McGraw-Hill and Skyscape partner to increase mobile access to medical information

New York 10 March 2003McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, a provider of electronic and print materials for medical professionals, and Skyscape Inc., a supplier of enterprise-wide mobile medical and nursing reference solutions, have signed a strategic partnership to bring electronic powered by Skyscape versions of McGraw-Hill's medical references to PDAs, giving health care professionals access to critical information, in-context, at the point-of-care.

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Through this strategic partnership, McGraw-Hill and Skyscape will enable medical professionals to consult a comprehensive knowledge-base to make informed medical decisions. Research has shown that the ability to capture and retrieve information at the point-of-care can decrease the time it takes for delivering care in half and can significantly reduce prescription and other errors.

Through its patented smARTlink technology, Skyscape brings critical information to more than 150.000 medical professionals 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 disease, drug and drug interaction information.

"Millions of people turn to McGraw-Hill for accurate information, whether it is through our on-line and handheld reference tools or our print materials. Our partnership with Skyscape expands the mobile access to our trusted medical diagnostic texts in a convenient medium for physicians and students on-the-go", stated Jack Farrell, VP, Publisher of Educational Products, McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing Division.

Under the terms of the partnership, McGraw-Hill and Skyscape will give doctors, nurses, students and other medical professionals access to proven medical references via the PDA, beginning with McGraw-Hill's Essentials of Diagnosis & Treatment which is available today. Currently in development with Skyscape are McGraw-Hill's Clinician's Pocket Drug Reference 2003 and Internal Medicine On Call, which will be generally available in the next quarter.

"This important strategic partnership enables Skyscape and McGraw-Hill to bring some of the most trusted medical references onto the Palm and Windows CE/Pocket PC platform", stated R.J. Mathew, vice president marketing and business development for Skyscape. "Essentials of Diagnosis & Treatment is a comprehensive resource for our current and future customer base of medical professionals who rely on vital and timely information at the point-of-care. Skyscape looks forward to adding more titles from McGraw-Hill in the coming months."

Essentials of Diagnosis & Treatment, 2nd edition, by Lawrence M. Tierney, Jr., MD; Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH; and Mary A. Whooley, MD or EssentialsDx, as the handheld version is titled, is the leading source of "quick takes" on 500 common and important disorders. EssentialsDx enables medical professionals to confirm diagnoses and initial treatment plans, providing valuable support for trainees and residents and for providers desiring a quick refresher.

Clinician's Pocket Drug Reference 2003 by Leonard Gomella and Steven Haist is a quick access guide that covers more than 900 of the most commonly used medications. Organised alphabetically by generic drug name, each entry includes selected key data such as common uses, actions, dosage, dosage modifications, contra-indications and common side effects. The manual also provides a list of the medications organised by drug classification.

Internal Medicine On Call, 3rd edition by Steven Haist, John Robbins and Leonard Gomella is a concise, portable reference that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of over 60 of the most common internal medicine on call problems. Each on call chapter includes a presenting problem, immediate questions, differential diagnosis, laboratory and other diagnostic data, and treatment plan.

With Skyscape's patented smARTlink technology, doctors, nurses and health care practitioners can easily cross-index with other clinical and drug prescription products from Skyscape to provide medical professionals with a powerful and integrated source of information whenever and wherever they need it.

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 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 Skyscape news is available in the VMW February 2003 article Skyscape introduces HIV and therapy guides to PDA using physicians.


Leslie Versweyveld

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