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Lightning Talk: Program Description Abstract

Informatics Consult Services: A Partnership Between Librarians and Informaticists

Sunday, May 5
5:30 PM - 5:35 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : As more health care facilities use electronic health records (EHR) to track, store and retrieve patient health data, new opportunities arise for information professionals in the clinical environment. These professionals can work with and support health professionals looking to mine patient data and use evidence-based resources for patient care decisions. This presentation will raise awareness of unique partnerships librarians can forge in this era of big health data and the EHR.

Description : The Informatics Consult Service pilot project aims to improve patient care by leveraging informatics with data specialists’ and librarians’ collective expertise. Pairing details from millions of patient health records along with librarian-conducted systematized searches of published literature, this service is a protocol for providing evidence based responses to physicians’ clinical care questions. Librarians provide rapid paced, systemized searches of published literature. When the literature does not satisfactorily address a question, electronic health record data is queried to identify cohorts that might address the question. This lighting talk will summarize successes, challenges and plans for the future.

Conclusion : This is a lightning talk proposal. We are not expecting an opportunity to measure outcomes.


Karen Heskett

Instruction Librarian
UC San Diego
La Jolla, California

Karen M. Heskett, MSI
Instruction Librarian
UC San Diego Library
Biomedical librarian providing instruction within the School of Medicine and Public Health.


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Korey G. Brunetti

Assistant Director, Academic Liaison Program & Health Sciences Librarian
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California

Korey Brunetti is the Assistant Director of the Academic Liaison Program at the University of California, San Diego. He also serves as the liaison the UC San Diego Health System's Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. Korey has been working in libraries since 2005, in settings ranging from community college to public libraries. His professional interests include equity and inclusion in health research, and information literacy, partticulary using the ACRL Framework to teach key concepts in health science research.


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Mary Linn Bergstrom

Liaison Librarian
UC San Diego Library
La Jolla, California

Mary Linn Bergstrom MLS ORCID iD 0000-0002-8404-9594: portfolio includes Division of Biomedical Informatics and Dept. of Neurosciences, UC San Diego School of Medicine, Research Data Curation & Scholarly Communications.Programs.


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