Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and Skyscape partner to put medical reference works on PDA

Philadelphia 18 March 2002Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW), a provider of professional health care information, has now made available the 30th Edition of The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics for handheld devices through a partnership with Skyscape, an expert in handheld software solutions for the medical community. As the best-selling medical title worldwide, The Washington Manual has long been relied upon by physicians throughout their careers as one of the most valuable reference tools for inpatient care.


Edited by a team of chief residents at Washington University's Department of Internal Medicine, The Washington Manual has become the authoritative reference for current management of common medical disorders. The new PDA-enabled 30th Edition of The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics continues this tradition, providing all the content of the print edition, as well as adding time saving interactive tools to provide physicians and residents with instant access to the information they need at the point of care.

"In the hospital environment, physicians are continuously stretched for time, seeing several dozen patients each day", stated James Ryan, vice president and publisher for LWW. "By making The Washington Manual fully searchable and allowing it to cross-link with other clinical titles, doctors now have a powerful decision-support tool to help them quickly find the answers they need in treating their patients."

The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics focuses on the latest standards of therapy and the key details that physicians need, to provide quality patient care, including the most current drug information along with accurate dosages; evidence-based guidelines for patient management; and extensive coverage of inpatient therapeutics.

The new PDA version, available for Palm OS, Windows CE, and Pocket PC handheld devices, offers a variety of ways to quickly and easily locate information for treating most conditions and diseases. For example, physicians can locate detailed information via an electronic Table of Contents, a Main Index or a Medication Index. Additionally, physicians can quickly search for and locate details about how to treat specific conditions and diseases using the tool's dynamic information retrieval capabilities.

The PDA version also uses Skyscape's Rich Text Format (RTF), which significantly enhances readability and comprehension of information through the use of highlighting, colour, bolding of text, and embedded hyperlinks. It also includes a notepad allowing physicians to enter notes on patient care or background directly into The Washington Manual.

Several residents at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix are among the early users of the PDA-enabled Washington Manual. According to Alberto Ramos, a resident at Good Samaritan, the electronic manual offers tremendous value. "There are dozens of different conditions that internists see every day. For example, if you are admitting a patient with a bleeding ulcer, there are certain things you need to do as soon as possible. There are certain tests that have to be run to make a diagnosis and orders to start treatment", stated Alberto Ramos.

"Being able to refer to the Manual is very valuable. I used to carry around the print volume, however, while not huge, it was bulky, and it could easily be left behind. With the PDA-version, it is easy to quickly locate the information you are looking for, it is incorporated into a PDA device many physicians are already using, and it is easy to slip back into your pocket when not in use", added Alberto Ramos.

The ability to cross-link The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics with other PDA-enabled titles, allows physicians to turn their handheld devices into a powerful integrated tool. For example, physicians can add Primary Care Medicine Recommendations, another PDA-enabled title from LWW, to their handheld device. The Washington Manual provides them with the reference they need for inpatient care, while Primary Care Medicine Recommendations offers quick answers to more than 230 clinical problems seen in outpatient settings.

The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics for handheld devices is available immediately for USD 59,95 and can be downloaded directly from the LWW Web site for trial usage for a limited time before a decision is made to purchase. It also can be ordered on CD-ROM from LWW's on-line store.

Skyscape is a privately owned handheld technology company developing mobile solutions for the medical and health care community. Skyscape utilises its ART technology to rapidly develop innovative products which are intuitive, easy-to-use, and which enable the seamless integration of information from diverse and independent sources.

Leslie Versweyveld

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