Patients often ask, "How can I find information about my health condition or other health related issues?" Because informed patients are better able to make decisions regarding their health care, the Health Information Resource Center is committed to helping patients and patient families find current, authoritative health information and services relevant to their needs.
Located on the third floor of the USA Medical Center, the HIRC is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for patients, patient families and health care professionals. You can walk in, call or e-mail us with an information request. You may also ask your doctor or nurse for an "Information Prescription." Either way, we will fill the prescription by delivering the information to your patient room.
If you prefer, you may search for yourself using any of the following resources:
- MedlinePlus.gov - MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
- The Medical Library Association has recommended the following as its "Top 10" Most Useful Consumer Health Websites:
- Ask Me 3 - Questions to ask your doctor. http://www.npsf.org/askme3/for_patients.php
- Hospital Staff - A full range of library resources and services is available to you as health care professionals. Call, visit the library or check out the Biomedical Library Web site, http://biomedicallibrary.southalabama.edu/library/. There is also a Web site optimized for mobile devices, http://bl.southalabama.edu/m.
- Contact Information
Cancer.gov Kidshealth.org CDC.gov Mayoclinic.com Familydoctor.org Medem.com Healthfinder.gov Noah-health.org HIVInsite.ucsf.edu
The HIRC staff has put together a list of quality Web sites to help patients and their families find information on health conditions. You can find that list by clicking here: http://biomedicallibrary.southalabama.edu/health/. This list is also available on a touch screen kiosk in the library. Come in and we will help you find what you need.
Ask Me 3 is a patient education program designed to promote communication between health care providers and patients in order to improve health outcomes. The program encourages patients to understand the answers to three questions:
1. What is my main problem?
2. What do I need to do?
3. Why is it important for me to do this?
Health Information Resource Center
University of South Alabama Medical Center
2451 Fillingim St.
Mobile, AL 36617
Fax (251) 471-7857