HEAL (Health Education Assets Library) (Out of Print)

Publication ID Published Version
393 October 22, 2006 2


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The Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) was formed to facilitate sharing of multimedia resources in a freely accessible, highly searchable digital library. HEAL's mission is to provide free digital resources of the highest quality that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators and learners, and the librarians who serve them. The HEAL collection currently contains a number of collections of multimedia resources for health sciences undergraduate and professional education, as well as resources for patient and consumer health. HEAL has been cited as a model for increasing "the efficiency and quality" of medical education activities. The collection includes more than 21,000 high quality health sciences learning assets and objects. As of December 2005, there are over 4,400 registered HEAL users worldwide. Like their counterparts in other disciplines and other nations, most American health sciences educators today are "awash with digital information resources." Analysts predict that the population of digital objects on the Web will continue to grow "exponentially." This explosion of digital resources has been concomitant with increased use of technology tools in teaching and learning more generally, from PowerPoint to LMSs to comprehensive VLEs. Health sciences educators clearly need the infrastructure, digital resource management services, and training to support the efficient identification, use, and reuse of digital materials in a variety of learning contexts. With crucial grants from the National Science Foundation under the National Science Digital Library program and the National Library of Medicine HEAL has successfully established a comprehensive digital library infrastructure, including standards, policies, and applications; and a high-quality collection of teaching materials.


Team H. HEAL (Health Education Assets Library) (Out of Print). MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2006. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/publication/393   http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.393

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education


  • HEAL, Digital Library, Repository


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Curriculum Development/Evaluation
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Professionalism
  • Quality Improvement

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Gross Anatomy
    • Histology
    • Pathology

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
    • Nursing Student
    • Pharmacy Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training


  • Image
  • Multimedia
  • Reference

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