MLA's Educational Webcast
Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track
Elaine C. Alligood
Elaine Alligood, informationista and chief of library service, Knowledge, Information, and Library Services, VA, Boston Health Care System, Boston, MA worked as a student at the National Library of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Library and Information Services. After graduate school, she joined the Welch Library at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia Health Sciences Library. Later, she moved to New York City as Elsevier Science Publisher's manager for North American EMBASE operations. Alligood moved to Boston to work at Harvard's medical library, winding up at the VA Technology Assessment Program (VATAP) where she was involved in all VATAP projects as an informationist and knowledge manager for sixteen years. She was a member of a VA task force to redesign and consolidate the New England VA libraries into a seamless electronic knowledge library. Currently, Alligood is the chief of library service for the Boston VA Healthcare System's three campuses.
Active professionally, Alligood is the past president of the Massachusetts
Health Science Libraries Network. In the recent past, she presented at the Health
Technology Assessment International conferences in Krakow, Rome, and Barcelona.
Currently, Alligood is a codeveloper of a Medical Library Association continuing
education program, "Diagnostic Error and the Librarian's Role in Patient
Safety: Team Up & Tackle It."
Katherine Stemmer Frumento, AHIP
Katherine Stemmer Frumento, AHIP, is the director of library services at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT. During her tenure at Greenwich Hospital, she developed and implemented a clinical librarian program, represents the library on the Safest Hospital Committee and Safety Resource Committee, and coordinates the hospital's daily "Safety Huddle." Prior to joining Greenwich Hospital, Stemmer Frumento was the library director at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries immediate past-chair and was the Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Joint Comission liaison from 2007 to 2012. Other MLA activities include chair of the Hospital Libraries Section (2005), member of the Task Force on Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians Steering Committee, and former editor of the Hospital Libraries Section's newsletter, National Network. She coauthored "The Role of the Hospital Librarian on an Institutional Review Board" in Journal of Hospital Librarianship 2007;7(4). She also is on the editorial board for Medicine on the Net. Stemmer Frumento is a Dale Carnegie graduate and a Six Sigma green belt.
Lorri Zipperer is the principal at Zipperer Project Management, which focuses on patient safety content development, project direction, and knowledge sharing in health care. She was a founding staff member of the National Patient Safety Foundation, as the information project manager. Zipperer was a 2004/05 Patient Safety Leadership Fellow, where she explored how information and knowledge sharing behaviors contribute to or deter safety improvement and an organization's ability to learn from failure. She was awarded the 2005 Institute for Safe Medicine Practices Cheers award for her work with librarians in patient safety and is currently developing two contributive texts for Gower Publishing to be published in 2013. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark L. Graber, MD
Mark L. Graber, MD, is a senior fellow at RTI International and professor emeritus
of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Graber has an
extensive background in biomedical and health services research, with over seventy
peer-reviewed publications. He is a national leader in the field of patient
safety and originated Patient Safety Awareness Week in 2002, an event now recognized
internationally. Graber has also been a pioneer in efforts to address diagnostic
errors in medicine, and his research in this area has been supported by the
National Patient Safety Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality. In 2008, he convened and chaired the Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference
series, and in 2011, he founded the new Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
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