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Archive for August, 2006

Kaiser Permanente using Talking Pill Bottles

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Kaiser Permanente will start offering “talking” prescription bottles with recorded information in addition to the label. These bottles were originally created for people with vision or literacy difficulties by MedivoxRx Technologies, a subsidiary of Wizzard Software Corp (

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HRSA Grants for Rural Telehealth Programs

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) recently announced the availability of grant funding to help rural health networks strengthen their capabilities to better serve communities. Funding priorities will be given to telehealth, new emerging technologies, and for oral health and mental health needs. The estimated total program funding is $1,000,000 with 5 awards averaging $180,000.Applicants must be public or non-profit entities, and other eligible applicants are listed in the full announcement. Funding preference will be given to those applicants that are in health professional shortage areas, medically underserved communities, or serve medically underserved populations that focus on primary care, wellness, and prevention strategies. Existing networks that wish to expand services are not eligible to apply.

The closing date for the application for (CDC-RFA-HK06-60) is November 02, 2006. The projected award date is May 01, 2007 with the estimated project end date of April 30, 2010.

For more information visit:

HRSA – Grants

Washington Post Compares Internet Health Information Resources

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

A Washington Post reporter compares Google, MedlinePlus, and WebMD in a search for health information about his relative.

“A 10-Year Checkup: A Decade Into the E-Health Era, Online Medical Resources Pass a Real Life Test” by Craig Stoltz

Three Libraries in South Central Region win Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Awards

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Three librarians in the South Central Region win Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants. This program supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty who will prepare them for careers in library science.

El Paso Public Library, El Paso, TX; Houston Public Library, Houston, TX; and Rose State College, Midwest City, OK each received a grant to administer a recruitment program. (more…)

Report Released on Libraries and Health Information Initiative

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) released their report about libraries and health information provision for American citizens. The report provides program descriptions of the ten finalists in the awards initiative.

In her Introduction to the report, Chairman Fitzsimmons acknowledged the commitment of librarians and library managers in providing relevant and responsive services to the American people.

“This award demonstrates professional expertise of the many librarians who bring health information to their library’s users. These people are the standard bearers in health information delivery, and the award initiative enables the Commission to bring attention to their good work, which we are happy – and honored – to do,” she said.

The report, “Libraries and Health Information: The NCLIS Health Information Awards for Libraries and The Libraries and Health Information Forum, May 3, 2006,” is available at