Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where to find embeddable health videos

David Rothman published a good overview of Websites that let you embed health videos into your own library Website.
For more information go to

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I just received a letter from Carole Gilbert, Chair, MLA Awards Committee, stating "It is my pleasure to congratulate you for winning Honorable Mention for your paper "Connecting with Administrators:
Demonstrating the Value of Library Services" at the 2008 MLA Annual Meeting in Chicago". Congratulations to all of the authors.

Here is the abstract of the session:

Title: Connecting with Administrators: Demonstrating the Value of Library Services

Author Block: Edward J. Poletti, AHIP, Chief, Learning Resources Service, Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System, Little Rock, AR; Dixie A. Jones, AHIP, Librarian, Medical Library, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, LA; Priscilla L. Stephenson, AHIP, Chief, Library Service, G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson, MS; Marvett S. Burns, Medical Librarian, Medical Library, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Biloxi, MS; Lola H. Purvis, Chief, Library Service, VA Medical Center, Alexandria, LA; Sara Blackwell, Librarian Manager, Library Service, Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK; Felicia Little, Librarian, Library Section, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX; Dianne B. Jones, Library Technician, Library Service, G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson, MS; Linton Swenson, Library Technician, Library Service, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Fayetteville, AR; Sandra Todd, Library Technician; Library Service, Muskogee VA Medical Center, Muskogee, OK


Objective: Library staff in a regional network initiated a collaborative project to demonstrate the value of library services to network management by focusing on three areas: (1) the value of information provided by literature searches through contributions to quality patient care and cost savings, (2) interlibrary loan cost savings, and (3) the cost efficiency of shared electronic resources.

Methods: During fiscal year 2007, literature search requesters each received a questionnaire regarding the effects of the information supplied by the libraries on their knowledge, patient care, costs, and time. The questionnaire was patterned on the one used in Marshall's 1992 Rochester Study. Questions addressed pertinence; effects on patient care such as avoidance of adverse events, hospital admissions, patient mortality, and modes of treatment; time saved; and costs saved. Search recipients completed paper or online surveys, according to their preferences. Network library staff members were able to view all responses in an online spreadsheet. For the second area of focus, library staff compared interlibrary loan borrowing statistics with commercial document delivery costs and the average purchase costs for library materials. For the third area of focus, library staff evaluated the cost per use of the network's shared electronic resources.

Results: Literature searches had an impact on the decision-making process of clinicians, including the fact that 45% altered and 77% reinforced mode of treatment, while 95% provided information useful to direct patient care. Cost savings of the search information was $89,000, and time savings was equivalent to $58,430. The interlibrary loans resulted in cost savings/cost avoidance, especially through cost avoidance of periodical purchases of over $2,000,000. Selected virtual library resources were cost effective at a cost of only $0.94 per search.

Conclusion: Results were presented to South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16) management demonstrating the value of library services. In the current health care environment, it is imperative that librarians educate administrators about the value of what they do so that these decision makers are fully informed and remain (or become) fully supportive of library services and the role that they play in the provision of quality health information for quality health care.

Edward J. Poletti, MLS, AHIP
Chair, FLS 2008-2009

Chief, Learning Resources Service

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

4300 West 7th Street

Little Rock, Arkansas 72205


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Updated SAMHSA Directory Available

The new, updated guide to finding local substance abuse treatment programs is now available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2008 provides information on thousands of alcohol and drug treatment programs located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and five U.S. territories.

This SAMHSA National Directory includes public and private facilities that are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved by substance abuse agencies in each state. A nationwide inventory of substance abuse and alcoholism treatment programs and facilities, the National Directory is organized and presented in a state-by-state format for quick reference by health care providers, social workers, managed care organizations, and the general public. This latest SAMHSA directory provides information on more than 11,000 community substance abuse treatment programs.

The directory gives important information on levels of care and types of facilities, including those with programs for adolescents, persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women. In addition, the SAMHSA directory includes information on forms of payment accepted, special language services available with select providers, and whether methadone or buprenorphine therapy is offered.

The updated directory complements SAMHSA’s internet-based Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator. The online service, which is updated regularly and may contain more current information, provides searchable road maps to the nearest treatment facilities, complete addresses, phone numbers and specific information on services available. The electronic, searchable version of SAMHSA’s updated National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs is available on the Web at
(Reposted from SAMSA)

National Hospital Bill Report

Here is a report that might come in handy when you are looking for that hard to find statistical data. The HCUP released their Statistical Brief #42: The National Hospital Bill: Growth Trends and 2005 Update on the Most Expensive Conditions by Payer.
This Statistical Brief presents data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) on the national inpatient hospital bill (aggregate community hospital charges) in 2005 and annual trends for 1997 through 2005.

This report provides information on the top 20 most expensive conditions and the growth in the national bill for each of these conditions between 1997 and 2005. This report also describes the distribution of the nation's 2005 bill by primary payer and illustrates the conditions accounting for the largest percentage of each payer's hospital bills. The primary payers examined are Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and the uninsured. (Reposted from HCUP)

NN/LM Regional Events Calendar

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) provides on its Website links to many resources. I like especially the Regional Events Calendar which lists training opportunities available in the different regions. You can find the calendar at