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CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
e-mail: david-pedersen@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

UI receives IAIMS planning grant

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has received a one-year, $135,000 planning grant from the National Library of Medicine to develop ways to integrate computerized medical information and other resources for health care professionals, students, faculty and researchers at the UI Health Sciences Center.

The Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) grant is the first of a two-phase grant program from the National Library of Medicine. The second phase of the program could provide implementation funds of up to $500,000 per year for five years.

IAIMS refers to computer networks that link libraries at academic health sciences centers with databases and informational World Wide Web sites both within and outside the university. These links support more efficient and higher quality patient care, research, education and administration by integrating resources and information.

IAIMS planning at the UI includes developing an institutional design that makes maximum use of World Wide Web technology. The UI's Virtual Hospital, National Laboratory for the Study of Rural Telemedicine, Computer Based Patient Record, and electronic and print resources at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences -- such as MEDLINE -- will be connected to a system that is accessible from a single computer workstation. This will benefit health care providers at the UI and around the state, as well as patients, health sciences students, educators, and researchers.

The IAIMS project was initiated by David Curry, head of the UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Dr. James Flanagan, UI associate professor of internal medicine and hospital information systems, and Dr. Jeffrey Galvin, UI professor of radiology.

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