CRICS10 will keep the tradition of previous editions by hosting Satellite Events of the BIREME/PAHO/WHO strategic relationship network in the field of information and health knowledge, along with VHL7 Meeting. The Meeting of Scientific Editors, the IV Meeting of the VHL Developers’ Network, the Meeting of the Primary Health Care in the Americas, the Meeting of the Virtual Campus of Public Health and the Meeting of PAHO/WHO K-Centers will be the main attractions among the Satellite Events.
The Virtual Health Library on Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine of the Americas (BVS MTCI Americas), inaugurated last March, was presented and promoted by BIREME/PAHO/WHO in two important events held in the United States, thanks to the initiative coordinated by the Health Services and Access Unit, and the Office of Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity of PAHO/WHO.
The most recent version of the Health Sciences Descriptors (DeCS) is now available for user consultation. DeCS is updated along with the US National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) update, which happens at the end of every year. The update involves the insertion of new descriptors and the removal, modification and/or hierarchical repositioning of current descriptors.
MyVHL, the personalized information product for users of the Virtual Health Library (VHL) launched by BIREME in August 2017, stores information and user preferences for a series of bibliographic services. Recently, new functionalities have been added to the application, based on requests and suggestions from VHL users, which are already more than 20,000, registered up to April 2018.
The 16th Meeting of the Brazil Nursing VHL Advisory Committee was held at BIREME with representatives of the Brazilian Network, including teaching and research institutions, class associations and funding agencies. With the main objective of defining a work plan for the 2018-2020 period, working groups discussed numerous topics of interest and defined selection criteria for journals and other documents on the field, as well as a new design for the portal. In the year in which PAHO/WHO highlights and broadens the role of nurses in primary health care, the consolidation of the Nursing VHL strengthens and supports nursing professionals in Brazil and the Region.
The relocation of the facilities of the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME), which began in mid-2016, brought about the opportunity to inaugurate a new design for the offices, with open spaces occupied by individuals and fixed and temporary equipment, as well as restricted spaces for meetings. This new layout for the workspace has proven to be very successful and may be used as a model for other offices of the Organization.