Skyscape introduces HIV and therapy guides to PDA using physicians

Hudson 13 January 2003Skyscape Inc., a provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the health care community, has made available five new additions to its infectious disease speciality line, including two titles from noted expert Dr. John Bartlett of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The addition of these titles, which are PDA versions of the same trusted, recognised medical reference publications used by physicians and other health care practitioners across the globe, gives medical professionals unprecedented access to the most comprehensive, top quality infectious disease information available today.


Further, Skyscape's patented smARTlink technology enables end users to seamlessly connect with other medical references loaded onto their PDAs in order to move in real time from diagnosing to determining treatment options and potential drug interactions. This is only possible with the Skyscape solution.

Infectious diseases include such familiar ailments as chickenpox and the flu as well as almost eradicated diseases such as polio. Medical professionals depend on reference books to support their diagnosis and treatment decisions. Especially when dealing with critical situations, there is no margin for error.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are approximately 40.000 new HIV infections in the United States each year, and there are approximately 800.000 people currently living with HIV in the United States. The National Center for Health Statistics which is part of the CDC, and the National Coalition for Adult Immunisations report that:

  • The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases occurring annually in the United States is still alarming including 37.977 cases of Syphilis, 607.602 cases of Chlamydia, and 355.642 cases of Gonorrhea reported as of 1998.
  • Tuberculosis strikes more than 25.000 people annually.
  • The sixth leading cause of death for older adults is pneumococcal pneumonia as a complication of influenza, the common flu.
  • An estimated 73.000 cases of infection and 61 deaths occur in the United States each year due to E.coli infection.

"Infectious diseases continue to plague the world population despite advances in microbial agents, vaccines, and preventative medicine. Physicians, nurses, and other health care workers in the United States and abroad face major challenges in this, one of the most fast-paced, mobile and rapidly-changing fields of medicine", stated Dr. John Bartlett, Chief, Division of Infectious Disease, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "Bringing accurate information via handhelds to health care practitioners when and where they need it is invaluable."

The newest Skyscape-powered medical references for the infectious disease market include:

  • BartlettHIV: This comprehensive PDA version of The Johns Hopkins Hospital 2002 Guide to Medical Care of Patients With HIV Infection, 10th Edition, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, keeps medical professionals on top of the latest guidelines for the care of HIV patients. Written by the noted authority, Dr. John Bartlett, this reference includes the latest developments on HIV serology and epidemiology, classification and natural history, diagnostic evaluation and prevention of complications and opportunistic infections.
  • BartlettID:: Also written by expert Dr. John Bartlett, this PDA version of 2002 Pocket Book of Infectious Disease Therapy, 11th Edition, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, covers all relevant aspects of antibiotics. It offers the latest information on dosage, trade names, price, indications, interactions, use in pregnancy and renal failure. Management guidelines given by organ system and disease category provide rapid access to the best available therapies. Tabular material contains newly approved antibiotics and new recommendations for management.
  • HIVGuide: This PDA version of HIV Primary Care Guidelines written by Dr. Howard Libman, a noted HIV clinician educator at Harvard Medical School, provides practical up-to-date recommendations on the outpatient management of HIV disease. It covers topics of importance to clinical staff involved in the primary care of HIV-infected patients. These include HIV antibody testing, initial evaluation, anti-retroviral therapy, opportunistic infection prophylaxis, immunisations and other health care maintenance issues, stratified management, and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • NelsonABX: This PDA version of Nelson's 2002-2003 Pocket Book of Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, is the most popular and widely used pocket reference on paediatric anti-microbial therapy. For each disease, the authors provide a commentary to help physicians select the best of all anti-microbial choices. Drug descriptions cover all anti-microbial agents available today and include complete information about dosing regimens. In response to growing concerns about overuse of anti-biotics, the programme includes guidelines on when not to prescribe anti-microbials.

These new references complement Skyscape's core infectious disease offering, which includes: 5MCC 2002 or 2002 Griffith's 5-Minute Clinical Consult and 5mID, The 5 Minute Infectious Disease Consult, FerriDiseases or Ferri's Clinical Advisor - Diseases and Disorders, and IM-ID, the PocketMedicine/IM-Infectious Diseases, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Elsevier Science and PocketMedicine respectively.

"When faced with a major diagnosis such as HIV or hepatitis, physicians require up-to-date information. They must present their patients with a complete assessment of the situation with confidence and clarity", stated R.J. Mathew, vice president marketing and business development for Skyscape. "These new infectious disease titles, combined with the ability to smARTlink with other medical references, empower physicians and others to be more confident in their ability to quickly diagnose illnesses and relay therapy options."

Skyscape's solutions bring critical, actionable information to health care workers in a context they can use, reducing the time they 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 reduce prescription errors. The power of handhelds has been recognised by the medical industry, with almost 50 percent of doctors using the devices today.

Through the use of Skyscape solutions on their handhelds, physicians and other medical professionals 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. Advanced Reference and Transaction (ART) based solutions enable practitioners to follow their own intuitive thought process and work flow, improving care quality and reducing administrative time.

More Skyscape news is available in the VMW January 2003 article Skyscape brings natural medicine, alternative therapy references, and the Special Forces Medical Handbook to PDA.

Leslie Versweyveld

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