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PubMed Health

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is developing a new site called PubMed Health.  According to MidContinental Region News, “PubMedHealth will focus on consumer-level, evidence-based health information.”  PubMed Health is under development at the National Library of Medicine’s National Center for Biotechnology  Information and  is being introduced in phases, starting with consumer drug information provided by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  According to the Sheridan Libraries blog post, “The drug information will be integrated with several other NCBI databases, ultimately providing a linked resource for finding information about diseases and conditions, treatments, and other related data.”

I know what you are thinking, “What does this mean for MedlinePlus?”  Personally, I have no clue.  But according to the MidContinental Region News, “PubMed Health does not replace MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/), NLM’s premier health Web site for patients and their families and friends. ”

Ok so MedlinePlus isn’t going away, that still doesn’t answer a lot of other questions, like how will PubMed Health integrate with other NCBI resources?  I have been looking for more information on PubMed Health but there just isn’t a lot out there on it.  Apparently, an NLM Technical Bulletin article about PubMed Health will be published once the site is ready to be launched.  (I think it would be nice if they were a little more proactive and write something up sooner rather than when the site is ready for launch because a quick search on some drugs in Google is already yielding some PubMed Health results, like progesterone, amlodipine, and methadone.)

I just worry about possible confusion with this new resource.  If it is for consumers then calling it something very similar to an already established consumer database is going to be confusing IMHO.  I will post more about PubMed Health when I learn more and if anybody has any information on it that they would like to share, please comment.

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Friday Fun: Netflix Classification System

Take The Onion and the Chronicle of Higher Education and mash them up and you get CronkNews.  Once you understand that, it isn’t surprising then to see the article, Librarians Abandon Dewey Decimal System in Favor of Netflix Categories.  It makes for a quick fun read just before the weekend. 

It also gets me thinking how the Netflix Category Classification System would work in the medical libraries. ;)

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Premium Version of Epocrates Free to Med Students

According to a poston iMedicalApps, the premium version of Epocrates is free for medical students if they download it BEFORE August 31, 2010.  There are some caveats to it, students must have an iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Mobile, or Blackberry.  And to those who are using Androids or PalmPre’s, “No soup for you!” You are out of luck because there isn’t a premium version available to those phones. 

The premium version of Epocrates is normally $159.  Medical students must register by creating an Epocrates account and then selecting the medical school.

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WISER Available on the Blackberry

Whether it is due to persoan choices or institutional restrictions, there is a large group of physicians who use a Blackberry.  Unfortunately there is not a lot of medical software for the Blackberry. 

The National Library of Medicine just released WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) for the Blackberry.  WISER for BlackBerry can be downloaded from the WISER Web site and includes “quick online access to WISER’s full database of chemical, biological and radiological substances” as well as “easy access to WISER help identify capability and full suite of tools.”

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Following Facebook

Millions of teenagers and I have something in common.  My mother is on Facebook.  I never thought the day would come, and quite frankly I never pushed her because I didn’t think she would be interested.  But my mom joined.  For her it is all one sided.  She is a lurker, she doesn’t say that specifically but she told me she just really joined so she could follow my siblings and I and our cousins in our day to day musings and family photos. 

Facebook is becoming more pervasive and more and more people are joining.  MLA now has an official MLA Facebook pageand a lot of hospitals are using Facebook to do outreach.  If you haven’t noticed it, local news channels are using Facebook as well as other established companies.  On a personal note I have noticed more people finding me on Facebook too….. including my mom.

So I have begun to separate my librarian life from my personal life on Facebook just a little bit more.  Just like email, I now have a professional account and a personal account.  In the following weeks I will be doing more of my professional librarian type stuff on my Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/KraftyLibrarian. I will also begin to weed my personal page.  I know Scott Plutchak has mentioned a few times that he doesn’t really consider himself to be segmented into a personal life and work life, that they all are a part of his life and make up who he is.  I agree with that, my kids, my husband, my hobbies as well as librarianship all go into making me who I am.  However, I find that for my sanity, it is easier for me to have two somewhat different social networking lives/personas.  My family and close friends (non librarians) are not as interested in PubMed, MeSH, the user experience, NLM, and MLA as I am.  Likewise I am sure there are many librarians who I am friends with who are way more interested in the librarianship stuff rather than my family trip to St. Louis, my kids’ fascination with Guitar Hero songs, and what SciFi movie I just saw.  I kind of look at Facebook as simplified telephone, I am not going to talk about the finer points of searching MEDLINE using both Ovid and PubMed with my brother.  Likewise I am not going to talk about how the 104 degree heat plus a well place pebble on the highway required me to replace the windshield on my brand new car.  That is not to say there won’t be any cross over.  Au contraire, just like Scott said, all these pieces are who I am, and they lend a bit of flavor to the story or message I am trying to convey.  However, the primary topic on those sites will be more specific.

