Understanding that technology can play a vital role in health equity, the NNLM MCR now offers a Technology Improvement Program. This program is available for network members and offers competitive awards of up to $1,500 for the purchase or development of technology that is used to improve access to health information. These awards were first offered during the 2017-2018 fiscal year and funded a health information display system and a virtual reality lab. This fiscal year, we were able to fund three projects scheduled to be completed January 31, 2019:
Tablet Lending for Cancer Patients and Caregivers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center McGoogan Library: This project aims to develop a tablet lending program for cancer patients and their caregivers. The tablets will be made available to provide health information and mindfulness tools that can be used during long stays in a waiting room.
Interactive Online Learning Modules from the University of Kansas Medical Center Dykes Library: This project will be creating interactive online learning modules for a medical campus. We’re funding training and the software used in production of these modules that will be shared openly.
Virtual Reality Tour of the Human Eye and Brain from the University of Utah Moran Eye Institute in collaboration with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library: This project is working to develop an open source virtual reality model of the human eye and brain that can be used for health education.
Technology Improvement funding will again be offered for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. You should expect to see the call for applicants in early 2019. If you have a project idea, we’d love to fund it! Feel free to reach out to the Technology Coordinator with any questions.
-Alicia Lillich, Technology/Kansas Coordinator