Charting a Course for the 21st Century – NLM's Long Range Plan 2006-2016
Whole genome analysis will be increasingly applied to new pathogens and emerging diseases. The NLM will facilitate a global system aggregating and facilitating access to information produced around the globe.
At the same time, declining costs and increasing robustness of wireless communication and portable/wearable computing devices will make reliable delivery of education and information much more feasible in even remote and very poor parts of the world. Although it cannot address the underlying problems of extreme poverty, joblessness, and lack of access to medicines, near ubiquitous access to NLM’s knowledge resources will provide new opportunities for partnerships with international organizations and foreign governments to aide efforts to improve health and prevent the spread of emerging infections.