So I want to let everybody know that in the next few weeks my personal Facebook site will no longer be sending out library related news and it will be more personal in nature.  Fair warning I will also be “un-friending” some people.  It is nothing personal, if I do it to you it is just because I thought you were more interested in library stuff rather than how much cooler and bigger the Magic House in St. Louis has gotten since I was a kid.  If you want to still remain on my personal site, drop me a note.  If you would rather follow me professionally, don’t forget to go to my fan page and become a Fan.

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Blogging Vacation

I will be taking a vacation from blogging and all other online things. I will be back with the wired world next Monday.

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DOCLINE Changes

Yesterday I received an email from our DOCLINE coordinator at the NN/LM GMR indicating that DOCLINE will soon move to version 4.5.  Why is  this important?

Well if you are one of the libraries still using Internet Explorer 6.0 you might have problems.  According to the GMR 20% of the Greater Midwest Region libraries are still using Internet Explorer 6.0 which is NOT supported. 

Since it is not supported, who knows how Explorer 6.0 will react to the new version of DOCLINE.  One way to help ensure you don’t have browser problems is to upgrade to Internet Explorer 7.0 or 8.0 or use Firefox 3.x.  The new version of DOCLINE will work and function fully on these browsers. 

For more information about the upgrade and system requirements:

System Requirements
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/system_requirements.html#system

Browser Settings
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/system_requirements.html#browser

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What Smart Phone is Winning Over the Doctors?

Question: 100 doctors surveyed, name the smart phone most preferred by doctors.

Survey Says…. The iPhone.

In an article on cnet news, Gregg Malkary, managing director of Spyglass Consulting Group, states “Physicians are showing a clear preference (almost double) for using the Apple iPhone (44 percent) over the RIM BlackBerry (25 percent).”  Now that seems like a lot and pretty impressive numbers especially when you pair it with the statment from the Spyglass marketing survey, “Ninety-four percent of physicians interviewed were using smart phones to communicate, manage personal/business work flows, and access information including medical reference materials.”  Unfortunatley according to HDM Breaking news, Spyglass only surveyed 100 doctors.

(Please note I usually read the full report of things I quote but I do not have the obscene amount of money ($2500) to purchase the full report, so I am just going with their abstract about their full report.  This is out of character for me, so if you take issue with this, I apologize and feel free to criticize or even ignore this post.)

Personally for a report of this nature and especially this price, I would have expected it to be way more extensive surveying way more than 100 doctors.  I could survey 100 docs on my lunch break and get similar results.  Just observing people at work I have seen more and more physicians carrying iPhones.  I see a lot of people carrying Blackberries too.  But I think that is because the Blackberry is supported by the institution and the iPhone is still considered “an attractive consumer device, which, at present, does not meet enterprise standards for stability, dependability and security.” 

Two interesting things I have seen are doctors carrying two smartphone devices, and doctors who have dumped their iPhone for an iPad and carry their institutionally approved Blackberry.  (I haven’t seen a lot who have dumped the iPhone but I have talked to a few and it is a curious development.) 

The problem with this report is that I so want to use their statement, “Physicians interviewed report they are overwhelmed by the daily volume of communications received from colleagues, care team members, and patients.  They lack automated tools to manage voice mail, pager messages, SMS messages, and electronic mail.  They are forced to continually check separate data silos and manually filter and prioritize communications based upon sender, subject and priority.  Critical communications easily fall through the cracks. ”  But when they only look at 100 docs it is hard to make that kind of sweeping judgement even though I perceive it to be true based on my observations, anecdotes, and reading other blogs and emails.  There are very few hospital IT departments as enlightened as John Halamka’s  or Dr. Henry Feldman‘s hospitals and institutions and I do believe there is a problem with information silos when you look at institutions and communication devices.

