Harrison's On Hand offers medical professionals immediate access to key clinical resources

New York 17 April 2002Through Harrison's On Hand, some of the most important questions that medical professionals and students rely on for diagnosis and treatment can now be answered on Palm OS devices. Created through a joint venture between McGraw-Hill Professional, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, and Unbound Medicine, Harrison's On Hand brings a wide range of resources from Harrison's Manual of Medicine, Harrison's Online, and Lexi-Comp's Drug Information directly to the point of need. The service also provides search links back to additional in-depth content via the Internet in Harrison's Online.


With Harrison's On Hand, medical professionals can access the most current data quickly and easily. Using basic browsing and navigation features and fast local and on-line search capabilities, individuals with handheld devices can find, capture, and store the information needed to answer questions and solve problems.

Users can search locally for immediate answers to questions, or construct off-line queries and queue them to Harrison's Online later for more in-depth coverage. The daily updates from Harrison's Online are downloaded to Harrison's On Hand enabling users to stay current on important clinical trials, read concise reviews and editorials, and view the latest additions to Harrison's internal medicine on-line reference.

Harrison's On Hand users who access Lexi-Comp's Drug Information can access instant therapeutic guidelines and information on pharmacology, adverse effects, interactions, dosages, and other critical information for prescribing practitioners.

In addition to viewing the resources on their handheld devices, Harrison's On Hand users can request full text for content they are interested in for on-line viewing, and record queries at the point of care. Upon synchronisation of the handheld with the Internet, these requests can be sent to each user's desktop on-line personal library, where the user can link to even more in-depth information in Harrison's Online.

"McGraw Hill Professional is committed to making its best resources available whenever, and wherever they are needed most, and as more and more practitioners tap into the resources of handheld devices, Harrison's On Hand will be there to meet their needs", stated McGraw-Hill Professional President Ted Nardin.

The Harrison's brand of internal medicine references offers the world's best-selling medical content. From a newly released 15th edition of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine reference text, to the daily updated Harrison's Online, a CD-ROM, a board preparation guide, and a convenient pocket manual from which Harrison's On Hand is derived.

Harrison's On Hand was created in conjunction with Unbound Medicine, who provided the information architecture expertise and CogniQ, its mobile knowledge management platform. This innovative product can be used on Palm OS devices and will be supported on Pocket PC devices later this year. Unbound Medicine Inc. develops next-generation knowledge management systems for health care. The company's handheld and Web-based technology platform and information architecture services help partners provide health care professionals with advanced systems for acquiring, managing, and sharing knowledge.

Leslie Versweyveld

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