Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mining the web: useful internet resources on health, culture and diversity

Mining the web: useful internet resources on health, culture and diversity: "


For newcomers and experts in the field of cross cultural health care, there now are a wide variety of online resources to help people design, implement and assess interventions and programs for culturally diverse populations. See the list of resources shared in the November 16 webinar, as well as the power point slides


Monday, November 22, 2010

Healthy People 2020 Launch

Healthy People 2020 Launch: "


The launch of Healthy People 2020 will be Thursday, 2 December 2010, 11AM – 1PM, ET.

Webstream and in-person meeting both require registration

In Person:

Jack Morton Auditorium, The George Washington University

805 21st Street, NW

Washington, DC 20052

For more than 30 years, Healthy People has provided a public health roadmap and compass for the country. Join as the US Department of Health and Human Services unveils health promotion and disease prevention objectives for the decade. Be the first to learn what’s new with Healthy People 2020.

This event is open to the public. Early registration is strongly encouraged as seats are limited. Live web streaming will be available. Reservations must be made in advance, whether you watch the webcast of the launch, or attend in person: http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020_reg/register.aspx


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Defining Roles: Future Directions for Physicians and Nurses

Defining Roles: Future Directions for Physicians and Nurses: "The New York Times weighs in on the recent Institute of Medicine's landmark report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” [ Doctor and Patient: Nurses’ Role in the Future of Health Care, Pauline Chen, M.D., November 18, 2010. Click title for NYT article.]
'In all the discussions about adjusting the number of medical schools and training slots, rearranging physician payment schedules and reorganizing practice models, one group of providers has been conspicuously missing. The nurses.'
'The expert panel is scheduled to convene again at the end of this month, this time to discuss implementing their recommendations. They will have their work cut out for them. Critics like the American Medical Association ...warns that “with a shortage of both nurses and physicians, increasing the responsibility of nurses is not the answer to the physician shortage.” '
The Times article notes...
“When the ship seems to be going down, you’ve got to get all hands on deck.”

Friday, November 19, 2010

End-of-Life Library Receives Award

End-of-Life Library Receives Award: "By Suzanne Earle, MLS, AHIP End-of-Life Library The Hospice Institute Hospice of the Western Reserve Cleveland, OH The End-of-Life Library at Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, has received the 2010 Rose & Sam Stein Award, the highest hospice honor which can be given in the state of Ohio. Library services were recognized for [...]"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Linking Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to MedlinePlus Health Information

Linking Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to MedlinePlus Health Information: "

MedlinePlus Connect

Today NLM announces 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. 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.


New doctor search & rating site

According to Search Engine Land, Avvo is a site that's just expanded into listings & ratings for physicians - it's not the only such resource, but worth checking out as a consumer information trend. Avvo began by providing the same info about attorneys.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Why Culture Makes A Difference Webinar

Why Culture Makes A Difference Webinar: "

Nov. 3, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Margarita Hurtado, PhD and Kay Loughrey, MPH

Sponsor: HHS/The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). Continuing Education Credits have been requested. [HealthLiteracy listserv]

The webinar is open to all


PubMed Author ID Project

PubMed Author ID Project: "From the Nov-Dec 2010 NLM Technical Bulletin: NCBI is developing a system that will address the problem of ambiguous author names within PubMed and facilitate accurate search and retrieval of a participating author’s works. The specifics of PubMed Author ID, as the system is now known, are still evolving. It is currently envisioned that authors [...]"