Monday, March 25, 2013

Disaster preparedness and response recording now available

Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s work in disaster response/emergency preparedness, toxicology, environmental health, HIV/AIDS information, and special outreach to minorities and underserved populations using this link to a Tegrity video:

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Fast forward to 30:31 to learn about the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. At 38:27, learn about their radiation response tool, REMM, a comprehensive, encyclopedic tool, with information on response to a dirty bomb, atomic bomb or spill. At 42:52, learn about how a smart pen is being used by medical students in Uganda to certify whether mosquito nets are being used properly and document how they were actually being used (i.e. for wedding gowns).

Dr. Steven Phillips, National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Director for Specialized Information Services, came from Bethesda, MD, to make this (recorded) presentation on Friday, November 9, 2012 for the Global Health Forum of the 100th anniversary of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He and his staff have been involved in NLM efforts to assist in disaster preparedness and response in the US (e.g., Hurricane Katrina) and other countries, e.g., Haiti, Japan, etc. He is leading the effort to establish a Disaster Information Management Research CenterDisaster Information Management Research Center at the NLM.This Center, totally devoted to disaster informatics, is the first of its kind in the world.