Monthly Archives: October 2013

MACMLA 2013: Dr. Andrew Watson

Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Funny, insightful, and able to sprinkle his talk with random facts, Dr. Andrew Watson provided an amazing initial presentation to kick off the MACMLA 2013 Annual Meeting.  Dr. Andrew Watson described the transformation of healthcare, highlighting some of the industry’s misalignments such as point of access (hospital? home? work? medical office?).  Here are a few highlights from his talk.

  • Transformation of healthcare is normal, natural, necessary and unstoppable
  • Consumer electronics market has impacted and changed many aspects of society, as we know it
    • examples of its impact include telementoring in the OR, telemedicine in staffing ICU beds
  • Parallel issues in medicine + libraries
    • what is info?
    • what is point of care? (point=location)
    • structure
    • access
  • IOM “30% of health spending in 2009 roughly $750B was wasted”; for more you may want to consider watching Escape Fire

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Public Libraries + the Affordable Care Act

To the general public, the relationship between  public libraries and the Affordable Care Act   seems tenuous.  But for those who work in these environments, helping with tax forms, setting up and learning how to use email, and generally being a wealth of knowledge on every and anything, public libraries  are a central part of lots of communities and are a big connector to the online portal to the health insurance marketplace.  In an attempt to bridge the town and gown relationship, the public library and I have been communicating information and support resources regarding ACA.   In preparation, the public library got a special training session on the new system from the official Shenandoah Valley ACA Navigator, Andrew Bolt, and I got to attend.

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