At Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, doctors and staff have developed one of the country’s most advanced health facilities with the help of journals and research made available through an innovative online platform – HINARI.
Part of the Research4Life program, HINARI provides scientists and policy makers in developing countries with access to international medical journals from over 100 leading publishers including Reed Elsevier, Springer Verlag and Wiley-Blackwell. The program is supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Microsoft, which provides the platform’s access and authentication technology.
Creating a well-stocked and high-quality biomedical library can cost an institution millions of dollars per year. Doctors at the Bach Mai Hospital say HINARI provides a base of information for a hospital that would otherwise not be able to purchase the journals.
“The quick access to information is very important because it is a question of life or death for our patients. It is very important to us because the country and the hospital are very poor. This is a very good base of information for us,” said Dr. Do Doan Loi, one of the hospital’s cardiologists.
Benefitting from a free annual subscription to HINARI’s resources, the hospital now employs 800 doctors and supports over 2,200 patients. With just a click of the button, HINARI’s electronic library searches key words or symptoms providing constant updates and new methods of diagnosis and treatment in the fast-changing medical field.
HINARI has not only improved but also expanded the boundaries of access to medical information, resulting in better trained medical personnel giving many of the world's poorest citizens better treatment and a better life.
-- Claudia Toth
Microsoft Global Strategic Accounts