Pacific Medical Technology Symposium (1998)
Aug. 17, 1998 to Aug. 20, 1998
Naomi C. Broering , Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
Developments in information technology, telemedicine and consumer health combined with the dynamic Texas Medical Center environment have created an opportunity and imperative for a major leap forward in creating a Library for the Future. This paper discusses the strategic plans undertaken by the Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library to create a virtual library environment to support access to electronic resources. The Library developed a five year Knowledge Management Program to improve access to biomedical information, support informatics education for health sciences professionals, and provide electronic information services to the community.The five objectives of this program are: 1. Establish a Knowledge Management Center which includes the informatics infrastructure needed for program initiatives, a Knowledge Network of databases and other digital resources including full text articles for the Texas Medical Center. 2. Create a Health Informatics Education Center as a shared education, training, and instructional development resource that accelerates the use of computers and advanced technologies, and supports telemedicine distance learning. 3. Develop a Consumer Health Information Network as an outreach project that provides direct access to web-based authoritative health information resources and identifies community services for health care consumers. 4. Sponsor an annual Computers in Health Care Conference for faculty, students, staff, and the community to educate and spotlight medical information technology. 5. Implement and upgrade the Library's network backbone infrastructure for the next generation internet. The Knowledge Management Program will impact the health and wellness of Houston and Harris County. It will require development of new resources for the Library as it becomes a virtual and digital library that uses new technologies and provides electronic services for web based sites.
N. C. Broering, "Creating the Virtual/Digital Library of the Future," Pacific Medical Technology Symposium(PACMEDTEK), Honolulu, Hawaii, 1998, pp. 276.