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Collaboration Technologies & Mobile Health Applications

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This LHNCBC R&D enables remote collaboration, education, training, and access to NLM information resources and disaster aids anytime, anywhere, and from devices like smart phones.


Collaboration Technologies

Collaboration Technologies research is investigating how real-time interactive technologies – for example, videoconferencing – and information-sharing tools can help meet the need for collaboration in scientific research, the provision of telemedicine services, and distance education.

Antennae used to bring distance learning to an Alaska high school.

Distance Learning and Education

Distance Learning and Education research is investigating how advanced communications technologies can be used to improve biomedical education.

People Locator® for Disasters

The People Locator® is a Web system that enables family, friends and neighbors to locate or report missing people during a disaster event. It utilizes a "Disaster Patient Data Exchange" database containing data from the IT systems of local hospitals and additional input is expected from triage area cell phones and social networks.

Pubmed for Handhelds image including handheld devices, a stethoscope, and an open book.

PubMed for Handhelds

PubMed for Handhelds research brings medical information to the point of care via devices like smartphones. This includes developing algorithms and public-domain tools for searching by text message (askMEDLINE and txt2MEDLINE), applying clinical filters (PICO) and viewing summary abstracts (The Bottom Line and Consensus Abstracts) in MEDLINE/PubMed, and evaluating the use of these tools in Clinical Decision Support.

Remove Virtual Dialog System enables interviews with 16 leaders in medicine and related fields in the NLM Visitors Center.

Remote Virtual Dialog System

Remote Virtual Dialog System research and development, based on Interactive Drama's Conversim ®Virtual Conversation® System, will make the NLM “Dialogues in Science” series accessible anywhere by anyone who has access to an Internet Web browser and a microphone. The Dialogues, which simulate interviews with 16 prominent leaders in medicine and related fields, are currently available only on site at the NLM Visitors Center.

Provider examining patient via telemedicine.

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Through Telehealth and Telemedicine research, advanced communications technologies are enabling both lower cost and greater efficacy, quality, security, and usability for the Nation’s healthcare, health education, wellness, and health research systems.

Translational Science

Translational Science is a new field that develops new medical capabilities such as drugs, devices, and treatment options for patients, and then transitions those capabilities into medical practice as fast as is feasible. Steps in that transition can include clinical trials, clinical studies, and observational studies.

Composite display of cell slides from the virtual microscope.

Virtual Microscope

Virtual Microscope research is working to replace the examination of glass slides in medical education with Web-based tools to zoom, pan, and analyze virtual slides in a teaching archive; to add annotations; and to link to NLM's MEDLINE/PubMed database of biomedical literature. Two other names for his research are Virtual Slide and Whole Slide Imaging.