Samsung equips phone devices with wireless applications to improve patient care and forges strategic alliance with Skyscape

Hudson 30 November 2004Samsung Telecommunications America has launched a mobile solutions package that gives medical professionals access to critical data for diagnosing and treating patients without leaving the bedside or examining room. By combining Samsung's wireless handsets with health care technology applications, the offering is designed to help health care professionals deliver better and more efficient patient care. In addition, Skyscape Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America have signed a strategic alliance aimed at bringing the best in mobile medicine to a new generation of converged wireless devices by co-marketing Skyscape-powered software on select Samsung phones. The Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones, an intuitive, all-in-one health care decision support solution, provides comprehensive coverage of critical information about drugs, diseases, interactions, lab information and treatment options.

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Content and diagnostic resources such as drug references and clinical journals from Mobile MerckMedicus, Skyscape, and UpToDate are now accessible with the Samsung award-winning Mobile Intelligent Terminal (MITs) devices, the PalmSource OS-based i500 and Microsoft Windows Mobile-based i700 Pocket PC Phone. As part of an introductory promotional offer for health care professionals, trial versions of these medical applications will be made available with the Samsung i500 and i700 devices. Both the i500 and i700 are fully integrated wireless phones with personal digital assistant (PDA) functionality and Internet access.

Mobile MerckMedicus for your PDA provides access to useful resources such as The Merck Manual, 17th Edition, Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, MEDLINE journal abstracts, Reuters Medical News, and a personal search assistant. Also offered on the handset is a trial application of Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones, an intuitive, all-in-one health care decision support solution, providing comprehensive coverage of critical information about drugs, diseases, interactions, lab information and treatment options. Completing the offer is a trial version of UpToDate, a subscription-based clinical information resource created by a community of 3000 expert clinicians to provide physicians with answers to clinical questions that arise at the point of care.

"Long hours, rising malpractice insurance, constantly updated studies and clinical data are just a few of the issues that can overwhelm doctors and health care workers today", stated Dr. Edward M. Zabrek, a noted advocate for the use of wireless technology in health care settings and medical advisor for Samsung.

"As a physician with a busy private obstetrics and gynaecology practice, having wireless access to information such as drug interactions, the latest journal abstracts, and clinical diagnostic information, along with a tool that allows me to earn my continuing medical education (CME) requirements, is essential to me, and to the health of my patients", Dr. Zabrek added.

According to the Institute of Medicine, each year tens of thousands of deaths and injuries are caused by medical mistakes that could be decreased by the widespread deployment of information technology (IT). Further, International Pediatrics (Vol. 18/No. 2/2003) notes that the bedside use of PDAs, equipped with relevant, reliable, real-time drug, medical reference and calculator software can help reduce the prevalence of medical errors.

"Our wireless handsets, with industry specific software, can be used effectively and efficiently in the health care environment", stated Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of Samsung's wireless terminals division. "Now professionals in the medical community can consolidate to one converged device that serves both as a wireless phone and a PDA with access to critical and relevant medical data."

The adoption of wireless technology by physicians is projected to continue increasing. According to Gartner Research, PDAs will be used by 50 percent of the physician community this year and grow to more than 75 percent in 2007. Also, the American Medical Student Association notes that having a PDA during a resident's clinical years is "now regarded to be nearly as essential as owning a stethoscope".

Customers who purchase the Mobile Medical Solutions for the Samsung Mobile Intelligent Terminal (MITs) devices, the PalmSource OS-based i500 and Microsoft Windows Mobile-based i700 Pocket PC Phone, will be able to purchase the Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones at a significantly discounted price of $179, a savings of $164 from the standard subscription price. An evaluation copy of the Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones ships with every purchase of the Mobile Medical Solutions for Samsung Phones.

"Samsung selected Skyscape because they deliver a powerful integrated knowledge base of medical reference information created by medicine's thought leaders", stated Peter Skarzynski. "The software provides tremendous value to medical practitioners choosing the Samsung devices as their platform of choice for both communication and decision support."

Now medical practitioners can carry trusted medical reference information, critical to making informed decisions at the point-of care, on the same device they use to communicate during the course of their busy day. The MITs converge the capabilities of two distinct devices onto one convenient mainstream platform, and provide health care professionals the opportunity to transmit and receive vital medical information via global wireless data networks.

"Our work with Samsung and the availability of Skyscape solutions for converged wireless devices represents a major step in our evolving strategy to bring mobile medicine into the mainstream and to the largest number of users", stated R.J. Mathew, vice president of marketing and business development, Skyscape. "Now with Skyscape's dynamic, wireless update capability, a physician can keep his medical knowledge base dynamically updated while in the office, doing rounds, or traveling out of town."

