Skyscape provides five new psychiatric references on handhelds for better mental care

Hudson 15 September 2003Skyscape Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide mobile medical and nursing reference solutions, has introduced five new, PDA-enhanced references from the industry's leading publishers, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), to give psychiatrists access to the most comprehensive line of psychiatric references on handheld computers. Additionally, Skyscape announces a new partnership with American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. (APPI), a major publisher of books, journals, and other media related to psychiatry and mental health.


More than 190.000 medical professionals rely on Skyscape-powered products to provide them access to information such as drug treatments, interactions and dosages that are essential for providing the highest quality patient care.

Now, Skyscape is bringing the same functionality to psychiatrists eliminating the need for them to spend time searching through reference books, and ensuring they have quick access even while on rounds by introducing five top titles in the field of psychiatry, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) and The Manual for Clinical Psychopharmacology (PsychPharm) published by American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., Psychiatric Drug Therapy (PsychD) and The Washington University Survival Guide Series - Psychiatry (WUSPsych) published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; and Psychosocial Nursing for General Patient Care, 2nd Edition (RNPsych) published by F.A. Davis.

"I am active in a very busy consultation-liaison service, with a lot of activity in the ICU. I find the Skyscape references to be invaluable. They save me many a trip to the hospital library", stated Alan Gruber, DSW, PhD, MD, NeuroBehavioural Associates, Chair and Professor, PsyD-MD Programme, Medical University of the Americas. "What really makes them helpful is the way they take me directly to a diagnosis or condition, to the drugs being used and their interactions, so I can quickly make sure that my recommendations for the patient's care will fit the situation. It's a great tool to have in my pocket."

"We are pleased to be able to provide our customers with the Skyscape handheld versions of DSM-IV-TR and the Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology", stated Robert E. Hales, MD, Editor-in-Chief of APPI. "By utilizing Skyscape's technology, APPI now has the opportunity to provide new functionality to augment the usefulness of our psychiatric references and make the enhanced PDA versions an integral part of medical professionals' decision-making process."

The references are available today and can be purchased except for the Washington Manual Series which is coming soon:

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Available today, the handheld version of this text incorporates information culled from a comprehensive literature review of research about mental disorders published since the 1994 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was completed. Sections on prevalence, gender, age, culture, course, and familial pattern have been revised to reflect recent research findings and utilize the latest information about the epidemiology and other facets of DSM conditions, also including new research into Schizophrenia, Asperger's Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Dementia, and Somatoform Disorders.
  • The Manual for Clinical Psychopharmacology, 4th Edition: This popular manual now available on PDA offers extensively updated chapters with new sections and summary tables for quick reference, including the latest information on anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety agents, hypnotics, and stimulants. This comprehensive clinical guide emphasizes practical advice, i.e. specific recommendations about dosing, titration, and combining medications, derived from the authors' extensive clinical experience in evaluating and understanding psychiatric patients.
  • Psychiatric Drug Therapy: Based on the Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Therapy, Fourth Edition, the handheld version, PsychD, is considered an essential reference for psychiatrists. Each of the major classes of drugs used in current psychiatric practice are included along with in-depth coverage of mechanisms of action, indications and therapeutic uses, side effects, toxicity, and interactions with other medications.
  • Psychosocial Nursing for General Patient Care, 2nd Edition: Based on this concise, quick reference handbook, the handheld version, RnPsych, will help prepare students and nurses for common psychosocial and psychiatric problems that can coincide with patients' medical problems. Its quick reference format allows users to find information to intervene quickly and effectively.
  • Washington University Survival Guide Series - Psychiatry: Based on this popular reference, the handheld version, WUSPsych, provides references for professionals in psychiatric medicine, in inpatient psychiatric, consultation and emergency settings. Each section addresses the most frequently encountered problems in these clinical settings and offers practical suggestions on how to obtain information, generate reasonable differential diagnoses, discriminate among diagnoses and document clinical decisions. The reference includes Style Pointer sections on patient interview skills and ED Rounds that outline clinical reasoning algorithms in the emergency setting. Class Notes sections explain how to concisely and thoroughly document patient encounters, emphasizing difficult medical-legal situations.

Skyscape's patented smARTlink technology brings critical information to medical professionals in a context they can use, reducing the time needed to spend consulting information and adding value by enabling complex queries and access to the latest disease, drug and drug interaction information. The smARTlink functionality allows medical professionals to easily cross-index with other clinical and drug prescription products from Skyscape, especially concerning interactions between drugs for multiple conditions.

All powered-by-Skyscape references dynamically cross-index via the smARTlink functionality on the handheld. For example, if a psychiatrist were treating a patient who presented with anorexia nervosa, the physician could quickly look up anorexia nervosa in DSM-IV-TR with the click of a stylus. After reviewing the differential diagnosis information, gender features and prevalence to ensure that the correct diagnosis has been made, the physician can then, with a single click, smARTlink to The Manual for Clinical Psychopharmacology to determine which drugs are available to treat this condition. Additional information about the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, SSRIs, class of anti-depressants including indications, interactions and dosages would then be instantly viewable by the physician.

"The five new references available to psychiatrists represent a considerable body of knowledge that has been enhanced to take advantage of the benefits of the PDA", stated R.J. Mathew, vice president of marketing and product development for Skyscape. "This is a significant new market for Skyscape, and we will continue to expand our partnerships and offerings to best meet the needs of psychiatrists."

Skyscape is a provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for health care enterprises and individual practitioners. Skyscape's mobile platform enables the enterprise-wide deployment of the industry's most extensive portfolio of handheld medical and nursing reference information to improve the quality and efficiency of health care decision making at the point-of-care. Skyscape utilizes 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 Permanente. Skyscape's solutions are available on multiple platforms, including Palm OS, Windows CE and Pocket PC. More information on the company can be found in the VMW September 2003 article Skyscape and Mount Sinai Hospital jointly deliver handheld solution for $1 million grant from NIH.

Leslie Versweyveld

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