Health information repositories cannot impact patients. Why? (6)

12 September, 2019

Dear Hifa members, i Thank my colleague Rameshwar clarification on the subject matter under discusion that repositories cannot impact patients... Rameshwar submitted that majority of patients and doctors have a challenge visiting or accessing a repository intellectualy. I agree with that assesion, people need instant information which is timely and relevant to what they are seeking to retrieve. In line with that librarians, records Managers are taught how to read a book or material intellectualy in order to extract important information and make summaries or abstracts about a particular document for a potential user. This means that a patient, doctor, student or a researcher will have intellectual knowledge about the existence of such a material without physicaly visting a repository facility. This is done thru Online public Access (OPAC) or a patient may physically go to a library for more Details. We also assist by link users to information Gateways like Research4Life, Hinari etc. Rameshwar has further indicated that the doctor patient trust is needed. This also is true. For more information about patient doctor relation read "Language discordance and level of satisfaction between doctors and patients in a medical encounter." By Kenneth L Chanda. Its located At the University of Zambia Library e resource.

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