Web based health information systems: a case study of Indian Medlars Centre
Pandita, Naina; Singh, Sukhdev; Dash, Shefali S. and Kumar, Surinder (2006) Web based health information systems: a case study of Indian Medlars Centre. In: Global Convention & Expo on Telemedicine & e-Health, 17-22 Aug 2006, New Delhi, India.
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There are innumerable web based health information systems that are wooing the medical practitioners and the patients or the consumers with uniquely packaged information keeping their needs in mind. However, very little thought is given to the medical researchers who have to wade through resources on the Net to get published research information from peer reviewed journals. The National Library of Medicine, USA has several databases to offer and there are journals now appearing online on the web; yet, the medical researcher craves for a “single, one-point” access wherein he can get access to all the journals. The Indian Medlars Centre (IMC), a joint venture of ICMR and NIC has designed and developed such resources keeping in mind the needs of the medical researchers in the country. The bibliographic database IndMED and its full-text version, medIND are such resources that provide a single point access to peer reviewed Indian medical journals. Recently a newly launched resource, OpenMED@NIC has provided a platform for the researchers to archive their work and preserve it for the future generations to come. This paper discusses the transition of IMC’s services over the years keeping pace with the current trends of web based health information systems.
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