On the Ethics of Using Social Media Data for Health Research

Guest post by Dr. Graciela Gonzalez-Hernandez, associate professor of informatics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Social media has grown in popularity for health-related research as it has become evident that it can be a good source of patient insights. Be it Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Facebook, Amazon reviews or health forums, researchers … Continue reading “On the Ethics of Using Social Media Data for Health Research”

Next Up for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Program

Guest post by Katherine Majewski, NLM Librarian. How are librarians applying informatics? This is the question we want to answer in re-envisioning the NLM Biomedical Informatics training program. The survey-style course, most recently hosted by Augusta University in Georgia, provided a sampling of the vast realms of informatics research and application in the health sciences. … Continue reading “Next Up for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Program”

Can “Nudging” Help?: Improving Clinical Trial Access Using Artificial Intelligence for Standardization

Guest post by Presidential Innovation Fellows Justin Koufopoulos and Gil Alterovitz, PhD. Getting into a clinical trial is challenging for patients. Researchers estimate that only 5% of patients eligible to participate in a cancer clinical trial actually take part in one.  Many factors impact this statistic, including how findable and accessible is information about the … Continue reading “Can “Nudging” Help?: Improving Clinical Trial Access Using Artificial Intelligence for Standardization”

Expanding Access, Improving Health

Guest post by Kathryn Funk, program manager for NLM’s PubMed Central. Last week, National Library Week celebrated how libraries and library workers make our communities stronger. In the spirit of building strong communities, NLM has committed to “democratiz[ing] access to the products and processes of scientific research.” NLM delivers on that commitment by supporting the … Continue reading “Expanding Access, Improving Health”