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March 31, 2010

From the GMR: Healthcare 411 en Español

Healthcare 411 en Español is a new audio news series that provides Spanish speakers with evidence-based consumer information. AHRQ is producing two 60-second audio reports each month that helps Spanish speakers stay healthy, prevent diseases, compare the effectiveness of various medical treatments, and obtain high-quality and safe health care. AHRQ distributes theses reports to Spanish-language radio stations nationwide and posts the audio to its Healthcare 411 Web site, where consumers can subscribe and download the segments to a computer or portable media device such as an MP3 player.

The new initiative is part of a broader effort by AHRQ to reduce health disparities by providing information to Spanish-speaking Americans about their health and health care. Other elements in the effort include:
* Consejos de salud para tí (Health Advice for You) a monthly online health advice column.
* Staying Active and Healthy With Blood Thinners, a 10-minute bilingual video about the safe and effective use of blood thinner drugs:
* Superhéroes, a multimedia Spanish-language public service advertising campaign developed in partnership with Ad Council that urges Hispanics to get the preventive health care tests they need.

These and other resources for Spanish-speakers, can be found at: http://www.ahrq.gov/CONSUMER/espanoix.htm. You can access Healthcare 411 in English at: www.healthcare411.ahrq.gov.

March 22, 2010

From the GMR: PubMed: NEW - Customize Default Display Settings in My NCBI

FYI: NLM heard your requests! Search results may now be customized and saved using My NCBI.

* Sign into My NCBI
* Click on PubMed Preferences
* Click on Result Display Settings

* Select your options:
** Summary or Abstract (non-text format)
** Number of items viewed per page
** Default sort

* Click Save

Every time you sign into My NCBI, those settings will be active.

For more details, visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma10/ma10_pm_results.html


Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
phone: 800-338-7657 (in the Region) or 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226

"Think Minnesotan" gifts needed for MLA 2010 annual meeting

The Medical Library Association annual meeting will be held in Minneapolis in May 2011. To promote the Minneapolis meeting, and Minnesota, with attendees at the MLA '10 annual meeting in Washington DC, there will be raffle drawings for small gifts related to Minnesota. The Local Planning Committee for the Minneapolis meeting is soliciting donations for the raffles. Does your institution (or do you personally) have items that are "Minnesotan" that you would be willing to donate? Suggestions include, but are not limited to, books, trinkets, pictures. Be creative!

Please contact Kolleen Olsen, kolsen6@fairview.org, or Eileen Stanley, ehstan@yahoo.com, if you have items to donate or if you have questions. If you are attending the MLA webcast at the Bio-Medical Library on March 24, you may bring your donations with you.

Thanks for your help in promoting Minnesota and MLA "11 in Minneapolis.

Kolleen Olsen, MLIS
Manager, Medical Library
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis MN 55454

From the GMR: NLM Creates "Directory of History of Medicine Collections" Database

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the creation of the Directory of History of Medicine Collections database. This unique resource is available at: http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/hmddirectory/index.html.

The Directory of History of Medicine Collections aims to serve as a resource to provide information about history of health sciences collections worldwide. The collections described in the Directory database provide research, reference and interlibrary loan services to scholars interested in the history of the health sciences.

The database is keyword searchable, with the ability to refine your search results by categories: organization type, state/province, country, collection subject strengths and organization name.

To view the table of contents, which is arranged alphabetically by US state, and city, followed by other countries listed alphabetically, go to: http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/hmddirectory/directory/locations.cfm.

The NLM invites libraries, archives, and museums, which include in their collections holdings in the history of medicine and health sciences to become part of the Directory. For details on how to add your collection to the database, please see "About the Directory," at: http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/hmddirectory/directory/about.cfm.

NLM encourages collections to keep their entries up to date. New and revised data can be sent directly to the History of Medicine Division. To learn more, click on the "Edit Your Collection" link on the main page and read, "How do I update or edit my collection listed in the Directory."

March 16, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) for Haiti - Access ending 3/19/10

Message from NLM about the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) for Haiti. Let the GMR know if you have any feedback from individuals who used the program.

The EAI activation period for Haiti will expire on Friday, March 19, 2010.

Based upon declining usage of the site over the last 2 weeks and departure of the USNS Comfort from the area, the EAI Activation Team with representations from NLM, publisher, and NN/LM has agreed to let the period of free access for Haiti expire after 8 weeks. After the Haiti activation period expires, NLM will send out summary usage numbers of the EAI website to the RMLs.

NLM is interested in any feedback you have on EAI - on the project itself, the logistics, the communication, the web site, etc. We would really like to hear feedback from libraries that deployed staff to Haiti or otherwise supported efforts there.

