Wireless medical content helps nurse practitioners make critical decisions

Palm Springs 19 October 2005As part of their joint commitment to serve the specialized technology needs of the nursing community, Thomson Micromedex and the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) have entered into a partnership to give members complimentary access to evidence-based clinical information via handheld technology to support care treatment decisions. Micromedex is a part of The Thomson Corporation, an expert in enterprise-wide clinical knowledge solutions for scientific and health care professionals.

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According to Kenneth P. Miller, Ph.D., R.N., C.F.N.P., F.A.A.N., president-elect of ACNP, nurse practitioners oftentimes travel to rural areas where they have limited or no access to their computers. "To deliver the highest quality care, nursing professionals must have proven and unbiased medical data empowering them to make accurate care decisions wherever they practise", he stated. "With the aid of mobileMICROMEDEX, nurse practitioners can easily access trusted and consistent evidence-based clinical information at the patient's bedside and throughout the patient care process."

Through the agreement, the two organisations will give nurse practitioners access to Micromedex clinical solutions suite using mobileMICROMEDEX, a software tool that seamlessly downloads medical information on drugs, drug interactions, diagnosis, acute care, alternative medicines and toxicology to their Palm OS or Pocket PC personal device assistant (PDA). Additionally, nurse practitioners receive the "What's New" alert that automatically notifies clinicians of the lasted drug information including FDA updates.

"Having this timely data supported through the flexibility of PDAs benefits all nurse practitioners striving to increase their productivity and quality time with patients", added Kenneth P. Miller. "For example, a nurse practitioner with mobile access can perform automated checks for drug-drug interactions before prescribing medication while continuing to provide direct patient care, without any change to their work flow."

"Thomson Micromedex is pleased to provide these dedicated ACNP professionals with easy access to our evidence-based clinical decision support solutions to assist them in making diagnosis and treatment decisions at the point of care", stated Jay Katzen, vice president of marketing and product development, Thomson Micromedex. "We believe nurse practitioners are essential to front-line care giving and design solutions to strengthen their practices of delivering optimum patient care whenever and wherever they need it."

During the ACNP Conference, Micromedex Product Manager Becky Allen presents "Clinical Tools in Practice" as part of the show's "Emerging Practice" educational session. Becky Allen will discuss how wireless tools such as mobileMICROMEDEX help nurse practitioners make informed patient care decisions while supporting improved outcomes. Additionally, she will talk about the different clinical content resources available for the PDA and how nurses can incorporate them into their work flow to find answers quickly to clinical questions, even when away from their computer.

Founded in 1993, the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) is a national non-profit membership organisation headquartered in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to ensure a solid policy and regulatory foundation for NP practice which promotes accessible, high-quality health care. ACNP is committed to developing NPs as leaders and facilitating collaboration among individual NPs, other nurse practitioner organisations, health care groups, and the public. ACNP's unique membership includes individual nurse practitioners and NP students, as well as state, regional and national affiliate organisations.

The Thomson Corporation, with 2004 revenues of $8,10 billion, is a global expert in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of scientific research, health care, law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, and corporate e-learning and assessment.

Thomson Micromedex, a part of Thomson Scientific & Healthcare, is the premier global provider of integrated clinical knowledge solutions that are delivered to clinicians whenever and wherever needed. Thomson, with operational headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, has approximately 40.000 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. More company news is available in the VMW October 2005 article Thomson Micromedex partners with Local Images to offer visual diagnostic software.


Leslie Versweyveld

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