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June 22, 2010

From the GMR: ONC Issues Final Rule to Establish the Temporary Certification Program for Electronic Health Record Technology

Via the GMR list - Press release (6/18/10) from the Department of Health and Human Services on certifying EHR technology.

ONC Issues Final Rule to Establish the Temporary Certification Program for Electronic Health Record Technology

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today issued a final rule to establish a temporary certification program for electronic health record (EHR) technology. The temporary certification program establishes processes that organizations will need to follow in order to be authorized by the National Coordinator to test and certify EHR technology.

Use of "certified EHR technology" is a core requirement for providers who seek to qualify to receive incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs provisions authorized in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. HITECH was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will soon issue final regulations to implement the EHR incentive programs.

Certification is used to provide assurance and confidence that a product or service will work as expected and will include the capabilities for which it was purchased. EHR technology certification does just that: It assures health care providers that the EHR technology they adopt has been tested and includes the required capabilities they need in order to use the technology in a meaningful way to improve the quality of care provided to their patients.

On March 10, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Proposed Establishment of Certification Programs for Health Information Technology. The NPRM proposed the establishment of two certification programs for purposes of testing and certifying EHRs --one temporary and one permanent. The temporary certification program final rule issued today will become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. The final rule for the permanent certification program is expected to be published this fall.

"By purchasing certified EHR technology, hospitals and eligible professionals and hospitals will be able to make EHR purchasing decisions knowing that the technology will allow them to become meaningful users of electronic health records, qualify for the payment incentives, and begin to use EHRs in a way that will improve quality and efficiency in our health care system," said David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., national coordinator for health information technology. "We hope that all HIT stakeholders view this rule as the federal government's commitment to reduce uncertainty in the health IT marketplace and advance the successful implementation of EHR incentive programs."

This final rule is issued under the authority provided to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in section 3001(c)(5) of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) as added by the HITECH Act.

For more information about the temporary certification program and rule, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/certification.

For more information about other HHS Recovery Act Health Information Technology funding and programs, see http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/index.html#Health.

Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at http://www.hhs.gov/news.

June 21, 2010

First-time Midwest Chapter Meeting attendees: Apply for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Professional Development Award!

HSLM - I'm on the Midwest Chapter Awards committee this year, and am in charge of recruiting applications for the Professional Development Award. If you or anyone you know is considering attending Midwest Chapter for the first time, apply for this award!

Are you thinking about attending your first Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting? If you have a master's degree in library/information science and have never attended a Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting before, apply for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Professional Development Award!

Two $500 awards are available to support attendance at the Chapter's 2010 meeting, scheduled for September 24-28 in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Best Western Inn on the Park. Please see http://midwestmla.org/conference2010/ for additional information about the meeting.

New this year: the Award is now open to ALL library science graduates, not just library science graduates who are currently employed as library professionals!

For the application and more information about the Professional Development Award, see the Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards page: http://midwestmla.org/committees/awards/. The deadline for applications is August 17, 2010. Spread the word to any potential first-time attendees you know!

To qualify, applicants must be:
-A current member of the Midwest Chapter/MLA
-A resident of one of the following nine states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin.

In addition, applicants must have:
-A master's degree in library/information science
Never attended a Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting.

From the GMR: Consumer health info classes in St. Louis, July 19-20

Some of you may be interested in these classes which are being offered next month in St. Louis. Please use the link below to register with our sister region, MCR.

WHAT: Free consumer health classes offered at Becker Medical Library this July. The registration URL below provides links to class descriptions.

Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy
Monday July 19th, 10:00 am--5:00 pm
6 MLA CE credits, Room: King Center and Farrell Learning & Teaching Center

The ABCs of DNA
Tuesday July 20th, 8:00am--12:00 noon
4 MLA CE credits, Room 601B, Becker Medical Library

Beyond an Apple a Day
Tuesday July 20th, 1:00pm--5:00 pm
4 MLA CE credits, Room 601B, Becker Medical Library

WHO: Staff from all types of libraries, students in education or library science programs, patients, family members, and community health agents are all welcome to attend.

If you have been procrastinating on taking these kinds of classes, now is a great time! We are not always fortunate enough to have staff in St. Louis to teach them face-to-face. The Tuesday classes need more enrollment or they will be canceled.

