Thomson Micromedex and MercuryMD partner to improve patient outcomes by integrating clinical decision support into physicians' work flows

San Diego 10 February 2006In an ambitious undertaking that promises a fundamental change in supplying on-demand knowledge affecting true clinical decision support for physicians, Thomson Micromedex and MercuryMD Inc. are joining forces to offer a comprehensive solution of evidence-based content integrated with mobile and desktop access to complete patient information for integrated delivery networks and hospitals. Thomson Micromedex' visionary guidebook "Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer's Guide" is one of two recipients of the HIMSS 2005 "Book of the Year" award.


Micromedex is a part of The Thomson Corporation, an expert in enterprise-wide clinical knowledge solutions for scientific and health care professionals. MercuryMD is a premier provider of mobile information systems to hospitals and clinicians, specializing in ubiquitous access to patient-specific clinical information for physicians.

Micromedex and MercuryMD are demonstrating the new integrated solution at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference February 13-16 in San Diego. MercuryMD customers can expect a generally available product in June 2006.

Under the agreement, Micromedex will integrate its clinical knowledge solutions, including mobileMICROMEDEX handheld software and patient education resources with MercuryMD's MData Mobile and MData Desktop applications. The comprehensive offering will be accessed through a Web-enabled linking and information retrieval function developed by Micromedex called InfoButton Access. Thus, the physician uses one application - desktop or mobile - to access electronic patient information and clinical knowledge solutions through a single linked source, enabling true clinical decision support at the point of care.

"Our hospital customers and clinical users trust Micromedex solutions", stated Alan J. Ying, M.D., chief executive officer and co-founder, MercuryMD. "Integrated access to both clinical results and evidence-based treatment information is necessary as IT tools become the hub of physicians' daily work flow. We're pleased to work with Micromedex in bringing this solution to our customers."

Dr. Charles Frazier, director of medical informatics, Riverside Health System in Newport News, Virginia, agrees. "Physicians rely on complete patient information when evaluating trends and determining treatment options", he stated. "By placing immediate access to clinical knowledge within their work flow, treatment protocols and medication errors can be checked and modified when necessary to prevent medication errors, resulting in better patient care and improved outcomes."

Physicians who use MData with InfoButton Access to access their patients' medical history, medication lists, and test results can now quickly click from a test result to evidence-based information on how to interpret abnormal results. Without infobutton technology, clinicians must deter from their normal work flows to search for clinical references, or use their best judgment to answer critical clinical questions on labs, diagnosis, treatment, and patient education options. Now patient and context-specific answers are available with one click from virtually any location.

The new comprehensive offering will provide substantial benefits to quality of care delivery and productivity. According to a 2003 study by Partners HealthCare of Boston, clinicians reported the use of infobutton technology caused them to alter their medical decision nearly 15 percent of the time. This was especially true among specialists, who reported changing their medical decisions based on infobutton-provided evidence-based reference information almost twice as frequently as primary care physicians did.

"Our partnership with MercuryMD offers a credible solution that empowers physicians to perform one-click access to evidenced-based clinical knowledge based on individual patient data to make time-sensitive diagnosis and treatment decisions - whether in their office, during rounds, or anywhere in between", stated Jeff Reihl, executive vice president, Thomson Micromedex. "Micromedex and MercuryMD are working together to transform the delivery of clinical decision support directly into the physician's work flow to improve outcomes."

Administered by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the "Book of the Year" award honours books in the health information technology field that offer outstanding practical guidance or strategic insight for health care information and management professionals. Micromedex, known as an industry thought leader in evidence-based clinical knowledge solutions, was pleased to sponsor the book's funding and lead editorial authorship as a tool to help all health care delivery organisations improve outcomes.

This ground-breaking guide helps health care organisations build a comprehensive and systematic approach to addressing key organisational goals through a clinical decision support (CDS) programme. It provides practical, step-by step guidance for improving care processes and outcomes through CDS interventions. These interventions, which consist of delivering knowledge to clinicians or patients, can measurably improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of patient care when implemented properly, and this guide helps ensure success in this complex undertaking.

"There are strong synergies between the goals of the CDS Implementer's Guide and those of Thomson Micromedex, improving outcomes by delivering the right knowledge to the right person in the right format at the right point in work flow", stated Jerry Osheroff, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.I., Micromedex chief clinical informatics officer, lead author of the CDS Guide, and chair of the HIMSS Clinical Decision Support Workgroup and Task Force. "I am grateful for the tremendous support from the Micromedex team in developing the Guide, and for their enthusiasm and talent in using the Guide as a framework for delivering high value Micromedex clinical knowledge solutions to health care organisations."

The CDS Guide was first released on the Internet in 2004, then substantially enhanced and published as a book in 2005. Other members of the HIMSS CDS Workgroup and Guide co-authors include such prestigious physicians leaders as: Eric Pifer, M.D.; Jonathan Teich, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.M.I.; Dean Sittig, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.I.; and Robert Jenders, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.I.

"The CDS Implementer's Guide is written by physician leaders and plays a vital role in helping health care organisations attain desired organisational objectives", stated Jay Katzen, vice president of marketing and product development at Thomson Micromedex. "Micromedex is committed to ongoing investment and leadership in advancing the success and value of clinical decision support in health care delivery."

The 2005 edition of "Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer's Guide" can be purchased through the HIMSS on-line bookstore. The HIMSS member price is $55; the non-member price is $68.

The Thomson Corporation, with 2005 revenues of $8,70 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 can be found in the VMW December 2005 article Thomson Micromedex named preferred hospital supplier of human Atlas 3D animations and to deploy medication information solution for Catholic Healthcare West.

MercuryMD is a private, health care-focused software company that provides health care providers with mobile solutions to improve clinical work flows and operational efficiencies. It offers hospitals and physicians a technology foundation to provide ubiquitous access to current and comprehensive clinical information in addition to a full suite of enterprise applications that enable clinicians to transform information into action.

In total, MercuryMD's customers number more than 200 hospitals from nearly 100 health care systems representing more than 80.000 physicians across the nation. Sites range from large, academic centres to multi-facility, suburban systems to stand-alone, community hospitals. By providing access to patient information where and when it is needed via PDAs, smartphones and other Web-enabled devices, the MData Enterprise from MercuryMD helps hospitals ensure that their clinicians have the right information to make the right decisions regarding their patients' care. MData delivers the most comprehensive patient information of any mobile solution available today and works on Palm, Pocket PC and Windows Mobile devices. More information on MercuryMD is available in the VMW June 2005 MercuryMD and AccessPt enter formal partnership leveraging strengths to benefit current and potential customers.

Leslie Versweyveld

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