UpToDate, where to now?
The Library recently ran a trial through honni to the point of care tool, UpToDate. It elicited a very positive response from users, with many requesting that it be purchased.
The trial is now over so access to the resource is no longer available, and the Library is now negotiating with the supplier to see if a regional price can be agreed.
A Procurement Sub-Committee of the Library Advisory Group was set up earlier this year and is currently investigating how best we can work together on a regional basis to procure and provide access to resources for the benefit of all HSC staff. It is only by taking a creative approach to resource procurement at a time of severe funding pressures that we can negotiate more competitive deals, thereby ensuring staff have the information they need to provide high quality patient care and effective risk management.
Joint procurement is a challenging task and it will take some time to carry the project forward. The outcome will depend on many factors, not least cost, but we are awaiting a quotation for regional provision of UpToDate and we will keep members informed of progress.
UpToDate is a clinical information resource which has been available for 20 years. It aims to provide information quickly and easily to help with point of care decisions in 19 specialities, with more specialities in development.