STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Elsevier's DirectCourse has expanded, adding a new curriculum, College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving (CPAC). This interactive, web-based curriculum is designed to train and educate personal care assistants, home care providers and family caregivers caring for people with physical disabilities and older adults to live independently in their communities. A pilot program has been launched in several states, including Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin and Tennessee.
CPAC was created by the Center for Personal Assistance Services at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living and Elsevier. The curriculum, that currently includes more than 20 lessons, empowers organisations to provide their home care providers with a career path, increase their job satisfaction, and reduce turnover in the field.
Core lessons in the curriculum include Personal Care; Understanding Health and Health Care Activities; Disability Rights and Independent Living; Preventive Health and Wellness; and Safety at Home and in the Community.
CPAC courses were created for consumers who are self-directing and are delivered and administered by Elsevier's industry-leading learning management system, Elsevier Performance Manager: Core Development. This makes it easy for administrators and supervisors to track progress, measure effectiveness, assign lessons and even create customised content.
DynaMed, a clinical reference tool designed for use primarily at the point of care, has ranked highest among ten online clinical resources in a new study in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. The resources were evaluated in three areas - timeliness of content updating, breadth of coverage and the quality of evidence reporting.
According to the report, DynaMed consistently ranked near the top of each category.
Clinical point-of-care resources such as DynaMed are seen to be necessary for clinicians to access the best available evidence for thousands of clinical topics. It is updated daily and can be integrated into any EMR system.
DynaMed is used by more than half a million clinicians in over 125 countries. More than 4,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals across 60 specialties contribute to the resource and more than 200,000 medical articles are summarized in DynaMed — providing doctors and other healthcare providers with access to the latest clinical evidence.
DynaMed was also rated highest in its category by healthcare providers in a report on clinical decision support resources by KLAS, a research firm that specialises in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors. DynaMed also came out on top in a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The BMJ study looked at how quickly five point-of-care products updated new evidence.
A study published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (J Med Libr Assoc 2011 Jul;99(3):247) tested DynaMed against seven other point-of-care resources with similar results. Also without the knowledge of database publishers, librarians in Texas tested these resources by selecting the top 10 diagnoses and monitored each tool for frequency of updates on these topics.
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, has announced that its six Development Partners are actively using and providing feedback on the second iteration of Intota, a web-scale collection management solution for academic and special libraries. Integrated with a newly structured knowledgebase, this code drop represents another milestone toward interoperability with other information systems and unified, intelligent workflows.
Functionality within this second release to Intota Development Partners includes end-to-end ability to acquire material in a more efficient manner, with flexible purchase order creation and management, plus new capabilities for acquisitions budget management, fund management and financial reporting; simultaneous search and retrieval of electronic and print records from the library's own catalogue and the Serials Solutions Knowledgebase, resulting in unified resource management, acquisitions and cataloging functions; customisable user management features, including staff user accounts and organizational definitions to support a multi-tenant environment, which results in a more flexible and reliable system.
This iteration is indicative of how the company, founded by librarians, is developing a new web-scale management solution that uniquely addresses library collection management. Since announcing the Intota Development Partners in April, and releasing the first iteration in June, the development process continues to deliver robust features that solve the work flow challenges facing libraries.
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that UpToDate offers new EHR integration capabilities through an HL7 Infobutton. UpToDate is part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Clinicians now have easy and efficient access within their clinical workflow to the most current and authoritative information available on over 9,500 topics across 20 specialties. The HL7 Infobutton significantly streamlines the point-of-care decision-making process, saves valuable time and money and most importantly, improves the quality of patient care.
According to a June 2011 Clinician Survey conducted by UpToDate, 91 percent of users said that having UpToDate embedded in their EHR is important to patient care, while 89 percent reported that it enhances satisfaction with their EHR. Forty percent suggest having UpToDate embedded in their EHR encourages use of their EHR, underscoring the value of the integration to support meaningful use requirements and improve overall quality of care.
Interested parties may visit http://tinyurl.com/bohb3jg to learn more about HL7 Infobutton Integration, and to access a webcast recording featuring Dr. Beck, 'Setting the Standard for Care: HL7 Infobutton Integration.' The webcast also features Dr. Bonis and Dr. Howard Strasberg, Vice President, Medical Informatics, Wolters Kluwer Health, and explores how the HL7 Infobutton is currently used at hospitals, supports Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for clinical decision support, and impacts patient care.
McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced a new agreement with Vibal Publishing, a Philippines-based provider of educational tools and resources for education, to adapt the company's McGraw-Hill My Math and Glencoe Math programs for use in the country's private schools.
The agreement represents the latest step by McGraw-Hill Education to expand the reach of its content and technology into growing international markets and adapt it to meet the needs of local teachers and students. The two McGraw-Hill Education math programs will be adapted across 10 grades to meet the Philippines' new K-12 curriculum standards.
McGraw-Hill Education and Vibal Publishing selected My Math and Glencoe Math for release in the Philippines because both programs offer a complete K-12 curriculum with world-class instructional design and digital resources to support every teacher's unique teaching style. The programmes also provide the balance of print and digital resources necessary to engage students and promote 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. The adapted versions of the programmes will be available for purchase in November 2012 for use in classrooms beginning in June 2013.
McGraw-Hill My Math offers an innovative approach to elementary math. Developed as a program where each student interacts with the text or online in multiple ways throughout the learning, My Math offers personalised vocabulary, student created examples, online games, and downloadable apps that help students move from learning abstract concepts to direct application.
Glencoe Math is a robust toolkit designed to support instructors' unique teaching styles and ideas as well as the needs of their students. Both programs align to educational standards that support college and career readiness.
