STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a strategic partnership to deliver its iCONSULT clinical information service directly to the hospital and group medical practice community as part of GE Healthcare's Centricity Physician Office electronic medical record (EMR). The service was developed to integrate Elseviers' clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow and enhance clinical decision support.
iCONSULT delivers real-time clinical decision support by putting evidence-based, point-of-care clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow of health practitioners. Content is indexed against industry standard clinical vocabularies and patient demographics and organised around the clinician's workflow, allowing iCONSULT to deliver rapid answers to specific patient scenarios directly into the EMR.
Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced an exclusive sponsorship deal with China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) to sponsor the SIPO China Intellectual Property News (CIPN) Public Intellectual Property Contest - known as the Thomson Scientific Cup China Public Intellectual Property Knowledge Contest. Thomson Scientific is the first company to sponsor the Contest.
According to Thomson, this Contest is timely as more patents were filed with China's SIPO than with the Korean, Japanese or US patent offices in 2005. This reflects a shift towards innovation originating from Chinese enterprises and nationals, as well as from foreign companies that are registering patents in China.
Launched in 2005, the contest is projected to gauge professional and academic understanding of IP issues, and to improve public awareness of Intellectual Property (IP) rights. This knowledge Contest will run until July 2006, with the results providing an insight into how Chinese organisations currently view and utilise IP.
SAI Global Limited, Australia, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of ILI, a UK-based international standards publishing and database subscription services business, for US$60 million. Under the acquisition deal, the existing key management of ILI will remain with the business as per the new two year contract.
This is SAI Global's fourth acquisition in Europe and is expected to provide a platform for international expansion of its publishing business. ILI's intellectual property licences and distribution platform provide a unique combination to drive further growth in SAI's publishing business in the near to medium term.
The move is considered significant for the continued growth and expansion of SAI's publishing business, with operations in the UK, Europe and North America and an extensive range of intellectual property licences. The Company is also proposing to raise equity capital via an institutional placement of shares. The placement will be conditional upon shareholder approval at a General Meeting to be held in June 2006.
Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it is now offering selected special issues of its peer-reviewed journals via Amazon, using print-on-demand services. The titles are otherwise only available as part of a journal volume or on a per article pay-per-view basis.
Print-on-demand is an innovative printing process that makes it possible to print books one at a time. Books are digitised and stored in the Lightning Source library, a resource for publishers providing printing, distribution and digital fulfilment services. Lightning Source prints titles in small quantities in order to meet orders. It then rapidly ships these titles directly to retailers or via distributors and wholesalers with which it has an alliance.
Priced at £34.99 for single issues and £49.99 for double issues, the titles are now available via www.Amazon.com and www.Amazon.co.uk as well as other distribution partners including Gardners, Bertrams, Paperback bookshop (marketplace trader), Book Depository (marketplace trader), Coutts, Bertrams Library Supplies and Blackwells Library Supplies. Its partners in the US include Ingram, Amazon.com, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble and Nascorp.
Korean scientists have reportedly discovered a new trigger for the start of Alzheimer's, thereby setting the groundwork for developing new treatments or cures. Currently, there is no known cure for this memory-destroying illness, but there are several drug treatments available to improve or stabilise symptoms.
The achievements of a team led by Dr. Suh Yoo-hun, medicine professor at Seoul National University, was featured in the online edition of Nature Publishing Group's bio-science journal, Cell Death and Differentiation. The study determined that "C-terminal fragments" residing at the tip of the amyloid precursor-like protein 2, or APLP2, may possibly help to trigger this neurodegenerative disease. According to the study, an injection of gamma-secretase, which controls the formation of C-terminal fragments, and indirubin-3, an inhibitor against GSK3-beta, will help to reduce the number of dying neurons in these patients.
It is likely that the study will lead to the development of medicines that check the creation of C-terminal fragments, or drugs that inhibit activity of GSK3beta. The research till now has been supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.
Healthcare information and databases provider Thomson Medstat, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has released the results of a survey which reveals that healthcare pay-for-performance programs are budding, even though the lack of impartial, objective research evaluating their effectiveness is impeding faster adoption and growth. The survey results were presented by Jeffrey Hanson, Medstat's vice president and practice leader for pay-for-performance, at its recently concluded annual customer conference, Connection 2006.
The four-day annual event gathers healthcare leaders from major US corporations, health plans, hospital systems, and state and federal agencies to discuss their challenges and successes in managing healthcare costs and quality. Attended by over 300 healthcare leaders, Connection 2006 featured case studies showcasing Medstat customers' use of healthcare information, analytics, and technology to guide organisational decisions and deliver measurable results.
Pay-for-performance (P4P) programs aim to improve healthcare quality and manage healthcare costs by rewarding physicians, hospitals, and other providers that deliver efficient, effective care. Medstat surveyed nearly 300 managers and executives from hospitals, health plans, large employers, and government health agencies for their views on and experience with P4P programs. A total of 154 participated in the survey for a response rate exceeding 50 percent.