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The Virtual Naval Hospital: the digital library as knowledge management tool for nomadic patrons

Michael P D'Alessandro, Donna M D'Alessandro, Richard S Bakalar, Denis E Ashley, Mary J C Hendrix
Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA 2005, 93 (1): 16-20
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OBJECTIVE: To meet the information needs of isolated primary care providers and their patients in the US Navy, a digital health sciences library, the Virtual Naval Hospital, was created through a unique partnership between academia and government.

METHODS: The creation of the digital library was heavily influenced by the principles of user-centered design and made allowances for the nomadic nature of the digital library's patrons and the heterogeneous access they have to Internet bandwidth.

RESULTS: The result is a digital library that has been in operation since 1997, continues to expand in size, is heavily used, and is highly regarded by its patrons.

CONCLUSIONS: The digital library is dedicated to delivering the right information at the right time to the right person so the right decision can be made, and therefore the Virtual Naval Hospital functions as a knowledge-management system for the US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

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