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Rendezvous: Transcending Borders Globally

Sherri Fuller and friend, Giraffe rescue center in Nairobi

Edit: The RML Rendezvous recording and slides are now available

Reminder – Please join us on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1pm Pacific time (12 Alaska, 2pm Mountain) as Dr. Sherrilynne Fuller, FMLA, presents Transcending Borders Globally: Lessons and Opportunities for Librarians in Building Sustainable Health Information Systems* for our free monthly webcast at http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous If you are unable to join us then, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast at the Rendezvous website later.


A myriad of health challenges confront countries throughout the world. Information systems and resources to support prediction, prevention as well as coordinated response across borders can play a key role in improving health. Developing countries, however, are at a particular disadvantage with fragmented information systems, as well as lack of a trained workforce and resources, including comprehensive health sciences libraries.  A good deal of funding is being invested in the development of health information technologies, in particular mobile technologies; however, much of the initiative for this work comes from  developed countries without sufficient attention to creating an educated workforce within resource-constrained countries, a workforce which will not only use the systems but who can lead the development of sustainable health information systems and educate the next generation of practitioners. Several examples of innovative approaches to this challenge by Universities throughout the world  will be shared.  A discussion about potential roles of librarians in building connections to accelerate these developments will conclude the session.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.

For more information please visit How do I connect to the Rendezvous? to test your computer connection as a recent Flash update may be needed. We look forward to seeing you at the webcast!

*Based in part on presentations to the Society for Epidemiology Research, June 2010; AMIA, November 2010 ; and Global Health Informatics seminar series, School of Medicine, University of Washington, January 2011.

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