Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications Annual Report FY 2007.


September 2007


The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC), established by a joint resolution of the United States Congress in 1968, is a research and development division of the NLM. Seeking to improve access to high quality biomedical information for individuals around the world, the Center continues its active research and development. It leads a research and development program aimed at creating and improving biomedical communications systems, methods, technologies, and networks and enhancing information dissemination and utilization among health professionals, patients, and the general public. An important new focus of the LHNCBC is the development of Next Generation electronic health records to facilitate patientcentric care, clinical research, and public health, an area of emphasis in the NLM Long Range Plan 2006-2016. The Lister Hill Center research staff are drawn from a variety of disciplines including medicine, computer science, library and information science, linguistics, engineering, and education. Research projects are generally conducted by teams of individuals of varying backgrounds and often involve collaboration with other divisions of the NLM, other institutes at the NIH, other organizations within the Department of Health and Human Services, and academic and industry partners. Staff regularly publish their research results in the medical informatics, computer and information science, and engineering communities. The Center is often visited by researchers from around the world. The Lister Hill Center is organized into five major components: Cognitive Science Branch (CgSB), Communications Engineering Branch (CEB), Computer Science Branch (CSB), Audiovisual Program Development Branch (APDB) (which currently includes the Office of the Public Health Historian), and the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications (OHPCC). An external Board of Scientific Counselors meets biannually to review the Center's research projects and priorities. The most current information about the Lister Hill Center research activities can be found at

LHNCBC. Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications Annual Report FY 2007. 
September 2007