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Health Information Organizations Infastructure Conclusions

We have presented an expanded vision of how the organizational and technical infrastructure of HIOs (Health Information Organizations) could improve the efficiency and quality of public health reporting, facilitate public health investigation, improve emergency response, and enable public health to communicate information to the clinical community. We note that there are significant worries about the financial viability of some HIOs,[ 53] some notable failures,[ 54-57] and much concern about developing business models for HIO sustainability.[ 58] These issues notwithstanding, there were 193 HIO projects at various stages of development in 48 states, including 42 that were operational at the time of a 2009 survey.[ 6] In addition, new models for health information exchange are being developed to augment regional health information organization efforts, such as the Nationwide Health Information Network Direct Project (available at:

Health Information Exchange in Public Health Investigations

The need for Information Exchange in Public Health Investigations to help in the prevention of the spread of serious disease and to aid information gathering in the case of Mass Casualty Events.Public Health investigations into Quality of Care monitoring at population level also require free information exchange to allow regional Health Information bodies access to the correct information at institution level to proceed with a thorough investigation.

Information Literacy Skills

The ability to identify useful research grade information is detailed in our Information Literacy Overview, and the benefits of good Information study skills can be recognized through our Information Literacy Report.


COMMUNITIES AND LIBRARIES: An Advocacy Training Program that enabled eight states to strengthen library advocacy within local communities is being expanded with additional funding from the Viburnum Foundation.  All states are being solicited by Libraries for the Future to apply for participation in Phase II of the program.  Eight states (a mix of original and new participants) will be selected for the second phase, which will build on the lessons learned during the initial program.

Service-oriented Architecture Delivers Greater Returns from Web Services

Although smart companies are using Web services to improve the way they do business, firms have even more to gain by changing the way they think about their infrastructure. According to a new research report, Chief Information Officers (CIO) that adopt the discipline of service-oriented architecture are positioning their firms for better business agility through more advanced Web services and a tenfold improvement in integration costs.

Apollo Gate Opener could be your first gate opener

So, you are completing the construction and decided to install automatic gates. Typically, this set of two gates: the gate to enter the territory and garage doors. Come to the Internet and see that as an entrance gate is most often used swing and sliding doors, as well as a sectional garage and swing. If you have a choice, the question always arises – and which is better?

Environmental Management Systems Development Overview

Worldwide political pressure and public concern over environmental issues, is forcing many governments to react and introduce legislation to try and improve the legacy this generation leaves behind for the next. The momentum is gathering and these issues will not evaporate with time, they are here to stay. Global warming, ozone depletion, groundwater pollution and rapid depletion of the Earth

Gaming & Libraries: Learning Lessons from the Intersections

2008 may be remembered as the year in which gaming became just like any other service in libraries, with librarians implementing gaming initiatives that look very much like those we already offer for books, movies, music, and computers for as varied an audience as other library services are offered. As gaming in libraries has become more of a mainstream service, rather than a curious exception, anecdotal evidence has appeared on mailing lists, in newspaper articles, in conference presentations, and on blog posts, and general themes have begun to emerge.

Karachi University Professional Librarians Association (Kupla)


M. Shamsul Islam Khan Head, of the DISC (Dissemination of Information center in the ICDDR,B in Mohakhali is one of the most experienced man in the field of information science and as head of the information wing of a world wide research organization center he has gained invaluable experience in the field. New Age Careers Desk talks to him on the prospects of this profession