Content enhancement and knowledge services provider Scope eKnowledge Center, a Quatrro Group company, has announced an initiative to support the continued enhancement of ProQuest's Medical Evidence Matters. ProQuest's Medical Evidence Matters online healthcare knowledge management system is designed to assist decision makers in their treatment choices for patients, allowing clinicians to assess therapy options for known medical conditions by comparing outcomes from peer-reviewed literature.
Scope's team of medical subject matter experts will be supporting the Medical Evidence Matters' medical content team, to extract data such as type of study, sampling methodology, demographic data, test results, statistical analysis, therapy and outcomes from medical treatment research articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The aim is to enable ProQuest to expand the research tool to cover more disease states.
According to Scope CEO, R. Sivadas, Scope is uniquely positioned to serve as a content provider for ProQuest's enhancement of its Medical Evidence Matters tool, enabling end users to spend less time reading, and more time with patients. The company's in-house MDs are currently providing services that support the Medical Evidence Matter's medical content team. Through this support, ProQuest expects to continue crucial, timely updates while also expanding the disease modules offered.
ProQuest's decision to enhance the Medical Evidence Matters tool with more disease states meant more editorial resources. Craig Emerson, Vice-President, Editorial for ProQuest, has said that ProQuest evaluated Scope's evidence-based medicine editorial capabilities and felt Scope will be a solid contributor.
ProQuest creates specialised information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery and lifelong learning. The company offers the expertise of brands such as CSA, UMI, Chadwyck-Healey, SIRS and eLibrary.
Scope eKnowledge Center is an award winning provider of outsourced, cost-effective content enhancement and knowledge services to the global information industry. The company uses a combination of deep subject matter expertise in a number of business and STM domains, innovative technology and proprietary intellectual property to provide world class services. In operation for over 22 years, Scope has built a clientele loyal to its abstracting, indexing, semantic enrichment, database/directory development and content authoring solutions. Scope is also the publisher of the daily Knowledgespeak newsletter, an authoritative news service focusing on the STM information industry.
Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is reportedly set to acquire Like.com, a visual search and e-commerce company that lets users search for products using images. Media reports estimate the deal size at $100 million.
This is not the first time that Google has looked into visual search. It first made an attempt to acquire Like.com's predecessor, Riya.com, in 2005. Like.com uses core technology developed by Riya, which was focused on facial recognition.
Like.com, co-founded in August 2004 by Munjal Shah and Burak Gokturk, has often been named as one of the best startup companies. The company's image-matching technology has certain important patents, making the acquisition economically and legally beneficial to Google.
Like.com has shown interest in developing visual search technology. Google provides a similar feature on its own search engine. In December 2009, it launched a visual search application for mobile phones. Google had also acquired UK-based startup Plink, which develops mobile visual search applications, for an undisclosed sum in April 2010.
Healthcare technologies and services provider QuadraMed has announced a partnership with Clinical Practice Model Resource Center (CPMRC), an Elsevier firm engaged in developing clinical practice guidelines for healthcare. Under the deal, CPMRC will provide QuadraMed's clients with nursing and allied health clinical documentation, care planning, and clinical practice guidelines, as well as transformation services.
CPMRC brings evidence-based clinical content products and practice transformation services that assist healthcare organisations in creating a healthy work culture and interdisciplinary integration. The partnership will enable meaningful clinician workflow based on evidence-based best practices, which will accelerate documentation processes and help improve the quality of care. With QuadraMed's integrated Computerised-Patient Record (QCPR) solutions, health systems will no longer need to develop their own content from scratch, which will enable nurses and allied health professionals to bring evidence-based information to the patient directly at the point of care.
As a result of this partnership, QuadraMed clients will be able to join the CPMRC International Consortium, a voluntary organisation made up of hundreds of hospitals, health systems, and educational institutions. Through CPMRC's interdisciplinary content, the integrated solution will also enhance the education of clinicians on the use of health information technology, which will help them meet meaningful-use requirements.
CPMRC's Clinical Practice Models embrace the concept of providing a complete solution to assist healthcare organisations with practice transformation and the transition to electronic health records. Their integrated solutions help standardise care, while ensuring seamless adoption by the clinical team.
STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it will publish Neurotherapeutics, the official journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics (ASENT), beginning in 2011. With the switch to Springer, the journal will change its format of publishing review articles only to offering original research articles as well. The journal's editor-in-chief is Dr. Alan Faden, who directs the Shock Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Throughout its six-year history, Neurotherapeutics has exclusively published critical reviews in thematic, quarterly issues that highlight neurotherapeutics related to the clinical neurosciences. Each issue is developed by one or more distinguished guest editors who are expert in the topic area. The journal achieved a debut Impact Factor of 5.38 in 2009, placing it in the top quartile of journals in both the Neurosciences and Pharmacology & Pharmacy categories.
Springer will create a Neurotherapeutics portal and a page on the NeuroNetwork to promote themed issues, facilitate communication among the journal's readers, promote society news, and highlight both the preclinical and clinical articles in the journal through RSS feeds and podcasts. All back issues will be available on Springer's online platform SpringerLink. The journal will take advantage of the online submission system Editorial Manager and all articles will publish in the Online First format on SpringerLink ahead of print publication. In addition, all content from the journal will be provided to PubMed Central and available to the public twelve months after print publication.
Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, will host a seminar on 'Opportunities for Publishing in International Journals in Economics: A Guide for Scholars on How to Get Work Published' at this year's 10th World Congress of the Econometric Society (ESWC).
The Congress will take place in Shanghai from August 17- 21, 2010. The publisher will offer complimentary access to this seminar, which will take place on August 18, in the Pearl Hall, Shanghai International Convention Centre (SHICC), for all delegates.
The seminar will feature prominent speakers working within the field of economics. These include Xiaoming Feng, Managing Editor, China & World Economy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Professor M. Hashem Pesaran, Editor, Journal of Applied Econometrics; Professor Fabrizio Zilibotti, General Editor, the Journal of the European Economic Association; and Professor Orazio Attanasio, University College London, Managing Editor, Quantitative Economics. Topics to be presented and discussed within the seminar include opportunities for publishing in international journals in economics, how to get published and how to formulate an article, publishing standards and criteria, the value of publishing for the career of academic economists, new publishing models for economics, and open access publishing.
Bioinformatics software solutions provider Ariadne, US, has announced a joint collaboration with Cellecta and Roswell Park Cancer Institute to develop a comprehensive knowledgebase of prostate-specific pathway models. The project, partially sponsored by an NCI SBIR Phase 1 grant, uses Cellecta's siRNA library screening system for a panel of prostate cancer cell lines to identify genes essential for viability of cancer cells.
Ariadne will use the data from the siRNA screens and available OMICS data to identify pathways involved and build mechanistic models in support of the genes identified from the siRNA targets in the screen. Roswell Park contributes its expertise in prostate cancer biology and clinical applications.
Ariadne helps pharmaceutical and life science researchers tap known scientific knowledge for applications in systems biology and translational medicine. The company provides a portfolio of solutions for life science, drug discovery and development applications including custom data products, knowledge extraction and visualisation software, knowledge reports, and informatics staffing.
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the recipients of its 2010 Facts & Comparisons Award of Excellence in Clinical Communications. The awards were given to more than 80 graduating students of leading pharmacy schools that include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Minnesota and Ohio State University - all ranked among the top five pharmacy schools and colleges by US News and World Report.
The annual Award of Excellence in Clinical Communications was established by Wolters Kluwer Health to recognise Pharm.D. students who have demonstrated first-rate practice and have excelled in quality clinical communication. This year's recipients, who were selected by each participating US-based school of pharmacy, are 2010 Pharm.D. graduates and rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating classes.
Facts & Comparisons eAnswers provides retail pharmacies and academia with online access to the most up-to-date drug information tailored to their unique needs, enabling better therapeutic decisions in less time. For the academic community, it provides students, residents and faculty with instant access to reliable, current drug information and medication management tools. Helpful links and other information are also available to help meet course and drug reference needs.
For pharmacies, Facts & Comparisons eAnswers addresses the key pain points of workflow efficiency and patient safety by providing the tools and information needed to support drug dispensing activities. These include patient safety screenings for Drug Utilization Review and drug reference information, which result in a decrease in drug dispensing errors.
Award submissions are accepted from U.S.-based schools of pharmacy on a yearly basis, starting in late February and continue through June. Winners receive a three-year subscription to Facts & Comparisons eAnswers and three Facts & Comparisons bound reference titles: Drug Facts and Comparisons Pocket, ImmunoFacts, and Drug Interaction Facts.
Medical and scientific publisher Informa Healthcare has announced that Dr. Dimitri P. Mikhailidis has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of its first open-access journal, the Journal of Drug Assessment (JDA). The journal is due to launch this autumn.
Dr. Mikhailidis currently holds the position of Reader and Academic Head in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at the Royal Free Hospital and University College Medical School in London. He brings with him over 10 years of experience as Editor-in-Chief of CMRO, as well as vast credentials as a well-published and highly cited author. He will continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief for a portfolio of Informa Healthcare clinical trial journals, including CMRO, Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy and Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs.
JDA is an online-only, peer-reviewed journal focused on the rapid publication of specialised interest research, including null and negative clinical trial results, as well as incomplete or discontinued trial data. Informa Healthcare is launching JDA in response to changing regulatory requirements for publishing clinical trial results. The journal will join the Journal of Medical Economics (JME) in the Current Medical Research & Opinion (CMRO) journal series.
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Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it is subsidising a collection of open access e-books on cyber bullying and will enable other organisations to contribute materials as long as they have copyrights. With this move, ebrary seeks to help parents, educators, and others better understand, prevent, and take action against this growing concern.
Available immediately at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/cyberbullying, ebrary's Cyber Bullying Searchable Information Center includes such titles as Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools, by Susan Swearer (Guilford Press, 2009); and Keep Your Kids Safe on the Internet, by Simon Johnson (McGraw-Hill, 2004). It also includes a growing selection of documents uploaded by ebrary employees from authoritative sites including the Pew Internet & American Life Project, US Department of Justice, and other agencies.
Ebrary encourages organisations to upload their own relevant materials, right from their computers, with DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast) - a feature of many ebrary subscription e-book products. The Cyber Bullying Searchable Information Center is just one of a growing number of open access collections created by ebrary employees and customers with DASH!
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