25 November 2010

New Widgets

I've added the Plain language Medical Dictionary Widget from the University of Michigan Library and UptoDate's Patient Information widget found on the left.  Try them out!

19 November 2010

Keeping your patients informed

Yesterday I had a staff member from another hospital come in and ask for patient information sites for an assignment they were doing.  The unfortunate would-be-patron was declined as she wasn't a staff member and I'm not a homework jockey; however it made me think:  This could be useful info for you guys!

There are lots of hospitals that now offer a Consumer of Patient Health information service so check with your Medical Librarian to see if this is an option for your patients to get more information.  In the meantime...

There are lots of Library databases and products that offer patient information tools such as:

  • UptoDate's Patient information (free to use even without a subscription)
  • As well as patient information tabs through other  products such as Lexi-Comp and/or Nursing Reference Centre (depending on the Library's subscriptions)
  • These products sometimes are even offered in various languages

Then there's the wonderful MedlinePlus  from the National Library of Medicine which not only includes a huge amount of information for your patient but also includes excellent videos, drug information, a medical dictionary and interactive tutorials.

Here's some more to check out:

Medical Library Associations Deciphering MedSpeak Brochures for order

These just scratch the surface but can keep you busy checking out all their various functionality.  If you want more information contact your Medical Librarian or if you have a Consumer Health Centre on site go take a visit to see what they offer!

10 November 2010

Introducing your Medical Library/Librarian!

I'm going to ease myself into this blog and ease others into it as well, so I thought I'd start out with a simple "What's a Medical Library?"

Answer: So many things!  First and foremost the Medical Library should be a starting point for any health care professional who wants to access health information of any sort, standards, best practice guidelines, resource and tools training, point of care patient tools, knowledge management resources and more.

A Medical Library (as most libraries) is a constantly and quickly changing area; your Librarian an information professional extraordinaire!  Pretty much anything to do with information and health or information and health care management can be sourced via the Library or the Librarian.

Though print collections of books and journals still play a role in the modern medical Library that is only the very tip of the iceberg.  Libraries and Librarians are steeply involved in cutting edge technologies, information portals etc.  with the plethora of everyday information resources being used in a hospital largely taken care of by the Library team/department.

My own personal thoughts towards the future of Librarianship and Medical Libraries is a larger role of the information professional and their expertise, placing less importance to the physical space (a possible flip from the traditional aspects of the field).  If you have any sort of question, any sort of "I wonder...", be it for patient care, continued education, training, help with new health info technologies, etc. then go see your Medical Librarian!

As I wrote in my last post, I'm going to attempt to use this blog to reach out to my patrons, offering information and tools to help them in their everyday, trying to steer away from things too 'Librarian' centric (though sometimes they may sneak in!)

In the spirit of defining things:  

  • If you've ever wondered "What the heck does that mean?" about a new fangled heath care phrase try Leman's Lexicon Tool 
  • If you're looking for a Plain Language Medical Dictionary try this one developed by the University of Michigan Health Sciences Library

If you need more tools feel free to post your query or take a trip to see your medical Librarian!


03 November 2010

"How do we make this more online?"

In an effort to combat the 'traditional' stamp that seems to be a permanent fixture on any Librarian's forehead, I'm joining the ranks of online savvy Librarians in hopes that these online efforts will reach my likewise savvy patrons.

As a medical Librarian by trade, I get to wade through the ever-growing amounts of information applicable to all health care fields (hence the blog title!) Where some Medical Librarian blogs are targeted to other Medical Librarians, I'm going to attempt to target my patrons.  I'll try and offer them a space where they can access handy info tips and relevant tools for their own trade; bringing quality medical/nursing and health care admin information to desktops and handhelds!

Let's see if it works ;)


“Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit.”
- William Pollard