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Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications Annual Report FY2013.
The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC), established by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1968, is an intramural research and development division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). LHNCBC seeks to improve access to high-quality biomedical information for people around the world. It leads programs aimed at creating and improving biomedical communications systems, methods, technologies, and networks and enhancing the sharing and use of information among health professionals, patients, and the general public. The development of next generation electronic health records (EHRs) to facilitate patient-centric care, clinical research, and public health is an important focus of the LHNCBC as well as an area of emphasis in the NLM Long Range Plan 2006−2016.
The LHNCBC research staff is drawn from many disciplines including medicine, computer science, library and information science, linguistics, engineering, and education. Teams of people from a variety of backgrounds conduct research that often involves collaborating with other NLM divisions, institutes at NIH, organizations within the Department of Health and Human Services, and academic and industry partners.
LHNCBC is organized into five major components: the Cognitive Science Branch (CgSB), the Communications Engineering Branch (CEB), the Computer Science Branch (CSB), the Audiovisual Program Development Branch (APDB), and the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications (OHPCC). An external Board of Scientific Counselors meets semi-annually to review LHNCBC’s research projects and priorities. News and information about LHNCBC research activities are available at http://lhncbc.nlm.nih.gov/.