WHY: Among other reasons, these classes meet requirements for the Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization (http://www.mlanet.org/education/chc) and continuing education requirements for the Medical Library Association Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

WHERE: Becker Library is at the corner of Euclid and McKinley Avenues next to Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Parking map is attached. Please note some garages do not accept debit or credit cards. Becker Library is a short walk south of the MetroLink Central West End station.

HOW: Register for classes online at http://tinyurl.com/mcrclasses.

Will Olmstadt, MS, MPH
Public Health Information Specialist
Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine
Campus Box 8132, 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
Office: 314-362-4734

June 17, 2010

From the GMR: Job Posting: Senior Information Research Specialist - Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Michigan

Senior Information Research Specialist - Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Michigan

The Department of Library Services at Munson Medical Center has an opening for a full-time experienced medical librarian. To find out more about this opportunity please visit:

Facility: Munson Medical Center
Job Category: Business/Professional
Job Status: Full-Time

Barbara Platts, MLIS, AHIP
Library Services
Munson Healthcare
1105 Sixth Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Voice: 231/935-6544
Fax: 231/935-7124

June 15, 2010

My Health Minnesota -- Go Local Ending on 7/1/10

Early this spring, the National Library of Medicine announced that it will discontinue the MedlinePlus Go Local initiative beginning in spring and continuing throughout 2010. More details about this decision are available in an NLM Technical Bulletin article from April 2010.

My Health Minnesota → Go Local will come to an end on July 1, 2010 when the site is decommissioned. The University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries and other Go Local partners will continue to provide quality consumer health resources and outreach even after Go Local ends. Minnesota's Go Local page will be redirected to the Health Sciences Libraries' Resources for Personal Health" (http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/guides/personal-health) page for reliable health resources and tools to locate health services in Minnesota. Users may also find MedlinePlus and its directories page useful alternatives to Go Local.

For more information or assistance with health information needs, please contact the Health Sciences Libraries at medref@umn.edu or 612-626-3260 or use the instant messaging reference service.

From the GMR: DOCLINE presentations at MLA 2010 available

Please excuse any duplication - Below you will find links to the upcoming information about DOCLINE that was shared at MLA 2010. If you would like to a hint of what's been going on in our region take a look at slide #36. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/presentations/MLA_2010_DOCLINE_Update.ppt

Charniel McDaniels, MS
DOCLINE Coordinator
University of Illinois at Chicago

-----Original Message-----

The DOCLINE presentations given during MLA 2010 are now available to view
from the DOCLINE presentations page at:

Both presentations include information about the planned changes to the requests module - DOCLINE 4.5 - coming this summer. We are busy putting the final touches on the new version of DOCLINE, testing and preparing documentation.

The "MLA 2010 NLM Sunrise Seminar" provides a brief overview of activities last year and upcoming changes to DOCLINE, as well as statistics on ILL trends in DOCLINE, and an overview of the Emergency Access Initiative.

The "MLA 2010 DOCLINE Update" is a detailed presentation of the upcoming changes for DOCLINE with screen shots of the Requests module revisions.

Both presentations include speaker notes. Additional details about the upcoming DOCLINE 4.5 release will be made available on DOCLINE-L as we get closer to a release date. If you have questions about the planned features after viewing the presentations, please use the Contact Us link in DOCLINE.

As always, vendors are notified of changes to DOCLINE, and will have access to a test system to verify their software is compatible before production release of DOCLINE 4.5.

Also available are the NLM Theater presentation recordings with captions:

- Maria

DOCLINE Customer Service
National Library of Medicine
US: 1-888-FINDNLM (press 3, then press 1)
Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 3, then press 1)

From the GMR: Job Posting: University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago: University Library

(Library of the Health Sciences)

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences seeks a faculty librarian for its Information Services Department. The Library of the Health Sciences supports UIC programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, associated health professions, public health, and doctoral programs in basic and clinical science. The Library serves as the Regional Medical Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, and is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States. The University of Illinois at Chicago is a research institution with quality standards in research and publication. Faculty librarians excel in librarianship, conduct research, publish, and engage in service to the profession.

