Dear Dr. Rameshwar' claim that health information repositories cannot Impact Patients sounds too strong a Statement to be left unchallenged at least from our point of view as Libriarians, Records Managers, Documentarists, health and medical Information scientists. Both doctors and patient would need information before, during and after. A patient who is enlighted would need to Check side effects of a particular drug so that he or she could ask for an alternative, similarly a Doctor may need to double check with a repository to verify and authenticate how certain operations were barrier out by others. What could be some challenges in Accessing repositories might be poor attitudes by tho manning Such facilities and poor seeking behavour where an information seeker may not trust the facilite and the one offering such a service. Therefore, repositories will always remain Meaningful and useful because tesearch needs to be stored as records of reliable sources of information to be used before, during and after by both doctors and patients when a need arises.
HIFA profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. klchanda AT gmail.com