March 8, 2010

From the GMR: MedlinePlus E-mail Updates Service

Please see the MedlinePlus update information below:

NLM Announces Changes to the MedlinePlus E-mail Updates Service:

In response to user feedback, the National Library of Medicine has released a new feature for the MedlinePlus e-mail updates service that will allow subscribers to bundle their MedlinePlus e-mails into a single daily or weekly message. For those subscribers who decide to bundle their updates, this enhancement will reduce the number of individual e-mail messages that they receive, while still allowing them to subscribe to a wide range of topics. To enable this feature, subscribers can visit their subscriber preferences page, and select the desired e-mail frequency (immediately, daily, or weekly) under the "E-mail Delivery Preference" heading. Currently, the bundling feature is only enabled for the English updates. It will be enabled for Spanish sometime next week.

New subscribers can sign up for e-mail updates by visiting MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. If you have any questions or comments about our e-mail updates, please contact MedlinePlus.

Any questions may be directed to Sarena Burgess (busarena@mail.nlm.nih.gov ).

From the GMR: National Library of Medicine Launches Facebook Fan Page

The National Library of Medicine, an arm of the National Institutes of Health, announces the debut of its new Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/nationallibraryofmedicine) Monday, March 1, 2010. The goal of the new page is to share news, information, fun facts and important links with interested readers. Click on the "Become a Fan" icon, at the top right of the screen. You'll then be treated to updates in real time, as they're issued.

NLM is the developer of some of the world's largest and most respected electronic information services, and delivers trillions of bytes of data to millions of users daily. It also has a vast collection of more than 12 million items, including about 20,000 contemporary journals from around the world and historical holdings back to the 11th century.

The new Facebook page will post information about all aspects of the Library. Fans will be among the first to know about the latest NLM developments, receive notifications on conferences, guest speakers and other events, and be guided to the vast and various research resources NLM has to offer. They can also read the latest issues of NLM's popular consumer magazine, NIH MedlinePlus, and its Spanish/English language counterpart, NIH MedlinePlus Salud. Viewers can browse through historical images and contribute to discussions on future projects, all via their favorite social networking site. The page will also lead users to content from NLM's growing roster of social media sites.

Make sure that you don't miss a beat! Become a fan of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

HSLM Leadership for 2009-10

Here are the officers elected for 2009-10:

Chair: Jennifer Feeken
Chair-Elect: Kolleen Olsen
Secretary: Jim Bulger
Treasurer/Membership Chair: Doreen Roberts

From the GMR: FUNDING: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2010: Deadline April 19, 2010

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2010 (RFQ No. NLM-0010-054-SES)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

* Information retrieval;
* Skills development;
* State-of-the-art resources;
* Resource development; and/or
* Document Access.

Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

* Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
* Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
* Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
* Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
* Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000; Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on Monday, April 19, 2010.

The solicitation for the 2010 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

March 5, 2010

Register for the March 24th MLA Webcast on Electronic Health Records!

The University of Minnesota's Bio-Medical Library will be hosting the Medical Library Association's educational webcast, Now's the Time: Understanding the Electronic Health Record Maze and Health Sciences Librarians' Roles on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010.

The Bio-Medical Library is partnering with the Health Science Libraries of Minnesota to provide lunch and facilitate wraparound sessions in conjunction with the webcast. Attendees of the webcast and wraparound sessions are eligible for 3.5 MLA CE credits. 2 CE credits will be earned if you do not wish to attend the wrap around sessions. There is no charge to attend the webcast, lunch, or wraparound sessions.

12:00 - Lunch, sponsored by the Bio-Medical Library and Health Science Libraries of Minnesota.
12:30 - Introductory wraparound session, led by Linda Watson, Director of the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota.
1:00-3:00 - Webcast presentation
3:00-4:00 - Wraparound session with panel speakers

To register, please contact Anne Beschnett at besch015@umn.edu by Friday, March 19th. Please indicate whether or not you will be joining us for lunch and the wraparound sessions.

We would like to survey the HSLM membership to find out the various roles that libraries are playing in the discussion, planning, or implementation of EHRs. Please take a moment to respond to our survey at: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dG5YRERhSm5hVWNDTDQyUzlLZGFSNlE6MA

Now's the Time: Understanding the Electronic Health Record Maze and Health Sciences Librarians' Roles
MLA's Education Webcast
Date: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Time: Webcast from 1:00 - 3:00. See agenda above for lunch and wraparound schedule
Location: Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Diehl Hall Room 555, Minneapolis, MN

The goal of this program is to clarify the terminology surrounding the emerging electronic health information environment and to illustrate how and why health sciences librarians can and should become engaged with the efforts to achieve the national 2014 goal of instituting an electronic health record for each person in the United States.

