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US Elsevier to market innovative patient data collection platform from Tonic Health - 03 Sep 2014

STM publisher Elsevier has agreed to market and help further to develop Tonic Health's simple, fun and intuitive patient data collection platform.

Using its deep experience serving the healthcare provider market, Elsevier will employ its sales force to offer Tonic's highly engaging, tablet-and web-based, EHR-integrated data collection platform for patients. The solution includes a powerful, easy-to-use survey builder that allows providers to create, manage and edit all surveys, forms and questionnaires across their enterprise. Healthcare providers use these fully customisable tools to analyse and act upon the results in real time.

Used by many leading health systems such as Partners HealthCare, New York-Presbyterian and UCLA Health, Tonic's intuitive user interface and broad functionality engages patients and optimises patient data collection across in-and out-patient settings and for an array of provider needs, including patient intake, real-time patient screening and risk assessments, patient satisfaction, patient education and patient-reported outcomes.

As US health systems become increasingly accountable for patient outcomes beyond the hospital setting, the need for tools that enable providers to capture accurate patient information is critical. Tonic enables providers to collect more accurate information from patients and use it to make better care decisions that improve outcomes and reduce costs.

Tonic's patient data collection platform complements the Elsevier Clinical Solutions suite, particularly its patient engagement solutions, including Exit Care. The combination of Tonic and Exit Care ensure that providers and patients have the information they need to deliver and manage patient health both in and outside the hospital. The Elsevier Clinical Solutions suite also includes a portfolio of solutions for workflow and decision support, clinical reference and drug reference, and performance management.

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US Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography to publish with Wiley - 03 Sep 2014

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced its selection by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) to publish their highly regarded portfolio of journals focused on marine and inland water systems.

Effective January 2015, Wiley will assume publishing responsibility for ASLO's top-ranked academic journals, Limnology & Oceanography and Limnology & Oceanography: Methods, as well as its newsletter, Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin, and digital lecture series, Limnology & Oceanography e-Lectures. Wiley will also host the Associations former publication, Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids and Environments, which will be freely available on Wiley Online Library.

For over 50 years, ASLO has been the professional organisation for researchers and educators in the aquatic sciences. With over 3,800 members from around the world, ASLO fosters scientific advancement and knowledge in the community through its renowned publications, international meetings, special symposia, and contributions to public policy related to freshwater and ocean resources.

The partnership is expected to enable the growth of ASLO's journal portfolio worldwide and expand services for ASLO members, readers, authors and editors. The ASLO community will also benefit from Wiley's enhanced online experience which focuses on mobility, flexibility, discoverability and usability and provides exciting new digital and technological capabilities.

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US SAGE launches new open access journal, Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal - 03 Sep 2014

Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of a new open access journal, Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal (APN). The only scholarly publication dedicated exclusively to Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander healthcare, APN provides an international forum for the exchange of knowledge among researchers, educators, and practitioners. The new journal will unify nursing science and behavioral and social science health care providers.

Published quarterly, APN will include peer-reviewed articles on methods, interventions, instrumentation, and educational techniques that are unique to the Asian and Pacific Islander groups; theoretical foundations that increase the understanding of unique responses to changes in health and illness; bio-psycho-social-ecological-spiritual impact on practice, education and research; and policy issues as a result of rigorous research outcomes.

APN will publish its first issue in 2015.

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US DynaMed to utilise information from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network - 03 Sep 2014

Healthcare professionals will be able to access information about the latest and most complete oncology guidelines available at the point of care following an agreement between EBSCO Health and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Information from NCCN will be summarised along with other evidence and guidelines in the content available from the clinical reference tool DynaMed™.

The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) document evidence-based, consensus-driven management to ensure that all patients receive preventive, diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services that are most likely to lead to optimal outcomes. DynaMed will be able to use these guidelines as a reference to augment the existing evidence and guidelines that it considers when updating oncology topics. The DynaMed guidelines will include citations of the NCCN Content and will show the NCCN Categories of Evidence and Consensus.

The agreement with NCCN is just one way that DynaMed is enhancing its oncology content. Kevin Loughlin recently joined the DynaMed editorial team as the Deputy Editor of Oncology and Hematology to supervise a team of scientific and clinical writers and editors along with external peer reviewers to provide the most current, valid, relevant and convenient content and resources across oncology.

