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Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health (Webinar Series)

This interactive webinar series focused on the roles and products of the National Library of Medicine related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records systems and clinical research. The series was specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support researchers.

The goals of the series were for participants to be able to:
  • Use the jargon associated with health IT to be able to communicate effectively with IT staff and administrators
  • Name relevant health data standards and describe how they are used
  • Describe NLM products and services that enrich and inform EHRs and other health data systems
  • Identify roles for librarians on the health IT team and in the research process

The interactive series, offered in Fall 2018 and Winter 2019, touched on terminology standards, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and its vocabularies (including ICD-10, SNOMED CT, RxNorm, and LOINC), and tools such as the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and the Common Data Elements (CDE).

Class Recordings and Materials:

Introduction to Medical Terminologies and RxNorm with Mike Davidson and In Hye Cho (Thursday, September 13th, 2018) - Also available as a Moodle course (offering 1 MLA CE)

Discussion: Current and Future Roles of Health Sciences Librarians with Barbara Platts and Julie Hughbanks (Thursday, September 20th, 2018)

Collecting Data with an Eye Towards Reuse: Common Data Elements with Lisa Lang (Thursday, September 27th, 2018)

Improving the Quality of Hospital Patient Care: The Value Set Authority Center with Maureen Madden (Thursday, October 4, 2018)

A Bird's Eye View of Health Data Standards with Rex Robison (Thursday, October 11, 2018) - Also available as a Moodle course (offering 1 MLA CE)

Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) with David Anderson (Thursday, March 7, 2019)

Last Reviewed: September 9, 2020