Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications FY2009 Annual Report.

McDonald CJ

September 2009.


The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC), established by ajoint resolution of the United States Congress in 1968, is a research and development division ofthe NLM. Seeking to improve access to high quality biomedical information for individualsaround the world, the Center continues its active research and development. It leads a researchand development program aimed at creating and improving biomedical communications systems,methods, technologies, and networks and enhancing information dissemination and utilizationamong health professionals, patients, and the general public. An important new focus of theLHNCBC is the development of Next Generation electronic health records to facilitate patientcentriccare, clinical research, and public health, an area of emphasis in the NLM Long RangePlan 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 andoften involve collaboration with other divisions of the NLM, other institutes at the NIH, otherorganizations within the Department of Health and Human Services, and academic and industrypartners. Staff regularly publish their research results in the medical informatics, computer andinformation science, and engineering communities. The Center is often visited by researchersfrom 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 thePublic 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 researchprojects and priorities. The most current information about the Lister Hill Center researchactivities can be found at

McDonald CJ. Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications FY2009 Annual Report. 
September 2009.