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     Health care providers are in constant need of current, authoritative medical information in order to help them take better care of their patients. Patients also need access to current and authoritative medical information to help them live healthier lives and take better care of themselves when ill.

Until recently, such information was usually available only in print form in libraries distant from the point of care or home, and the barriers to accessing the information were quite high. Virtual Hospital is dedicated to lowering these barriers.

Virtual Hospital is a digital health sciences library created in 1992 at the University of Iowa to help meet the information needs of health care providers and patients. The goal of the Virtual Hospital digital library is to make the Internet a useful medical reference and health promotion tool for health care providers and patients. The Virtual Hospital digital library contains thousands of textbooks and booklets for health care providers and patients.

The Virtual Hospital digital library also delivers Continuing Education (CE) to health care provider's offices and homes in a clinically relevant context at their convenience, thereby making CE more effective and efficient.


Virtual Hospital is a digital health sciences library that has been uniquely committed since 1992:

To educate patients, healthcare providers, and students in a free and anonymous manner;

For the purpose of improving patients' care, outcome, and lives;

Using current, authoritative, trustworthy health information created by The University of Iowa;

While serving as a platform for research into the challenges facing world-wide information distribution.


Curate a comprehensive digital library of health information for patients and providers.

Maximize the impact of this digital library by enhancing awareness among potential users at state, national, and international levels.

Ensure an optimal educational experience through simplicity and clarity in design.

Lead the way to a better understanding of digital libraries through a process of on-going evaluation.

Summary by Yi Zhang on 04-07-2003

Last updated by Yi Zhang on 04-07-2003

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