The Director from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, has appointed Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, as the new Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). She is expected to begin the new role in August 2016.

Dr. Collins appointed Dr. Brennan for her background as a pioneer in the development of patient information systems. Her experience in developing patient information systems includes developing ComputerLink, an electronic network to reduce isolation and improve self-care for home care patients. She also directed two projects, HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service for helping home-dwelling cardiac patients recover quicker, and Project HealthDesign, an initiative to stimulate the next generation of personal health records.

Dr. Brennan is currently a Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor in the School of Nursing and College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a leader for the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery where new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data are developed. Her background includes her MSN degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing school, Dr. Brennan went on to work seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing before taking on several academic positions at Marquette University, Case Western Reserve University, and her current role at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also now a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

The National Library of Medicine is the largest biomedical library in the world with a wide print collection and electronic information resources on a wide range of searchable topics that are available to people all across the globe. They support and conduct research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology used by scientists and health professionals worldwide. The NLM is a branch of NIH, the nation’s primary medical research agency which includes 27 Institutes and Centers as a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The NIH conducts and supports clinical and translational medicine research, investigating causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare diseases.

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