Friday, May 8, 2009

NLM MyDelivery


The U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) prototype MyDelivery system makes it possible for health professionals, clinics, patients, researchers, librarians, administrators and many others to exchange electronic health and biomedical information of virtually any size in a manner that is free, fast, easy, reliable, safe and secure.

MyDelivery provides a HIPAA-compliant service, used just like email, for two individuals to exchange information privately and securely over the Internet. It is better than email because users communicate only with others they know and trust, and there are no restrictions on attachment size or quantity. File attachments may be gigabytes in size, and the only size limitation is the available disk space on the recipient's computer. In addition, attachments may consist of thousands of files, and entire directory structures. Because of the potential for time-consuming large file communication, MyDelivery has been designed to be reliable even though users may communicate through potentially unreliable wireless networks. Its algorithms are robust, and provide reliable delivery over wireless networks that may be intermittent.

Potential uses for MyDelivery include:

  • Secure communication of health information

  • Remote medical diagnosis and second medical opinions via the Internet

  • Telecommuting - Securely send files between office and home computers

  • Document Delivery - Send electronic library materials and scanned journal article images of any size directly to the patron's desktop.

  • Business data exchange

MyDelivery is being developed through a continuing research and development program in communications engineering at the NLM's Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, Communications Engineering Branch. The system is currently in Beta Test, and anybody in the United States is permitted to use it for free. We ask that users report any problems they experience, so that we can continue to improve the service. Users are also encouraged to recommend new features for the system. The free client software is downloadable from this web site, and currently runs on all Windows operating systems from Windows 2000 through Vista.