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October 18, 2010

Images from the History of Medicine

Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) has now been added to SearchTools. This free resource is a project from the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and features nearly 70,000 digitized images reflecting the social and historic aspects of the health sciences. The images include portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art dated from the 15th to 21st century, many drawn from the illustrations in the Library of Congress's rare book and manuscript collection. The database is searchable by keyword or browsable by category, and more images are being added frequently.

Please be aware that these images are for private study, scholarship, and research. Some of them may be under copyright and it is the user's responsibility to comply with all copyright laws. Print copies can be ordered from the the IHM website.

Posted by sehanley at 12:13 PM | Comments (0)

October 06, 2010

HealthCare.gov is now online

Health care consumers will be pleased to discover HealthCare.gov, the new website put up by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide information about 2010 Affordable Care Act. This Act, which took effect on September 23, is designed to curb abusive practices in the health insurance industry. In addition to explaining the new law, the HealthCare.gov allows consumers to locate private insurance plans and compare benefits, premiums, and coverage between different plans and providers. Providers are also now required to submit data on how many applicants have been denied coverage and how many of the enrolled customers are paying higher costs due to health conditions, and this data is published as well.

The site allows the user to search for area hospitals and nursing homes, and allows comparisons between them based on patient surveys or other quality measures. Another section provides preventative health care information and links to Healthfinder.gov.

To aid in discovering and accessing HealthCare.gov, it has been added to SearchTools.

Posted by sehanley at 10:08 AM | Comments (0)