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Jim Bulger from Allina suggested that HSLM put forth a statemen regarding JCAHO considering eliminating the library standard.

I would like to hear from the board and membership as to whether we should put forth a statement. This is the note Jim forwarded to me:

-----Original Message-----
From: NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Health Science Librarians
[mailto:GMRLIST@UIC.EDU] On Behalf Of Ruth Holst
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 4:26 PM
Subject: [GMRLIST] JCAHO and Hospital Library Standards

If you are concerned about the elimination of the Library-related
standards in the Joint Commission's standards documents, please send
your comments using the survey tool below.

Thank you,

> As you may be aware, the JCAHO is in the process of what they are
> calling a "Standards Improvement Initiative (SII)", which includes the
> deletion of IM.4.10 (Information-Based Decision Making) and IM.5.10
> (Knowledge-Based Information). The elimination of both standards is
> detrimental to medical libraries, which in turn is detrimental to our
> patrons providing quality patient care services. Carla Funk and Kathy
> Stemmer-Frumento, MLA JCAHO Liaison, will be attending the annual
> Liaison Symposium next month, where we will be discussing this
> decision. MLA will also be sending a letter to them expressing our
concerns with these changes.
> In the meantime, please let JCAHO know of your disapproval by
> completing the proposed changes survey
> > ive.htm>http://www.jointcommission.org/Standards/SII/sii_im_personal_p
> erspective.htm . Please also include comments in the boxes provided.
> Just remember to word your comments in a positive way. We are calling

> on all members to respond, even if you work in an academic library and

> especially if you are affiliated with a teaching hospital. Encourage
> your administrators to respond, too.

Ruth Holst
Associate Director, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region University of Illinois
at Chicago 1750 W. Polk Street, MC763 Chicago, IL 60612-4330
Phone: 312-996-6872
Fax: 312-996-2226
E-mail: rholst@uic.edu


I definitely think that HSLM should send a statement of vigorous opposition to JCAHO regarding the removal of IM.4.10 and IM.5.10.

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