Skyscape helps hospitals, residency programmes and individual practitioners utilise power of their PDAs

Hudson 30 September 2002More than 100.000 medical professionals including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, residents and medical students, have registered to use Skyscape-powered software. Since entering the market in 2000, Skyscape, specialised in interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the health care community, has realised substantial growth and has been recognised for a number of firsts.

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Skyscape is the first company in this space to have both more than 100.000 active registered users and more than 50.000 subscribers paying for trusted, gold standard medical reference content. The company delivers the first technology to enable "smARTlinking" between trusted medical references such as the Physicians' Desk Reference and Griffith's 5-Minute Clinical Consult, published by Thomson and Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins respectively.

smARTlink is part of Skyscape's patented technology that can aggregate information from any source, organise the information and then create linked, context-sensitive solutions for PDAs, cell phones and other devices. Skyscape is also the first company in its market to form partnerships with more than 100 residency and college programmes including Abbott Northwestern, Stanford University, and the University of Massachusetts Medical Schools.

"Bringing medical professionals the information they need is critical, but the rapid adoption Skyscape has seen is a testimony to our ability to give users not just the information they need, but the ability to use it the way they think", stated Sandeep Shah, president and CEO of Skyscape. "Content is important, but content in context and the ability to link different resources from various sources and different parts of the diagnosis and treatment process is what sets Skyscape apart from other companies."

"Some of my patients ask questions about a drug side effect or interaction and you cannot believe how powerful it is to show the patient the information I have on my handheld", stated Souheil Habbal, MD, Immunologist and Allergist at Kaiser Permanente.

Hospitals, medical groups, and residency and education programmes are increasingly turning to Skyscape to meet their mobile information needs. Earlier this month, Skyscape announced it has signed agreements with more than 90 residency and college programmes including Abbott Northwestern, Stanford University, and the University of Massachusetts Medical Schools. A recent survey from MRI reports that 49 percent of hospitals that have not yet introduced mobile technologies plan to do so within the next two years.

"Allowing medical professionals to access critical information at the point of care is an increasingly pressing challenge for health care providers", stated Jocelyn Young, programme manager for health care research at IDC. "In fact, over the next five years, IDC expects the market for mobile solutions in health care to grow faster than the health care IT market overall."

Skyscape's solutions bring critical, actionable information to doctors, in a context they can use, reducing the time doctors need to spend consulting information and adding value by enabling complex information queries and access to the latest drug information. Research has shown that the ability to capture and retrieve information at the point of care can reduce the time it takes to deliver care in half and can significantly minimise prescription errors. The power of handhelds has been recognised by the medical industry, with almost 50 percent of doctors today using the devices.

Through the use of Skyscape solutions on their handhelds, physicians can diagnose illnesses, determine treatment, prescribe medication, identify drug interactions, calculate dosages, and perform all the necessary steps involved with quality patient care right at the patient's bedside. ART-based solutions enable practitioners to follow their own intuitive thought process and work flow, improving care quality and reducing administrative time.

"Skyscape products are accurate, thorough and easy to use. Conscientious use of the programmes save lives by preventing errors from drug interactions. Where else can one find such an incredible knowledge base in such a tiny package?" stated Garland Novosad, a dentist in Wharton, Texas.

Skyscape utilises its patented Advanced Reference and Transaction (ART) infrastructure technology to create compelling high-value solutions for handheld devices that reflect and support the intuitive thought processes of the medical practitioner. Skyscape's solutions significantly improve the quality and efficiency of medical decision making at the point of care.

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. Skyscape's solutions are available on multiple platforms including Palm OS, Windows CE, and Pocket PC. More company news can be found in the VMW October 2002 article Skyscape's SmARTrain programme offers students power of medical library on PDA.


Leslie Versweyveld

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