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Integrating best evidence into patient care: a process facilitated by a seamless integration with informatics too

Three faculty members associated with the Vanderbilt University medical library have published a paper on how they added value to their institution’s electronic medical record system.

The electronic medical record system now goes beyond linking resources to being an interactive tool for needed clinical information. Now, ” [c]linical teams formulate complex patient-specific questions via an evidence-based medicine literature request basket linked to individual patient records. …

Additionally, their are options for patients. “The portal offers a variety of interactive features including the ability to message a physician, schedule appointments, and request prescription refills. Patients can also view their billing and insurance records and set up third-party access to their own Vanderbilt medical records.”…

“The most popular part of KM’s integration into MHAV is the links to explanatory information about lab test results. Patients can click on the name of most lab tests and link to consumer-level information explaining what the lab test means and how to interpret the results vis-à-vis standard values. Additionally, links are provided for explanatory information on vital signs and immunizations.



December 30, 2010 Posted by | Librarian Resources, Medical and Health Research News | , , | Leave a comment

Sugar FAQs from the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association has a list of 20 FAQS on sugars.

The first 3…

Are all sugars bad?

No, but sugars add calories and zero nutrients to food. Adding a limited amount of sugars to foods that provide important nutrients—such as whole-grain cereal, flavored milk or yogurt—to improve their taste, especially for children, is a better use of added sugars than nutrient-poor, highly sweetened foods.

How can I tell by looking at a nutrition facts panel if a product has added sugars?

Current nutrition labels don’t list the amount of added sugars (alone) in a product. It will be important for policy makers, the food industry and other public health groups to create dialogue regarding how to make assessing added sugars simpler for consumers.

How can I tell by looking at a Nutrition Facts panel if a product has added sugars?

Current nutrition labels don’t list the amount of added sugars (alone) in a product.

The line for “sugars” you see on a nutrition label includes both added and naturally occurring sugars in the product. Naturally occurring sugars are found in milk (lactose) and fruit (fructose). Any product that contains milk (such as yogurt, milk, cream) or fruit (fresh, dried) contains some natural sugars.

But you can read the ingredient list on a processed food’s label to tell if the product contains added sugars. Names for added sugars on labels include:

The American Heart Association has other Web pages on sugar, including

December 30, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health, Educational Resources (High School/Early College( | , | Leave a comment


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