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UK Jisc offers over 400 colleges free access to e-text books - 03 Sep 2014

Jisc has announced that it offers over 400 colleges free access to a new collection of curriculum focused e-text books through e-books for Further Education (FE). E-books for FE will be benefiting UK further education providers by offering access to additional new suite of 162 e-text books. These books will supplement over 200 other e-text books previously acquired.

The new collection has been chosen using feedback from customers to ensure the new books are of the highest possible value to their users and focus in supporting the curriculum across a variety of subjects.

E-books for FE provide further education colleges in the UK with access to a collection of e-text books on a platform that offers functionality suitable for the needs of the community. The new collection will be available to colleges free of charge for another two years from 1 September 2014 until 31 August 2016. E-books for FE does not only save users time and money, but also supports distance learning.

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German De Gruyter Open announces strategic partnership with BIT Congress - 03 Sep 2014

De Gruyter Open, an academic publisher of open access journals and books, has announced a strategic partnership with BIT Congress, which claims to be one of the world's largest conference operators.

BIT Congress Inc. (BIT) is a conference operator with its head office in Dalian, China. Founded by Dr. Xiaodan Mei in 2003, BIT holds over 70 conferences every year. These events cover a wide range of topics within the fields emerging science, spanning life sciences & technologies, medical sciences, IT, oceans, materials, agriculture and chemistry.

De Gruyter Open's chemical journals: Nanocontainers, Peptidomics, Biocatalysis and Catalysis for Sustainable Energy will be promoted across the conference proceedings of BIT events.

The events include 5th International Symposium of Enzyme & Biocatalysis , April 25 -28, 2015, Nanjing, China; 8th Annual World Protein & Peptide Conference , April, 25 -28, 2015, Nanjing, China; 4th Annual World Congress of Nano Science & Technology 2014 October 29 -31, 2014, Qingdao, China, and 5th Annual Global Congress of Catalysis-2014 September 21 -23, 2014, Qingdao, China.

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US ARL releases Digital Collections Assessment Outreach SPEC Kit 341 - 03 Sep 2014

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341, which investigates the methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment.

This SPEC Kit includes examples of digital project selection criteria, outreach and assessment guides, assessment reports, marketing plans, lesson plans, job descriptions, and works created with material from digital collections.

The SPEC Kit Collection provides online access to all titles published from 2006 to the present (SPEC Kit 292– ). Password access is $400. IP access is $300 ARL members/$400 all others.

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US IMS Health’s IDN Impact first to capture market reach, physician influence and brand dynamics of integrated delivery networks - 03 Sep 2014

Information and technology services company IMS Health has announced the immediate availability in the US of IDN Impact — a first-of-its-kind solution to measure, compare and prioritise the influence of Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) on life sciences brands. Combining a unique data set of IDN influence metrics with business intelligence software and local market analysis, IDN Impact enables life sciences organisations to more effectively shape and execute their commercial engagement actions.

This service for the first time provides visibility into how payers, providers and IDNs drive treatment preferences and protocols within local healthcare markets. Armed with a more complete understanding of these stakeholders and their influence on treatment decisions, commercial leaders can quickly adapt their strategies, align sales and marketing resources, invest more strategically and maximise market share.

IDNs bring together groups of hospitals, out-patient facilities and providers to deliver a continuum of care and improve healthcare performance through their distinct policies and practices. In the US, more than 80 percent of hospitals are part of an IDN and at least half of physicians are affiliated with one, creating a complex web of local dynamics that affect treatment practices and commercial strategies.

Powered by IMS Health's unparalleled data resources, technology and consulting expertise, IDN Impact enables commercial teams to measure the influence of IDNs based on factors that include market reach, favorability toward therapeutic classes or brands, and their collective and individual impact on affiliated providers' prescribing behaviors, all while accounting for local payer and plan influence on treatment decisions.

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German London School of Economics and Political Science goes live with Ex Libris Alma - 03 Sep 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library has become the 100th institution to go live with Ex Libris Alma. Libraries in nine countries are now using Alma to streamline library operations and enable them to provide higher quality services to end users. Over 360 institutions worldwide have selected Alma as their next generation resource management solution.

The London School of Economics and Political Science Library selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo for unified resource discovery in January 2014. Primo and Alma have replaced a number of systems, including the Serials Solutions Summon service, the open-source VuFind discovery solution, and the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system.

LSE Library, founded in 1896 as the British Library of Political and Economic Science, is the major international library for the social sciences with over 4 million printed items, 60,000 online journals and 29,000 electronic books. The Library's extensive research collections are international in scope, with particular strengths in government and official publications, data and statistical materials.

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