Entries in JMLA (2)


The Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care: Results of a Multisite Study

From JMLA.  Key findings: 

  • Library and information resources were perceived as valuable, and the information obtained was seen as having an impact on patient care.
  • Electronic access to information resources from multiple locations has increased the ability of health professionals to use these resources for improved patient care.
  • The roles of librarians are diversifying to include management of electronic resources, user instruction and support, specialized research and clinical information search services, and involvement in institution-level quality improvement.
  • It is possible to conduct a large-scale, multisite study on the value and impact of library services on patient care.

    JMLA 07/10

    The July issue of JMLA has a number of interesting articles on successful librarian integrations in EHRs:

    1. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, w/ the help of its librarians, is integrating EHRs into the curriculum to prepare graduates for the current & future EHR environment.  Even if EHRs undergo significant changes over the next few years (which they certainly will), it makes sense.  Integrate. 

    In somewhat of an aside, the authors make an important observation:

    Questions remain about what is technically feasible and what is appropriate when integrating specific medical decision support tools into the EHR.  

    What became perfectly clear to me at Woods Hole this year is that everything abt the EHR is TBD.  So how to best connect the clinical resources (Dynamed, UpToDate, NGC, PubMed, Cochrane, etc., etc.) with the EHR is a great question and one that should be now on the collective mind of every library that supports an EHR-using hospital. 

    2. Clinical librarians at The University of Washington have been able to obtain access to the EMR.  This struck me as an incredible achievement, and one that makes complete sense given that the EHR is a frontline information resource for docs.  

    3. The Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has integrated evidence into the EMR and order sets.

    All are definitely worth a look. Especially since such integration is - I'd say - essential for us (librarians) moving forward.