Update June 24, 2015
The Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL) was not funded during the 2015 legislative session. Thank you for your support of this initiative to bring evidence-based health information and the latest medical research to all Minnesotans. We plan to continue developing relationships with health providers, librarians, students, educators, and legislators and hope to bring the MeHL proposal to the legislature in 2017.
We envision a healthier Minnesota by providing 24/7 access to high-quality, evidence-based health information, and the latest medical research for ALL Minnesotans.
Effective health care requires access to reliable, high quality health information. Such professional-level health information is only available through costly licenses from publishers (it is not freely available on the web). This means that the majority of our state’s health care providers, educators, students, researchers, patients, and caregivers do not have access to the information they need to support their work and training, or to promote patient engagement and informed decision-making.
MeHL will provide equal access to evidence-based clinical care information (point-of-care tools, prescription drug references, full-text medical books and journals) for all Minnesotans. This will advance health and health care in the state as:
- Health providers will have equal access to quality information that can be leveraged to address health disparities.
- Rural health providers will experience the benefits of quality information, supporting workforce development within health professional shortage areas.
- Educators will have a shared set of resources to train our state’s future healthcare workforce.
- Health professions students will benefit from consistent and uniform access to information throughout their training and into practice.
- Patients will have tools to support engagement and informed decision-making.
- Caregivers will be better prepared to manage the health needs of their loved ones.
Many of our state's health providers, health professions educators, and librarians support MeHL, and so can you. Contact your legislators to let them know the important role that MeHL would play in your life. Ask for their support of MeHL as part of the University of Minnesota’s “Healthy Minnesota” biennial budget request.
For more information, contact:
Janice Jaguszewski, MSLIS
Director, Health Sciences Libraries