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has reportedly released a "knee-jerk" national press release announcing its challenge to the notion that historic college textbook legislation unanimously passed by the California State Senate could indeed be provided to undergraduates for "free."
Stating that "there's no such thing as a "free" textbook," AAP is said to have attacked the 20 Million Minds Foundation (20 MM), a non-profit dedicated to lowering the cost of textbooks nationally. The AAP has reportedly called 20 MM's recently released infographic "voodoo math" based on "trumped-up claims."
According to 20 MM, AAP does not grasp what its pricing structures have done to the finances of the average college student. The overpricing of textbooks, combined with unnecessary new editions, is observed to have produced static, antiquated products that are sold at incredibly premium prices. The Foundation wishes to offer students a free option that is state approved and faculty adopted.
20 MM has further responded to the AAP press release questions. The AAP had pointed out that "free" textbooks would, in fact, cost California taxpayers, including college students, tens of millions of dollars to develop, distribute and maintain. The response from 20 MM is that publisher textbooks are already costing huge amounts of taxpayer dollars and offering a free version online will cost students nothing.
The AAP had also said that the initial funding was not going toward the creation of textbooks for "50 … courses" but the development of some unstated lesser number of "strategically selected textbooks". The 20 MM response is that the initial funding for the textbooks under the California legislation goes directly toward the creation or purchase of open source textbooks that will be provided to students for free on the web or any Internet device. The newly established California Open Education Resources Council, which has nine members drawn from the UC, CSU, and community college systems, will create and oversee the book approval process, including choosing the courses, then solicit bids to produce the textbooks in time for the 2013-2014 school year. This will be paid directly out of the $10 million allocated under the legislation. Publishers can also participate if they can make their content "cc-by" available.
The 20 Million Minds Foundation will be releasing a new infographic next week to address point-by-point the allegedly flawed statements issued in the AAP's roadmap attack on the facts presented by 20 MM.
The US' National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the UKSG have announced that BioOne, JSTOR, LOCKSS, the Royal Society of Chemistry and SpringerLink are the most recent organisations to publicly endorse the Phase I recommendations of the KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) Working Group. The group is a joint NISO/UKSG initiative that is exploring data problems within the OpenURL supply chain. KBART's Phase I Recommended Practice, published in January 2010, contains practical recommendations for the timely exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers.
All content providers, from major databases to small publishers, are encouraged to publicly endorse the KBART Recommended Practice by submitting a sample file to the KBART working group. Once the file's format and content has been reviewed and approved, and the provider has made it publicly available, the provider will be added to a public list of endorsing providers.
Knowledge base developers can endorse the KBART Recommended Practice by confirming that their systems can process KBART formatted files. In addition, a contacts registry is available on the KBART Information Hub at www.uksg.org/kbart or www.niso.org/workrooms/kbart where content providers and knowledge base developers can register their organisation's information for downloading holdings metadata.
The KBART working group is now progressing towards the end of Phase II and is focusing on enhancing the current recommendations with new guidelines for e-book, consortia and open access metadata.
Journal production services provider Dartmouth Journal Services (DJS) and The Sheridan Technology Lab have upgraded the Endo Pubs app, which was originally launched as an abstracts app for The Endocrine Society's (TES) journals, to a full-text plus annual meeting abstracts version. TES titles include JCEM: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Molecular Endocrinology, Endocrinology and Endocrine Reviews.
Developed and launched on both the Apple and Android platforms, this full-text upgrade allows clinicians and researchers to access both abstracts and full-text articles, including full-text PDFs, from the free Endo Pubs app as soon as articles and issues are published. As a bonus to users, The Endocrine Society has made the full-text content of all four journals freely available through August 1st. After the free introductory period, users can authenticate themselves within the app as either an individual subscriber, member, or as an institutional subscriber to continue accessing the full-text content.
Unauthenticated users will still have access to article abstracts and all of the other features of the app, including multi-tier title and author search, article bookmarking, and article sharing via email, Twitter, and Facebook. Full-text readers can also view high-resolution images, expanded view of tables, and in-article reference citations. The Endo Pubs app also supports advertising and sponsorship opportunities through its integrated ad mediation system.
Sheridan's ongoing commitment to developing and providing the latest publishing technology advancements extends beyond Full-Text and Alert Apps to include Sheridan Mobile Alerts, Sheridan Mobile Editions, Sheridan Mobile ePrints, and Sheridan Print-to-Mobile QR Codes.
Library solutions provider 3M Library Systems has announced that the 3M Cloud Library App is now available in Barnes & Noble's NOOK Apps store, making it easier for owners of NOOK tablets to borrow eBooks from local libraries. Anyone with a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color can download the 3M Cloud Library App directly from the NOOK Apps storefront, and then transfer digital content wirelessly to their device without having to physically connect to a computer.
3M is continuously introducing new features to further improve the look and functionality of its eLending system, including improved search capabilities. Users can now opt to browse only titles that are immediately available for check out, eliminating unnecessary time spent perusing books that are currently unavailable – a capability offered for library-based lending exclusively by 3M Cloud Library.
With its turnkey system of digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading, the 3M Cloud Library seeks to revolutionise how library patrons discover, borrow and read eBooks. The system is compatible with PCs, iPads, NOOKs, and Androids, allowing patrons to read on their personal devices. It also works with 3M eReaders, which patrons can check out like any other lendable materials. Inside the library, 3M Discovery Stations help patrons browse the growing catalogue, currently standing at more than 200,000 titles from over 300 publishers, on electronic kiosks.