The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has teamed up with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to conduct a study on forecasting the long-term costs for preserving, archiving, and promoting access to biomedical data.
NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Clem McDonald, MD, to the newly created position of Chief Health Data Standards Officer for the National Library of Medicine. Dr. McDonald’s appointment will be effective November 1, 2018.
On September 17, 2018, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), published an addendum to the eCQM annual update specifications originally published in May 2018. This addendum updates eCQM value sets for the 2019 reporting period for Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and the performance period for Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Clinicians.
In December 2018, GenBank and other International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration members will expand the accession formats used for sequencing projects. Nearly all possible accession numbers using the current, shorter formats have been assigned. Using these longer formats will allow expanded accession ranges and provide greater capacity. The expanded format for Whole Genome Shotgun (WGS), Transcriptome Shotgun Assembly (TSA), and Targeted Locus Study (TLS) sequencing projects will use a six-letter Project Code prefix and a two-digit Assembly-Version number followed by 7, 8, or 9 digits (for example, AAAAAA020000001).