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March 21, 2013

From the GMR: Your input requested: EHR's and the GMR

Hello, Network Members,

During the November 2012 Regional Advisory (RAC) meeting at the GMR, RAC
members discussed how the GMR might be able to support librarians
interested in working with Electronic Health Records (EHRs) at their
institution.

Please answer this short questionnaire by clicking on the link below. The
questionnaire will be open for feedback until April 1,
2013
. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GMRMar2013


Jacqueline

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Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach, Planning 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
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/

July 25, 2011

From the GMR: ONC video about RECs and EHRs

Hello, Network Members,

This has been the day of email and catching up - sorry it is all coming as a deluge from me, and please excuse any repeated information...

I caught this on Twitter the other day - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSPC-4RDFLA&feature=youtu.be.

The description:
"Learn about ONC's Regional Extension Centers and how they can help health care providers make the change to EHRs.

Health care providers might appreciate the benefits of Electronic health records (EHRs) but are unsure where to start. ONC's Regional Extension Centers (RECs) help providers make the transition to EHRs through a streamlined and practical process. As the widespread adoption of EHRs quickly approaches, the RECs act as your partner on the road to providing better health care and improved treatment outcomes. ONC's Dr. Farzad Mostashari and representatives from the RECs discuss strategies to bridge the technology gap and assist health care practitioners in providing optimum patient care."

You can follow ONC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ONC_HealthIT.

Best,
Max

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Max Anderson
Technology Coordinator
NN/LM GMR
University of Illinois @ Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612
1-800-338-7657 (in region)

January 10, 2011

From the GMR: New Health IT Page on the GMR website

Hello, Network Members,

Happy Monday! I wanted to inform you that there is a new page of resources on Health IT (HIT) on the GMR website. It can be found here: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/technology/hit/index.html.

It includes presentation files of the wonderfully informative "EHRs and Librarians: A Symposium" which was held in December. Please let me know if you have any questions about this page, or any suggestions for links in the HIT Resources section.

Cheers,
Max
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Max C Anderson, MLIS
Technology Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
312.996.2008 Phone
312.996.2226 FAX

November 12, 2010

From the GMR: Free Symposium on EHRs and Librarians - December 6 - Chicago

Hi HSLM - Kolleen Olson and I will be attending this symposium as part of the GMR RAC meeting in Chicago in December, but it's open to the public so I wanted to pass along the word.

Liz


Invitation to Network Members:

EHRs and Librarians: A Symposium
1:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday, December 6, 2010
University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Street, Chicago IL 60612

Please register for the symposium at: http://tinyurl.com/ehr-librarians
Attendance will be limited to 50 people.

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Presentations include:

"Regional Extension Centers"

David Sweet, Library Manager, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Summary: Overview about what Regional Extension Centers (RECs) are doing to assist health professionals with implementation of electronic health records; what AHIMA is doing related to RECs, and possible roles for librarians.


"Using new digital resources to promote and understand PHRs"

Allison Vance, Member Communication Manager, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Summary: Learn about AHIMA's consumer education campaign, my Personal Health Record (myPHR), and the various digital resources available to librarians interested in assisting patients and community members with learning more about PHRs and larger health literacy issues.

"The Implementation of a Patient Portal and MedlinePlus Connect in a Low-Income Population"

Maxine L. Rockoff, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University

Summary: The Institute for Family Health, a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Manhattan, the Bronx, and the Mid-Hudson Valley, has had an electronic medical record (EMR) since 2002. In 2008, the Institute implemented the patient portal for its EMR. This talk will present research findings to date from focus groups, a Health IT Readiness Survey, usability studies, a survey of providers & staff, and a statistical analysis of patients who received access codes and those who didn't. The talk will also describe the process of developing MedlinePlus Connect with the National Library of Medicine, as well as some preliminary information on the classes developed for patients to teach them how to use these tools.


Joyce Backus, Deputy Chief, Public Services Division, National Library of Medicine

"MedlinePlus Connect: Linking patients to health information"

Summary: Overview and background for developing MedlinePlus Connect, a new service from the National Library of Medicine that allows electronic health records (EHR) systems to link users to information in MedlinePlus. MedlinePlus Connect delivers information about conditions and disorders, health and wellness, and prescription and over-the-counter medications to patients, families, and health care providers when it is needed. MedlinePlus Connect accepts requests for information on diagnoses (problem codes) and medications. For problem codes, MedlinePlus accepts ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT CORE. For medications, MedlinePlus Connect accepts RXCUIs and NDCs. The API for this service conforms to the HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Knowledge Request URL-Based Implementation specification.

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For more information about visiting the UIC Medical Campus, go to:
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/visitorinfo/ The Student Center West is located on the corner of Wolcott and Polk Streets.

The Chicago Marriott at Medical Center/UIC (312-491-1234) has a limited number of rooms available. Ask for the "RAC Group Rate." It is located at Ashland Avenue and Harrison Street.
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chidm-chicago-marriott-at-medical-district-uic/

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Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
President, Medical Library Association
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email: rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226

November 11, 2010

From the GMR: NLM announces MedlinePlus Connect, for EHRs

Earlier this week, NLM announced MedlinePlus Connect (http://medlineplus.gov/connect), a free service that allows electronic health records (EHR) systems to link users to MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov), an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and health care providers. MedlinePlus provides information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness.

MedlinePlus Connect accepts requests for information on diagnoses (problem codes) and medications. NLM mapped MedlinePlus health topics to two standard diagnostic coding systems used in EHRs: ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT CORE Problem List Subset.

When an EHR submits a request to MedlinePlus Connect, the service returns the closest matching health topic as a response. MedlinePlus Connect also links EHR systems to drug information written especially for patients. For medication codes, MedlinePlus Connect accepts RXCUIs and NDCs. The API for using this service conforms to the HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Knowledge Request URL-Based Implementation specification.

MedlinePlus responds to problem code requests in either English or Spanish. Currently, it supports requests for drug information in English only. NLM is working on adding laboratory test responses to MedlinePlus Connect. We will also support an XML-based Web service at a future date.

You can find more background and technical information at http://medlineplus.gov/connect. If you are an EHR owner or developer interested in staying up-to-date on technical developments with MedlinePlus Connect, or talking to other organizations that are using it, join the free email list at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/emaillist.html. To send questions or feedback, use the MedlinePlus Contact Us link at http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/contact/index.cfm.

October 28, 2010

From the GMR: EMR/PHR LISTSERV created

Of interest to those of you working on library integration into electronic medical records...

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Hello, Network Members,

During one of our in-person GMR Updates, network members suggested that more communication be shared regarding one of the GMR's current initiatives. (Please see the GMR Update online: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/gmrupdate.html.)

As a result, a new LISTSERV has been created: EMR-GMR@uic.edu. The purpose of the list is to establish a communication tool for GMR members who are interested in the development of librarians' roles in electronic medical records/patient health records/personal health records.

I expect LIST traffic to be low initially and increase as more information is shared. To subscribe to EMR-GMR, send the command:

SUBSCRIBE EMR-GMR BARACK OBAMA

to LISTSERV@UIC.EDU, replacing "Barack Obama" with your first and last name.

Please let me or your GMR state contact know if you have any questions or need assistance in subscribing or posting.

Jacqueline

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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

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.
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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.