Date

October 2006

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Patient Education; Massachusetts; Internet;

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

Go Local Massachusetts (GLM) is a Web-based resource designed to help the residents of Massachusetts identify health services, health care providers, and health-related programs available in their local area. Go Local is an extension of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's Web site for consumer health information. The goals of GLM are to (1) identify local health care service resources, (2) link the resources to subjects within the MedlinePlus database, and (3) increase collaboration between entities in Massachusetts with health information technology, making these services available to all residents of the state. This article describes the process of developing GLM, including establishing state-wide partnerships, building the database, and promoting the resource to librarians, health care providers, and the general public.

Rights and Permissions

This is the author's final, peer-reviewed version of the article as prepared for publication in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 2006, 10(4), p. 1-14. View the publisher's version at DOI: 10.1300/J381v10n04_01.

Keywords

Go Local Massachusetts, consumer health information, health care providers, health care services, information and referral, Web-based directories, MedlinePlus, Massachusetts