National grant improves patient access to reliable health resources at ECU family medical clinics

Four family medical clinics administered by ECU will now offer patients instant online access to reliable medical resources and information thanks to a new partnership between the Laupus Library, Family Medical Clinic and ECU Physicians. From diabetes to heart disease to shingles, patients will now be able to access information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues using a computer kiosk in their doctor’s office.

In late May, selected family medicine clinics will receive a kiosk housing a computer, printer and wireless internet to connect patients to a comprehensive database maintained by the National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus service. This technology can help patients stay informed and take better care.

Patients can use the information when talking to their physician or print resources to take home. Jeff Coghill, project leader and the head of outreach at Laupus Library, noted, “We are excited to bring these kiosks to the clinics so that patients can help manage their own care and learn more about their own health while they have an appointment in the doctor’s office.”

The National Networks of the Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, awarded Laupus Library nearly $30,000 to install the kiosks and train medical office staff to use them.  Kiosks will be located at the Family Medicine Clinic, the Monk Geriatric Center, the Firetower Road Office and the Bethel Family Medical Clinic. 

Other project leaders from Laupus Library include Katherine Rickett and Roger Russell. Clinical Assistant Professor Jaime Messenger served as the project leader for Family Medicine.

–Dr. Dorothy A. Spencer, Director of Laupus Library