WISER for Android 2.0 available

From the National Library of Medicine:

WISERThe National Library of Medicine WISER for Android 2.0 is now available and can be installed directly from the Google Play Store.  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nih.nlm.wiser

WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) website.  http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/

    • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles
    • Acute care guidelines for 6 known mass casualty agents/agent classes
    • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
    • CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident

Emergency Response Guidebook data is now updated to the ERG 2012; WISER for Android includes a custom ERG 2012 tool.

Using patient-reported data to improve chronic disease care

AHRQ_InnovationsExFrom AHRQ’s Innovations Exchange:

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, chronic diseases are responsible for 70% of deaths in America each year, and 75% of the nation’s health care spending focuses on chronic conditions. Using patient-reported data to help manage chronic disease care and reduce costs is a strategy that many health care providers are now exploring.

The featured Innovations describe a tool that uses self-reports from patients with diabetes to generate intervention options, a self-assessment for patients with mental illness that improves communication with providers, and a smartphone application that allows patients with Crohn’s disease to track health information and share it with providers.

The featured QualityTools include a pre-visit questionnaire for asthma patients, a quality-of-life assessment for diabetes patients, and a tool to help patients track and monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, diet, and physical activity.

For more information, visit AHRQ’s Innovations Exchange.

TOXMAP and TOXNET now include 2011 EPA Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI)

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET TRI and TOXMAP now include the 2011Toxics Release Inventory data, the most current US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data available.

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), a resource of the EPA, is a set of publicly available databases containing information on releases of specific toxic chemicals and their management as waste, as reported annually by U.S. industrial and federal facilities. This inventory was established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). TRI’s data, beginning with the 1987 reporting year, covers air, water, land, and underground injection releases, as well as transfers to waste sites. In agreement with the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, source reduction and recycling data is also included in TRI.

20,927 facilities reported to the EPA TRI program in 2011, with almost 80,000 submissions. A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www.epa.gov/tri/trichemicals/index.htm.

TOXMAP maps the TRI chemicals reported to the EPA as required by EPCRA.  TOXMAP covers on-site TRI releases only and also includes EPA Superfund data.

The Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the NLM provides access to TRI as part of itsTOXNET® (TOXicology Data NETwork) databases, which cover toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas.

Find these resources and many more on the Environmental Health Sciences research guide from the Taubman Health Sciences Library.

New version of NLM’s WISER for iOS 3.1 released

The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for iOS 3.1, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available.  Here’s what’s new:

    • WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) website.  This integration includes:
        • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles
        • Acute care guidelines for 6 known mass casualty agents/agent classes
        • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
        • The new CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST), a help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
    • Emergency Response Guidebook data is now updated to the ERG 2012; WISER for the iPhone includes a custom ERG 2012 tool

WISER for iOS 3.1 can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiser-for-ios/id375185381?mt=8


And in the coming months:

    • WISER for Android 1.1, which includes the same CHEMM integration and ERG 2012 updates
    • Updates to our Windows and WebWISER platforms to include CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 data, and more
    • WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

WISER is designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. It provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

Emergent research conversation – Alex daSilva & PainTrek

Alex DaSilva, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, and Director of the Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort (H.O.P.E.) at University of Michigan School of Dentistry, will share his methods and innovations in the area of chronic pain disorders.

Research such as efforts in collecting fMRI data during a migraine attack to developing mobile apps and VR tools that facilitate new ways of pain data exploration and discovery will be discussed, including the soon to be released PainTrek mobile app. PainTrek is a novel mobile app that was developed to make it easier to track, analyze, and talk about pain. Using an innovative “paint your pain” interface, users can easily enter the intensity and area of pain by simply dragging over a 3D head. Pain information can be entered as often as the user likes, can be viewed over time, and even analyzed to provide deeper understanding of the user’s pain.

Dr. DaSilva will respond to a series of prepared questions related to his research process(es), followed by Q & A from the audience. Refreshments will be served.

  • Date:    25 February
  • Time:  10:00-11:30am,
  • Location:  Hatcher Gallery, Hatcher Graduate Library.

