Ticonderoga hospital to participate in library project

Moses-Ludington Hospital of Inter-Lakes Health, Inc., in Ticonderoga will participate in a grant-funded project hosted by the Hunter-Rice Library of Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine: Mid-Atlantic Region, a regional office of the National Library of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, has awarded the Hunter-Rice Library an $8,652 contract to provide medical library services free to critical access hospitals located in the North Country. Critical access hospitals are federally-designated facilities that receive additional Medicare reimbursement because of their remote location and the essential nature of their service.

Moses-Ludington is among four hospitals eligible for the service. The project began on July 1 and is funded through April 1, 2013.

With the advent of the internet, both clinicians and health consumers have had access to a significant amount of misinformation produced by individuals and companies motivated by profit and whose recommendations lack scientific support. This has led to a movement in the medical community to promote evidence-based information – a rigorous application of the best scientific research to direct individual patient care.

A number of studies have identified the problems rural clinicians face in accessing reliable health information. This project aims to help correct those problems by bringing the services of an established medical library directly to MLH staff by using a combination of modern communication technology and personalized assistance from experienced library professionals.

The award will allow the Hunter-Rice Library to provide a full range of medical library services to staff at Moses-Ludington, including access to peer-reviewed journal articles, medical textbooks and videos. Library staff will also assist MLH clinicians in identifying evidence-based information as necessary to answer specific patient care questions.

Two training classes will be offered to clinical staff at MLH — Finding Reliable Health Information on the Internet and Finding Information to Support Evidence-Based Practice.

The Hunter-Rice Library has provided regional medical library services to North Country hospitals since 1983. The program currently contracts with nine hospitals, who receive regular visits from the program’s three circuit librarians. The regional library program is partially supported by funds from the New York State Education Department.

For more information contact Barbara Wright, compliance officer at Inter-Lakes Health at 585-3716.

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