The program objectives are:
• To remove the ambiguity and confusion revolving around the electronic health environment. Technology, management, and the exchange of health information will be discussed.
• To illustrate the emerging electronic health information environment by profiling working electronic medical records (EMRs), electronic health records (EHRs), and personal health records (PHRs).
• To highlight the recent involvement health sciences librarians have had with EMRs, EHRs, and PHRs.

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Anne Beschnett
Liaison and Outreach Librarian
Bio-Medical Library
University of Minnesota
314 Diehl Hall
505 Essex St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

March 4, 2010

From the GMR: Proposed Rule for Certification related to electronic health records (EHRs)

From the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, regarding proposed rules for certifying Electronic Health Records.


Proposed Rule for the Establishment of Certification Programs for Health Information Technology

A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

March 2, 2010

Today the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) outlining the proposed approach for establishing a certification program to test and certify electronic health records (EHRs). The HITECH Act mandates the development of a certification program which will give purchasers and users of EHR technology assurances that the technology and products have the necessary functionality and security to help meet meaningful use criteria. While we are making significant strides toward modernizing our health care system, these efforts will only succeed if providers and patients are confident that their health information systems are safe and functional.

The proposed rule incorporates two phases of development for the certification program to ensure that eligible professionals and eligible hospitals are able to adopt and implement Certified EHR Technology in time to qualify for meaningful use incentive payments. The rulemaking process will take time, so this phased approach provides a bridge to detailed guidelines to support an ongoing program of testing and certification of health IT.

The first proposed program creates a temporary certification process under which the National Coordinator would authorize organizations to assume many of the responsibilities that will eventually be fulfilled under the permanent certification program. For the permanent certification program, the rule proposes transitioning much of the responsibility for testing and certification to organizations in the private sector.

Publication of the proposed rule on the Establishment of Certification Programs for Health Information Technology is an important first step in bringing structure and cohesion to the evaluation of EHRs, EHR modules, and potentially other types of health IT. The programs will help support end users of certified products, and ultimately serve the interests of each patient by ensuring that their information is securely managed and available where and when it is needed.

Your input is essential to bringing this important process to fruition. We encourage your participation in the open public comment period.

Additional information on both of these programs and how you can comment can be found through the HHS news release issued today and at the http://HealthIT.HHS.Gov website.

The vision of the HITECH Act is unfolding rapidly, and all of us at ONC look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve the meaningful use of EHRs.


David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P.
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

From the GMR: New NLM page on Chile Earthquake health-related links

NLM response to Chile earthquake. Please share with interested people.


The National Library of Medicine announces a new page of Chile earthquake information for those in the United States and elsewhere who are monitoring or responding to the medical and public health needs in Chile. It is available at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/chileearthquake.html.

The page lists new Web links about the Chile earthquake aftermath from both government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). People locators, social media resources, and alerts for travelers to Chile are also listed.

A separate page on "Earthquakes - Resources for Response and Recovery" (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/earthquakes.html) links to background information on earthquakes and subsequent health issues, such as traumatic injuries, guidelines for responders, stress and coping, and sanitation issues.

Please send your comments and suggestions about additional Chile-related health information content to tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov. This information is compiled by the Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services, US National Library of Medicine.

March 2, 2010

From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through February 2010

For your convenience, a list of posts to the GMR newsletter/blog The Cornflower during the month of February, 2010, and their URLs are listed below.

EthnoMed Unveils Enhanced Website for Cultural Health Information

Smartphone Fun

That's all Nepali to me

GMR Is Again Sponsoring MLA Webcast Sites

WHSLA at the 61st Annual Wisconsin Student Nurses' Association Conference

Green-Field Virtual Library Launched

New MCH Library Knowledge Path on Dental Health

Editor, The Cornflower

From the GMR: New & Improved MedlinePlus E-mail Update Service

Latest news about MedlinePlus. FYI.

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce that MedlinePlus now offers a new e-mail subscription service to make it easier for you to stay up to date on the health topics that matter most to you. With this new service, you can subscribe to any or all of the over 800 health topics on MedlinePlus, over 770 topics on MedlinePlus en español, and a variety of other health-related e-mail lists in English and Spanish.

To subscribe to health topics that are of interest to you, visit the MedlinePlus subscription options pages for MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. Whenever MedlinePlus adds new information on a topic page to which you are subscribed, you will receive an e-mail alert to notify you of the new materials. You can also sign up by visiting a MedlinePlus topic page and entering your e-mail address in the box beneath the summary.

With this new service, you now have the ability to customize your e-mails based upon your particular interests. If you are already subscribed to one or more of the MedlinePlus announcement lists, you will receive an e-mail with more information on how you will be transferred over into the new service.

If you have any questions or comments about this new service, please contact MedlinePlus. Please visit MedlinePlus for more information on e-mail updates.