As much as I want to like this report and want to jump up and down to the powers that be that iPhones are important in healthcare, this report won’t cut it.  So what as librarians should we do?  Well can keep looking for quality information about the usage of mobile devices and pass along (if possible) the credible stuff to the powers that be.  It is also important to make sure that we try to think about library resources and how they work on the popular devices in healthcare.  We should keep our eyes open for resources that aren’t app dependent and run mobile friendly web pages (like MedlinePlus), because these resources can be used by almost any smart phone. 

Right now it is kind of a loosey goosey kind of time period for smart phones.  There are very few quality sites that review medical apps for healthcare professionals.  iTunes, Blackberry App World, and the Android Market quite frankly stink at organizing and providing information on quality apps for medical professional.  Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, are just as crummy on organizing medical ebooks for healthcare professionals and it appears Mathews hasn’t really dipped their toes very far into the pool and are primarily set up for institutions (leaving individuals out of the loop).  So we have to find and rely upon sites like Software Advice Medical Blog, iMedicalApps.com, Skyscape and UnboundMedicineas places to find ebooks or apps.  While Skyscape and UnboundMedicine made names for themselves in the PDA market, many of the other sites are new and requires us to do a little outside of the box searching and thinking. 

Smartphones aren’t going away, people are using them more and more, medical professionals included, it doesn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with them and to keep your ears and eyes open as new things and resources pop up.

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NEJM Changes

The New England Journal of Medicine launched its new website which is now hosted on the Atypon publish Platform, they will be moving off of the Highwire platform. 

If you have an institutional subscription, your subscription administrator should have received an email but just in case, here is what you need to know.

Contact NEJM right away if:

  • You use an OpenURL Link resolver that you have specified in your NEJM account profile
  • You participate in LOCKSS
  • Other Key Information You Should Know:

    • Changes to administrator’s username/password -You will be asked to choose an email address as your username
    • No more multiple users of one username/password
    • The URL http://www.nejm.org will stay the same, there will be redirects to the new site.  The URL http://content.nejm.orgwill no longer be correct but there will be redirects for it.  The DOI for content will not change
    • IP addresses, Athens IDs, and Shibboleth will be migrated to the new site. 
    • COUNTER reports back to 2005 will be available.  COUNTER reports through HighWire will NOT be available.  The new site supports SUSHI.

    NEJM Subscription and Content Information:

    • The two institution subscription options; Site License option (unlimited IP addresses, Athens and/or Shibboleth), the Print plus 5 works stations option (five static IP addresses & no proxy/remote access) will remain the same.
    • Now that NEJM is on Atypon, the complete NEJM Archive is available for purchase. One or both sections of the Archive (1812-1944 and/or 1945-1989) are availble to purchase.  Individual subscribers will have limited online access to the Archive.
    • All subscribers (institutional and individual) will automatically have online access to 1990-Present for no additional charge.
    • Reference linking will be available for content from 1945 -Present but there will no longer be “toll-free” reference linking that was part of the Highwire platform.
    • Increased opportunities for institutional branding (graphics 50×24 pixels; jpeg, gif, or png, and text 60 chars.)

    If you have any questions about these changes contact NEJM and allow 24-72 hours for them to respond.

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    Friday Fun: Panera Co. Pay What You Wish

    For my Friday Fun’s I usually try to loosely stick to the topic of libraries or technology, but sometimes other things pop up that I find interesting and want to share and a Friday post is a good time. 

    My mom called me the other day to tell me that she was just at Saint Louis Bread Co. and the location participated in plan that was called a pay what you wish.  (For all of you non-native St. Louisians, Saint Louis Bread Co. is actually Panera Bread Co. and its test kitchens along with their headquarters are located in the St. Louis area.)  Apparently, Panera Co decided to open a nonprofit restaurant in Clayton, MO (well to do inner ring suburb of St. Louis) that operated on the honor system.  As the cashier rang up the order they would say something like, the suggested price is $X but you can pay what you wish. 

    At first blush you would think that the restaurant would be out of food in hours and would be broke within days, but that isn’t what happended.  According an Associated Press article(thanks Mom for the article) most people are pretty honest, about 60%-70% pay in full the suggested (menu price) about 15% pay a little more, about 15% play less or nothing, and a handful of people leave big donations. 

    The community restaurant is successful enough that Panera Cares (their nonprofit arm of the company) plans expand the concept around the nation and will be opening two more locations within months. 

    Kind of a nice happy story to start off the weekend.

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