Healtheon Corporation, a provider of advanced Internet-based solutions for the health care industry, and Thomson Healthcare Information Group, a company which offers health care information and research tools, recently have signed an agreement to link health consumers and health care providers to reliable information on medications over the Internet.
Under the agreement, Healtheon will feature information from Thomson's health care resources, the U.S. Pharmacopeia Drug Information or USP DI and the Physicians' Desk Reference or PDR. The collaboration will expand Healtheon's services to both patients and physicians with very easy-to-understand information on prescription, non-prescription, and also herbal medications.
The alliance with Thomson enables Healtheon to provide both the health care consumers and doctors with immediate access to the most trusted and most comprehensive resources on drugs and herbal remedies, according to Mike Long, chief executive officer of Healtheon. Mr. Long believes that the alliance will further the company's vision of a unified health care system in which all the players have the information they need to make effective decisions, and the e-commerce capabilities they require to act upon those decisions.
On its consumer portal, Healtheon visitors can access the USP DI Volume II Advice for the Patient, an easy-to-understand, accessible prescription and medications reference that is produced by Micromedex, which is a Thomson Healthcare Information company, in conjunction with the non-profit U.S. Pharmacopeia. This resource allows online users to research the data on a drug to learn of any possible side effects, possible interactions with other medications, and the reason for its prescription. The patient even can check out if the drug has to be taken on an empty stomach or with meals.
The Web site equally will feature the PDR Family Guide to Non-Prescription Over-the-Counter Drugs, that provides consumers with important key facts, as well as comparison and dosage information on more than three hundred leading non-prescription remedies. Healtheon's new consumer portal, which is available early this summer, also will include the new PDR Family Guide to Natural Medicines and Healing Therapies.
The guide includes detailed and reliable information on three hundred herbal remedies from the most highly authoritative sources, including Germany's Commission E, which is the leading regulatory body on herbal medications. Patients who access this illustrated reference will find complete information including each herb's scientifically verified applications, other common uses, special cautions and typical doses.
Raymond Zoeller, who is senior vice president for the Thomson Healthcare Information Group, is delighted to partner with Healtheon in improving the quality of health information available to consumers on the World Wide Web with the same trusted information that clinicians rely upon. Physicians and health care professionals will gain access to a full range of pharmaceutical information from Thomson's extensive supersite, via Healtheon's provider portal.
The alliance with Thomson enhances Healtheon's e-commerce as well as the transaction services for physicians and health care professionals with critical drug data including FDA-approved information on 4.000 prescription drugs, 9.000 full-text articles, free searching of 11 million abstracts, and also daily medical news. Healtheon is a pioneer in providing Internet-based, business-to-business and consumer-to-business electronic commerce services which link providers and consumers to the institutions of health care thus enabling them to efficiently and conveniently manage their business and personal health care needs.
Thomson Healthcare Information Group is a leading provider of information, decision-support tools, disease-management programs, research, as well as consulting services for health care professionals in nearly hundred markets around the world. Its companies include the Medical Economics Company, with American Health Consultants and CenterWatch affiliates, the MEDSTAT Group, and Micromedex. Thomson Healthcare Information Group constitutes a division of the Thomson Corporation.