ERIC Number: ED450739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Creating a State-Wide Virtual Health Library: The Michigan Experience.
The AccessMichigan Electronic Community Health Information Initiative (AMECHII) is a response to a recommendation of the Michigan Information Technology Commission Report recommending improved access to high-quality health care information for all Michigan stakeholders. This project is multi-type, including public, general academic, academic health science, hospital, and special libraries. Objectives include extending the current network infrastructure to serve all libraries and to negotiate statewide licenses for core and extended electronic collections, including reference materials and serials, recognizing the economic realities in American hospitals and libraries and the need for economic viability of publishers. This pilot project, if successful, will be used as a model for other statewide information projects. The planning process, which will begin with a comprehensive needs assessment, gap analysis, and economic model, will result in the design of a statewide health information architecture/system design and will include economic sustainability and new paradigms for library collaboration and federation in the acquisition and distribution of electronic resources over a wide area. AMECHII will also seek international partnerships with developing countries to cooperatively develop an electronic health information infrastructure in those nations and to seek external funding to do so. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Community Health Services, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Information Networks, Information Services, Library Cooperation, Needs Assessment, Pilot Projects, State Programs, Strategic Planning
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla66/papers/009-153e.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan