MDeverywhere and Unbound Medicine team to arm physicians with drug and research information on handhelds

Durham 03 October 2002MDeverywhere, specialised in providing handheld solutions for physicians to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care, has added new features to its EveryReference solution through a partnership with Unbound Medicine. Using CogniQ, Unbound Medicine's mobile knowledge management platform, care providers now have the option to add A to Z Drug Facts, Drug Interaction Facts Module and MEDLINE Journals to their MDeverywhere service.

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Valuable evidence-based answers from the latest medical literature, drug-drug and drug-food interactions, and detailed drug descriptions will be readily accessible on the provider's Palm OS or Pocket PC device at the point of need.

"The efficacy of our existing integrated encounter and dictation capture is excellent, and we believe the addition of medication and research information will prove to be invaluable for providers making critical decisions about patient care", stated Howard Jewell, MDeverywhere president and CEO. "Our solution is based on the premise of efficiently providing answers and information when they are needed, thereby markedly reducing errors, improving compliance and providing financial value."

EveryReference components include:

  • A to Z Drug Facts, produced by Facts and Comparisons. This is derived from Drug Facts and Comparisons and contains information on nearly 900 generic and 3900 trade name drugs. Each monograph includes: Generic Name, Trade Name(s), Class Name, Action, Indications/Use, Contra-indications, Dosage, Dosage Forms/Strengths, Drug Interactions, Lab Test Interferences, Adverse Reactions, Precautions, Administration and Storage, Assessment and Interventions, Overdosage, and Patient and Family Education.
  • Drug Interaction Facts, produced by Facts and Comparisons. This contains drug-drug and drug-food interaction between thousands of brand and generic drugs. Via the CogniQ platform, the user can select any number of medications, including combination drugs and foods, and quickly retrieve all the 1:1 interactions ranked by severity. For each 1:1 interaction, the user can review a detailed interaction monograph on the handheld.
  • MEDLINE Journals, derived from the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database. This provides access to more than 300 of the most highly cited journals from MEDLINE. Users select journals of interest, and the table of contents and abstracts from the latest issue are downloaded to the handheld. Any article selected on the handheld is sent to the user's Web Library with links to the publisher's Web site for full text, if available, and Unbound MEDLINE to perform more in-depth research.

"Health care providers are faced with the ultimate challenge: learn, retain and act on an immense amount of constantly changing information", stated William Detmer, MD, Unbound Medicine president and CEO. "By combining CogniQ with MDeverywhere's suite of products, we further our mission to provide clinicians reliable, up to date, actionable information at the point of care, thereby helping to reduce medical errors and improve patient care."

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.

MDeverywhere offers industry leading point-of-care solutions designed to streamline the business of medicine for physicians. The solution components, EveryCharge for charge capture, EveryNote for voice dictation, EveryOrder for order capture, and EveryReference for reference tools, build efficiency and productivity into physicians' work flow, reclaiming dollars previously lost as the result of bulky administrative processes.

Seven consecutive return on investment (ROI) studies at major health care organisations proved an average 317 percent ROI, gained from recouped lost charges, timely claim submission, and reduced rework costs. MDeverywhere interfaces with major practice management systems and is available on Palm OS and Pocket PC-based handheld devices or desktop workstations. More news about MDeverywere is available in the VMW March 2002 article MDeverywhere and Per-Se Technologies partner to provide mobile charge capture to physicians.


Leslie Versweyveld

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