Acquisition MercuryMD advances Thomson strategy to improve outcomes by integrating clinical knowledge into the clinician's work flow

Stamford 01 June 2006The Thomson Corporation, a global provider of integrated information solutions to business and professional customers has acquired MercuryMD Inc., a provider of mobile information systems serving the health care market. Terms of the transaction were not released. MercuryMD, based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, supplies health care providers with mobile solutions to improve clinical work flow and operational efficiencies. The employees of MercuryMD, including founders Drs. Alan Ying and William Lawson, will become employees of The Thomson Corporation.

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MercuryMD will become part of Micromedex, a Thomson Scientific and Healthcare business. Micromedex is a provider of integrated clinical knowledge solutions, and its products are the preferred resource for more than 3400 hospitals throughout North America. Together, they will leverage their content, technology and expertise to provide evidence-based clinical knowledge integrated into tools such as laptops and PDAs. The combination of high quality clinical decision support and point-of-care tools will help health care professionals improve patient outcomes, clinical safety, and quality of care while managing costs.

"We are working to help health care providers improve the quality and delivery of health care by improving clinical work flow and access to evidence-based information at the point of care", stated Robert Cullen, president and chief executive officer, Thomson Scientific & Healthcare. "With industry leading technology from MercuryMD and trusted evidence-based knowledge from Micromedex, Thomson will create powerful applications that connect health care professionals to the tools they need to make critical decisions."

"Thomson is an exceptional organisation that shares our passion for innovation, with the ultimate goal of creating products that help our customers improve the outcomes and quality of health care", stated Alan Ying, chief executive officer and co-founder of MercuryMD. "As part of Thomson, we will accelerate the global delivery of next-generation mobile information systems to more than 3400 hospitals in North America and 7000 institutions worldwide, something that we could not achieve independently."

"Leading challenges facing health care providers include improving patient safety and quality of care", stated Jeff Reihl, executive vice president, Thomson Micromedex. "The joining of MercuryMD and Micromedex will create a seamless solution that promotes the adoption of evidence-based treatment protocols and minimizes the risk of medical errors."

MercuryMD 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 access to current and comprehensive clinical information in addition to a full suite of enterprise applications that enable clinicians to transform information into action. 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, blackberry, Pocket PC and Windows Mobile devices.

The Thomson Corporation, with 2005 revenues of approximately $8,5 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 law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate e-learning and assessment, scientific research and health care. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, Thomson has approximately 40.500 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. More company news is available in the VMW May 2006 article Thomson Micromedex teams with Geisinger Health System to advance evidence-based decision support solutions.


Leslie Versweyveld

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