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NLM and Department of Veterans Affairs Launch Online Registry of Biomedical Informatics Tools (ORBIT)

The widespread adoption of electronic medical records makes it possible to more effectively learn from and improve clinical care. A significant challenge is the development and wide spread diffusion of tools that make it possible to aggregate, structure, and analyze medical record data.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), a significant producer of such tools and a component of the National Institutes of Health, has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development and the American Medical Informatics Association’s Natural Language Processing Working Group to launch the Online Registry of Biomedical Informatics Tools Project.

This online catalog was designed to facilitate easier location of available software tools and related resources that can be used to turn medical data into valuable information. Examples of these resources include natural language processing software, knowledge bases, ontologies, and controlled vocabularies, machine learning and data mining software, and visualization tools.

Users of ORBIT can:

  • Contribute information about resources;
  • Add comments, questions, & ratings about resources;
  • Follow resources of interest, receiving notification when any changes are made to resource pages;
  • Search by any number of fields including institution, resource type, programming languages, etc.;
  • Link to code repositories hosting resources, home institutions of resources, etc.; and
  • Share discovered resources with others easily through email or any one of dozens of social networking sites.

To learn more, please visit the Online Registry of Biomedical Informatics Tools (ORBIT) website and the ORBIT About Us webpage.

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