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NHS online database launched

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The NHS Knowledge Network, an online database that improves the access of health and social care staff to information, has been launched in Scotland.

Containing data on clinical practice, patient care and research, the system is based on a previous “e-library” and was unveiled at the annual NHS Scotland conference.

More than 100 organisations in the health service, local government and voluntary sector have joined forces to provide in excess of 11 million resources that can be accessed by a search engine.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “We know that a skilled, motivated and committed workforce, with access to the right knowledge, tools and materials, is a key component to delivering the highest quality healthcare for the people of Scotland.

“That is why today’s announcement on the Knowledge Network is to be welcomed, not only will it save staff time, it will allow them to access a wealth of information, which for the first time will be available online in the same place.”

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