The librarian is responsible for all aspects of information services, with emphasis on e-science, outreach, instructional services, and user support. Hours may include weekends and evening.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • serving as liaison to selected health science colleges, and working with faculty to integrate library instruction into the curriculum

  • participating in the university-wide initiative to develop and promote e-science informatics

  • providing general reference services, including staffing the reference desk, answering online reference questions (chat and e-mail), and conducting research consultations;

  • offering instructional services, including teaching classes and designing face-to-face and online instructional materials;

  • working with others to develop and revise programs in response to changing technology and information needs

  • developing content for the library's Web site;

  • promoting and evaluating services and resources;

  • serving on relevant library committees.

Reports directly to the Head of Information Services, Library of the Health Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program; two years of professional experience in an academic health sciences library or equivalent experience; interest in implementing emerging technologies; evidence of interest in professional involvement within medical or academic librarianship; strong customer service commitment, excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work
as part of a team, demonstrated oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to meet university standards in research, publication, and professional service commensurate with tenure requirements.

Additional Desirable Qualifications: Experience with e-science or knowledge of library-based support service for data curation, management and manipulation; degree in biological or health sciences; familiarity with licensed products, and experience searching PubMed and other health related and life sciences databases; record of scholarly publication.

Salary/Rank/Contract: Salary and rank dependent upon qualifications and experience; entry level faculty appointments begin at $47,000; faculty status; twelve month appointment with 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; paid medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required; physical examination at University Health Service is required upon appointment.

For fullest consideration, apply by June 15, 2010 with cover letter, supporting resume, and name and address of at least three references to:

Annie Marie Ford
Director of Library Human Resources
University Library, M/C 234
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, Illinois 60607
E-mail: lib-hr@uic.edu
Fax: 312.413.0424


June 11, 2010

From the GMR: Health Literacy Innovations Announces 1st Annual Health Literacy Innovator Award

Forwarded from NLM:

Health Literacy Innovations Announces 1st Annual Health Literacy Innovator Award,
Anonymous Donor Offers Prize Money To Winners

Bethesda, Md., - June 10, 2010 -- Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), creators of the Health Literacy Advisor (HLA), the nation's first interactive health literacy software tool, today announced the 1st Annual "National Health Literacy Innovator Award," a national competition to award innovators in health literacy.

Submissions will be evaluated in three categories:

  • Champion Award: Demonstrated commitment to health literacy in an organization.

  • ReadsEasy Publication Award: Demonstrated commitment to health literacy in printed information to consumers, such as brochures, pamphlets, or information sheets.

  • Clear Focus Multi-Media Award: Demonstrated commitment to excellence in health literacy in a web site or other form of communication, based on usability, design, and reaching a targeted audience.

The list of prestigious 2010 Health Literacy Innovator Award Judges are:

  • Carolyn Cocotas, Senior Vice President, Quality and Corporate Compliance, F.E.G.S., Health and Human Services System & IOM Health Literacy Task Force Member

  • Cecilia (Ceci) and Leonard (Len) Doak, Principles of Patient Learning Assoc. Inc., and authors of Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills

  • George Flouty, MD, Medical Director, Pfizer N.Y., Founding member of Pfizer's Health Literacy initiatives (retired)

  • Julie Gazmararian, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

  • Linda Johnston Lloyd, MEd Health Literacy Consultant and Retired U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Health, Literacy Coordinator

  • Marycelis Keiser, MPH, CHES, Director, Pfizer Inc, Primary Care Business Unit

  • Julie McKinney, LINCS Health Literacy List Moderator, World Education, Inc.

  • Guadalupe Pacheco, Jr., M.S.W, Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Details & deadlines:
Winners/ category will receive a $300 donation to the charity of their choice and three HLA licenses.

The application deadline is August 30, 2010; winners will be announced October 2010 in celebration of National Health Literacy Month.

For an application, please visit www.HealthLiteracyInnovations.com

About Health Literacy Innovations

Knowing that "literacy" is the single most important indicator of health outcomes, Health Literacy Innovations, (HLI) was founded to create tools to eliminate medical mistakes and confusion due to low health literacy. In 2007, HLI launched the Health Literacy Advisor (HLA), the nation's first interactive health literacy software tool. By replacing inefficiency with technology and knowledge, the HLA gives writers of all skill sets a simple tool to produce health information for consumers. An add-in to Microsoft Word, the HLA applies six well-known industry readability indices and an interactive search-and-replace function to replace hard-to-read terms and phrases, medical jargon, etc. with plain language alternatives. The combination of these two functions, the ability to "stamp" a document with a readability score/grade level, and the ReadsEasy stamp (which rewards users for good work) sets the HLA apart from other programs or readability indices. For more information please visit: www.HealthLiteracyInnovations.com or call 301-230-4966.

