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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) was established in 1836 as the library of the Army Surgeon General's Office. It was transferred to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and became known as NLM in 1956. In support of its mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate biomedical information, NLM has assembled the largest collection of biomedical literature in the world. Included are over 8 million books, journals, technical reports, and other print and audiovisual materials, as well as the nation's largest medical history collection. Services of NLM include computer-based literature retrieval services, interlibrary loan services, programs and grant support for medical libraries, toxicology information services and biotechnology information services. Eight major libraries around the country, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) coordinate online reference retrieval and interlibrary loan services for libraries in their region. DATABASES: Free access to MEDLINE, MEDLINEplus (Consumer health information), and other NLM databases are available to those with World Wide Web access at: www.nlm.nih.gov. Fact sheets and pocket guides describing the databases are available. A MEDLARS management service desk at NLM is staffed to answer questions about the online system.

Review Date: August 18, 2011

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Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in and receive services in all HHS programs without facing unlawful discrimination. Through prevention and elimination of unlawful discrimination, the Office for Civil Rights helps HHS carry out its overall mission of improving the health and well-being of all people affected by its many programs.

Review Date: September 24, 2010

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Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of the Surgeon General, under the direction of the Surgeon General, oversees the operations of the 6,500-member Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and provides support for the Surgeon General in the accomplishment of her other duties. The Office is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General serves as America's Doctor by providing Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

Review Date: August 24, 2011

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American Health Information Management Association

With more than 54,000 members, AHIMA is the leading organization in health information management. AHIMA has been representing and certifying medical record professionals since 1928. Our expertise includes patient medical records, computer-based patient records, clinical data management, and confidentiality of health information. In addition, AHIMA's Washington office specializes in healthcare reform and associated legislative issues. Chapters are located in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. Located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), ONC is the principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

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