Elsevier enhances clinical decision making with suite of Clinical Decision Support solutions

February 25, 2008

Orlando, February 24, 2008: With a deep understanding of healthcare workflow and more than a century of experience as a global medical publisher, Elsevier is broadening its efforts to provide interactive clinical reference and clinical decision support (CDS) tools that help providers make optimal decisions at the point of care. In December 2007 the company acquired CPM Resource Center, a provider of interactive nursing care plans and evidence-based allied health content; and in January 2008 it acquired MEDai, a leader in predictive modeling and analytics.

These acquisitions, including the 2006 acquisition of Gold Standard, developer of drug information solutions, have bolstered Elsevier's ability to deliver a full suite of solutions that bring clinical intelligence to the point of care in support of every member of the healthcare team.

Developing a 'Healthcare Knowledge Environment'

By focusing on the entire "Healthcare Knowledge Environment" - the dynamic series of tasks and workflows in which caregivers access and apply information to patient-care decisions, Elsevier is transforming CDS technology to offer a higher level of usability. Elsevier knowledge solutions, from drug information and actionable order sets, to process improvement and predictive analysis, help deliver timely and appropriate information to clinicians as they make critical diagnostic and therapeutic decisions throughout their workday.

"The key to Elsevier's Clinical Decision Support is its ability to transform top-quality, static reference information into real-time, dynamic, actionable knowledge that gives the greatest assistance at the point of care - in a hospital, a clinic, at home or anywhere in between," said Jonathan Teich, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer of Elsevier Health Sciences. "Elsevier publishes more than six million pages of medical book and journal content each year. Clinicians have one immediate question: "What should I do next"" The answer is very probably in the pages of medical books and journals; the trick is to get to that answer as rapidly as possible. Advanced CDS tools help healthcare professionals search for the answers they need quickly and easily, and then transform that information into actionable orders, care plans, procedural techniques and medication choices."

Improving Outcomes

Elsevier Clinical Decision Support reinforces Elsevier's broader business strategy to strengthen its lead in core content, drive the transition of print materials to e-formats and deliver solutions online. Elsevier CDS helps to improve outcomes in health and in the business of health by: Specific content and tools delivered to healthcare payors and provider professionals include: Building on the inherent strengths, needs and preferences of varied types of clinicians, Elsevier products serve as a helpful partner, guide and assistant in a variety of healthcare settings. The company's products help ensure successful implementation and integration of clinical content and best practices, leading to more effective and efficient care processes and improved clinical outcomes.
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Come by booth #2841at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference in Orlando Florida, USA, February 25 to 28, 2008 to learn more. Dr. Jonathan Teich is presenting, "CDS for Quality: How to Reap the Benefits" at Education Session 63; Tuesday, February 26 from 9:45 - 10:45 am.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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