June 10, 2010

From the GMR: Journal Donations

For those who may be clearing the shelves of print journals please consider making NLM their permanent home. NLM is willing to pay the shipping for needed titles. DOCLINE and non-DOCLINE libraries are welcomed to participate.

-----Original Message-----
All -

When parting with print journals, consider the NLM Journal Donation Program. NLM wants to maintain as complete a journal collection as possible. Before you throw any print volumes away, please go to the donation program website at www.nlm.nih.gov/journaldonation to find out which volumes NLM needs. You will need your library's DOCLINE LIBID to register. We can pay for shipping. If you have questions, please contact us at 301-496-0081 or NLMJournalDonation@mail.nlm.nih.gov.

~Karen Sinkule
Journal Donation Program
National Library of Medicine
Intl: 301-594-5983

June 9, 2010

HSLM Officers for 2010-2011

Here are the HSLM officers for 2010-11:

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

June 8, 2010

From the GMR: Call for CE Volunteers - 2010 Chapter / MLA & WHSLA Annual Conference

Midwest Chapter/MLA & WHSLA
2010 Annual Meeting
Call for CE Volunteers

Colleagues and students, want to become more involved at the regional meeting and have fun too? Show your passion and commitment to the profession by volunteering at the 2010 Midwest Chapter / Medical Library Association (MLA) & Wisconsin Health Science Library Association (WHSLA) annual conference. Volunteering is a rewarding experience, providing you with opportunities to network and make new colleagues as well as contribute to an enhanced conference experience for all attendees.

The Continuing Education (CE) Co-Chairs, Tammy Mays and Ulrike Dieterle, are seeking volunteers who would like to assist in introducing CE speakers and being a room monitor. Volunteers must be available either Saturday, September 25 and/or Tuesday, September 28, 2010.

Volunteers will be responsible for introducing the CE instructor(s), monitoring the room while the workshop is in process, be available for class or room-related errands that may be requested, collecting MLA evaluations, and distributing MLA CE certificates at the end of the workshop. Note: Members of the planning committee will be available for guidance and assistance for all volunteers.

To volunteer at the upcoming conference, please provide the following contact information and which workshop(s) you are interested in volunteering for via email to Tammy Mays at tmays@wisc.edu.

Your Name

Library Name

Institution Name

Institution Address

Work Phone number (include area/country code)

Cell Phone number (include area/country code)

Email address

Saturday, September 25, 2010 Volunteer Opportunity:

The Ropes: Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner (8am - 5pm)
Behind Closed Doors: Politics in the Library (8am - 12pm)
Grant Writing: Turning Ideas into Dollars (8am - 12pm)
Community Assessment (8am - 12pm)
Identity Check: What's Your Personal Brand? (1pm - 5pm)
Health Literacy: You Can't Tell By Looking (1pm - 5pm)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Volunteer Opportunity:

Emergency Preparedness for Librarians (8am - 12pm)
Writing Good Surveys (8am - 12pm)
Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (8am - 12pm)
Public Health 2.0 (8am - 12pm)

For additional information contact Tammy Mays at tmays@wisc.edu or Ulrike Dieterle at udieterle@wisc.edu.

Thank you for supporting Midwest Chapter / MLA & WHSLA 2010 Annual Meeting!

Tammy Mays, MLIS, AHIP and Ulrike Dieterle, MLS
Continuing Education Co-Chairs, 2010 Chapter / MLA & WHSLA Annual Conference

June 7, 2010

From the GMR: Position: Visiting Research Information Specialist

The University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking new talent. See the announcement below:

Visiting Research Information Specialist
Hourly Appointment
UIC's Library of the Health Sciences - Chicago

UIC's Library of the Health Sciences seeks .5 FTE Librarian to work on a Greater Midwest Region National Network/Libraries of Medicine subcontract to assist with the development of an EBM (evidence-based medicine) online course and other reference activities. The project period will run approximately 35 weeks.

Job Description:
This individual will assist with a variety of project tasks including assisting with the development of online modules, coordination and management of project reports, project data collection, assessment of online modules, marketing, and other project-related tasks. Other responsibilities include information services, reference consultation, Ask A Librarian coverage, and other duties as assigned.

