Skyscape and Thomson Healthcare team to bring Skyscape PDRDrugs to handheld devices

Hudson 14 August 2002Skyscape Inc., a provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the health care community, has signed a partnership with Thomson Healthcare, publisher of the popular Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) for doctors. Skyscape has electronically enhanced the PDR guide to enable it for both Pocket PC and Palm handheld devices creating Skyscape PDRDrugs, giving medical professionals access to critical drug information at the point of care.

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Skyscape PDRDrugs is based on the same FDA-approved prescribing information in the PDR. The PDR has been the physician's most trusted source of drug information for over five decades. More than 92 percent of physicians refer to the PDR when making prescription decisions. With Skyscape PDRDrugs, doctors can instantly access drug information on more than 1500 drugs and retrieve any other Skyscape medical reference information in context including drug interactions.

"Thomson Healthcare is excited to partner with Skyscape to bring PDR, the physician's most trusted resource, to a new channel on handheld devices", stated Marcus Underwood, vice president, Internet Initiatives for Thomson Healthcare. "Now having the PDR in the Skyscape format, physicians have a new level of ease and integrated access to concise, accurate and in context drug information."

Skyscape PDRDrugs enables physicians to search for drugs by brand or generic name, indication, or therapeutic class. Doctors can search for drug indications and contra-indications; warnings and precautions; adult and paediatric dosing; how supplied; DEA class; manufacturer's name; adverse reactions; Black Box warnings; and more. When PDRDrugs is linked with other Skyscape-powered products such as best selling Griffith's 5 Minute Clinical Consult (5MCC) published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, users can also check for additional clinical conditions, drug interactions, and updates.

"Skyscape recognises that physicians need sources they can trust to make informed decisions, so we partnered with Thomson Healthcare to deliver PDR, the gold standard on drug references, to handheld devices", stated R.J. Mathew, vice president marketing and business development for Skyscape. "PDR, enhanced with Skyscape technology, provides medical professionals with the ability to make informed, critical decisions anytime, anywhere."

Skyscape's technology brings critical information to doctors, in a context they can use, reducing the time doctors need to spend consulting information and adding value by enabling complex queries and access to the latest medical information. Skyscape's patented ART Engine enables practitioners to follow their own intuitive thought process and work flow, improving quality of care and reducing administrative time.

Industry analyst firm The Yankee Group, in the report "A Rising Tide: Bringing Knowledge Power into the Hands of Healthcare Professionals", issued in December 2001, stated: "Through the use of Skyscape applications, physicians can diagnose cases, determine treatment, prescribe medication... at the patient's bedside using their handheld device. This is undeniably a powerful tool."

Skyscape has the largest installed base of paying customers in the industry including individual and communities of medical practitioners at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Stanford Medical School, Partners Health System, Duke University, Mayo Clinic, and Kaiser Permanente.

Skyscape PDRDrugs is available immediately at the reduced price of $49,95 on all leading handheld devices including Palm OS, Pocket PC, and Windows CE. More company news can be found in the VMW April 2002 article Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and Skyscape partner to put medical reference works on PDA.


Leslie Versweyveld

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