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2010 MARCH–APRIL No. 373
April 01, 2010 [posted]
June 09, 2010 [Editor's note added]

Dr. John D. Halamka to Give the 2010 Joseph Leiter NLM®/MLA Lecture, May 26

"Knowledge Services and the Role of Medical Libraries in Healthcare IT"



John D. Halamka, MD, MS, will give the 2010 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 2:00 pm (ET) in the Lister Hill Center Auditorium at the National Library of Medicine®.

Dr. Halamka is the Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School. As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative, and academic information technology serving 3,000 doctors, 14,000 employees and two million patients. As Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School, he oversees all educational, research, and administrative computing for 18,000 faculty and 3,000 students. He is also a practicing emergency medicine physician.

In addition, Dr. Halamka participates on several state and national committees. He serves as Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network, which oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Massachusetts. Dr. Halamka is the current Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, with the goals of coordinating the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.

[Editor's note added on June 9, 2010. A videocast of the lecture is now available.]
The Lecture will be recorded and broadcasted live on the Web to Medical Library Association (MLA) members and the NIH community at http://videocast.nih.gov. A coffee/tea reception sponsored by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine will follow the Lecture at the Lister Hill Center lobby. Special NLM tours will be offered at 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm (ET), starting in the NLM Visitor Center.

The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between the MLA and the NLM. Leiter was a major contributor in cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and a leader at NLM as a champion of medical librarians and an informatics pioneer. He served as NLM Associate Director for Library Operations from 1965 - 1983.

Directions to NLM and details about visiting NLM and the NIH campus are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/psd/ref/guide/rrdirect.html. Visitors enter the NIH campus through the NIH Gateway Center, the central location for registering and orienting visitors, and must provide one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID — driver's license, passport, green card, etc.). The NIH Gateway Center is accessed from NIH Gateway Drive and is near the exit of the Metro system Medical Center stop. All visitors are encouraged to use Metro or other public transportation if at all possible.

Dr. John D. Halamka to Give the 2010 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture, May 26, "Knowledge Services and the Role of Medical Libraries in Healthcare IT." NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Mar-Apr;(373):e12.

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