Transcript: NC Health Info
Christie Silbajoris, Director of NC Health Info, discusses this consumer health service of the HSL.
Hello. I’m Christie Silbajoris a librarian here at the Health Sciences Library and Director of NC Health info, the Library’s health information website for the public.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to the site and talk a little bit about its history and development.
I’ll also show you a few of the features that can help you manage your health.
The Health Sciences Library provides NC Health Info as part of the University’s mission of service to the citizens of North Carolina.
The site was developed by the Health Sciences Library in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science.
NC Health Info has a long history of being responsive to the public’s changing health information needs and today it features new easy-to-use kinds of information to help users become better informed patients, navigate the healthcare system, and manage their own health care.
NC Health Info is available in English and Spanish, too.
For more information about NC Health Info’s history, partners, and policies take a look at our about us section.
Let’s take a quick look at some of NC Health Info’s features.
The managing your health care section helps you learn about health insurance, medical records, choosing a doctor, finding quality health information, as well as other topics to help you become a better informed patient.
The providers and services section describes the specific kinds of health providers that might be a part of your health care team.
For many frequently diagnosed health conditions, it also lists reliable directories so you can find a provider near you.
Services, programs, support groups, and other organizations that can help you manage your health are also described here.
The health topics and staying safe sections contain information on frequently diagnosed physical and mental health conditions as well as safety and wellness topics.
Looking at our diabetes page you’ll see that these health topic pages also include links to mobile apps and tools, as well as selected support groups and forums to help find and build relationships among patients.
The Medications and Therapies Pages are about prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbs and supplements, lab tests, and complementary and alternative therapies.
And the people section links to specific information for seniors, women, veterans, as well as other trusted sites for other populations.
All of the links on NC Health Info are carefully selected by volunteer medical librarians across North Carolina.
Each link must meet our selection criteria and each topic is reviewed every six months to ensure that we are providing the most accurate and current information.
Other notable features are the featured topic slideshow which highlights monthly topics of interest, healthcheck quizzes, and timely health information.
The today’s health news section links to current health stories making the headlines.
And lastly if you have a health related question, the ask us box links to a page that allows you to reach our librarians through email or chat.
You can trust the information on NC Health Info to help you make a more informed choice about your health care.