TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A new resource is now available at the Tyler Public Library. The Health Information Kiosk gives the public free access to information on health and wellness as well as environmental and genetic health.
“Medical information can be really difficult for some people to ask about, so we really like that we have this machine available for them to walk up to. It even has a port in it for headphones,” Reference Librarian Aleya Stone at the Tyler Public Library.
It provides access to multiple databases, including Medline Plus, Tox Town and Genetics Home Reference.
“We’re big proponents on health equity to where all populations have access to health information. For individuals who may not have access to computer or cell phones, on a regular basis, they can come to the Tyler Public Library and have access to this evidence based health information,” Director of Community Outreach for NET-Health, Terrence Ates said.
In November 2019, the Tyler Public Library, with assistance from Northeast Texas Public Health District, received the All of Us – Health Information Kiosk Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
When at the Kiosk, you can search through topics ranging from, cancer, ear nose & throat, and many other topics.
“The Library is excited to offer this new resource to the public,” said City Librarian Ashley Taylor. “The kiosk is another way that the Tyler Public Library can assist the community.”
Other health resources available are blood pressure kits provided by NET Health, health databases through TexShare and health and wellness programs such as yoga, meditation and a new Tai Chi program starting in March.
You can also get free blood pressure kits from the information desk. These kits include a blood pressure monitor, arm cuff, AC adapter, user's guide, and educational materials. Patrons who check out these kits can keep the understanding blood pressure book, chronic illness print booklet, NET Health's Center for Healthy Living brochure, and passport book with blood pressure readings.
Blood Pressure kits can be checked out for one week. Renewals are available upon request at the information desk.
If any patrons need help with the kiosk, information desk staff will be available.