoma rank #1 and #2 in the total amount of money spent per capita.
In other rankings:
Oklahoma and Louisiana rank #1 & #2 in most per capita spent on cancer prevention programs.
Oklahoma ranks #1 for amount spent per capita on chronic diseases.
Louisiana receives the most funding for diabetes control and environmental health.
To read the entire report: Shortchanging America’s Health
Andrew K. Pace, technology columnist for American Libraries, writes about emerging OPAC technologies.
PubMed Subject Subset Strategies Updated
Journals Database Links Menu Enhanced
Saving Searches with History Search Numbers in My NCBI: Problem Resolved