What is the purpose of a Medical Library?
A health or medical library is designed to assist physicians, health professionals, students, patients, consumers, medical researchers, and information specialists in finding health and scientific information to improve, update, assess, or evaluate health care.
A study in 118 hospitals with more than 16,122 participants found that:
- 95% reported that information provided by a librarian resulted in better informed clinical decisions
- 48% changed advice given to a patient
- 33% changed the choice of drugs
- 25% changed a diagnosis
- 23% changed the choice of tests
- 12% changed post-hospital care or treatment as a result of using resources and services provided by librarians or the library
How can HPC's medical librarian support your organization?
Remotely manage your medical library from top to bottom.
Make medical library purchasing decisions and recommendations to reduce the overall cost of your library.
Match your institution's clinical education goals with the right mix of evidence-based resources your staff needs and finds valuable
Respond to hospital staff requests, residents and patients for things like literature searches, retrieving articles, and setting up research alerts.
Support your organization by providing evidence-based research to back up all of your policies, protocols and procedures.
Provide research support 7 days a week and manage your collection of library resources to maintain compliance with accreditation guidelines set forth by the Joint Commission, ACGME, Magnet distinction and other governing bodies.
Build a Library Web Portal from scratch that's maintained where library users can find a list of resources available to them and other important announcements promoting education and research.
Manage library budget and annual subscription renewals.
Support the coordination of "group buys" when hospital departments and corporate staff need to purchase large quantities of books by leveraging your organization's volume of spend to achieve the lowest possible price.