On Jan 25, 2018, NNLM NER hosted a webinar on the Business of Healthcare. This webinar is part of an intermittent series aimed at addressing the professional development needs of hospital librarians in the New England Region. Topics are determined by NNLM NER’s Hospital Libraries Advisory Group (HLAG). Example topics include: DOCLINE Update; Advanced PubMed; Business of Healthcare; and How-To Create a Virtual Library. Each webinar is one-hour long.
Although our webinars are designed to meet the needs of New England, we attract participants nationwide. To open the Business of Healthcare webinar, we explored the biggest financial stressors for hospitals. The most talked about stressor is inadequate compensation from Medicaid. As Andy Hickner points out in his recent Op-Ed piece in Medical Library Association (MLA) News, uncompensated care is devastating for hospital budgets. To reduce costs, hospital administrators consolidate and/or eliminate services. In New England, we know that hospital libraries are closing at a rapid rate.
Note: you may need to log into your MLA account to read the Op-Ed.
New England hospital librarians participated in a breakout session at the most recent meeting of the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries. Experienced librarians shared how they stay relevant to their organizations. Maureen Dunn and Gayle Tudisco facilitated the discussion, and reported out on the results during the Business of Healthcare webinar.
In these data-driven times, we were eager to hear from Alicia Lillich, Technology Coordinator for the MidContinental Region (MCR). NNLM MCR is designing a project to measure the cost impact of the librarian on patient care. Alicia closed out the webinar by sharing her news about this a three-year project.
Please check out the YouTube recording of the webinar for details (see below).
Our next learning opportunity for NER hospital librarians is an in-person event at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. We still have some empty slots. For more information, go to the class listing: https://nnlm.gov/class/going-virtual-2018/8157