US-based information research solutions provider Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the National Library for Health (NLH) to supply all National Health Service hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout England with electronic access to important medical, healthcare and nursing information resources.
Though the 3-year agreement officially commences April 2008, Ovid has had a fully approved Framework Agreement since July 2007, allowing NHS institutions to license databases, journals and books at preferential rates. For the past several years, individual hospitals and regional consortia, as well as medical and nursing schools, have selected the Ovid platform to provide access to a wide range of journals, books and databases, which they have used alongside the NLH-financed Core Content.
Ovid will provide healthcare facilities in England with access to 6 critical databases that are widely considered basic components of any institution's portfolio of information. These include the British Library's AMED Allied and Contemporary Medicine bibliographic database; the British Nursing Index (BNI); EMBASE, a biomedical and pharmacological database from STM publisher Elsevier; MEDLINE, the premier medical database from the National Library of Medicine in the US; PsycINFO, from the American Psychological Association; and HMIC, a unique source for information about the health management from the UK Department of Health and the King's Fund Library.
The databases licensed by the NLH, and all Ovid content acquired under the Framework Agreement, will comply with the NLH Enterprise Architecture - a project to design and build an integrated digital library service which can be plugged into NHS clinical systems.
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