A team of healthcare professionals and evidence-based medical experts at EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has launched a COVID-19 portal which aggregates real-time information updates from authoritative sources to provide information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The portal was created to meet the needs of the healthcare information community in a time when information is released at a rapid rate, from all areas of the knowledge ecosystem. The COVID-19 portal provides researchers and healthcare professionals with consolidated access to real-time, credible information. Librarians and information professionals are also called upon to suggest resources that should be added to the site.
EBSCO Information Services chief medical knowledge officer Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, FAMIA, says the portal was developed to provide useful information to many professionals seeking information about COVID-19. “This is a time of massive and rapid information demand.
By creating this portal, we are responding to the needs of many sectors of society by making COVID-19 information available for a diverse set of users. To meet this great need, we have enabled information professionals and others to contribute — to leverage their expertise developing collections and vetting sources — which we’ve made possible through this portal.”
The portal was created in collaboration with EBSCO’s Stacks division. Stacks Founder and EBSCO Information Services vice president of SaaS product and technology Kristin Delwo says the portal is an evolving platform that aims to include all trusted resources to best meet the needs of the online research community. “At its simplest level, the COVID-19 portal is a way to help people share and find information. As experts in clinical content, EBSCO is well positioned to curate a site of this magnitude and to understand the best curators of this valuable content.”
The EBSCO Clinical Decisions division provides clinical decision support resources to healthcare institutions around the world. The COVID-19 portal is one of several ways that EBSCO has made healthcare information accessible during the pandemic. DynaMed, EBSCO’s clinical decision support tool, has made its COVID-19 clinical topic open, offering easy access to evidence-based information related to treatment that is updated daily.
EBSCO has also developed a healthcare resource center to provide open access to the content it provides to medical, nursing and allied health professionals.
To learn more, visit covid-19.ebscomedical.com.