Good Health Information Matters
Good health decisions are made based on quality information, but licensed clinical health information comes at a high cost.
As a result, many individuals - including our state’s health providers, educators, students, patients, and caregivers - lack access to the information they need to support their work and training, or to promote patient engagement and informed decision-making.
MeHL Can Help
MeHL will provide equal access for all Minnesotans to evidence-based health information to include: point-of-care tools, prescription drug references, and full-text medical books and journals. This will advance health and health care in the state as:
- Health providers everywhere will have equal access to quality information.
- Educators will have the same 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 informed decision making and engagement.
- Caregivers will be better prepared to manage the health needs of their loved ones.
The Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL) would bring 24/7 health information to all Minnesotans to create a healthier Minnesota. MeHL would benefit providers, patients, students, and caregivers. The health information in MeHL would include:
- Evidence-based research
- Point-of-care tools
- Full-text medical and nursing books
- Full-text medical and nursing journals
- Prescription drug references
As a result, MeHL will:
- Promote evidence-based care by creating a single point of access to licensed clinical information resources available from work, home, campus, or library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Recruit & retain health providers by offering equal access to licensed clinical information resources regardless of geographic location or institutional affiliation.
- Reduce health disparities by providing access to clinical health information resources at all Minnesota clinics.
- Create informed communities by making MeHL resources available to all of Minnesota’s 5 million citizens so they can become engaged in the patient care partnership and make informed health decisions.
- Maintain a healthy Minnesota by better positioning health providers, policy-makers, researchers, educators, and students to provide evidence-based care, develop programs that improve health outcomes, teach students best practices, and reinforce quality of care.
Tell us your Health Information Story
For more information, contact:
Janice Jaguszewski, MSLIS
Director, Health Sciences Libraries