A Masters degree from an American Library Association accredited program is required. Two years of professional experience in health sciences librarianship with an understanding of EBM concepts and a familiarity with medical databases is preferred. The candidate must be well organized, able to work independently with limited supervision, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

Additional Desirable Qualifications: Experience using Adobe Captivate, Blackboard and a familiarity with online instruction development.

Must be able to work 20 hours a week beginning July 2010 through February 2011.

Salary/Hours/Contract: Salary is $20 per hour.

For fullest consideration, apply by June 28, 2010, with a cover letter, supporting resume and the name and address of three references to:

Annie Marie Ford
Director of Library Human Resources
University Library, M/C 234
801 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607
E-mail: lib-hr@uic.edu
Fax: (312) 413-0424

June 3, 2010

Minutes from the September 2009 HSLM Board Meeting

The minutes from the September 18, 2009 HSLM Board Meeting are available here.

June 2, 2010

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

Hello, Network Members,

The GMR blog/newsletter, The Cornflower, is a way to keep up with announcements, news and reports from the Greater Midwest. The Cornflower is one of the vehicles that GMR members can use to share information about particular projects and news from their organizations. See: Writing for The Cornflower for more information.

The following items were posted in the month May, 2010.

MedlinePlus Redesign Preview: Comments Welcome!

There's an app for NLM REMM

Partners in Research: Engaging the Community in Clinical Research

Michigan VISIONS and MedlinePlus

Hardin Library's Poster at the Library Technology Conference

Rural Health Mobilizes with MedlinePlus Mobile

Blessing Begins Webinars for Nursing Utilizing Collaborative Technology

REMM Changes Its Name

E-Licensing Group Purchasing Questionnaire

Thanks to all our Network members who shared their news last month!

Editor, The Cornflower


Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
312.996-2464 Phone
312.996-2226 FAX

From the GMR: Vacancy announcement - Assistant Director of Libraries - UND

The University of North Dakota Libraries Vacancy Announcement

Position: Assistant Director of Libraries
Reference #: 10-308
Salary: $80,000+

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Master's Degree from an accredited American Library Association program; Eight years of increasing managerial responsibility in an academic library, including at least three years in a major library administrative capacity; Five years successful supervisory experience of professional library personnel in a major academic library unit; Excellent planning, analytical, interpersonal and communications skills Preferred: Experience developing, managing and assessing library services; Knowledge of current and developing information technologies used in library technical services, public services and special collections; Commitment to staff development and interdepartmental collaboration and communications; Demonstrated success in human resource management including the ability to engage and supervise library staff in an environment of continuing improvement and change; Experience managing branch libraries; Success in grant development and management; Record of leadership and achievement in librarianship, including scholarship and professional/institutional service; Additional subject masters or PhD. degree

This position reports to the Director of Libraries.

APPLICATION: Submit letter of application, resume, and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three (3) professional references and an official University application form, which may be downloaded from http://www.humanresources.und.edu/ or obtained by calling (701) 777-4361, to:

Human Resources
University of North Dakota
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010

The deadline for submitting applications is June 30, 2010, or until the position is filled. Applications received by June 30, 2010, will be given first consideration. More information about the Library may be found at http://www.library.und.edu.

Mailing address:
Shelby E. Harken
Chester Fritz Library
University of North Dakota
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks ND 58202-9000

Contact information:
Head, Acquisitions/Bibliographic Control
Room 244
voice: (701) 777-4634 fax: (701) 777-3319

June 1, 2010

June 4 HSLM Programs & Annual Meeting Directions

Registration for the June 4, 2010, workshop will begin at 8:15 AM outside the Ecolab Room (LIB 302), located on the third floor of the Library and Learning Center.

Parking is available in the Maria Avenue lot for $2.50/day. You can find directions to the Metropolitan State University (St. Paul Campus) here.

The schedule for the day is:

8:15-8:30/9:00 Registration, Light Pastries & Coffee
8:30-12:30 Workshops (Screencasting begins at 8:30 & Scholarly Communication at 9:00)
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:30 HSLM Annual Meeting
3:30-4:00 HSLM Board Meeting

Questions please email Martha Hardy or Nicole Theis-Mahon