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Award Report: “One-Stop” Shopping for Health Information–Rochester Regional Library Council

CLIC-on-Health, created by the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC), is a gateway to quality healthcare information geared to target audiences such as teens, seniors, and health professionals–particularly those unaffiliated with hospitals and universities, and therefore unlikely to have access to licensed electronic resources. CLIC-on-Health is a collaboration of medical, public, and school librarians, and healthcare agencies in the Greater Rochester Region. Its purpose is to provide the people of the greater Rochester, New York, area with the high-quality healthcare information and resources they need to make wise lifestyle and healthcare choices.

The purpose of this Technology Improvement Award was:

  • To create a “meta-search” of health websites selected by librarians, allowing users to have a one-stop shopping experience when seeking health information.
  • To create a mobile version of CLIC-on-Health.

In late summer 2010, as work on the project began, the CoH Steering Committee determined the “meta-search” was not needed; MedlinePlus already provided a very similar feature. The Committee noted, however, that mobile computing was becoming more important as a method for people to access the Internet. The Project changed focus to that aspect.  As the project progressed, reports from The Pew Research Center validated our decision to focus on mobile computing.  A March 2011 report stated that 47% of adults get at least some of their news and information on a mobile device.

This project enabled the RRLC to create a mobile application and mobile website for CLIC-on-Health.  Working with a vendor (ITX), we created an “app” for the iPhone (available on iTunes, app name: ClicOnHealth) and Android phones, and a mobile version of the website.

The mobile version of CLIC-on-Health will be particularly useful for nurses and other healthcare professionals that are part of our NN/LM funded Outreach Award Extending the Reach:  Health Information Resources for Unaffiliated Health Professionals.”

Kathy Miller
Executive Director
Rochester Regional Library Council

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