Learning Resource Center Project
AIHA’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) project supplies healthcare professionals with current information on the most effective practices within their specialization, while helping these professionals build new programs rooted in evidence-based medicine. LRCs are institution- or community-based telecenters that consist of at least one computer with Internet access, a scanner that allows partners to digitize clinical images for use in teleconsultations, and a collection of health and medical databases. They enable healthcare professionals to access
Each LRC is managed by an information coordinator who is responsible for providing training, outreach, and information support to personnel, patients, and members of the local community. The information coordinator and other LRC staff are also responsible for working with healthcare professionals at their institutions to conduct periodic literature reviews to facilitate the evaluation of current standards of practice relating to clinical diagnosis and treatment, preventive health services, and health promotion or education.
Since 1995, AIHA and its partners have established 140 LRCs. These Centers collectively provide services to a community of more than 70,000 medical professionals across the NIS and CEE. In addition to meeting the research needs of partner institutions, LRCs also provide information support to more than 25,000 other healthcare providers and community members each year, including approximately 3,500 patients and members of the general public.