Skyscape has pioneered the development of handheld solutions since 1993 and today dominates the PDA medical reference market. More than 350.000 physicians, nurses, residents, EMTs, and pharmacists rely on Skyscape-powered titles to make the most informed decisions. Skyscape continues to innovate, introducing dynamic, wireless updates with the Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones and enhancing its patented smARTlink technology for ease-of-use and work flow that mirrors the clinical experience.

With Skyscape's wireless updates, a user can elect to receive wireless updates whenever information is updated, for instance when a publication is updated or a CDC Alert or FDA Drug approval occurs. The wireless update is automatically integrated into all Skyscape references on the Samsung device. This ensures medical professionals always have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips.

With Skyscape's patented smARTlink technology, users can effortlessly navigate through a virtual medical library on their Samsung Mobile Intelligent Terminal, accessing information on the leading diagnostic, drug and laboratory references, as well as dynamic ARTbeat channels for CDC and FDA MedWatch alerts. Additionally, Skyscape users can select from Skyscape's ever-expanding portfolio of over 250 trusted medical references in 35 specialities to customize the medical library on their smartphone.

"It is great that Skyscape is making its trusted medical references available on a PDA phone", stated Dr. Leonard Feld, system chairman of Atlantic Health System and medical director of the Goryeb Children's Hospital in New Jersey. "In busy clinical settings and on the go, ready access to up-to-date medical information is essential. The Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones offers a unique user-friendly interface and is a great approach to finding specific information and can help improve both inpatient and outpatient care. With over-the-air updates you can always have the latest information."

The Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones provides the most comprehensive set of medical references for converged devices, including:

  • The Little Black Book of Primary Care: The title contains more than 6000 references for virtually every aspect of clinical primary care, and also includes literature-debated issues.
  • PocketMedicine's Treatment Strategies in Infectious Diseases: This authoritative title covers diagnosis, treatment and evaluation.
  • AHFS Dosing Companion: The evidence-based dosing statements are based on the AHFS Drug Information database, the official compendium for information on medically accepted uses of drugs.
  • The Medical Letter's Handbook of Adverse Drug Interactions: Contains interaction information on more than 3000 brand name drugs with generic equivalents.
  • Drug Interaction Facts: Herbal Supplements & Food:: The reference contains more than 100 monographs on treatment, drug interaction and safety issues for herbal products.
  • Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation, Sixth Edition: Contains practical information on more than 1000 pharmaceuticals and natural products that can be used by pregnant or lactating women.
  • PocketMedicine / Checklist of Laboratory Interpretation: This indispensable reference aids medical professionals who are making and confirming diagnoses.
  • Archimedes: A medical calculator providing over 70 of the most commonly used formulas.
  • ARTbeat: Enables medical practitioners to dynamically access information including MedWatch Drug Alerts, CDC Spotlights and CDC Preventing Chronic Disease.

Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones is available to all customers who purchase the Mobile Medical Solutions for Samsung Phones for $179, a $164 reduction from regular subscription price. The Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones offer is part of a suite of mobile medical solutions offered exclusively for select Samsung phones.

Skyscape is a provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions that improve the quality and efficiency of patient care and help reduce medical errors. Skyscape provides more than 240 of medicine's most trusted and reputable medical references, from more than 30 major medical publishers, for over 35 medical specialities, all integrated via its patented smARTlink technology. Skyscape's Constellation suites are all-in-one decision support solutions customized for individual specialties and include critical information on drugs, diseases, interactions, lab information, treatment options and guidelines. Skyscape has the largest installed base of paying customers in the industry, including hospitals, medical schools and individual practitioners at hundreds of leading institutions. Skyscape's solutions are available on multiple platforms, including Palm OS, Windows CE and Pocket PC.

As the world's third largest manufacturer of wireless handsets, Samsung is effectively leveraging its advanced Mobile Intelligent Terminal (MITs) devices - the PalmSource OS-based i500, the Microsoft Windows Mobile-based i600 Smartphone and Microsoft Windows Mobile-based i700 Pocket PC Phone - as the ideal wireless platforms for corporations to extend their CRM, ERP, SCM and field maintenance applications to all users or selected workforce segments. Samsung's MITs devices also provide users with off-line access to information and full functionality even when they are not wirelessly connected.

Samsung Telecommunications America, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company Ltd., researches, markets and distributes wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global expert in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2003 parent company sales of US$36,4 billion and net income of US$5 billion. Employing approximately 88.000 people in 89 offices in 46 countries, the company consists of six main business units: Corporate Technology Operations, Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business.


Leslie Versweyveld

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