Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Solucient, LLC. Primarily owned by VNU Group B.V., Veronis Suhler Stevenson and VHA Inc., Solucient provides healthcare decision support solutions to nearly 3,000 customers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Under the deal, Solucient will now become part of the Medstat business within Thomson's scientific and healthcare group. This acquisition is projected to strengthen Thomson's existing position as a leading provider of healthcare decision support in the US. Solucient has a rich supply of public and proprietary data delivered within integrated work tools. Through Medstat, Thomson has an equally rich set of work tools, primarily serving healthcare payers, including employers, health plans and government agencies responsible for the healthcare of more than 100 million Americans. The combination of the two corresponding businesses will effectively address the decision support needs of healthcare payers and providers.
Thomson is now well positioned to provide healthcare decision makers with the most comprehensive and valuable set of decision support capabilities for managing healthcare costs as well as quality of care. The transaction, expected to close later this year, is subject to customary closing conditions.
Publisher Wiley-VCH Verlag, Germany, the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the European Journal of Immunology (EJI), and the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) have announced a new expanded publishing agreement. The agreement is projected to make EJI the foremost international immunology journal published in Europe. Edited under the auspices of EFIS, EJI will focus on publishing a broad spectrum of high-quality scientific research from across the globe.
New editors, representing the different subject areas covered in the journal, will be jointly invited by EFIS and Wiley-VCH to serve as ExCo members of the journal on a rotating basis. The aim is to ensure rapid and high standard peer-review of submitted papers.
Prof. Rolf Zinkernagel, Chair of the ExCo for past seven years, will continue to work for the journal until end of 2007. He will be supported by two deputies, one from the US and one from Australasia/Asia. Profits from the journal will be used to aid and support the immunology research community and to sponsor scientific events.
The Association of American Publishers (AAP), US, and the Cornell University have announced a new set of copyright guidelines to govern the use of electronic course materials on the library's electronic course reserves system, on faculty and departmental web pages, and through the various 'course management' websites used at Cornell. The move is part of ongoing discussions over the manner in which Cornell University provides copyrighted course content to students in digital formats.
According to the guidelines, jointly drafted by Cornell and AAP, the use of such content will be governed by the same legal principles that apply to printed materials.
The guidelines affirm that the faculty must obtain permission to distribute such works to the same degree, as permission is required for reproductions and distributions of publishers' copyrighted works in hard-copy formats. In addition, AAP and Cornell are also discussing other possibilities that may be appropriate to encourage compliance with copyright law so that instructors' postings of electronic course content conform to legal requirements.
Information solutions provider Ovid Technologies, US, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that it will provide the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC) with access to ClinicalResource@Ovid, a comprehensive collection of evidence-based and peer-reviewed clinical information resources. The New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation is a consortium of public hospitals, nursing facilities, treatment centres, and other healthcare facilities representing the largest municipal healthcare system in the US.
Under the deal, every HHC facility in New York will have electronic access to a comprehensive package of evidence-based clinical information. ClinicalResource@Ovid seamlessly integrates major informational resources, providing healthcare professionals with critical answers to key clinical questions at multiple points of care.
Resources available to HHC facilities via Clinical Resource@Ovid include diagnostic and treatment guidelines, review literature, drug information, online journals and books, and more. Sophisticated linking technology enables users to connect seamlessly among all of these resources.
Library management software provider Endeavor Information Systems, US, has announced that the University of Leeds has selected the company's Curator technology to serve as the central repository for the school's collection of multimedia teaching aids. Based on open technology standards, Curator will provide the university with a comprehensive solution for searching, creating and managing its digital resources.
A robust digital repository, Curator will enable more effective and efficient allocation of the teaching aids while also reducing the effort required to manage these resources. Centralising control of all the university's teaching aids with Curator is also expected to substantially improve the accessibility of the aids without compromising existing access rights or licensing issues. Previously, the multimedia teaching aids had been maintained in disparate collections by separate departments, often employing systems developed internally.
Curator's wide-ranging support of metadata formats was a key reason for its selection by the university. The functionality ensures that the university's existing collections, which employ both standard and custom metadata formats, can be easily migrated without any loss of functionally.
ISPE, a US-based international society for technical professionals in the healthcare manufacturing industry, has announced the launch of a new, scientific, peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation. The journal is a cooperative effort between ISPE and Reed Elsevier, with support from the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. James K. Drennen III, Associate Professor, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, serves as editor of the journal.
The Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation is intended for the publication of research and review manuscripts emphasising new and innovative methods and techniques used by pharmaceutical professionals serving all aspects of the industry. It will include scientific data from a panel of distinguished authors, and will reach 23,000 ISPE members across 81 countries.
In addition, the journal will be distributed to nearly 15,000 international industry and academic professionals. It will be available at no charge in print and online versions to ISPE members, along with online access to select Reed Elsevier journals.
STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has announced that four more of its open access (OA) journals have been accepted for coverage by Thompson Scientific and are on track to receive their first Impact Factors. This addition brings the number of Hindawi OA journals in one or more of Thompson Scientific's products to sixteen.
The journals - Abstract and Applied Analysis, Boundary Value Problems, the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, and Fixed Point Theory and Applications - will now be citation-tracked in Thompson Scientific's multidisciplinary citation resource, Web of Science. With the addition of four more journals to the Web of Science, the company expects to attract high quality submissions.
In addition to the sixteen journals already indexed by Thompson Scientific, several more journals from Hindawi's open access collection are currently under review.
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