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Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications FY2011 Annual Report
The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC), established by a joint resolution of the United States Congress in 1968, is an intramural research and development division of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). LHNCBC seeks to improve access to high quality biomedical information for individuals around the world. It leads programs aimed at creating and improving biomedical communications systems, methods, technologies, and networks and enhancing information dissemination and utilization among health professionals, patients, and the general public. An important focus of the LHNCBC is the development of Next Generation electronic health records to facilitate patient-centric care, clinical research, and public health, an area of emphasis in the NLM Long Range Plan 2006-2016.
LHNCBC research staff is drawn from a variety of disciplines including medicine, computer science, library and information science, linguistics, engineering, and education. Research projects are generally conducted by teams of individuals of varying backgrounds and often involve collaboration with other divisions of the NLM, other institutes at the NIH, other organizations within the Department of Health and Human Services, and academic and industry partners. Staff members regularly publish their research results in the medical informatics, computer and information sciences, and engineering communities.
LHNCBC is organized into five major components: Cognitive Science Branch (CgSB), Communications Engineering Branch (CEB), Computer Science Branch (CSB), 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.