The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is conducting a market survey to determine potential small business sources to design programs for improving disaster medicine and public health information access for health professionals, first responders and volunteers that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information in a way useful to the target audiences, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, professional-level online medical and public health information resources on disaster, all-hazards, and emergency topics including resources from the NLM.
The effort supports the NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). Since the Center opened in 2008, NLM has worked to train and support librarians to serve as Disaster Information Specialists to help meet their communities’ information needs in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and public health emergencies.
DIMRC develops and provides access to disaster and emergency information resources and technology for health professionals and the public. These include access to the relevant biomedical literature via PubMed and the non-commercial literature via Disaster Lit: The Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, as well as tools to assist in the response to hazmat and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) events.
These tools include the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) with information on over 400 chemical, biological, and radiological agents, Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) and Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management.
Qualified business that can support these efforts are requested to submit capability statements prior to February 23, 2015.