Sponsored by the University Library.  On the 4th Monday of each month, from 10:00-11:30am in the Hatcher Gallery, programs are presented that address the research lifecycle. These events work to providem a better understanding the various types of research undertaken across campus, particularly as they relate to library services and support, opportunities for collaboration, data management and preservation, and beyond. More information about this series can be found here.

REMM updated

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), has released a major new versions of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management web site and Mobile REMMapp. Important changes are listed below.

What’s new on Mobile REMM, December 2012?

  • Interactive tool for radiation unit conversions, e.g. curie to becquerel, rad to gray
  • Updates to Emergency Contacts


New CDC flu app!


The CDC has released a new app for clinicians and other health care professionals that let’s them find the CDC’s current influenza recommendations and influenza activity updates.  It’s available for Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch.  The CDC Influenza App can be downloaded from the Apple App store.

The app lets you:

    • View updated information on national flu activity 
    • Find influenza vaccination recommendations endorsed by CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) 
    • Obtain information on diagnosis and treatment of influenza, including antiviral treatment recommendations by CDC and the ACIP 
    • Obtain information on laboratory testing for influenza 
    • Find CDC recommendations on influenza infection control 
    • View videos of CDC subject matter experts discussing influenza topics 
    • Order official CDC designed print products for posting in the workplace or distributing to patients. 

Coming next: Using an app as prescribed

From the New York Times:

Before long, your doctor may be telling you to download two apps and call her in the morning.

Smartphone apps already fill the roles of television remotes, bike speedometers and flashlights. Soon they may also act as medical devices, helping patients monitor their heart rate or manage their diabetes, and be paid for by insurance.

The idea of medically prescribed apps excites some people in the health care industry, who see them as a starting point for even more sophisticated applications that might otherwise never be built. But first, a range of issues — around vetting, paying for and monitoring the proper use of such apps — needs to be worked out.

“It is intuitive to people, the idea of a prescription,” said Lee H. Perlman, managing director of Happtique, a subsidiary of the business arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association. Happtique is creating a system to allow doctors to prescribe apps, and Mr. Perlman suggested that a change in the way people think about medicine might be required: “We’re basically saying that pills can also be information, that pills can also be connectivity.”

Simple apps that track users’ personal fitness goals have already gained wide traction. Now medical professionals and entrepreneurs want to use similar approaches to dealing with chronic ailments like diabetes or heart disease.

If smartphone-based systems can reduce the amount of other medical care that patients need, the potential benefit to the health care system would be enormous; the total cost of treating diabetes alone in 2007 was $174 billion, according to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read the complete article here.


New app from NLM – Guide to NLM mobile

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new mobile app that is intended to serve as the authoritative guide to NLM mobile resources. This app will improve your ability to find and use NLM mobile apps and sites.

The app was created as an HTML 5 mobile Web site in support of the Library’s ongoing efforts to make our information broadly available. Support for HTML 5 is available in Web browsers on many mobile devices. Information on all NLM mobile resources will be available through this app. To explore the app, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile-app/ on a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone, Blackberry, or Microsoft phone.

In the app, users can find NLM Mobile resources by (see Figure 1):

  • Type: Web site vs. Application
  • Device: Android, Apple iOS, or Blackberry
  • Tags: Descriptive tags assigned by NLM used to categorize the resource (e.g., Drugs or Disasters)

Screenshot of the NLM Mobile App Browse by Type, Device, or Tags.
Figure 1: Browse by Type, Device, or Tags.

Each mobile resource will be represented by an entry which includes (see Figure 2):

  • Brief description
  • Descriptive tag(s)
  • Image
  • Link to install App or launch Web site

Screenshot of the Entry Page for PubMed Mobile.
Figure 2: Entry for PubMed Mobile.

Users can save the app to their home screen for those times when they have no wireless connection or cell signal. The index of NLM mobile resources is available for offline browsing. The app will be updated with the latest information once the device is re-connected to the Internet.

WISER for iOS 3.0 now available

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) for iOS 3.0, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available.

This new release adds native support for the iPad.  Search WISER’s full set of known substances, employ WISER’s popular Help Identify Chemical capability, and leverage WISER’s protective distance mapping feature with an interface customized for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

In the coming months:

  • Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) integration (http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/
  • Updates to WISER’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to the newly released 2012 edition.
  • WISER for Android 3.0, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform