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Inera Inc. launches eXtyles STS, a Word-to-XML solution for standards publishers
- 18 Jan 2018

Inera Inc., a provider of editorial and XML software for scholarly and technical publishers, has announced the release of eXtyles STS, the newest member of the widely-used eXtyles product family. eXtyles STS supports NISO's latest standard, NISO STS, officially known as ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017. Inera's eXtyles STS solution allows standards publishers to adopt this new 'standard for standards' while allowing their committees to continue drafting documents in Microsoft Word.

eXtyles STS provides tools for quick and accurate structuring, editing, and conversion of standards content from Word to high-quality XML, with no in-house XML expertise required. Designed to offer an immediate, cost-effective solution for standards organisations who need to produce NISO STS XML, this comprehensive eXtyles configuration will meet the needs of most organisations that publish standards and can be further customised, if necessary, to accommodate unique publishing requirements.

The eXtyles STS XML conversion solution also facilitates the process of editing standards in Word with sophisticated editorial features. Such features include a unique user-friendly interface for applying Word styles from an integrated document template and advanced tools to identify in-line references to standards and ensure that normative references are properly cited in the text.

The publication of standards is a complex process involving committee authorship, multiple rounds of revision, and multi-format production. All eXtyles STS processes operate within the familiar Word environment, and the valid NISO STS XML created from Word can be used as a single source for multi-format standards publishing.

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2018 RedLink Index now available
- 16 Jan 2018

The 2018 RedLink Index, covering the 2017 subscription year, is now available. The 2018 RedLink Index provides benchmarks and comparisons of usage patterns, aggregating information about more than 1,700 journals from a variety of international publishers covering all areas of science and scholarship. More than 7,500 subscribing institutions are served by the participating publishers.

The dataset covers more than 218 million full-text views, 35 million denials (turn-aways), and 114 million abstract views.

Information included in the Index includes percentage of institutions with increasing, decreasing, or steady usage; percentage of usage coming from consortia; percentages of usage coming from current vs. archival content of various eras; percentage of denials (turn-aways) to current content vs. archival content; and usage by world region (North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Oceania).

RedLink is providing the 2018 RedLink Index free to interested parties. Publishers who are RedLink subscribers can order a copy of a customised report, which will show them how their usage data compares with the benchmarks in the main report.

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Digital Science launches Dimensions, a next-generation research and discovery platform linking publications, grants, policy, data and metrics for the first time
- 16 Jan 2018

Global technology company Digital Science has announced the launch of Dimensions, a new platform that aims to democratise and transform scholarly search. A collaboration between six Digital Science portfolio companies (Altmetric, Digital Science Consultancy, Figshare, Readcube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch) and more than 100 research funders and universities, Dimensions offers a better, faster way to discover, understand and analyse the global research landscape, without wasting time searching for information across multiple poorly integrated tools.

Dimensions breaks down barriers to discovery and innovation by making over 860 million academic citations freely available, and delivers one-click access to over 9 million Open Access articles. Within Dimensions, 124 million formerly siloed documents, including $1.2 trillion in funding, 86 million articles and books, and 34 million patents, are linked through 3.7 billion connections and contextualised with metrics and altmetrics. Built using real-world use cases, it combines advanced concept extraction, natural language processing, categorisation and complex machine learning to create a flexible and robust tool that meets the most demanding modern research needs.

Whereas previous tools and datasets have focused mostly on publications and citations, Dimensions takes a different approach - by integrating funded grants, publications and citations, altmetric data, clinical trials and patents, a complete picture of the research landscape emerges; from resources entering the system, research outputs, recognition, patents reflecting the commercial trajectory and the translation of medical research into treatments.

Under a pricing model designed to reduce the strain on institutional budgets, research organisations have the option to license additional data types and analytical functionality to benefit from a more comprehensive view of the research landscape. An extension of the one-click access to include publisher content licensed by the institution is also available.

A new Dimensions API also provides access to the underlying data in the easiest and most flexible way possible, using a domain-specific language designed with non-technical users in mind. The API can be used not just for data retrieval but also to aggregate data or return different facets in one single API call, enabling direct integrations and machine-to-machine implementations.

Dimensions is available now, and can be accessed at www.dimensions.ai.

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Ingenta Connect integrates Google Scholar’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access service
- 10 Jan 2018

Academic journals aggregator Ingenta Connect has announced the integration of Google Scholar's Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) service.

Google Scholar's Campus Activated Subscriber Access is a new service which expands on Google's subscriber Links programme. It enables researchers to access full text PDFs from journals to which their institution has subscribed, even when they are working remotely, and not using a university IP address.

Ingenta Connect already functions with Google's Subscriber Links service, so institutional users can link directly from Google Scholar search results to subscribed content - but only if they are on campus. Campus Activated Subscriber Access extends this feature off-site. Researchers discovering content via Google Scholar which their affiliated institution has the right to use can access this same content off-campus as they do on-campus. No additional off-campus login is necessary, resulting in an easier, smoother way for legitimate users to access the content hosted on Ingenta Connect, wherever they might be.

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RedLink and Dragonfly expand ISPG collaboration
- 20 Dec 2017

RedLink, Inc., and Dragonfly Marketing and Consulting have announced an expansion of their agreement supporting the Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG), providing eligible publishers access to the usage analytics and data visualisation tools provided by RedLink's Publisher Dashboard and related products.

As an independent data company, RedLink is able to provide all ISPG member publishers the benefits of Publisher Dashboard, regardless of publisher platform or sales agent relationships. With access to usage and denial data combined with powerful tools that made the data easy to interpret, present, and share, the publishers within ISPG are able to provide their sales representatives and agents information to succeed and grow their markets at scale.

As part of the agreement, RedLink services are available to ISPG publishers at special pricing. This agreement has now been extended to include additional RedLink products, SiteLeads and Remarq, as well as additional publishers.

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RedLink announces support for MathJax project
- 05 Dec 2017

RedLink has announced its support for the MathJax project. RedLink helps academic publishers, editors, and libraries save time, engage readers, and streamline collaborations by providing innovative solutions that cut across platforms and help unite the scholarly ecosystem.

RedLink leverages MathJax on Remarq® from RedLink, the decentralised scholarly collaboration network that helps editors, authors, and publishers engage with their communities on their sites, on their terms. Remarq enables annotation of mathematics, images, and text, while also allowing researchers and experts to connect and collaborate via Groups and personal connections.

MathJax was initiated in 2009 by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), Design Science, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) with the aim of developing a universal, robust, and easy-to-use solution to display mathematics on the web. MathJax's open source JavaScript library provides high-quality display on all browsers and platforms without the need for readers to install plugins or fonts. Using MathJax also enables copy&paste of equations and is compatible with accessibility tools for vision and learning disabilities. The MathJax Consortium is supported by numerous sponsors.

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Digital Science portfolio companies Symplectic and Figshare offer new integration to improve institutional workflows
- 05 Dec 2017

Technology company Digital Science has announced that two of its portfolio companies, research information management system provider Symplectic and data repository service Figshare, have launched a new integration, highlighting their continued commitment ensuring researchers get credit for all of their academic work.

This next-generation integration will mean that research outputs deposited in either system can be automatically reflected in the other, saving researchers time and delivering valuable insights to institutional administrators.

This new integration will deliver immediate benefits to academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, who will be amongst the first to use the new functionality.

Through this integration publications and data can be deposited to Figshare for Institutions via Symplectic Elements complementing the existing deposit functionality in Figshare. This provides multiple pathways to encourage researchers to make their publications openly available. Elements can harvest publications and data from Figshare for Institutions and automatically claim them for researchers. Figshare content can be viewed within the wider context of institutional research activities managed in Symplectic Elements, saving researchers and administrators time and effort.

Additionally, institutions gain access to a range of sophisticated tools for monitoring and reporting on Open Access engagement and compliance, making it easier for institutions to review and report on these activities. This integration allows Figshare for Institutions to be used in conjunction with the Symplectic Element's OA Monitor. Figshare records are easily available for reuse in faculty profiles, annual faculty reporting activities, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and a wide range of other activities. Institutions can integrate Figshare for Institutions with Elements on its own or in combination with other repositories.

This integration is available to clients using version 5.9 of Symplectic Elements.

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Wolters Kluwer Health partners with Omnicell, Inc. to distribute Omnicell's IVX Workflow system
- 05 Dec 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced a partnership with Omnicell, Inc. to distribute Omnicell's IVX Workflow system, which integrates with Wolters Kluwer's market-leading Simplifi 797®. The partnership enables customers to easily acquire and deploy integrated automation and quality tools together to improve accuracy, enhance safety and facilitate compliance with IV compounding best practices.

Pharmacists use the integrated IVX Workflow system to customise and design risk-based IV workflows for different compounding applications and remain fully compliant with USP <797> and USP <800>. This enhances compounding workflows by equipping pharmacists with integrated barcode scanning, gravimetric or volumetric verifications, advanced image recognition, photo documentation and label printing-all within a single compact package designed for easy placement within laminar airflow hoods or isolators.

Wolters Kluwer will demonstrate the integrated IVX Workflow system in Booth #1633 at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, taking place December 2-7 in Orlando.

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Wolters Kluwer and Health Data Management webinar to share insights from healthcare thought leaders on leveraging emerging AI with minimal risk
- 17 Nov 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Jean-Claude Saghbini, will join industry experts in an examination of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) offerings, helping healthcare executives best assess, acquire and apply cutting-edge solutions as part of their health IT strategies. Hosted by Health Data Management and sponsored by Wolters Kluwer, 'Cutting-edge AI – should you take a chance?' is designed for those with an interest in understanding how to apply AI in healthcare.

The webinar is scheduled for November 21 at 2 pm ET / 1 pm CT / 11 am PT. Interested parties may visit http://pages.marketing.healthdatamanagement.com/20171121_hdm_wolterskluwer_ws_lp.html?source=pressrelease to register for the free webinar.

Presenters include Jean-Claude Saghbini, CTO, Wolters Kluwer Health; David Frumkin, Digital Business Solutions Architect, CDW; Ari Robicsek, Chief Medical Analytics Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health; and moderator Lenny Liebmann, Contributing Editor, SourceMedia.

Niche developers and startup companies are responsible for many of today's innovative new AI applications. Yet despite the potential AI holds for healthcare, being at the early stages of mass adoption can make it difficult to properly assess solutions and vendors. 'Cutting-edge AI – should you take a chance?' assembles thought leaders to offer insights on how to assess the latest AI offerings, and considerations for effectively integrate into workflows, while mitigating risks.

Attendees will learn how to filter offerings by niche AI-based health IT vendors; assess solution capabilities and conduct due diligence; and consider what makes AI successfully integrate in workflows.

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Genetics Society of America to launch RemarqTM on GENETICS
- 15 Nov 2017

RedLink has announced the upcoming launch of RemarqTM on GENETICS, published by the Genetics Society of America (GSA). Remarq is a tool for the research and education communities offering collaboration, commenting, article sharing, and editorial tools, all on the publisher's site and utilising the version of record.

By supporting engagement on the version of record for the GSA Journal Genetics, Remarq will help create a rich environment for collaboration on new research in genetics, genomics, and genes.

GSA also recently announced its participation in the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA), a community-oriented group devoted to identifying and disseminating vital scientific research (https://byscientistsforscience.org/).

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Wolters Kluwer Health unveils quizzing tool that delivers personalised learning for millennials and next generation medical students and residents
- 10 Nov 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health unveiled a quizzing engine that delivers personalised learning and on-the-go insights to support how, when and where today's medical students want to learn. The powerful quizzing tool allows students to track progress, view results and build customized quizzes to focus their training on specific subjects, topics or areas of weakness. It is an important addition to contemporary medical education, which supports mobile access and tailors content to ensure medical students and residents more easily learn and retain information that prepares them for clinical practice.

This highly intuitive, interactive quizzing engine is available as part of the LWW Health Library, a proven online platform providing immediate and searchable access to the most widely used evidence-based textbooks, case studies, multi-media and self-assessment for medical, pharmacy and other health sciences educational programs. The new quizzing capability delivers value to medical and allied health educators and students alike by moving beyond the traditional static quizzing models that are less effective with next-generation medical students.

Research, including studies published by the American Psychological Association, demonstrates that the traditional, formal chapter-by-chapter approach to learning is less effective with 21st Century students. Instead, they fare better with an experiential and exploratory approach that incorporates multimedia, collaboration, personalised and customised assignments, which build foundational knowledge and increase retention. Active learning approaches have also been associated with greater academic achievement. For example, a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Online found that active learning increased exam performance while lecturing increased failure rates.

Students can quiz themselves, with the flexibility to simulate a timed test-taking experience at high or granular levels depending on what they want and need, with analytics that track performance results. Quiz results are also stored on the student's personal dashboard, which provides cumulative, cross-subject, topic, and sub-topic metrics that allow them to track progress over time and identify areas of strength and weakness, so study time is spent efficiently.

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Overleaf introduces The LaTeX Validation Service, a new technology service available for publishers and institutions
- 31 Oct 2017

Overleaf, creators of the leading online collaborative writing platform for researchers, have a new technology service available for publishers and institutions – the Overleaf LaTeX Validation Service. This new service enables publishers and other third parties to more easily process LaTeX manuscripts for publication, saving time for authors and providing publishers with improved consistency and quality control.

The idea is simple: to address the common cause of problems in the traditional submission process, where a journal or repository cannot reproduce the author's view of the compiled manuscript due to missing files or mismatched software versions. This typically causes a lot of problems, because from the author's perspective, everything already looks correct. Overleaf eliminates this issues by providing authors and editors with the same view of the document; that which was compiled and validated using Overleaf.

In this way, the service offers a robust solution to the challenges of managing LaTeX submissions, allowing third parties to use the Overleaf technology and servers to handle all of their LaTeX compilations automatically, via a managed Application Programming Interface (API).

What happens if a file fails to validate? In this case, authors or editors can be provided with a facility to open the LaTeX file on Overleaf, to use the user-friendly interface to quickly find and fix errors in the document, and resubmit through the validation service.

It can save a lot of time and frustration on all sides, especially if authors are travelling and do not have access to a LaTeX installation—for instance, when attending a conference or working at another institution.

All services will also include full LaTeX technical support via Overleaf's current support system and personnel, as well as a metrics and analytics dashboard to provide statistics such as the number of compilations processed each day. Partners can choose to implement the service in a number of ways, and can also work with Overleaf to enhance and customise the service to meet publisher-specific validation and workflow requirements.

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RedLink’s Library Dashboard named Best New Product/Service for 2017
- 25 Oct 2017

RedLink's Library Dashboard, which helps librarians and institutions by providing a complete, normalized overview of usage and turn-away statistics, has been named 'Best New Product/Service' in the 2017 Charleston Advisor Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Redlink Library Dashboard collects and standardises COUNTER and non-COUNTER use statistics from publishers and vendors and displays the information in a single interface with robust charts, cost metrics and discipline-level analytics.

The awards are selected by the editorial board of The Charleston Advisor, which comprises senior librarians from a range of universities and consortia, alongside representatives from related associations and publications.

In addition to Library Dashboard, RedLink offers librarians RedLink Network, a separate public benefit company providing a community-driven IP registry service. The Network provides libraries and publishers a free, easier and more secure way to communicate access credentials, saving time and ensuring readers have uninterrupted access to subscribed content.

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Digital Science to present keynotes at Russian Academic Excellence Project ‘5Top100’ event
- 25 Oct 2017

Technology company Digital Science is presenting several keynotes at the official event of the Russian Academic Excellence Project, '5Top100' on October 25-27. Four Digital Science reports in the Russian language will also be released at this event.

Held in Ekaterinburg, the event is jointly organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the British Council and Ural Federal University. Alongside speakers from Digital Science the event will also feature representatives from 21 university members of the 5top100 Research Excellence Initiative across the Russian Federation.

In collaboration with the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NARFU), Archangelsk, four Digital Science reports, originally published in 2016 and 2017, have now been translated into Russian and will be published by NARFU.

The reports are: International Arctic Research: Analyzing Global Funding Trends; Arctic Research Publications based on Russian Science Citation Index; Arctic Altmetrics; and The Landscape of Climate Research Funding.

The reports make extensive use of data from the Dimensions database of competitive research grants, which indexes more than $1 trillion peer-reviewed research funding across more than 3.5 million individual grants and awards, linked to principal investigators and their institutions.

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IOP Publishing extends Altmetric integration to deliver real-time attention data for books
- 19 Oct 2017

IOP Publishing has announced the extension of its Altmetric integration, to provide the latest insights on the attention surrounding book titles to authors, readers, and internal teams.

As part of the extension, IOP Publishing will display Altmetric Badges for Books across all book titles, providing authors and readers with up-to-the-minute insights on where books are being reviewed, shared and discussed online; and offer Altmetric Explorer access to all internal staff, enabling them to browse, filter and report on the online attention for over ten million research outputs. This will also include access to the Altmetric Book Index, which reports on the attention for books hosted on the publisher platform, as well as across Google Books and Amazon.

Access to the data, which is captured and updated in real-time, will enable authors, readers, and editors to see where books are being reviewed, included in syllabi, or mentioned in the mainstream and social media. Shares of the Amazon and Google Plus records of books will also be incorporated, providing a unique record of the social engagement surrounding each title.

The Altmetric Badges for Books are live on IOP Publishing book pages now.

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OpenAthens launches its cloud-based content provider solution, OpenAthens Cloud
- 16 Oct 2017

OpenAthens, the international identity and access management software provider for the information industry, officially launched its cloud-based content provider solution at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Content providers no longer need to wrestle with the frustrations of implementing and maintaining complex access management applications based on SAML. OpenAthens Cloud enables federated single sign-on via OpenID Connect: a standard protocol for the secure, lightweight transfer of authentication and user attributes, which has seen rapid adoption by global brands such as Google and Microsoft.

OpenAthens Cloud enables entry into the OpenAthens International Federation and national SAML federations across the world. It offers a fast and reliable connection to digital content and services as it is hosted in multiple global regions. Millions of individuals from thousands of organisations across the world can securely access multiple online resources with their everyday username and password, anytime and anywhere. User identities are managed by the customer, not the content provider, helping to comply with data protection legislation. As a cloud-based service, customers can also make cost and efficiency savings on server space, energy consumption, and scalability.

The service is ISO 27001 security standard compliant and security risks are mitigated through penetration testing. OpenAthens manages the required metadata and certificates in the cloud, leaving service providers to focus on delivering the best end user experience: for example, tracking engagement with individual users to shape the content and services they receive, or developing services based on individual roles or specific locations and groups.

OpenAthens Cloud is developer-friendly as it is far less complex to implement than locally-hosted solutions, and requires fewer specialist skills, saving time and money. It is more versatile, offering support for native and mobile apps as well as web-based applications. Its simple user interface tools allow administrators to manage the login process hassle-free. For those who are looking for a simpler approach to federated single sign-on, or who want to move away from less secure IP recognition, OpenAthens Cloud provides the perfect solution.

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RedLink announces new release of Remarq, enhancements significantly increase collaborative aspects of the decentralised scholarly network
- 10 Oct 2017

RedLink has announced the latest release of Remarq, which includes three levels of group collaboration: Private Groups – only those invited by the host are aware of the group and can participate; Protected Groups – publishers can create these groups, which anyone can find and request to join; Public Groups – these groups are open to anyone at any time.

Readers, authors, editors, and publishers all have the opportunity to create group conversations and invite members for research, classroom teaching, or other collaborative projects. Users can share annotations, comments, images, links, and files, and discuss articles with other group members.

Remarq is a collaboration tool supporting highlighting, private notes, commenting, and article sharing, all on the publisher's site and utilizing the version of record. Remarq provides a powerful and smoothly integrated set of tools that support authors, editors, and users. By supporting engagement on the version of record, Remarq offers the opportunity to leverage author updates, supplemental information or data, and additional assets related to the article, creating a rich environment for collaboration. Remarq's ORCID integration makes it easy to create a robust profile with just one click.

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Altmetric and the Association of University Presses launch new data-driven pilot
- 29 Sep 2017

Data science company Altmetric and the Association of University Presses have announced the launch of a new data-driven pilot. This three month project has been devised to offer editorial, marketing, communications, and other stakeholders within the presses, the opportunity to familiarise themselves with Altmetric data.

As part of the pilot, six university presses: Johns Hopkins University Press, Penn State University Press, Temple University Press, University of Hawaii Press, University of Toronto Press, and University of Wisconsin Press, will be provided access to the Altmetric Explorer, a cloud-based interactive platform which contains attention data for over 11 million published research outputs.

With a particular focus on tracking attention to books, access to the Altmetric Explorer will enable the presses to easily see where their content is being shared and commented online in sources such as the mainstream media, academic and social networks, policy outlets, post-publication peer-review forums and Wikipedia, amongst others.

Users will also be able to see where monograph titles have been reviewed in the press or included in teaching Syllabi at institutions around the world. Advanced reporting and search functionality provides the ability to compare and benchmark attention against that of other publishers.

These valuable insights into how and where publications have been discussed online will allow the presses to inform and refine editorial, marketing and business strategies.

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Ingenta and British Library collaborate to digitise and distribute archival content
- 25 Sep 2017

The British Library and Ingenta, a software provider to the publishing industry, have announced the signature of an agreement to collaborate on the digitisation and distribution of archival content for academic institutions.

Every institutional library has its own archive of rare documents and publications which, in print format, remains accessible to very few researchers. Though many institutions have the technical resources to create digital copies, none are as advanced as the British Library's own facilities at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire and St Pancras in London, or have a dedicated team of staff, including preservation experts and conservators. Ingenta Connect was established nearly two decades ago, and now reaches almost every academic library in the world; content digitised by the British Library's professional team can now be disseminated through Ingenta Connect and its sister site Ingenta Open, potentially making rare content available to hundreds of thousands of researchers and academic institutions worldwide.

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RedLink announces integration with ORCID in latest release of RemarqTM
- 07 Sep 2017

RedLink and ORCID have announced an integration that will provide seamless pre-population of profiles in Remarq when users sign into Remarq with their ORCID credentials.

Remarq is a collaboration tool offering annotation, commenting, author updates, editorial updates, professional connections, and article sharing, all on the publisher's site and utilising the version of record. Remarq provides a powerful and smoothly integrated set of tools that support authors, editors, and users.

ORCID provides identifiers for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. These identifiers enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations. On September 14, RedLink CEO Kent Anderson will be among the speakers for the ORCID Peer Review Week webinar.

In addition to integration with ORCID, the latest upgrades to Remarq include the ability to follow articles, author notifications, and more. In October, Groups will add to the rich collaborative environment of Remarq.

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New data offers a more comprehensive view of online sharing and discussion for thousands of books
- 05 Sep 2017

Data science company Altmetric has started tracking attention to books listed on Amazon, providing further insights into the online discussions and engagement relating to individual titles.

This new capability has already produced huge volumes of attention data - in just a few days Altmetric has found over 145,000 new mentions of 3,000 Amazon-listed books from Twitter, and over 20,000 mentions from other sources such as news, blogs and policy documents. Around 2 million mentions a year that relate directly to an Amazon record for a book are expected.

This data will be combined with attention data Altmetric is already tracking to the publisher and Google hosted version of books. Together the data is then disambiguated to provide a real-time report of engagement in the Altmetric details pages, accessible via the embeddable Badges and Explorer platform.

Amazon tracking is live now, and the attention data is accessible via Altmetric badges and Explorer platform.

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RedLink launches editorial engagement and researcher collaboration tool, Remarq
- 30 Aug 2017

RedLink has announced the launch of RemarqTM on the complete collection of 47 journals from non-profit publisher Annual Reviews. Remarq is a new tool for the publishing community offering annotation, commenting, article sharing, and collaboration, all on the publisher's site and utilising the version of record.

Remarq keeps researchers and readers engaged by providing a powerful and smoothly integrated set of tools that support authors, editors, and readers. By facilitating informed conversation on the version of record, Remarq offers the opportunity to leverage author interaction, including providing additional information, data, or other assets related to the article, creating a rich environment for collaboration.

Remarq's fully realised design and sophisticated user interface made it easy for Annual Reviews to adopt Remarq quickly and easily. Annual Reviews joins IOP Publishing and Canadian Science Publishing as early adopters of Remarq, which launched its first version in mid-May 2017.

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Altmetric badges now available on EuroIntervention Journal
- 29 Aug 2017

Europa Digital & Publishing, a branch of The Europa Group, has integrated Altmetric badges — dynamic visualisations that provide an at-a-glance summary of the attention relating to published research — to the article pages of the EuroIntervention journal.

Official journal of euroPCR, the World-Leading Course in Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine, and of the EAPCI, the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions, a sub-speciality branch of the European Society of Cardiology, the journal publishes over 400 articles a year focused on high quality research and education in the field of percutaneous and surgical cardiovascular interventions.

With this integration, EuroIntervention joins a growing number of publications in displaying up-to-the minute insights on the online engagement surrounding individual research outputs to users, helping them to see a more complete picture of the reach and influence amongst a broader audience.

Users can click on the Altmetric badges to access the details pages for each article, where they can explore and click through to all of the original shares and comments from online sources including mainstream media outlets, social networks, public policy makers, Wikipedia, and other scholarly and non-scholarly forums.

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MAP Health Management selects Wolters Kluwer’s Health Language terminology management solutions to promote secure exchange of sensitive patient data
- 17 Aug 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that MAP Health Management® has chosen Health Language® to improve interoperability and support more compliant data exchange within its behavioural health population management platform. By integrating the terminology and data management solution, MAP enhances analytics capabilities for its clients, specifically addressing the sharing of sensitive patient information.

Population health management remains a focal point of industry efforts to improve outcomes and lower costs, requiring accurate and complete health information exchange and analytics. Especially in the behavioural health sector, providers must adequately address the nuances of sharing and protecting sensitive patient information—a category defined by high disclosure risks and often associated with mental health, genetics, substance abuse, reproductive care, sexually-transmitted diseases and other sensitive conditions.

MAP is using Health Language interoperability and mapping solutions to establish a single source of truth, promote interoperability and optimise analytics for regulatory and value-based programs. Specifically, MAP will be leveraging Sensitivity Codes to identify and filter sensitive information to keep it from leaving a patient's trusted provider organisation. These include nearly 40,000 clinical and claims codes covering Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Family Planning groups. This approach will enable MAP to meet and exceed legal and regulatory standards and hospital policies, while also meeting clinical and financial outcomes.

MAP delivers technology-enabled solutions, including telehealth and other remote engagement devices and applications that improve clinical and financial outcomes for chronic behavioural health disorders such as Substance Use Disorder. Its robust ecosystem of solutions empowers treatment providers, health insurance companies, health systems and patients with the right data at the right time to improve clinical and financial outcomes.

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Ingenta in deal with Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Meta discovery engine to enhance access to publisher content
- 31 Jul 2017

Ingenta, a software provider to the publishing industry, has announced a new agreement with Chan Zuckerberg Meta (Meta), which will greatly enhance the discoverability of publisher-provided content on the Ingenta platforms by using Meta's free discovery engine.

Ingenta Connect and Ingenta Open, its new open access platform, will be better able to connect researchers to millions of scholarly articles relevant to their work, and which otherwise they might never see or use. The collaboration with Meta is one example of leading-edge search and discovery services Ingenta has established on behalf of its participating publishers.

Meta, a part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is a unique non-commercial tool that helps researchers understand what is happening globally in science and research with the goal of accelerating breakthroughs in science and medicine. Meta is a literature discovery engine that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to scan the world's scholarly articles and helps scientists read, understand, and prioritise millions of scientific papers published each year.

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Readers from TrendMD Network save 77 percent more articles to Mendeley, says study
- 27 Jul 2017

A recent study published in Scientometrics illustrates that readers who discover articles from a TrendMD article recommendation save 77% more of these articles to Mendeley. Replicated studies have found that article saves of scholarly articles on reference managers such as Mendeley precede and predict citations. TrendMD delivers contextual article recommendations to 80 million monthly readers across 3,300 journals on the TrendMD network. This is the first controlled study designed to identify the influence of cross-publisher article recommendations among the research community.

During a four-week test, readers from the research community saved 6.2 articles to Mendeley when included in TrendMD recommendations, a 77 percent increase compared to 3.5 saved articles in a randomized control group from the same journal which were not included in TrendMD recommendations. Further, 70 percent of articles included in TrendMD recommendations had up to nine Mendeley saves, while the corresponding article cohort in the randomised control group had only up to five Mendeley saves during the same period.

Publishers participating in the TrendMD Network include JMIR Publications, who supported this study, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, BMJ Group, American Diabetes Association, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, and hundreds more.

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RedLink launches new release of Remarq
- 26 Jul 2017

RedLink has announced the latest release of Remarq which includes robust collaboration components and supports author and editorial updates as well as publisher and editor administration and analytics. Additionally, this new release includes full user profiles; the ability to follow and connect with other users; and real-time feeds of updates and events across Remarq.

Remarq is a collaboration tool offering annotation, commenting, and article sharing, all on the publisher's site and utilising the version of record. Remarq provides a powerful and smoothly integrated set of tools that support authors, editors, and users. By supporting engagement on the version of record, Remarq offers the opportunity to leverage author updates, supplemental information or data, and additional assets related to the article, creating a rich environment for collaboration.

Since Remarq launched in May, new users have registered consistently on the pilot journals from Canadian Science Publishing and IOP Publishing. Non-profit publisher Annual Reviews will launch Remarq across its full portfolio of 47 journals in a few weeks, anticipating the new academic year.

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AAAS adopts Dimensions database to gather global funded research insights
- 26 Jul 2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has licensed access to global funding database Dimensions, to gather insights that will help its teams find expert reviewers and support strategic decision making across the publishing division.

Dimensions is powered by ÜberResearch and contains information on over $1 trillion USD of funded research projects from over 250 funders around the world, along with linked publications data and reviewer finder functionality.

Publishers can use the platform to explore trends, track research activity over time, and gather the latest information on funded projects.

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Wolters Kluwer announces further expansion of functionality within Simplifi 797
- 24 Jul 2017

Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced further expansion of functionality within Simplifi 797®, creating a turnkey USP 800 solution that addresses important employee education and safety needs to ensure safe compounding of hazardous drugs. These enhancements mean facilities can now rely on a single solution to ensure staff and patient safety, maximise pharmacy operational efficiencies, and guide proper handling and storage of sterile compounded preparations.

A web-based quality management solution, Simplifi 797 simplifies and automates USP 797 and 800 compliance processes, including the risk management and quality assurance practices necessary for a safe and efficient sterile compounding environment where the potential for errors is minimised. It now also includes policies and procedures, training and competency evaluations, customisable National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) drug formulary and employee hazardous drug risk acknowledgement - everything compounding facilities need to increase staff and patient safety throughout the hazardous drug compounding process.

More information on Simplifi 797 is available at www.simplifi797.com.

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Peerwith announces new supervisory board of industry leaders
- 20 Jul 2017

Technology company Peerwith has introduced its supervisory board with leaders in the digital / publishing industry that will contribute to the company going forward.

Peerwith is a platform for expert-led researcher services, connecting researchers to experts directly, through its own marketplace peerwith.com or branded partner solutions. Peerwith connects researchers with experts, giving them the opportunity to build lasting relationships and improve the quality of their academic work. Over 1000 experts connect with fellow researchers facilitating the exchange of fair fees for high-quality, tailored researcher services.

The board will be chaired by Peter Hendriks, a senior publishing professional with a broad experience in scientific publishing companies. Hendriks was a member of the Springer executive board for more than ten years, and currently is the CEO of Malmberg.

Joining the board as a supervisory member is Steve Scott, who is the director of portfolio management at Digital Science. As a member of the founding management team, Scott has been involved in the majority of Digital Science's portfolio investments, taking founders through product and business model validation to launch and growth.

Also joining as a supervisory member is Matthew Cockerill, who worked on early biomedical website BioMedNet (sold in 1997 to Elsevier), before co-founding BioMed Central, 'The Open Access Publisher' in 1999. Following acquisition of BioMed Central by Springer Science+Business Media in 2008, Cockerill is currently involved with several startups which bring together some or all of the elements: openness, technology and science.

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ShareLaTeX join forces with Overleaf
- 20 Jul 2017

Scientific writing and publishing tools provider Overleaf and ShareLaTeX have announced that they are joining forces. They will be bringing their teams and services together as they continue to build the world's best tools for collaborative writing.

Over the past 4 years, both ShareLaTeX and Overleaf have been hugely successful - seeing rapid, sustained growth in usage. The combined community comprises over two million authors at thousands of institutions and enterprises around the world, ranging from students writing up their first group projects to professional researchers collaborating on their papers, grant proposals and more. Naturally, they have always been compared and provided each other with some friendly competition, but behind the scenes, they have often been trying to figure out a way to work together.

The driving aim behind Overleaf's acquisition of ShareLaTeX is to bring the best of both editors together in a way that benefits everyone. The ShareLaTeX team has built a truly real-time collaborative editing environment, including a great new tracked changes feature, intelligent help for common LaTeX errors, and amazing resources for learning LaTeX. The Overleaf team has at the same time been busy working on its WYSIWYG editing tools for users new to LaTeX and its partnerships with journals, publishers and publisher back-end systems that enable direct submission and streamlined editorial workflows for over 10,000 journals. By working together, they can avoid duplicating their efforts as they look to achieve the same goals.

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PaperHive announces collaboration with Ingenta
- 20 Jul 2017

PaperHive has announced its collaboration with Ingenta, a provider of content solutions. The collaboration enables Ingenta Connect publishers and Ingenta CMS platform customers to offer annotations, group discussions, and sharing capabilities to their readers and drive reader engagement.

PaperHive supports researcher collaboration, e-learning, and sharing by enabling public and private annotations on scholarly content. Directing research conversation to the margins of publications helps keeps academic literature up-to-date and relevant. The collaboration platform also enables pre- and post-publication community peer review of academic texts.

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Altmetric badges now live on CSIRO Publishing platform
- 19 Jul 2017

Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has announced that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Publishing has integrated Altmetric data into its journal platform to highlight the online shares and discussion surrounding published articles.

CSIRO Publishing is part of the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia, and publishes books, journals and magazines across a range of scientific disciplines.

Altmetric badges, which provide a visual summary of the online attention a research output has received, can now be found on CSIRO Publishing article pages. Users can click on the badges to be taken to the full Altmetric details page for the article, which shows a collated record of all of the attention found in public policy sources, mainstream media outlets, social networks, scholarly and non-scholarly forums, and sites such as YouTube, Wikipedia and The Conversation.

CSIRO Publishing have also licensed access to the Altmetric Explorer for Publishers for their internal teams, providing them with the ability to search, filter and report on the online attention for over 11 million research outputs.

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RedLink and Publishers Communication Group announce representation agreement
- 14 Jul 2017

RedLink, providers of the Library Dashboard data analysis and visualisation tool for libraries and consortia, has announced an exclusive representation agreement with Publisher Communication Group (PCG), an Ingenta company, for the North American region, inclusive of the US and Canada.

Launched late in 2016, Library Dashboard provides a complete, normalised overview of usage and turn-away statistics to help with collection decision-making, and offers easy to use data integration, analysis, and visualisation tools. Library Dashboard gathers data for libraries via existing system access, and allows users to see cost-per-download analyses, usage trends, and denials via bundles, journals, ebooks, databases, publishers, and disciplines, in addition to more granular and customised views. Library Dashboard works for individual libraries and consortia, as well.

Several institutions assisted with beta-testing the Dashboard, including the Library of Congress, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of Patras. Current customers include consortia such as Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO), Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), and Zimbabwe University Library Consortium (ZULC), and over 35 academic and corporate libraries in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan.

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Wolters Kluwer Health appoints Jean-Claude Saghbini as CTO
- 11 Jul 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that Jean-Claude Saghbini has joined its executive management team as vice president and chief technology officer. In this role, Saghbini will spearhead the Health division's technology strategy and roadmap including emerging technologies and innovations for healthcare professionals and patients.

Saghbini brings more than a decade of experience in healthcare technology. He was the chief technology officer of WaveMark, a successful Boston area startup that was acquired in 2013 by Cardinal Health. Saghbini led WaveMark's rapid technology growth from the early stage deployments to engagements in more than 40 countries with some of the largest hospitals and medical device manufacturers in the world. Most recently Saghbini served as general manager and chief technology officer for Cardinal Health Inventory Management Solutions - a portfolio of RFID-enabled solutions providing real-time traceability for medical devices to the point of care.

A thought leader in the industry, Saghbini has secured multiple patents in healthcare technology, and is an invited expert speaker and panelist worldwide on various healthcare and technology topics.

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Wolters Kluwer partners with Vermont Information Technology Leaders to advance health information exchange and accountable care reporting for the state
- 21 Jun 2017

Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced a partnership with Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) to advance health information exchange and accountable care reporting for the state.

Under the partnership, VITL implemented Wolters Kluwer's Health Language Enterprise Terminology Management Platform to enhance its core interoperability systems and expand its capabilities to support ACOs, patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), health plans and healthcare providers with medication reconciliation, data analytics, quality reporting and population health management.

The Enterprise Terminology Management Platform is a comprehensive solution for synthesising and managing big data across the healthcare continuum, enabling accurate analytics and reporting. It helps healthcare organisations enhance investments made in data warehouses, analytics software and population health management tools by standardising and normalising clinical, claims and administrative data across disparate systems. Additionally, the platform helps healthcare organisations manage data governance and centralise healthcare terminologies such as standard code sets used for clinical, billing and administrative documentation and reporting.

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Altmetric badges integrated into Researchfish platform
- 14 Jun 2017

Researchfish, the research impact assessment platform provider, has announced that Altmetric badges, which showcase the online engagement surrounding scholarly publications, have been integrated into the Researchfish platform.

The integration further enhances the information collected by research funders, allowing an increasingly comprehensive picture of the broader impacts relating to scholarly work to be collated and analysed. These insights provide vital data for institutions and faculty to use in reporting back to key stakeholders including donors, the general public and government.

The Altmetric badges will appear alongside the publication title in instances where Altmetric has found attention for the item from online channels including public policy sources, the mainstream media, social networks, and scholarly forums. Users can hover over the badges to see a summary of activity, and click through to the associated Altmetric details page to see the 4 most recent mentions from each attention source.

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EPLF is latest European institution to adopt Altmetrics to complement existing bibliometric analysis
- 06 Jun 2017

Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has announced that École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has become the latest institution to adopt the Explorer for Institutions platform to help analyse the online engagement surrounding its scholarly research outputs.

With an intuitive interface which enables users to browse, filter and report on the latest shares and mentions for over 10 million research outputs, the Explorer for Institutions platform makes it easy to identify where academic work has received mainstream or social media coverage, been referenced in public policy, or received attention from scholarly and broader audiences in places such as Wikipedia, Reddit and post-publication peer-review forums. Citation data from Scopus and Web of Science is also included where available.

EPFL joins leading institutions including Ghent University, ETH Zurich, The University of Helsinki and the International Institute of Social Studies and the Erasmus Research Institute of Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam in utilising Altmetric data to better understand the reach and influence of published research.

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RedLink announces testing partnership with Canadian Science Publishing for Remarq, a new editorial engagement tool for publishers
- 17 May 2017

RedLink has announced a testing partnership with Canadian Science Publishing (CSP) for Remarq™, a new tool for publishers offering annotation, commenting, article sharing, and collaboration, all on the publisher's site and utilising the version of record.

Remarq™ keeps researchers and readers on publisher-branded sites by providing a powerful and smoothly integrated set of tools that support authors, editors, and users. Initially, Remarq™ is focused on article-level tools, such as private annotation, public comments, article sharing, and a basic user profile.

Remarq™ is currently available on CSP journals Arctic Science, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, and Canadian Journal of Plant Science. Over the coming weeks, the tool will grow to include editor-initiated polls and discussions, post-publication reviews and updates, article recommendations, content promotion options, author profile pages, and a single user profile that can be accessed across publishers and platforms. Remarq can be added to any journal site or portfolio.

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Digital Science expands internationally, opens subsidiary company in Moscow, Russia
- 17 May 2017

Digital Science, a business division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and a global technology company focused on jumpstarting innovation in the research community, has opened a subsidiary company, Digital Science & Research LLC based in Moscow, Russia. The company will be led by Dr. Igor Osipov as country CEO responsible for driving growth in Russia and in neighbouring CIS countries including Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia and others. A Russian language website is available at www.digitalscience.ru.

Digital Science invests in businesses that complement its ecosystem of services in the research and scientific services space and funds and develops online products and services to empower researchers to be more efficient; pushing research to be more reproducible and of higher quality. Its portfolio companies include a host of leading and admired brands including Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, Labguru, Overleaf, ReadCube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch.

Digital Science will focus on deepening the relationships with universities, funders and government organisations, with particular focus on Dimensions from ÜberResearch, allowing the analysis more than $1.1 trillion of research funding from 250 funders, and Altmetric, which tracks online attention and measures the engagement relating to individual publications. Digital Science will also look to quickly introduce its other tools and services, e.g. laboratory software products and authoring tools to the Russian & CIS markets in the very near future.

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Altmetric attention data now available in Envision Pharma Group’s LibraryTM scientific content management software
- 28 Apr 2017

Envision Pharma Group ('Envision'), a Medical Affairs-focused scientific communications and technology solutions provider, has announced that Library – Envision's searchable content management system for Medical Affairs materials, including publications and multimedia – will now feature attention data provided by data science company Altmetric.

The 'impact' of a peer-reviewed publication is an integral part of the assessment of the effectiveness of an individual publication or cumulatively, of a publication plan. While citations have long been considered the standard measure of publication impact, they may on occasions take months or years to emerge. The shift to an online publication environment and the rise of social media have allowed the real-time assessment of indicators of dissemination (eg, via Twitter), interest (eg, news coverage), and readership (eg, Mendeley). Envision has partnered with Altmetric to facilitate access to these informative data via the Library content management solution – part of the expanding iEnvision suite of medical project management software solutions.

Fully integrated into the publication details held within Library, Altmetric badges and associated attention scores provide constantly updated, at-a-glance indicators of the engagement relating to published articles, and permit click-through-access to the Altmetric.com website for more detailed information on the demographic, geographic, and contextual nature of these data.

Library is built on the iEnvision™ Medical Project Management platform, purpose-built to meet the needs of Medical Affairs and related functions. Library can be fully integrated with current versions of Datavision® (publications management), as well as other third-party and corporate applications.

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PubFactory and Altmetric partner to provide engagement insights
- 26 Apr 2017

Online publishing platform PubFactory has partnered with data science company Altmetric to provide real-time insights into the latest shares, mentions and engagement relating to individual publications immediately enabling authors, readers, and editors to gather a more comprehensive view of the reach and influence of research.

Available now to publishers who host their content on the PubFactory platform, the Altmetric badge visualisations and associated details pages offer valuable additional context and a much more immediate source of feedback on how a publication has been received.

PubFactory's technology platform and publishing services have been adopted by prestigious publishers like OUP, DeGruyter, Brill, and the IMF. PubFactory currently hosts more than 1,400 journals and 400,000 books along with reference works, databases, and other content types, making it the only truly content agnostic platform and service provider in scholarly publishing.

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New ÜberResearch and the UArctic Science & Research Analytics Task Force report showcases global support for Arctic Research
- 25 Apr 2017

Data company ÜberResearch and the UArctic Science & Research Analytics Task Force has released a report analyzing global funding trends in Arctic research: International Arctic Research: Analyzing Global Funding Trends. A Pilot Report (2017 Update).

In this annual update to the pilot report on global Arctic funding published in 2016 and using insights from grants database Dimensions, the authors studied data from over 250 funders for the period 2007-2016 to determine the extent to which research in the field is being supported.

According to the report roughly ⅓ of all global Arctic research presented in this data is undertaken by UArctic member institutions; Arctic Council Observer states provide about 0.5% of their total research funding to Arctic research, compared to 7% on average for member states; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is now the biggest funder, by number of grants, in Dimensions, with over 800,000 records – 354 of which are focused on Arctic research. Japan is the second most active Observer Country of the Arctic Council, following the UK; RFBR remains the top funder, by number of funded projects, related to Arctic (3,035) in the ten year period (2007-2016), followed by NSF-GEO and NSERC; and the largest proportion of Arctic research funding falls under the Earth Sciences, with many attributed to Oceanography.

For the first time, the report also includes data from all major Danish funders, who collectively contributed funding for over 280 projects across disciplines, and Danish institutions who are doing Arctic research.

The report is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/mnvza4j.

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Wolters Kluwer announces strategic alliance with intellectual property service provider ktMINE
- 21 Apr 2017

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. has announced plans to bolster its intellectual property content and workflow solutions through a strategic alliance with ktMINE, a growing IP data and information services firm.

The collaboration with ktMINE provides additional capabilities aligned with customer needs. From within Wolters Kluwer's premier research and workflow solution Cheetah™, users can access IP content relevant to negotiating royalty rates, licensing agreements, patent, trademark, mergers and acquisitions deal data and detailed agreement summaries from public sources including the Securities and Exchange Commission, foreign security filings and the web.

More about Wolters Kluwer's Intellectual Property solutions including ktMINE capabilities is available at http://lrus.wolterskluwer.com/product-family/cheetah.

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Redlink supports Professional Headshot Studio at upcoming 39th SSP Annual Meeting
- 19 Apr 2017

RedLink will sponsor the Professional Headshot Studio as part of their Platinum Sponsorship at the 2017 Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting to be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA, May 31-June 2.

The SSP Annual Meeting has grown steadily in recent years and attendance is expected to attract up to 900 attendees in 2017. The Professional Headshot Studio will give attendees the opportunity to update their professional profile picture. For a nominal donation, they will get an electronic version of their professional photo to take with them. Proceeds from the activity will benefit the SSP Fellowship Program which supports students and early-career professionals who are eager to develop their skills and learning experiences within the scholarly publishing community.

The program provides multiple training and career development opportunities throughout the year, including attendance at the Annual Meeting and pairing with a mentor.

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Altmetric and OECD announce new pilot project to track impact and reach of over 120,000 OECD research outputs
- 19 Apr 2017

Data science company Altmetric has announced a new pilot project with The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to track and report on the impact of over 120,000 articles, chapters, books, papers, tables, charts and statistical datasets in the OECD iLibrary.

The OECD seeks to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, and provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

Initially the OECD will be adopting the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions platform to analyse the attention data internally, and hope to potentially later deploy Altmetric badges, which will provide visitors an at-a-glance indicator of the attention an item has received, across the OECD iLibrary dissemination platform.

In addition to hosting OECD’s content, the iLibrary platform also contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF).

The pilot is running from now until September 2017.

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Overleaf partners with Virginia Tech’s University Libraries to provide students, faculty and staff with Overleaf Pro+Teach accounts
- 12 Apr 2017

Overleaf, an innovative provider of scientific writing and publishing tools, has announced a partnership with Virginia Tech's University Libraries to provide all Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff with Overleaf Pro+Teach accounts.

Premium Overleaf accounts and customised writing templates have been made available to all students, faculty and staff via a custom Virginia Tech authoring portal on the Overleaf website. Virginia Tech's University Libraries aim to provide students and faculty with cutting-edge authoring technology, easy-to-use Virginia Tech authoring templates and eventually a simplified workflow for submitting to VTechWorks, Virginia Tech's institutional repository.

A few of the features that influenced Virginia Tech's libraries to move forward with Overleaf include easy collaboration with multiple co-authors, version control and full-project history with easy revert, custom journal templates with journal-specific 1-click submission, and templates that allow professors to distribute and collect homework assignments.

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RedLink and INASP announce new partnership
- 10 Apr 2017

RedLink, RedLink Network, and INASP have announced the initial steps of a developing partnership designed to help make usage tools and credentials management available for INASP members. As a first step, the Zimbabwe University Librarians Consortium (ZULC) will be joining RedLink Network and adopting RedLink's Library Dashboard. The partnership is designed to provide access to these services to the full membership of INASP libraries.

RedLink Network, a public benefit company offering a community-driven IP registry service, provides libraries and publishers a free, easier and more secure way to communicate access credentials, saving time and ensuring readers have uninterrupted access to subscribed content.

Library Dashboard provides a complete, normalized overview of usage and turn-away statistics to help with collection decision-making, and offers easy to use data integration, analysis, and visualization tools. The Dashboard is a subscription product, and RedLink has partnered with INASP to ensure that it is affordable for their member institutions.

Since it was founded 25 years ago, INASP has worked to strengthen access to, production and use of knowledge and evidence in Africa, Asia and Latin America, working in over 25 countries. INASP has worked with ZULC since its formation in 2001 and is now in the final stages of handing over the sustainable access to ZULC.

Members of RedLink, ZULC and INASP will be at the UKSG conference in Harrogate, UK from April 10-12 and available to answer questions.

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BioRAFT in deal with Stanford University to acquire ChemTracker brand and intellectual property
- 31 Mar 2017

BioRAFT, a Digital Science portfolio company, has entered into an agreement with Stanford University to acquire the ChemTracker brand and intellectual property.

Through this agreement BioRAFT will be able to integrate ChemTracker's powerful chemical safety and regulatory information database with BioRAFT's enterprise solution and user-friendly interface. Development will begin immediately on a ChemTracker module within BioRAFT.

The BioRAFT solution for laboratory safety is comprised of the BioRAFT Platform - an application infrastructure and data hub - and application modules that range from laboratory inspections to training management, biosafety registration, radioisotope management, facilities management and chemical safety. BioRAFT provides an enterprise-wide safety solution for research institutions and life science companies that consolidates information and activities under one umbrella. BioRAFT will bring ChemTracker's advanced chemical database, chemical inventory functionality, and reporting capabilities into the BioRAFT solution as a fully-integrated application.

ChemTracker Consortium members will continue to use their software and will continue to receive support and account management through ChemTracker. BioRAFT is working closely with the ChemTracker team on plans for the new software and a transition strategy for customers and members of the ChemTracker Consortium.

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The MIT Press integrates Altmetric Badges for Books into its book pages
- 30 Mar 2017

Data science company Altmetric has announced that The MIT Press has integrated Altmetric Badges for Books into its book pages. Visitors will be provided with an at-a-glance summary of the online attention relating to all of their monograph titles, discovering for the first time the broader engagement from key audiences and stakeholders.

Users are able to click on the Altmetric badges on The MIT Press site to view the associated details page for each item. The Altmetric details pages include a summary and full break-down of all of the mentions and shares that Altmetric has tracked from sources such as the mainstream media, social networks, and public policy sources; and data from the Open Syllabus Project to showcase where the book has been included in institutional reading lists and course syllabi.

The Altmetric badges are now visible on all book pages on the The MIT Press website.

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ÜberResearch and Leidos partner to add global research funding landscape to OnPar
- 27 Mar 2017

ÜberResearch, a data and analytics solutions and services company serving scientific funders and research organisations, has announced a partnership with global science and technology solutions and services provider, Leidos, to OnPAR.

OnPAR is the Online Partnership to Accelerate Research and was originally launched in March 2016 by the Leidos Life Sciences team, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

OnPAR offers a new funding paradigm with the goal of matching highly scored, unfunded grant applications with potential non-government funding organisations. ÜberResearch will contribute key capabilities from the Dimensions platform, providing pertinent global funding landscape data alongside its unique natural language processing (NLP) matching tool that routes relevant grant applications to funders.

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Ingenta and Rosen Publishing announce implementation of Ingenta’s Order-to-Cash (OTC) module
- 23 Mar 2017

Ingenta, a software provider to the publishing industry, and Rosen Publishing have announced the successful implementation of Ingenta's new Order-to-Cash (OTC) module.

The Ingenta Commercial Suite is made up of three major fully integrated modules: Order to Cash (OTC), Contracts, Rights and Royalties and Product Manager, which allow publishers to minimise the inefficiencies and inaccuracies of managing data across multiple systems through a single solution.

The suite supports publishers & distributors across digital and print content types and formats, throughout the value chain, enabling increasingly complex packages and bundles of content. Designed from the ground up for present publishing challenges, the solution is format agnostic and includes book & subscription processing and is fully integrated with physical warehouse despatch, content site access and print-on-demand supply.

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Altmetric releases new version of the Explorer for Publishers platform
- 16 Mar 2017

Data science company Altmetric has announced the release of a new version of the Explorer for Publishers platform. Designed to make it easier than ever for publishers to explore and report on the online engagement and academic impact for their own articles, books, datasets and other publications, the platform also offers insights into the competitive landscape.

The newly designed interface contains collated attention data and citations from Scopus and Web of Science for over eight million research outputs. Users have access to extensive search capabilities, colourful visualisations and a variety of export options to enable further analysis to glean competitive insights, helping to drive better informed strategic decision making.

The new Explorer for Publishers is now available.

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Wolters Kluwer moves 175 customers and migrates nearly 1M procedure notes from EndoWorks to ProVation MD
- 17 Feb 2017

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that its roster of EndoWorks conversions to ProVation MD® for Gastroenterology (GI) continues to grow exponentially in advance of Olympus' departure from the endowriter market. Among the 175 healthcare organisations that moved from EndoWorks to Wolters Kluwer's gastroenterology structured reporting software in 2016 was Tampa General Hospital, whose 25 GI physicians are benefiting from streamlined documentation and accelerated workflows.

More than 260 healthcare organisations have transitioned to ProVation MD for GI, including successful migration of nearly 1 million historical procedure notes, since being named by Olympus as a preferred replacement for its endowriter software. That designation makes Wolters Kluwer one of just two vendors able to license an Olympus-developed export utility to seamlessly migrate data from EndoWorks to ProVation MD, which played an important role in Tampa General's decision.

A 1,011-bed private not-for-profit hospital, Tampa General is one among the largest hospitals in Florida and serves a population of more than 4 million. It is the primary teaching affiliate of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Approximately 8,000 procedures are performed at its GI facility every year.

ProVation MD will be featured among Wolters Kluwer's point of care solutions in Booth #1543 at the HIMSS17 Annual Conference and Exhibition, taking place February 20-22 in Orlando, Fla. It is the only dedicated structured reporting and coding solution that provides clinically relevant, intuitive software for more accurate and complete documentation of procedures. It allows physicians to efficiently capture robust detail from even the most complex procedures, then automatically generates clear, complete procedure notes and appropriate reimbursement codes, quickly, easily and without dictation. By automatically applying the reimbursement codes and disseminating critical procedural information, ProVation MD ensures appropriate payment, reduces costs and streamlines quality reporting while improving clinical communication and care coordination.

ProVation MD offers more precise reporting, which for Tampa General translates into the capture of a greater number of billable codes. Further, because the software can be customised to suit physicians' specific needs, documentation and patient through-put are accelerated.

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Wolters Kluwer releases cloud-based Reference Data Management solution within its Health Language platform
- 16 Feb 2017

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced the release of a cloud-based Reference Data Management (RDM) solution within its Health Language® platform. The new RDM offering provides the data management infrastructure needed to establish a single source of truth, enable interoperability, and optimise analytics for regulatory and value-based programs.

Healthcare organisations are increasingly turning to RDM as a best-practice strategy for managing and using growing volumes of clinical and claims data to navigate evolving regulatory initiatives such as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the 21st Century Cures Act. A function of Master Data Management, RDM addresses data variability across the industry's wide array of disparate healthcare terminologies and codes.

The new RDM solution enhances existing analytics and data warehouse investments by offering a flexible cloud-based approach for managing reference data. The Health Language platform provides the content, applications, web-based APIs and consulting services.

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Digital Science announces Carnegie Mellon University as key customer and development partner
- 14 Feb 2017

Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has announced Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as a key customer and development partner. By implementing a suite of products from the Digital Science portfolio, Carnegie Mellon will unveil a solution to capture, analyse and showcase its leading research. Using continuous, automated capture of data from multiple internal and external sources, including publication and associated citation and altmetrics data, grant data, and research data, Carnegie Mellon will be able to provide its faculty, funders and decision-makers with an accurate, timely and holistic picture of the institution's research.

With the goal of championing new forms of scholarly communication, Carnegie Mellon is creating a number of research platforms that will work together to enable innovation and provide opportunities for interactive research among the university's researchers. As part of this effort, the university is building out an ecosystem of support, processes and tools that underpin the full research lifecycle from ideation to dissemination.

Carnegie Mellon plans to roll out a suite of tools from Digital Science to its academic community over the coming months. These tools offer a multitude of benefits including: Symplectic Elements; Figshare for Institutions; Altmetric Explorer for Institutions; and Dimensions.

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Purdue University continues partnership with Overleaf after successful year-long pilot
- 08 Feb 2017

Scientific writing and publishing tools provider Overleaf has announced that Purdue University will continue in a five year partnership after a successful year-long pilot.

During the pilot, premium Overleaf accounts and customized writing templates were provided to all students, faculty and staff. Purdue University Graduate School were looking for a way to overcome LaTeX intimidation and accessibility hurdles faced by their students. Their goals were to make the thesis writing process easier and more streamlined for students, reducing time spent on thesis reviews.

Since the pilot has been executed, 35% of all STEM students now use the Purdue-Overleaf thesis template. This adoption is already bringing real benefits: an estimated 980 meetings have been removed, and workload and review times have been significantly reduced. The Purdue Graduate School now recommends the use of Overleaf to all students.

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LibLynx to launch LibLynx Gateway - a new e-resource access solution for Libraries
- 01 Feb 2017

LibLynx, an independent provider of cloud-based Identity and Access management (IAM) solutions, has announced the launch of LibLynx Gateway, an online resource access management tool for libraries.

LibLynx Gateway uniquely combines a powerful access and authentication infrastructure with an optional personalized and mobile-ready user portal, providing libraries with a highly flexible and customised solution.

Gateway gives librarians and other information managers an easy and affordable way to securely and efficiently provide patrons with Single Sign On (SSO) and or proxy IP access to library resources, on and off-site, from a single user portal. Library administrators have total control over who has access to what, including integration with local directories to simplify user management. Flexible reporting tools support budget requests and renewal decisions.

LibLynx Gateway will be marketed and supported in partnership with ComaxSys, a specialist library vendor with over a decade of experience in implementing and supporting access solutions for a wide range of library clients. ComaxSys offers libraries a comprehensive support service from initial consultation through after sales support.

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Inera and Overleaf partner to improve author writing experience
- 31 Jan 2017

Overleaf, an innovative provider of scientific writing and publishing tools, and Inera, provider of the eXtyles and Edifix family of editorial and XML solutions, have announced a partnership to improve the author writing experience by helping authors easily structure, correct and then upload and use their bibliographies while writing.

Authors who use BibTeX can easily create their BibTeX bibliography files using Edifix and then upload those files to Overleaf. Overleaf authors can find a link to the Edifix service from within their Overleaf account – in the 'Journals and Services' menu.

Edifix will allow authors to effortlessly structure, format and correct their bibliography files – providing BibTeX as an option for output. These BibTeX files can then be uploaded to the author’s Overleaf document, where it allows authors to conveniently manage references within the document, as the author writes.

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Digital Science unveils new module of its global grants database, Dimensions
- 25 Jan 2017

Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has unveiled a new module of its global grants database, Dimensions.

The Dimensions database, containing information on millions of completed and ongoing research projects with over $1 trillion USD in global research funding, will be made available directly to researchers for the very first time. Users will be able to see how their work fits into the bigger picture of funded research within a specific discipline.

Dimensions is already being used by university administrators and research offices across the globe to inform research development decisions. This new version of the platform, available via site license access, enables researchers themselves to understand new trends as they emerge and to see the research activity in their field unfold in real-time. Users can monitor future research trends - a huge advantage over publication databases which only reflect the achievements from the past; identify potential new collaborators; compare the most up-to-date activity across institutions, subjects and funders around the world; and see built in visualisations and advanced search tools that offer new and instant insights from the data.

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Altmetric adds Shibboleth authentication option for institutions
- 19 Jan 2017

Data science company Altmetric has announced that their customers will be able to access the Explorer for Institutions platform using their Shibboleth single sign-on credentials. This additional authentication method provides customers with the option of seamless access to the Explorer platform, making it even easier for users to browse and report on the online attention surrounding their research.

Shibboleth is an open-source software package that provides users with standardised access to services subscribed to by their institution while maintaining high levels of privacy. Altmetric is now a registered service provider for the UK Federation and is also able to offer Shibboleth authentication to institutions anywhere in the world.

Additionally, institutions using Shibboleth authentication can also make use of a WAYFless link that Altmetric supplies, thus bypassing the 'Where Are You From' (WAYF) step during the institutional login process and streamlining the user experience.

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Digital Science invests in Peerwith to further strengthen author and publisher offerings
- 18 Jan 2017

Technology software company Digital Science has invested in Peerwith – a marketplace for author services, matching academics seeking support for their work with experts who can provide a plethora of services to increase the scientific impact of their work. These include editing, translation, illustration and consultancy. Moreover, Peerwith allows its more than 800 experts to build a visible profile through ratings and recommendations.

Amsterdam based Peerwith has also formed valuable partnerships with leading publishers and societies, offering a white-labelled platform that caters to their needs. Current partnerships include Brill, the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) and Emerald Publishing. Their customised Peerwith offering enables their authors to connect with experts to achieve their academic goals.

Peerwith was founded by Joris van Rossum and Ivo Verbeek, who both have extensive backgrounds in academic publishing, product development, and launching startups. Digital Science’s investment will enable the company to scale its activities, expand its reach to academic institutions to allow researchers and students to optimally access author services through Peerwith.

Digital Science supports a suite of renowned author and publishing services, across a global portfolio of companies including: Overleaf, ReadCube, Figshare and Altmetric. Steve Scott, Director of Portfolio Development at Digital Science will join the Peerwith supervisory board.

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MediMobile selects Wolters Kluwer’s Health Language Solutions to enhance charge capture and revenue cycle management for providers
- 06 Jan 2017

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer has announced that MediMobile has selected its Health Language® Provider Friendly Terminology solution to improve billing accuracy in its enterprise-level mobile charge capture solution. MediMobile's user base will leverage the terminology solution to reduce physician search time and improve revenue cycle to optimize reimbursement.

The Health Language Provider Friendly Terminology solution was selected to address the complexities of navigating through the high volume of ICD-10 codes. Physicians are challenged with the magnitude of an increase in diagnosis codes to find the most specific diagnosis code. By embedding Health Language content, MediMobile ensures physician documentation is accurate and captures the appropriate billing code, which leads to proper reimbursement.

A national leader in charge and data capture software for healthcare providers, MediMobile is actively used in eight of the top 10 hospital systems in the nation. MediMobile helps practices and health systems manage patients, capture charges and improve operations. MediMobile seamlessly integrates with health system electronic records, providing real-time information, improving outcomes and increasing revenue.

The Health Language platform empowers data interoperability and optimizes workflow for leading healthcare providers, payers and healthcare information technology organisations worldwide. Leveraging broad medical terminology, informatics, technology and data management expertise, Health Language solutions drive successful charge capture and revenue cycle management, EHR system optimisation, terminology and data management, patient engagement, population health and analytics solutions across the healthcare industry.

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RedLink expands offerings, provides services to libraries as well as publishers
- 20 Dec 2016

RedLink recently announced the launch of several new offerings. RedLink Network, a separate public benefit company offering a community-driven IP registry service, provides libraries and publishers a free, easier and more secure way to communicate access credentials, saving time and ensuring readers have uninterrupted access to subscribed content. Launched in July, there are already more than 3,000 libraries with invitations awaiting them. Publishers using RedLink Network include FASEB, Annual Reviews, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and many others.

To follow up on this service for the library market, RedLink launched Library Dashboard in October. Library Dashboard provides a complete, normalised overview of usage and turn-away statistics to help with collection decision-making, and offers easy to use data integration, analysis, and visualisation tools. Several institutions assisted with beta-testing the Dashboard, including the Library of Congress, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of Patras. Early Library Dashboard adopters include Xavier University of Louisiana, Utah State University, and the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO).

Launching this week, RedLink announced another service for publishers, extending its Publisher Dashboard with of RedLink SiteLeads,™ which offers publishers a unique way of identifying potential new customers by analysing demand for a publisher’s online content, turning previously anonymous traffic into data-driven sales leads.

The recent growth has also required a move to new space. RedLink is now headquartered at 57 East Main Street, Suite 211, in Westborough, Massachusetts, USA, while the product team continues to work out of Athens, Greece and Amman, Jordan.

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Digital Science releases Global Research Identifier Database under CC0 license
- 06 Dec 2016

Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has announced that the Global Research Identifier Database (GRID) dataset will be made available under a CC0 license allowing users to make full use of the database releases with no need for attribution.

The CC0 license means that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse GRID data for any purposes, without restriction under copyright or database law, similar to many open source software licenses. The CC0 license removes any hurdles associated with the current license. Digital Science hopes that the open data community can benefit from using GRID, allowing seamless integrations with other open datasets and software tools.

GRID is a free, easy-to-use online database that opens up information about research organisations around the world to data scientists, developers and innovators within academic and commercial organisations. The GRID dataset addresses the problem of messy and inconsistent data on research institutions, ensuring that each entity is included correctly and only once.

GRID now joins other Digital Science products like Figshare as a promoter of the CC0 usage as the standard license for the open sharing of datasets. From January 2017, copies of the monthly GRID database release will be dedicated to the public domain and uploaded to Figshare.

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Digital Science’ final webinar of the year, The State of Open Data, scheduled for December 15
- 05 Dec 2016

Digital Science has announced the final webinar of the year, “The State of Open Data.” The webinar, scheduled for December 15 at 4pm BST / 11am ET, will be hosted by Community Manager, Laura Wheeler.

Those unable to tune in live can still register, and a recording of the webinar will be sent to these registrants.

During Open Access week in October, Figshare released the results of its global survey of 2,000 researchers in a report that assesses the global landscape around open data and sharing practices. Now viewed by over 14,000 people, “The State of Open Data” – report and survey finds 80% of researchers value data citation as much as, or more than article citation.

This webinar will look at the motivations behind this report and will delve into some of the unique data as well as taking a look at the global state of open data. Participants can hear from report participants, as well as: Delta Think, an industry consultancy that has just launched an Open Access Investigation, a subscription database and report resource for all Open Access market stakeholders, and the Open Research group at the Wellcome Trust.

Additionally, this webinar will look at key findings from the Open Data Report and global researcher survey; emerging policies for open research data in the US and Europe; and big data, knowledge production and the political economy of research.

Interested parties may visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1922564629415164419 to register for the webinar.

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New advanced antimicrobial stewardship solution from Wolters Kluwer helps address growing concerns over resistant organisms
- 05 Dec 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced the release of an expanded antimicrobial stewardship offering to help healthcare organizations address alarming trends with antimicrobial resistance. The comprehensive Pharmacy OneSource® offering is powered by the Sentri7® clinical surveillance solution, providing the technological foundation and expert professional consultation needed to move antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) from infancy to maturity.

Antimicrobial stewardship is a global and national priority. Multidrug resistant organisms infect 2 million people annually in the U.S., resulting in 23,000 deaths and steep healthcare costs reaching as high as $34 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the global stage, the World Health Organization currently ranks inappropriate use of antibiotics as one of the three greatest threats to human health.

Fueled by the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, recent U.S. regulatory movements—including eight new performance standards introduced by the Joint Commission and a proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—are heightening expectations around the implementation of formal ASPs in hospitals and healthcare organizations. The new Sentri7 Antimicrobial Stewardship Services offering is designed to help healthcare organizations comply with new standards, and identify and prioritize action steps to deliver the clinical and cost outcomes their organizations demand.

Because early identification of potential issues is critical to achieving the best outcomes, Sentri7 provides a complete library of evidence-based accurate clinical rules that run in real-time to automate tracking, identification and reporting of potential issues. Notifications can be routed to the device of a clinician’s choice, ensuring quick response to prevent adverse outcomes. Sentri7 has also expanded functionality to support days of therapy reporting, real-time antibiogram and automated antimicrobial use reporting to the National Health Safety Network (NHSN).

In tandem with a robust clinical surveillance platform, Sentri7 OneSource Clinical Services has introduced a comprehensive and expanded gap analysis tool to assist in garnering the program development insights needed to implement a high-performing ASP. A dynamic, multidisciplinary clinical team aids hospitals and health systems with clinical program design by providing actionable guidance and ensuring ongoing program improvement.

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Overleaf and Cambridge University Press partner to provide new academic authoring experience
- 01 Dec 2016

Overleaf, an innovative provider of scientific writing and publishing tools, has announced a partnership with Cambridge University Press (CUP) - the publishing business of the University of Cambridge.

Through this new partnership authors of three Cambridge journals (see below) are able to write and collaborate using LaTeX into pre-formatted templates, and directly submit manuscripts created in the Overleaf platform to the journals involved. This will simplify the submission process for authors and offer an easier and faster way to collaborate and write articles.

The next phase of this implementation will allow CUP to capture structured manuscript metadata, correctly compiled LaTeX files and PDFs directly into their submission systems - all via a one-click submission link.

The three Cambridge journals included in this partnership are Political Science Research & Methods; British Journal of Political Science; and Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia.

This collaboration will also include: LaTeX template development and enhancement for these three journals; a customized, CUP branded editing environment on Overleaf; a metrics and analytics dashboard for CUP admin; and customer support via Overleaf (for authors and editors as required).

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Digital Science invests in robotic cloud laboratory, Transcriptic
- 21 Nov 2016

Transcriptic Inc., a robotic cloud laboratory for life sciences, has announced the closing of a $13.4 million Series A-1 investment. The new funding was led by Data Collective, along with new investors Digital Science and WuXi AppTec. Existing investors, including AME Cloud Ventures, and others also contributed to the round.

Transcriptic will utilise the new capital to drive the company's product, team and expansion plans. Since the company launched in 2012, the company has executed experiments for individual researchers, institutions and large pharmaceutical businesses. The new funds will allow the company to grow its team to accommodate further growth, extend the capabilities of its innovative platform, and deliver on its vision of using its automated platform to increase research productivity.

In the present increasingly digital research environment, where consistent data is essential and reproducibility of results a necessity, Transcriptic is redefining how research is delivered. The company, which developed the open source Autoprotocol language for codifying lab protocols, helps researchers take their research to an automated, highly-scalable and safe environment in which machine learning techniques can be used to speed up discovery.

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Clarivate Analytics' new EndNote X8 supports global collaboration, open science and takes guesswork out of journal submissions
- 14 Nov 2016

Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, has announced the availability of EndNote™ X8, the next iteration of the leading software for researchers, librarians and students to find, manage and create bibliographies, citations and references to research smarter.

Research collaboration has taken on a whole new meaning in the digital age. From 1998 through 2011, papers with 50 or more authors doubled in quantity from roughly 500 per year to more than 1,000. With research on the rise, the latest version of EndNote addresses this trend and enables researchers to work smarter to produce novel research no matter where their location. EndNote X8 now includes support to share an entire EndNote research library, including references, PDFs and annotations with up to 100 people. Collaborators can add to, annotate and cite from the shared library in real-time, with unlimited cloud storage at no additional cost. A built-in activity feed allows users to identify new members and to track the latest changes made to the library by their collaborators.

With competition to get published at an all time high, delays due to mismanaged references are nonexistent when the right references are only a click away. EndNote keeps its users in step with the constantly evolving world of scholarly research and publishing by providing the ability to search, organize and share reference materials, as well as automatically format bibliographies, cutting down on the time spent collecting research and writing manuscripts, patent applications and grant proposals. In addition, with EndNote's manuscript matcher, users can reduce the risk of publication rejection by identifying journals where their research is most likely to be accepted based on an analysis of tens of millions of citation connections in Web of Science™, a collection of meticulously indexed data from thousands of journals, across hundreds of global publishers.

EndNote X8 is available for Mac and Windows and syncs seamlessly with EndNote online and the EndNote iPad application.

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Bibliometric leaders unveil new methods to understand biomedical science
- 04 Nov 2016

ÜberResearch, a data and analytics solutions and services company serving scientific funders and research organisations, has announced a set of innovative methods from a collaboration undertaken with a group of international bibliometric experts which represent a progression for the field of bibliometrics as it relates to the analysis of the life sciences. These methods will help researchers more easily identify variation in topics, and novelty in biomedical fields.

In a paper published in the journal Scientometrics, the international group led by Dr. Loet Leydesdorff, including Aaron Sorensen, ÜberResearch's Head of Bibliometric Engagement and Scientometrics editor at the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, disclosed a set of methods that will help to open up new insights into the variations in topics, and novelty from within biomedical fields. Domain-specific terms and citation data are integrated together to help researchers improve their understanding of biomedical and disease fields, and the different kinds of topics, and novelty within those fields. This is important as it helps researchers more easily compare different hypotheses in the same line of investigation.

The paper outlines methods that enable users to integrate MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms with citation data. The MeSH terms are provided by the National Library of Medicine. By integrating these 'gold standard' terms for describing topics, with citation data, the group achieved an enhancement.

They were able to retain the core archival structure for the field provided by the journal titles, but also use the MeSH terms to highlight the variations in topics, and indeed novelty, within a given scientific field. The group used the mouse-model approach to exploring the amyloid cascade hypothesis as the test for the new methods. This is the most dominant line of investigation within Alzheimer's Disease research in recent history.

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Overleaf partners with Peerwith to further strengthen author offerings
- 18 Oct 2016

Overleaf, an innovative provider of scientific writing and publishing tools, has announced a partnership with Peerwith – a marketplace for author services, matching academics seeking support for their work with experts.

Users of Overleaf's online LaTeX and rich text collaborative writing and publishing platform will be able to link to Peerwith and sign on automatically to the Peerwith platform, where they can search and find experts across varying disciplines such as translators, illustrators and editors. They can then easily share their documents with experts within Peerwith who can provide these author services directly within the Overleaf platform.

Peerwith has developed a unique, peer-to-peer, cloud-based platform to find, select, and directly collaborate with experts offering a variety of author services. With integrations as an important focus and strength, Peerwith is building on strong partnerships with publishing platforms, workflow tools and academic institutes.

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ÜberResearch unveils global grants database, Dimensions, for publishers
- 17 Oct 2016

Data science company ÜberResearch has unveiled its global grants database, Dimensions, for scholarly publishers – to enable them to understand new trends in research as they emerge, and compare the most up-to-date activity in research funding with ongoing publication trends.

Dimensions is the industry’s first searchable database of awarded research funding, including $1 trillion USD in global research funding from hundreds of funding organisations across the World, with more than three million funded projects. With hundreds of thousands of projects presently ongoing, or starting in 2017, it offers publishers a unique and forward-looking view into the global research landscape to support them in making informed, strategic business decisions based on current and future research activities. For example, the information can be used to support editorial, product development and sales plans, as well as to help find relevant thought leaders for conferences and events and potential reviewers for manuscripts.

The database offers easy to understand data visualisations as a core feature and can be used to compare activity in new research funding with publication trends. It provides up-to-date metrics, including the Relative Citation Ration (RCR) score. Customers who already license the Altmetric Explorer from ÜberResearch’s sister company, Altmetric, will also see the associated badged attention scores in the publication listings. Collectively, these metrics provide awareness to a range of activities.

Funding data and information from the database is already being used by the MIT Press, Wiley, Springer Nature and IOS Press to inform their business decisions and gain advantage.

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Overleaf announces partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society
- 12 Oct 2016

Overleaf, an innovative provider of scientific writing and publishing tools, has announced a new partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), a learned society that encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science and closely related branches of science, and a publisher of international research journals.

This partnership will provide an authoring template and simplified submission link for Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the RAS.

Authors submitting to MNRAS will have access to a custom MNRAS authoring template within the Overleaf platform. Authors will be able to quickly and easily open the MNRAS authoring template in the Overleaf platform, write articles in the correct journal format, collaborate on those articles with colleagues, and then easily submit via a 1-click submission link into the MNRAS ScholarOne submission system.

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Overleaf partners with The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- 07 Oct 2016

Overleaf, an innovative provider of scientific writing and publishing tools, has announced a new partnership with The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

Through this partnership, authors submitting to ASBMB’s Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) will now have access to a custom JBC authoring template on Overleaf's collaborative cloud-based writing and reviewing tool. Authors will be allowed to submit their manuscripts to the JBC directly from the Overleaf template – simplifying the submission process for JBC authors.

This JBC formatted template includes instructions to authors about each manuscript section, which authors may read and then replace with their original manuscript text. Once authors are finished, they may download their formatted PDFs and submit to the JBC using the submission link in the template.

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Europe PMC adds Altmetric badges visualisations to their database
- 05 Oct 2016

Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), a free online database of biomedical research abstracts, has added Altmetric badge visualisations to their database. The new integration offers users a colourful, collated record of online mentions, shares and discussions for each individual article.

Including the badges enables academics and researchers to click through to see the collated record of attention across a variety of sources including news and social media, public policy documents, post-publication review forums, online reference managers and Wikipedia, with all data updated in real-time.

The badges are live now in the 'External links' tab of each abstract where users will see the Altmetric 'donut' and score.

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Digital Science and ÜberResearch to sponsor ORCID’s next Outreach Meeting: Research Without Borders
- 26 Sep 2016

Digital Science and ÜberResearch will be sponsoring ORCID's next Outreach Meeting. The theme of the meeting is, 'Research Without Borders.'

The event is scheduled for October 5, 2016, at the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, United States. Registration is free, but places are limited.

With the help of a distinguished Program Committee, ORCID is planning an eclectic mix of events including demos of ORCID integrations across all sectors. Ashlea Higgs, co-founder of ÜberResearch, will be presenting ORCID's integration with Dimensions in the form of a lightning talk – a demonstration lasting no more than five minutes.

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Digital Science and University of the Arctic partner to provide new research insights for the Arctic region
- 15 Sep 2016

Digital Science, a research-driven technology company serving scientific and research communities, and the University of the Arctic (UArctic) a co-operative network of more than 170 universities, colleges and research institutes concerned with higher education and research in and around the northern Arctic region, have entered into a joint strategic partnership to obtain new insights for Arctic-related research.

The two organisations will jointly conduct research and analysis based on global funding and publication data. This project is the first ever attempt to create a comprehensive view of global Arctic research funding using a dataset of such magnitude. The UArctic aims to build and strengthen collective resources and collaborative infrastructure by the provision of unique educational and research opportunities through collaboration within a powerful network of members.

As a result of the partnership, a Digital Science and UArctic Science & Research Analytics Task Force, formed expert group, led by Dr. Igor Osipov (FEFU), have co-authored a report, 'International Arctic Research – Analyzing Global Funding Trends' to assess the global funding landscape around Arctic-related research for the decade spanning 2006 – 2015. It will be presented to the Rectors and members at the UArctic Congress 2016, St Petersburg, Russia.

The report uses the funding data from the Dimensions dataset, created by Digital Science portfolio company ÜberResearch. It includes information from over 200 research funders on more than 2,500,000 projects with funding totalling $1 trillion US dollars. For this research, special attention was given to analysing trends in the countries of the Arctic Council as well as their key funding agencies and institutional members of the UArctic. Using sophisticated Natural Language Processing technology, a significant effort was made around creating and refining subject area categories and removing irrelevant grants that showed up in the searches.

According to the key findings of the pilot report, based on the available data, Arctic research accounts for approximately 1% of all funded research in the database; the proportion of funding dedicated to Arctic research is stable over time, at about 1%; "Earth Sciences" is the largest proportion of Arctic research funding, specifically due to funding attributed to 'Oceanography'; and approximately 50% of all global Arctic research represented in this funding data is undertaken by researchers from UArctic member institutions.

Two supplementary working papers have also been created - Arctic Altmetrics – Alternative Perspectives on the Impact of Arctic Research in conjunction with Altmetric, which tracks and analyses the online activity around scholarly literature; Arctic Research Publications – Scholarly Output Trends Using the Russian Index of Scientific Citations.

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OpenAthens and Knowledge E announce strategic partnership for seamless access to research literature in the Middle East
- 13 Sep 2016

OpenAthens and Knowledge E have announced a new strategic partnership that will bring single sign-on (SSO) access to essential academic and professional information resources to a wider range of organisations throughout the Middle East.

OpenAthens provides secure SAML-based access for both service providers, including major academic and professional publishers across the world, and identity providers such as healthcare systems, research organisations and universities, connecting end-users with the information they need.

This new partnership will allow more organisations to join peers such as the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman, in providing industry-standard single sign-on access to thousands of medical practitioners, researchers and students across the region.

The team at OpenAthens develops and supports identity and access management software. Its mission is to remove barriers to knowledge and connect people to information. Over 2,000 organisations use the software, equating to a worldwide network of millions of end-users. The OpenAthens international customer base includes a large number of universities in the UK and beyond, medical and national health organizations, and major corporate research organisations.

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Altmetric tracks data from Open Syllabus Project
- 06 Sep 2016

Altmetric has announced that it has begun to track data from the Open Syllabus Project (OSP), which details where individual books are included in the syllabi of over 4,000 academic institutions around the world. For the first time, these unique data are combined with other altmetric indicators to provide quantitative insights that can help authors and publishers monitor the uptake and influence of their books.

Institutions with syllabi data are visualised in a map on a new Syllabi tab on the Altmetric details pages, which provide a full overview of all of the online attention surrounding books and other research outputs. Also shown is the number of syllabi from each institution that include the individual title, and a summary of the disciplines that include the title in their syllabi.

Users can click on the name of an institution to be taken to the associated OSP record, which lists all books referenced by that institution in their course syllabi.

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Overleaf and the Center for Open Science partner on a new OSF Preprints service
- 02 Sep 2016

Overleaf has announced a new partnership with The Center for Open Science (COS), a non-profit science and technology company in Virginia. As part of this new partnership, Overleaf will support the automatic submission of manuscripts authored on their platform onto the new OSF Preprints service that COS is launching this fall.

OSF Preprints is a free open source preprint platform built and maintained by COS through their Open Science Framework (OSF). It helps researchers to discover new research as it happens and enables them to receive quick feedback on their own research. The Overleaf integration will initially be available on two OSF Preprints partner services, engrXiv and SocArXiv.

Open Science Framework (OSF), COS's flagship product, is a web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use the OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. Learn more at cos.io and osf.io.

In addition to Overleaf, the OSF already integrates multiple software tools such as Dropbox, Box, Amazon S3, Github, and figshare. Researchers who work with the engrXiv and SocArXiv services will now be able to create Overleaf projects on the OSF with a one-click submission, connect all the different components of their research on a single, unified platform, and produce preprints for review. Future capabilities could include the ability for OSF users to open and create new Overleaf documents from directly within their OSF project.

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Venue and agenda for first OpenAthens Customer Conference announced
- 19 Aug 2016

OpenAthens, part of Eduserv, a not-for-profit IT services company based in Bath, UK, has announced the venue and agenda for the first OpenAthens Customer Conference. The conference will bring together information professionals and technical experts from across the spectrum of healthcare, academia, corporate and publishing under the theme of Creating Connections to discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing organisations in the context of Identity and Access Management (IAM).

The event will take place at the NEC Birmingham on November 9, 2016. The keynote address on how readers discover content will be delivered by Tracy Gardner from Simon Inger Consulting, and Ken Chad will also present on the theme of innovation in library services. In addition, there will be a variety of breakout sessions on mapping end user experiences, discussion of the development roadmap for OpenAthens, product training, and presentations – as well as a series of lightning talks and round table sessions.

Places for the first OpenAthens Customer Conference are now available: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/openathens-customer-conference-creating-connections-tickets-26678185170. Further details of the conference agenda and on booking places can be found on the OpenAthens website: http://www.openathens.org/openathens-customer-conference-9-november-2016-agenda/.

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Wolters Kluwer releases updates to its Sentri7 electronic surveillance solution
- 19 Aug 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has released updates to its Sentri7® electronic surveillance solution. The most significant is new technology for Direct Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Automation of reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

With the new Direct CDA Automation, Sentri7 users can now send all reporting documents to NHSN directly from within Sentri7 with just one click. This capability eliminates manual log-in and upload of documents to the NHSN portal, greatly improves efficiency, and reduces possibility of clerical error in submitting reports.

Sentri7 is a web-based, real-time, decision support application that drives continuous improvement and empowers healthcare organisations to achieve excellence in care delivery. It supports multiple infection prevention responsibilities, including investigation of HAIs, isolation management, multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) management and compliance with federal and state reporting requirements.

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bepress announces beta launch of the Expert Gallery
- 18 Aug 2016

Scholarly communications and publishing services provider bepress has announced the beta launch of the Expert Gallery, a new product for institutions eager to highlight the rich expertise of their faculty. The Expert Gallery facilitates the valuable work of connecting an institution's researchers with opportunities that might otherwise be missed. Groups such as Marketing and Communications and the Office of Research can use the product to better land funding opportunities, speaking engagements, and professional collaborations for top faculty members.

The Expert Gallery is designed to let stakeholders within and outside of the institution find researchers by interest, skill set, and research emphasis: simple searching and browsing, along with the flexibility to create and display custom galleries, helps facilitate targeted discovery for experts on campus. A built-in, rich toolset lets institutions organise, manage, and connect their researchers to the right opportunities and interested parties outside the institution. While most expert galleries contain just biographical information and a bibliography, integration of the bepress Expert Gallery with SelectedWorks profiles lets researchers prove their expertise with a full picture of their scholarly research, including published and unpublished works, datasets, teaching materials, and media appearances.

Launching the Expert Gallery as a new product reflects an important expansion of bepress's mission. With the Expert Gallery, the library can meet its campus's needs to go beyond demonstrating the value of its scholarship. Now the library can offer a way to promote the institution through the rich skills of the people who make it unique.

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Digital Science’s Global Research Identifier Database now available as linked open data
- 16 Aug 2016

Digital Science has announced that its Global Research Identifier Database (GRID) is now available as RDF, joining a wide range of other prestigious data sources on the web of data. By using the Resource Description Framework (RDF) to describe its data, GRID facilitates interlinking with other datasets using a well defined vocabulary based on human conceptualisation – commonly referred to as an ontology. This enables consumers to readily integrate GRID data with their own datasets and make use of the extensive metadata available covering geography, typology, organisational hierarchies and relationships.

GRID's persistent identifiers provide a mechanism to unambiguously link data about research artefacts (such as articles, grants, patents, etc) to relevant organisations. Because identifiers are never destroyed, only updated, users can be confident that their data will remain up-to-date even when an organisation changes name, owners or even location. Moreover, GRID's unique collection of references to other identification systems (such as the Open Funder Registry, ISNI, Orgref, Wikidata and more) supplies even more power to users, enabling them to easily integrate data from multiple sources in different data formats.

The development of GRID's RDF capability has benefited strongly from collaboration with the VIVO community. Over the past few months, Digital Science and VIVO have been working together to incorporate GRID into the open source semantic research discovery platform. One of the many challenges faced by the VIVO community is how to model researcher affiliations such that unambiguous identifiers are used to model how academics are related to the institutions they work at. By incorporating GRID into VIVO, a rich network can be established linking academics to organisations via the articles they write, the grants they receive and the positions they occupy. As part of the GRIDs RDF activities, a mapping between GRID and VIVO ontologies will be published.

For the technical audience, you can find the GRID ontology definition at http://www.grid.ac/ontology. GRID ids can be used to formulate semantic web URIs that support consumption of linked data via content negotiation.

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RedLink Network launches free IP registry service, adds new member to Advisory Council
- 03 Aug 2016

RedLink Network, a newly formed public benefit company, recently announced the launch of its free IP registry service for libraries and publishers to help them deliver secure access to subscribed content more reliably and efficiently.

As a free service, RedLink Network invites rapid adoption among librarians and publishers to make IP-based authentication more efficient and secure. Thousands of libraries and hundreds of publishers are ready to be validated in RedLink Network, which also supports consortial hierarchies, link resolvers, Shibboleth, and branding elements for publishers and institutions.

Additionally, the company also announced that Howard Ratner, Executive Director, CHORUS, recently joined the RedLink Network Advisory Council, which helps guide RedLink Network as a public benefit company. Ratner joins a strong group of librarians, publishers, and technologists already on the RedLink Network Advisory Council.

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Monash Health in Australia integrates Elsevier's Order Sets into EMR system to standardize care and improve patient safety
- 27 Jul 2016

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that Monash Health, the largest public health service provider in the state of Victoria, Australia, will integrate Elsevier's Order Sets into its electronic medical record (EMR) system as part of its major digital transformation effort.

The decision to integrate Order Sets into its EMR system will help Monash Health achieve greater operational efficiencies by reducing redundancies and maximizing already limited resources to deliver better outcomes for patients, physicians and other healthcare providers.

At Monash Health, the first stage of the EMR deployment will involve the critical integration of Order Sets to provide clinical decision support through real-time, evidence-based alerts for clinicians to do 'the right thing.' Delivering digitised patients' medical records while providing medical staff quick access to evidence-based content from Order Sets will help standardize clinical practice, reduce medical errors and streamline workflows, all of which will ultimately result in better quality care and safer outcomes for patients.

ClinicalKey is Elsevier's powerful clinical search engine that delivers fast and accurate answers from a comprehensive database of evidence-based content to support decision making at the point of care.

Apart from existing hospitals across the Monash Health network that will undergo this digital upgrade, the Monash Children's Hospital, which is currently under construction, will also start using Order Sets when the site goes 'live' with the EMR.

Full measures have been put in place to facilitate the smooth and successful implementation of an EMR in Monash Health.

In addition to point-of-care benefits, the digitisation of clinical workflows will generate big data that can be harnessed for broader population-health level benefits. This includes the ability to examine relationships between clinical events previously thought as unrelated, and taking advantage of the cumulative experience to learn how others treated similar conditions.

The push to digitise workflows across Monash Health comes at a critical time for the industry given the government's renewed efforts to restructure the My Health Record initiative. With a budget of AUD$156.5 million for the newly-established Australian Digital Health Agency, there is a clear imperative to improve the healthcare infrastructure across the country.

For many hospitals in Australia, crucial information about patients is still being communicated between GPs and hospitals via paper records or faxes despite more than AUD$1 billion being spent on healthcare technology over the past decade. Breakdown in communication during patient handovers is one of the main causes of adverse events related to patient care.

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Dimensions Funding Database from ÜberResearch reaches milestone of 2.37 million funded projects from more than 250 funding organisations
- 25 Jul 2016

Data science company ÜberResearch has announced that Dimensions, its global grants database for science funders now tracks research grants totalling 1 trillion US dollars. The global database consists of funds representing over 250 funding organisations, and 2.37 million funded projects.

The Dimensions database allows users to look into the future: More than $300 billion are attributed to research funds of current, active projects - allowing a clear view on the research which will be undertaken in the forthcoming years. These ongoing research projects will not be evidenced in publications for several years to come. Dimensions gives research funders and government organisations the ability to analyze the direction of scientific and academic research - providing a unique opportunity to influence the resource distribution in the research system in real time. Research organisations can get up-to-date competitive information for any other research organisation and their current R&D budget. Grants found in the database are available for users to import and assign to their ORCID record in bulk using the ÜberWizard for ORCID.

In addition to tracking the grants, ÜberResearch also streamlines the grants data into comparable formats by cleaning up all of the recipient information, disambiguating author profiles between grants and resulting publications, standardising calendars, currencies, and many other improvements to make the data interoperable for export and analysis. It also categorises the grants data using multiple global standards like the NIH's RCDC categorisation system and Australia and New Zealand's Fields of Research Coding.

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OpenAthens announces Publisher Manifesto
- 21 Jul 2016

OpenAthens has announced their Publisher Manifesto following an extensive program of research into librarians and end-users views and experiences of Identity and Access Management (IAM). The Publisher Manifesto is a series of commitments that aim to address the common issues around IAM faced by publishers and vendors, and highlight the next steps for the publishing industry in managing access to knowledge.

The Publisher Manifesto commits OpenAthens to provide the best end-user experience possible at the heart of authentication into e-resources and applications; enable single sign on that is simple to set up and easy to maintain within publishing platforms; the use of common standards across SAML and other authentication protocols to deliver interoperability; provide a forum where all parties involved in access and authentication into e-resources can share views and challenge orthodoxies; and recognise that change is now constant, and that their services must continually evolve to meet new challenges.

In addition to research currently being undertaken, the aims of the Manifesto are reflected in OpenAthens' development plans which will result in significant enhancements for existing OpenAthens SP customers this summer, and a new cloud-based service to be launched in early 2017.

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ÜberResearch announces integration of Altmetric badges into Dimensions platform
- 21 Jul 2016

Digital Science portfolio company ÜberResearch has announced the integration of Altmetric badges into their Dimensions platform, a global grants database. Dimensions provides funders and institutions a comprehensive view of the research funding landscape, helping them make informed and data-driven strategic decisions. This integration will offer quantitative and qualitative attention insights, adding new context to support strategic decision-making.

Altmetric badges and attention score will now appear in publication search results within Dimensions. For the first time, users on the platform will get an immediate visual indicator of the type and volume of online attention surrounding individual research publications.

For those on the platform, all that needs to be done is to click on the colourful badges where full details of the online attention research items have been received from sources like: the mainstream media, social and scholarly networks, blogs and Wikipedia, as well as a record of where studies have influenced public policy or been cited amongst academics.

The Altmetric badges, which are now live on the Dimensions platform, are available to Dimensions customers who also subscribe to the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions platform.

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Digital Science to adopt Relative Citation Ratio developed at NIH
- 20 Jul 2016

Digital Science, a technology company that combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on research and those who support the research process, will adopt the National Institutes of Health (NIH) new article level metric of scientific influence - the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR). The US biomedical funding agency has introduced the new metric to evaluate funded medical and academic research, to provide an improved indicator on the relative citation strength of a given paper, field-normalised and benchmarked against its peers.

ÜberResearch, a portfolio company of Digital Science, has been analysing the use of the newly generated metric and, following an overwhelmingly positive response from client testing, will begin to make these data available to a much larger constituency in the academic research, publishing, and science funding communities via Digital Science's portfolio companies from July 2016.

This adoption will include access to the RCR for users of products from Symplectic, ReadCube, Figshare, ÜberResearch and Altmetric.

Symplectic, a provider of research information management software and services, planned to make RCR available to 37 percent of the members of the American Association of Universities and over 80 leading research centers around the globe, via its flagship product, Elements.

ReadCube, an innovative software developer serving researchers, publishers, academic and commercial organisations, has added RCR statistics into its reader environment - touching over 15M unique researchers a year from more than 75 partners including global academic publishers and educational institutions.

Figshare, an online digital repository to help academic institutions manage, disseminate and measure the public attention of all their research outputs whilst helping them meet key funder recommendations. Figshare provides tools to support an open culture of data sharing and collaboration.

ÜberResearch's Dimensions platform with more than 200 funders and over $1 trillion in historical grant awards integrated has been updated with RCR in the corresponding publication data. The change will have particular improvement to Reviewer Identification tools, which will now include RCR scores in the over 3M disambiguated author profiles available in Dimensions.

Altmetric, the alternative metrics company, which tracks and analyses the online activity around scholarly literature, serving some of the world's biggest publishers, funders and institutions around the world.

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Support for Altmetric badges now built into faculty profile pages powered by Profiles RNS
- 07 Jul 2016

Altmetric has announced that support for Altmetric badges is now built into faculty profile pages powered by Profiles Research Networking Software (Profiles RNS). First to embed the badges in their faculty pages is the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Altmetric badges provide an at-a-glance summary of the amount and type of attention an individual research output has received online.

Profiles RNS is an NIH-funded open source tool to speed the process of finding researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration and professional networking, and makes it easy for institutions to create and maintain a complete searchable library of web-based electronic CVs. The addition of the Altmetric badges means that users will be able to easily access real-time attention insights for individual research outputs listed on a researcher's profile page.

Attention data is collated from a range of online sources including public policy documents, mainstream media, Wikipedia, social networks, blogs, and academic forums such as Mendeley and post-publication peer-review platforms to provide a more comprehensive picture of the online reach and influence of the research.

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ScienceOpen and Altmetric to co-host webinar on the future of altmetrics
- 30 Jun 2016

Altmetric and ScienceOpen will be co-hosting a webinar on July 4, 2016, at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM BST titled 'The future of altmetrics.'

Altmetrics are non-traditional metrics that can be used as alternative measures of scholarly impact. As an article-level metric, they contain information about how research is shared and re-used in a digital environment, such as mentions in tweets, blogs, or Wikipedia pages. They are becoming increasingly important for researchers as they offer a much richer understanding of how their research is being used by broader communities.

The European Commission Expert Group on Altmetrics recently launched an open consultation entitled 'Next-generation altmetrics: responsible metrics and evaluation for open science.'

The expert panel, which includes James Wilsdon of Sheffield University, Stephanie Dawson, CEO of ScienceOpen, and Euan Adie, Founder of Altmetric, will cover the technical, political, and practical implications of altmetrics and the development of next-generation metrics.

Registration with a valid email is required to obtain webinar information. The webinar is free of charge and without restrictions.

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University of Colorado Boulder adopts Altmetric Explorer for Institutions platform
- 21 Jun 2016

Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has announced that the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) has implemented the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions platform to help monitor and report on the online attention and engagement generated by CU Boulder institutional research activities and publications.

Explorer for Institutions collates research mentions from news media, policy bodies, social networks, blogs, Wikipedia and post-publication peer-review forums as well as Scopus and online reference manager Mendeley to provide item, author, departmental and institutional level insights to how CU Boulder research is being received and shared amongst a wider audience.

The data available to users via the Explorer platform are updated in real time, providing an up-to-date record of the online attention for over 5 million research outputs from institutions around the world as well as those published by the institution. Author and departmental listings are linked from the CU Boulder Symplectic Elements instance and are updated automatically as new items are added.

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Altmetric announces integration of Scopus citation data into Altmetric Explorer platforms
- 16 Jun 2016

Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has announced the addition of Scopus citation counts to the Altmetric Explorer for Publishers and Institutions platforms, enabling users to view the academic impact of over five million research outputs alongside the online attention they have received from a broader audience.

This new functionality will allow Explorer users to view Scopus citation counts for each item Altmetric have tracked, alongside mentions from policy documents, social networks, Wikipedia and other online media outlets and forums.

Accessible via a new tab on the Altmetric details page when accessed from within the Explorer, users will be able to view the three most recent citing references found in Scopus along with a direct link to the Scopus database.

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Houston Heart Institute to deploy Wolters Kluwer's ProVation® MD Cardiology documentation and coding solution
- 16 Jun 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that Houston Heart Institute (HHI) will deploy its ProVation® MD Cardiology documentation and coding solution. In addition to driving cost savings and efficiencies by eliminating dictation, the superior documentation and structured reporting enabled by ProVation MD was an important factor in HHI's provisional Gold accreditation by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE).

Part of Houston Healthcare, HHI is one of just three cardiac catheterization labs in Georgia to earn accreditation from ACE, an independent, physician-led organization sponsored by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) that evaluates and monitors facilities providing cardiovascular care. The facility features four procedural rooms, including two state-of-the-art cardiac cath labs and the only hospital-based echo department in a 50-mile radius to hold Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accreditation.

ProVation MD Cardiology is the only dedicated procedure documentation and coding solution that provides clinically relevant, intuitive software that drives accurate documentation and reimbursement at the highest appropriate level. The award-winning software allows cardiologists to efficiently capture robust detail from even the most complex procedures, then automatically generates clear, complete procedure notes and appropriate reimbursement codes.

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Digital Science invests in TetraScience, a scientific start-up
- 14 Jun 2016

Digital Science, a technology software company that makes the research process simpler and more efficient, has invested in TetraScience, a Boston, MA based scientific start-up and an Internet of Things company, that aims to modernise research by bringing cloud software to the laboratory. Founded by scientists and engineers from Harvard & MIT, TetraScience has developed a solution for connecting and managing research equipment and instruments via the web.

TetraScience was the recipient of a prestigious Digital Science Catalyst Grant in 2015 – awarded to support the innovation of new software tools and technologies for scientific research and intended to provide initial support to take ideas from concept to prototype. TetraScience is the first Catalyst Grant winner to receive a follow-on investment from Digital Science.

TetraScience, started by Harvard and MIT researchers Alok Tayi, Siping Wang and Salvatore Savo, was founded with the mission to modernise research by bringing cloud software to the laboratory. The company already works with some of the most respected research and academic institutions and scientific instrument manufacturers, and will use the funds to accelerate development and market penetration.

Digital Science supports a suite of renowned researcher tools across a wide portfolio of companies across the globe, including ReadCube, Figshare and LabGuru. The addition of TetraScience will expand the research management portion of the Digital Science portfolio, enabling the delivery of ever more comprehensive solutions for researchers.

Modern scientific research is rife with manual processes and inefficiencies. Experimental deviations, instrument failures and underutilised equipment are just a few of the challenges that contribute to 45% of R&D dollars wasted each year.

TetraScience's solution is purpose-built for science and used across industries including pharma, biotech, food & beverage, oil & gas, chemistry, plastics and others.

The solution connects scientific instruments and equipment to the web, allowing research teams to remotely monitor and manage experiments in real time, and log data automatically — accelerating productivity, saving time and money.

Key use cases and users for TetraScience include scientific workflows, lab monitoring, and utilisation.

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LibLynx offers full integration with Squid Solutions’ analytics
- 31 May 2016

LibLynx, a provider of flexible, independent Identity & Access management solutions for publishers, has announced a new integration partnership with Squid Solutions. By making it easy to track individual and institutional identities across a diverse range of resources, platforms and user devices, LibLynx captures the raw data needed to understand user behaviour and needs.

However, turning this data into actionable insights is no small task, particularly for complex publishing operations serving multiple products and markets. This is where Squid Solutions' Inqwell usage analytics platform and client-side tracking fit in.

Squid Solutions provides cloud-based data repository and advanced analytics applications that enable publishers to better understand how users engage with their content.

The partnership enables publishers to effortlessly feed the output of LibLynx's identity & access management API directly into Squid Solutions' data repository. Publishers new to both services can integrate both solutions in a single implementation.

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Altmetric launch Badges for Books - new chapter-level insights for thousands of scholarly books
- 26 May 2016

Launching on Routledge Handbooks Online, Altmetric Badges for Books enables publishers to provide an at-a-glance summary of the online attention a published book and its individual chapters have received.

Now available on content that is identified by ISBN (International Standard Book Number), the distinctive Altmetric donut badges and associated details page provide authors, editors and readers with a real-time record of mentions from mainstream media, public policy documents, online reference managers, blogs, social media, and post-publication peer review platforms.

Designed to be embedded in book and chapter pages on publisher websites and other content-hosting platforms, readers are able to click on the badges to view the Altmetric details page, which provides a collated record of all of the online mentions. The service will launch on the Taylor & Francis Routledge Handbooks Online platform.

Routledge Handbooks Online brings together the world's leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Covering topics as disparate as archaeology, law, climate change, politics, religion and tourism, the handbooks span an exceptional list of books by many of the greatest thinkers and scholars of the last 100 years.

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Digital Science to host 2016 ORCID UK members meeting
- 13 May 2016

The first ORCID UK members' meeting will be held at Digital Science's London office, The Macmillan Building, 4 Crinan St, London N1 9XW, from 9.00am - 1.00pm on May 26.

The meeting will start with an ORCID Town Hall session for members in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (also available via webinar for UK members unable to attend in person and those outside the UK) followed by presentations from ORCID staff on ORCID adoption and use by the research community, including examples of ORCID integrations in funder, publishing, and research information systems. There will also be ample opportunity for discussion and Q&A.

For those who are not already familiar with ORCID, the organisation's vision is a world in which all those who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely connected with their contributions and affiliations across disciplines, borders, and time. ORCID collaborates with all stakeholders in the research community (including Digital Science!) to connect researchers with their contributions.

Symplectic, ReadCube, Altmetric, Figshare, Overleaf and ÜberResearch all have integrations with ORCID. Digital Science has a strong commitment to facilitating interoperability with independent standards, identifiers, and metadata initiatives.

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Altmetric joins the Annotating All Knowledge Coalition
- 10 May 2016

Altmetrics data provider Altmetric has joined the Annotating All Knowledge Coalition, an initiative spearheaded by Hypothes.is and comprising many innovators in the field of scholarly communication, including PLOS, CrossRef, and the HathiTrust.

The purpose of the Coalition is to create an open, interoperable annotation layer over online content. Much like the written marginalia that researchers have added to books and scholarly journals for centuries, these web annotations are seen to be excellent tools for the discussion and enhancement of research.

Altmetric’s role in joining the group is to help discover and articulate how these annotations might be used in the research evaluation and recommendation systems currently powered by altmetrics. Part of this work will lie in experimenting with open annotation data within their own systems, and working with the community to hack solutions to showcasing the intellectual value of annotation work.

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Blazegraph 2.1.0 graph database now enables geospatial searching and PubChem data processing
- 05 May 2016

Blazegraph, a provider of highly scalable software for solving complex graph and machine learning algorithms, has announced version 2.1.0, with significant updates that give users faster, easier access to key data sets, such as new support for processing geospatial coordinates and optimizing queries against the National Center for Biotechnology Information's (NCBI) PubChem database.

In addition, Blazegraph 2.1.0 delivers new tools that enable semantic search on even the largest data published in the Linked Open Data structure, which is heavily used in global publishing, cultural and open government projects. To deliver the speed and performance needed to work with these massive data sets, version 2.1.0 includes significant improvements to its bulk load and query performance capabilities.

Blazegraph 2.1.0 users are already powering complex SPARQL queries to quickly uncover new insights. For instance, Wikidata, the free knowledge base community, has deployed version 2.1.0 to power its query service. With this, data experts are using the geospatial capabilities to, for example, create graphs such as shared state borders in the United States, this map of all earthquakes, and this map of chemical elements and their discovery locations.

Another Blazegraph user, Seven Bridges, is a biomedical data analysis company selected by the National Cancer Institute to develop the Cancer Genomic Cloud program. This first complete ecosystem gives cancer researchers immediate access to one of the world’s largest genomic data sets — The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) — and the computational resources to analyse it.

Businesses and governments are making their data accessible for complex analysis and deep learning. To utilize this data, researchers in a wide range of fields — including materials science, precision medicine, genomics and cyber security — need new tools to achieve insights and innovative results. Blazegraph 2.1.0 makes it even easier for businesses and researchers to leverage graph databases in these complex, data-intensive use cases with its exceptional combination of standards support and features for building graph applications at very large scale, up to 50 billion nodes on a single server.

Blazegraph 2.1.0 provides a new API that enables users to store latitude and longitude coordinates directly within the database, enabling users to integrate even the largest geospatial searches into their query. This feature supports a wide range of convenient and powerful capabilities, ranging from proximity searches to more complex routing and topology analysis. It has been shown to deliver sub-second graph queries to geolocate mobile devices running over billions of edges on the Amazon EC2 platform.

PubChem is a public repository for information on millions of chemical substances and their biological activities. Consisting of three interlinked databases (substance, compound and bioassay), PubChem is a critical resource for life science and materials science applications.

Blazegraph 2.1.0 includes a pre-configured integration with the PubChem vocabulary, enabling researchers to download the PubChem core data set into an Amazon EC2 instance with minimal set-up and configuration. They can search billions of chemical structures and combine that data with other information to research interactions, develop new compounds, and use in new, innovative applications.

More governments and corporations are using the W3C standards, known as the Linking Data (LD) project, to overcome the challenges of sharing data and making it transparent and readily searchable. Widely used in applications, such as open government, publishing and global heritage projects, this data is messy, disconnected and subject to unexpected structural updates. Data scientists need tools to connect and query data from many different and shifting sources. However, today's tools are not capable of scaling to handle the vast quantities of information available in LD projects. Blazegraph 2.1.0, with integrated support for emerging data indexing and interchange standards such as JSON-LD and Linked Data Fragments (LDF), will become the platform of choice for exploring and analyzing this data.

Also included in this release is the Blazegraph-based TPF Server, a LDF server that provides a Triple Pattern Fragment (TPF) interface using Blazegraph Database as the backend. Developed in partnership with Dr. Olaf Dartig, a researcher at the Hasso Plattner Institute, the TPF server fills the gap in delivering open data at true web scale, and will be critical as LD becomes more widely used.

Since its inception, Blazegraph has been committed to delivering solutions for data scientists and researchers who need to work with billion-edge data sets but have hit a scalability wall with other graph database solutions. Blazegraph 2.1.0 enables them to load and process data sets at least 20 percent faster than previously possible. Other performance enhancements include "out of the box" compatibility with popular frameworks, such as text indexing library Apache Lucene 5.5.0. As part of this release, Blazegraph announced that it will be migrating towards Github for the open source releases in the future. Releases will still be available on Sourceforge.

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SAE International publishes new edition of Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles
- 29 Apr 2016

SAE International has announced the fifth edition of Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles, featuring significantly updated and expanded information.

The detailed presentation of fundamental aerodynamics principles that influence and improve vehicle design have made Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles the engineer's "source" for information. This fifth edition features updated and expanded information beyond that which was presented in previous releases. Completely new content covers lateral stability, safety and comfort, wind noise, high performance vehicles, helmets, engine cooling, and computational fluid dynamics.

A proven, successful engineering design approach is presented, and includes fundamentals of fluid mechanics related to vehicle aerodynamics; essential experimental results that are the ground rules of fluid mechanics; design strategies for individual experimental results; and general design solutions from combined experimental results.

The aerodynamics of passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, sports cars, and race cars is dealt with in detail, inclusive of systems, testing techniques, measuring and numerical aerodynamics methods and simulations that significantly contribute to vehicle development.

Edited by Thomas Schuetz, Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles is a collaborative work from 27 authors, making the new edition an excellent reference tool and an indispensable source for the industry's vehicle engineers, designers, and researchers, as well as for enthusiasts, students, and those working in academia or government regulatory agencies.

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Altmetric launches Altmetric Badges for Books
- 26 Apr 2016

Altmetrics data provider Altmetric has announced the launch of Altmetric Badges for Books, enabling publishers to provide an at-a-glance summary of the online attention a published book and its individual chapters have received.

Now available on content that is identified by ISBN (International Standard Book Number), the distinctive Altmetric donut badges and associated details page provide authors, editors and readers with a real-time record of mentions from mainstream media, public policy documents, online reference managers, blogs, social media, and post-publication peer review platforms.

Designed to be embedded in book and chapter pages on publisher websites and other content-hosting platforms, readers are able to click on the badges to view the Altmetric details page, which provides a collated record of all of the online mentions. The service will launch on the Taylor & Francis Routledge Handbooks Online platform.

Routledge Handbooks Online brings together the world's leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Covering topics as disparate as archaeology, law, climate change, politics, religion and tourism, the handbooks span an exceptional list of books by many of the greatest thinkers and scholars of the last 100 years.

Altmetric badges for books are now available to all publishers, and the badges will be live on the Taylor & Francis platform in May.

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Wolters Kluwer Health acquires adaptive learning technology supporting PrepU quizzing tool
- 18 Apr 2016

Wolters Kluwer Health has acquired the adaptive learning technology that powers the PrepU quizzing tool for nursing education. The technology acquisition will allow Wolters Kluwer Health Learning, Research & Practice to build on its existing PrepU solution and further innovate this pioneering technology for its nursing education product suite, including licensure exam preparation for nurses in the U.S. and Canada.

Since 2010, Wolters Kluwer Health has licensed the technology platform from Macmillan Learning and worked together with the Macmillan team to enhance the PrepU solution, which is embedded with Wolters Kluwer's expert-written Lippincott question content, to provide nurse educators and students with a robust, personalised digital education solution. More than 700 million questions have been answered in the PrepU solution assisting students with their exam preparation for professional licensure.

Three Macmillan Learning employees comprising the PrepU technology team will also join the Wolters Kluwer Health office in New York, NY. The transaction is expected to have a positive but immaterial impact on adjusted EPS, while generating a return on investment above Wolters Kluwer's cost of capital within 3 to 5 years.

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Kent Anderson joins RedLink as CEO
- 06 Apr 2016

RedLink, a business and market intelligence platform for academic publishers and libraries, has announced the appointment of Kent R. Anderson as the organisation's new Chief Executive Officer to lead the company's business and operations, effective April 4, 2016.

RedLink's mission is to organise scholarly metrics and streamline the management of digital resources. RedLink aims to create value through innovative and integrated data solutions that cut across platforms and scholarly ecosystem. RedLink's product line currently includes Grove (a scholarly conversation solution), the RedLink Network, the Publisher Dashboard, and the Library Dashboard. RedLink solutions are designed to drive business growth and management efficiency by generating deeper customer insights that increase engagement, reduce operational overhead, and make it easier to plan for the future.

Anderson has a history of leading teams to success in the digital era. As Publisher at AAAS/Science, he helped guide AAAS through its first acquisition in decades and secure Board approval for two new journal launches, while also helping AAAS' newest OA journal, Science Advances, exceed its start-up goals. As the CEO and Publisher for the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and its parent company, STRIATUS, he grew revenues in the orthopaedic publishing market at an impressive rate during his five-year tenure by launching innovative new titles and educational initiatives. During his career, he developed some of the first online continuing medical education (CME) sites, created the first PowerPoint slide sets in an online journal, launched early e-only journal publishing programs, and pioneered rapid-publication approaches. Anderson also writes and speaks occasionally on topics of interest to scholarly publishers and leaders.

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Altmetric webinar to explore value of altmetrics for journal editors
- 17 Mar 2016

Altmetrics data provider Altmetric is hosting a webinar exploring the value of altmetrics for journal editors. The webinar is scheduled for March 30, 2016, from 3pm BST / 10am EDT.

Altmetrics, or alternative metrics, are increasingly being adopted by publishers, funders and institutions as a new way of monitoring and reporting on the online activity surrounding published research. In this webinar, Altmetric will explore the opportunities that these metrics offer for journal editors – including an introduction to how the data are collected and should be interpreted.

Attendees will hear from guest speakers who will share their own experience using altmetrics to increase the visibility of their journal online, and provide some top tips for how you can start using altmetrics at your journal.

Hosted by Phill Jones (@phillbjones), Head of Publisher Outreach at Digital Science, confirmed guest speakers include Danielle Padula (@Djpadula5), Community Engagement, Scholastica and Paul Trevorrow, Executive Journals Editor, Wiley.

Interested parties may register and join the conversation online using the hashtag #AltmetricsForEds

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Wolters Kluwer completes first group of data migrations for new customers converting to ProVation MD from Olympus EndoWorks
- 17 Mar 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has successfully completed data migrations at three ProVation® MD Gastroenterology customer facilities that converted from Olympus® EndoWorks® in advance of its 2018 retirement. Wolters Kluwer signed agreements last year to replace Olympus EndoWorks with ProVation MD at 86 healthcare facilities.

The data migrations were conducted using the EndoWorks Export Tool developed by Olympus and licensed to Wolters Kluwer, a preferred replacement vendor. Use of the export tool in conjunction with its own proprietary data import tool enabled Wolters Kluwer to successfully migrate an average of nearly 32,000 examination records representing up to 10 years of patient data at each facility. The three data migrations were completed in less than 24 hours combined, with one migration taking just a single hour.

The only dedicated structured reporting and coding solution that provides clinically relevant, intuitive software for more accurate and complete documentation of procedures, ProVation MD Gastroenterology allows physicians to efficiently capture robust detail from even the most complex procedures. It then automatically generates clear, complete procedure notes and appropriate reimbursement codes, quickly, easily and without dictation. By automatically applying the reimbursement codes and disseminating critical procedural information, ProVation MD ensures appropriate payment, reduces costs and streamlines quality reporting while improving clinical communication and care coordination.

To lessen the impact on its customers as it phases out EndoWorks over three years, Olympus identified ProVation MD and one other software solution as recommended replacements. This means Wolters Kluwer is one of just two vendors able to license an Olympus-developed export utility to seamlessly migrate data from EndoWorks to ProVation MD.

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Wolters Kluwer offers clinicians battling against Zika virus with free online access to medical content and clinical decision support resources
- 09 Mar 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, is aiding clinicians in the battle against the rapidly spreading Zika virus through free online access to a number of its industry leading medical content and clinical decision support resources. First reported in Brazil in 2015, active Zika outbreaks have now been confirmed in at least 34 countries or territories.

The Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Other modes of transmission are also emerging, including sexual transmission by men infected with the virus. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Symptoms are usually mild, lasting for several days to a week. Patients typically do not get sick enough to require hospitalization, and rarely does the virus lead to death. However, there are reports of severe birth defects among babies born to infected mothers, the most common being microcephaly in which the baby's head is smaller than expected. Evidence also indicates that the Zika virus is associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease which manifests as paralysis.

Offerings from Wolters Kluwer Health include: pre-defined Zika virus expert services on Ovid®. On Lippincott NursingCenter®, a special Zika virus page and a patient education tool have been created, the latter of which can be found under 'Related Reading.' From Audio-Digest, a lecture on Zika by Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, that provides an update on what physicians and other healthcare professionals need to know about the infection at this stage of the outbreak. The lecture and other important information sources can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/gm5swkq.

Additionally, Clinical Drug Information has added a virus monograph authored by the medical experts at UpToDate® to its Patient Education topics and 'Zika Virus, Molecular and Antibody,' a laboratory testing and diagnostic monograph. Both are accessible via Lexicomp® Online, Integrated Patient Education and Consumer Education Center. UpToDate has opened access to Zika virus infection and Patient information: Zika virus infection (The Basics). Both topics will be continuously updated as new information is revealed. Additional virus content is also available to UpToDate subscribers. ProVation® Order Sets powered by UpToDate Decision Support, has also developed Zika virus order sets for use in pediatric, adult emergency and adult outpatient settings.

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Altmetric launches annual research grant to advance understanding of alternative research metrics
- 08 Mar 2016

Altmetric LLP has launched an annual research grant of up to £1,500 ($2100 USD) to fund research that facilitates the development and understanding of alternative research metrics (altmetrics) as part of the wider scholarly agenda. Complementary to traditional indicators of influence like citations, altmetrics capture the online mentions and shares of research at the article or output level to help better reflect the online reach and dissemination of scholarship.

The grant will support projects that would not otherwise receive the necessary funding, and is open globally to academics, researchers and librarians interested in doing research in the altmetrics space.

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of research experts that includes Simon Porter, VP of Academic Relationships and Knowledge Architecture at Digital Science; Tamar Loach, Research Metrics Analyst at Digital Science; Euan Adie, Founder of Altmetric; and Stacy Konkiel, Outreach and Engagement Manager at Altmetric. Grantees will be announced on May 4, 2016.

Applications can be submitted between now and 11pm GMT on April 15, 2016. A detailed submission guide and template is available on the Altmetric website.

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Wolters Kluwer releases new enterprise terminology management platform
- 17 Feb 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced the release of a new enterprise terminology management platform — the most powerful currently available in healthcare — allowing organisations to significantly improve system integration, interoperability and data analysis.

The Health Language® Enterprise Terminology Management Platform helps healthcare organisations maximize investments made in data warehouses, analytics engines and population health management tools by standardizing and normalizing clinical, claims and administrative data from across disparate systems. Additionally, the platform can be leveraged by health information technology vendors to enhance and expand their product offerings.

The Health Language Enterprise Terminology Management Platform includes the LEAP Map Manager module, a tool that supports advanced clinical decision support, predictive analytics and quality reporting by allowing healthcare organisations to leverage clinical and claims data for more accurate and robust analysis and reporting.

LEAP Map Manager enhances data normalisation and analysis with the industry's most sophisticated algorithms, over 1 million clinically curated synonyms and an up-to-date content library of more than 180 standard and proprietary terminologies. It also features enhanced collaboration and workflow management tools that streamline workflow for IT, data warehouse and quality improvement departments and ensure more consistent coding and terminology management across healthcare organisations with multiple locations. Real-time mapping tools include the ability for users to collaboratively draft and review maps and then publish approved maps to the Language Engine where they can be accessed runtime via a REST API.

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Sentri7® solution receives Category Leader award for Clinical Decision Support-Surveillance in 2015/2016 Best in KLAS report
- 29 Jan 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that its Sentri7® solution has received the 2015/2016 Category Leader award for Clinical Decision Support-Surveillance in the 2015/2016 Best in KLAS: Software & Services report. The real-time clinical surveillance and decision support software previously earned the Category Leader designation in KLAS’ 2013 Best in KLAS report, which is conducted annually to rank the best-performing healthcare IT vendors in more than 100 market segments based on the aggregated experiences of thousands of healthcare providers.

KLAS research enables providers to make more-informed technology decisions and helps vendors strive for excellence. An independent healthcare IT vendor research firm, KLAS publishes the annual Best in KLAS report to provide healthcare organisations with an unbiased and accurate vehicle for measuring performance in the healthcare industry, allowing for further understanding of how well suppliers and products perform.

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Health division of Wolters Kluwer partners with HealthCore to provide data normalization services to Cal INDEXTM
- 28 Jan 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced a partnership with HealthCore to provide data normalization services to the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX™). Deployment of the Health Language ® Enterprise Terminology Management Platform will ensure the integrity and semantic interoperability of data flowing through the statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).

Cal INDEX is an independent nonprofit organisation founded through $80 million in seed funding from Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross to initially integrate approximately 30 large provider organisations across the state, encompassing approximately 9 million patient records from the health plans' combined members. Open to any health data contributor, Cal INDEX will provide the underlying data and technology platform to improve quality of care by providing clinicians with a unified statewide source of integrated patient information, as well as improve efficiency and reduce the cost of healthcare.

The Health Language solution will be used in tandem with HealthCore's first-of-a-kind integrated database to address the complexities and nuances of the data flowing through Cal INDEX.

HIE, accountable care, medical homes, data warehousing and other value-based care initiatives are challenged by semantic interoperability—the ability of two or more healthcare systems to share clinical information and use it meaningfully—and a lack of a universal terminology standard. The Health Language Enterprise Terminology Management Platform overcomes these issues by providing the software, content, and consulting solutions needed to map, translate, update, and manage standard and enhanced clinical terminologies on an enterprise scale. This enables a semantically normalized information model essential for use of evidence-based care protocols, quality improvement and population health management.

The platform also features automated translation algorithms that can be used to normalize full catalogs or distinct elements from cryptic and poorly maintained source data into standard terminologies. A web-based access portal also enables collaboration on translation and task review while maintaining full terminology content versioning and comprehensive audit trail.

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LibLynx offers COUNTER compliant usage reporting
- 26 Jan 2016

LibLynx, a provider of secure, independent Identity and Access management solutions for publishing and media businesses, is now offering COUNTER compliant usage reporting and consulting to help clients navigate the COUNTER compliance process.

LibLynx’s cloud native platform features an API-centric architecture that is built for easy access to analytic data with client-facing tools, making COUNTER reporting a simple integration. Reports can be generated for all content types to meet the needs of libraries, consortia and other organisations requiring industry standard reporting.

Report delivery can be enabled as a SUSHI web service or via a custom branded portal that enables libraries to generate and download reports on demand.

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Wolters Kluwer wins 113 new ProVation MD customers in 2015, driven by EndoWorks retirement
- 20 Jan 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, signed agreements in 2015 to replace Olympus® EndoWorks® with ProVation® MD at 86 healthcare facilities – decisions influenced heavily by Olympus selecting ProVation MD as a preferred replacement for its endowriter software, which is being retired in 2018. Recognising the opportunity presented by the Olympus announcement to standardize procedure documentation system-wide, several integrated delivery networks will also implement the industry-leading gastroenterology structured reporting software across GI suites in an additional 27 facilities.

Among the health systems making the move from EndoWorks to ProVation MD is Florida Medical Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic providing residents in two Florida counties with access to the latest advances in patient care. Founded in 1993, Florida Medical Clinic is made up of 20 locations staffed by a dedicated team of more than 200 providers comprised of primary care and academically trained specialists in more than 40 medical and surgical modalities.

The only dedicated structured reporting and coding solution that provides clinically relevant, intuitive software for more accurate and complete documentation of procedures, ProVation MD Gastroenterology allows physicians to efficiently capture robust detail from even the most complex procedures. It then automatically generates clear, complete procedure notes and appropriate reimbursement codes, quickly, easily and without dictation. By automatically applying the reimbursement codes and disseminating critical procedural information, ProVation MD ensures appropriate payment, reduces costs and streamlines quality reporting while improving clinical communication and care coordination.

To lessen the impact on its customers as it phases out EndoWorks over three years, Olympus identified ProVation MD and one other software solution as recommended replacements. That means Wolters Kluwer is one of just two vendors able to license an Olympus-developed export utility to seamlessly migrate data from EndoWorks to ProVation MD.

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Medicat selects Wolters Kluwer clinical content and terminology management solutions to enhance functionality in its Patient Health Management offering
- 17 Dec 2015

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that Medicat has chosen its suite of clinical content and terminology management solutions to enhance functionality in its Patient Health Management offering. Specifically, the comprehensive health solution for colleges and universities will now feature the Workflow Enhancing Search offering from Health Language® and the Integrated Patient Education solution.

Through the Integrated Patient Education solution, providers using Medicat gain access to more than 6,000 education leaflets in up to 19 languages to share with patients. Developed using the background and deep industry experience of Wolters Kluwer with trusted clinical content from UpToDate ®, the Integrated Patient Education solution provides the latest information and industry evidence on over 3,100 adult and pediatric medications and more than 3,500 diseases, conditions, natural products, discharge instructions, and healthy living topics.

The Health Language Enterprise Terminology Platform enhances search functionality, enabling providers using Medicat to look up and record problems and diagnoses through a comprehensive library of commonly used synonyms. Familiar terms are then mapped to industry terminology standards, such as ICD-10 and SNOMED CT ®, effectively resolving the disconnect between billing and administrative standards, Meaningful Use requirements, and the clinician's preferred way of documenting clinical care.

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Altmetric adds ORCID search functionality
- 01 Dec 2015

Altmetric has released a new functionality enabling users to search the entire Altmetric database, which contains attention data for over 4 million research outputs, by ORCID iD - making it easy for researchers, publishers, librarians and other users to uncover the online mentions and shares of scholarly content associated with the ORCID profile of a specific author.

As one of the early members of ORCID, Altmetric is committed to helping users get the most out of their ORCID profiles. Allowing users to quickly find Altmetric attention data for research outputs associated with their ORCIDs will make it easier for scholars to get well-deserved credit for all their research contributions – including but certainly not limited to journal articles.

Users of the Altmetric platform can now enter an individual ORCID iD to see all of the online activity and discussion relating to an author's work (as tracked by Altmetric across the mainstream media, blogs, Wikipedia, and other sources). Results can be saved and exported for further analysis.

The new search filter is now live and available across all versions of the Explorer platform.

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University of Liverpool and Liverpool University Press collaborate to integrate Altmetric solutions
- 24 Nov 2015

The University of Liverpool and Liverpool University Press have now joined a growing number of academic institutions and publishers in adopting the Altmetric for Institutions and Altmetric Badges to help their faculty, management and consumers of their content monitor and analyse the online attention surrounding their published research.

First established in 1899, Liverpool University Press focuses on the dissemination of high quality scholarly research and promoting learning and culture through the publication of books and journals. Working in collaboration with the university library and research administration office, the move to implement Altmetric was a high priority for the press.

The Altmetric data available via the Badges and Altmetric for Institutions application will enable users to see where their published content is being shared and discussed across a range of non-traditional sources, including public policy documents, mainstream media outlets, Wikipedia, and blogs. Liverpool intends to use this data as complementary to citations to build a more complete picture of the broader impacts of their research.

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Paperpile releases free Google Docs citation app
- 13 Nov 2015

Start-up Paperpile is launching a free academic citation manager built from scratch for Google Docs. It enables scholars to write academic papers collaboratively, fully switch to the Google Apps ecosystem to manage their research library and boost productivity.

Google's free Education tools for universities are very popular. More than 70 percent of the biggest universities in the US run on Google for Education. Last month, Google announced 50 million active users on their blog. However, the adoption of Google Apps at academic institutions is not evenly distributed. While the adoption of Gmail and Calendar is ubiquitous, Docs and Drive lag far behind. Despite Google Docs being the obvious choice for collaborative writing, important given the trend towards "hyper authorship" - with thousands of authors contributing to a paper - the critical issue of how to manage citations and references has stymied its use.

That is until now. With the release of a new free citations add-on for Google Docs, Paperpile makes reference management as easy and collaborative as Google Docs itself, offering academics everything needed to write a submission ready manuscript or grant.

In a recent survey of Paperpile users, 84% fully replaced their old desktop software with it - 71% previously used EndNote and/or Mendeley. They use Paperpile to write documents that are vital to their career, funding or degree: 55% to write articles for peer reviewed journals; 25% for grant applications; 21% for PhD or Master's theses and 12% for books or book chapters.

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Altmetric provides attention data for individual records published on the ClinicalTrials.gov platform
- 13 Nov 2015

Altmetric has announced that they are now providing attention data for individual records published on the ClinicalTrials.gov platform, meaning that patients, researchers, healthcare professionals, regulators, and many others can now read the conversations and media coverage surrounding specific clinical trials, even before results have been published.

The world's largest registry of clinical trials, ClinicalTrials.gov is operated by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health, and holds registrations from about 200,000 trials from more than 170 countries in the world.

Available to users of the Altmetric Explorer, Altmetric for Institutions, and Altmetric API applications, online attention data collected so far (from a variety of sources including mainstream media outlets, Wikipedia, public policy documents and blogs) have been matched to over 10,000 trial records.

As well as browsing the full data set, users can retrieve attention data for an individual clinical trial by inputting the study record's National Clinical Trials (NCT) identification number.

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Altmetric data now available for 2 EDP Sciences titles
- 09 Nov 2015

EDP Sciences recently added the Altmetric data for the journals: Astronomy & Astrophysics and Parasite.

Altmetric data gives users a more complete picture of how people are engaging with scholarly literature by tracking a variety of sources, including news, social media, bookmarking and peer-review forums, to provide data on the online activity surrounding each research article.

Readers can click on the Altmetric badge to view the original mention and explore the news stories, tweets, blogs and more for themselves. This data is important to both authors and readers, helping them understand the wider dissemination of research, and allows them to engage in online conversations they may not have been aware of.

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TrendMD’s content recommendation engine reaches 12 million targeted readers monthly
- 04 Nov 2015

TrendMD has announced that its content recommendation engine has reached 12 million targeted readers monthly, delivering 450,000 article readers in the last month - offering innovative content marketing solution. TrendMD helps clinicians, researchers, and scholars find research and news relevant to their immediate interest, increasing audience engagement and readership.

Faced with the challenge of finding research they need across a staggering and ever-growing number of articles online, researchers and clinicians are clicking on personalised article recommendations delivered by TrendMD's recommendation widget.

Using sophisticated algorithms across millions of articles served each month, recommended articles are identified based on keywords and user behaviour, such as click behaviour ("people that read X, also clicked on Y"), article popularity, and personalisation (what the specific visitor has read on past visits to the network). From an article page with the TrendMD widget, readers get direct links to recommended articles either from within that publisher, or from a third-party publisher - exactly at the moment they are engaged in research - saving time and increasing awareness of relevant research they may not have discovered with a keyword search.

Ingentaconnect recently added 96 journals from 32 publishers to the TrendMD network. In the past month, TrendMD’s recommendation widget was added to over a million articles across hundreds of journals from leading STM publishers such as Wolters Kluwer, Elsevier, Nature Publishing Group, and others. TrendMD's network is a growing list of the world’s leading research publishers which includes BMJ Group, IEEE (EMBS), MDPI, and Rockefeller University Press. The article recommendation widget is featured across more than 70 publishing partners and is viewed by nearly 12 million readers per month.

Since its launch in 2014, TrendMD's content discoverability engine has become increasingly sophisticated. More content is added, user data expands, and algorithms are enhanced and tested. To determine TrendMD's effect on weekly page views, this summer a controlled test was run for a group of 1000 randomly selected articles published in BMJ Open. Articles included on the TrendMD recommendation widget increased weekly page views by 10% and as high as 16% and 28% under different controlled conditions during the six week test period, demonstrating the TrendMD widget's effectiveness as a content marketing solution.

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Wolters Kluwer releases expanded ICD-10 remediation capabilities for post-transition success
- 04 Nov 2015

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has released additional ICD-10 remediation capabilities that enable payers and providers to build a solid foundation for long-term clinical, financial, and operational success in a post ICD-10 environment. The enhancements are included in the latest version of LEAP I-10, part of the Health Language ® family of services and solutions.

The new remediation capabilities include the ability to import ICD-10 claims and analyze ICD-10-to-ICD-9 DRG shifts, helping pinpoint areas of reimbursement risk. The enhancements also enable users to: analyze new ICD-10 claims to identify payment variances and view detailed results by service line, specialty, facility, provider, and DRG; use different groupers, including MS-DRG versions 32 and 33 and APR-DRG; generate detailed reports to view the frequency of unspecified ICD-10 codes, with insights into which providers, clinics, and service lines are using the problematic codes; convert ICD-9 codes within legacy reports with custom maps from ICD-10 to ICD-9 and vice versa; and stratify potential DRG shifts by financial impact to identify root causes.

Also part of the enhanced LEAP I-10 offering, the Health Language team of experts can work with healthcare organisations, analysing inpatient and outpatient claims, developing remediation plans, and providing terminology (such as CPT-to-PCS) maps that can help remediate legacy systems, enable ICD-10 reports and analytics initiatives, and develop effective risk mitigation strategies.

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Digital Science to showcase GRID at the 2015 ODI Summit
- 29 Oct 2015

Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, will be exhibiting at the ODI Summit 2015, the Open Data Institute's annual conference on innovation and excellence in open data, with speakers from business, government, the arts, startups and charities. The Summit is scheduled for November 3 November, 2015, at BFI London.

Members of the Data Science team will be showcasing GRID, the recently launched Global Research Identifier Database. GRID is a free, easy-to-use online database that opens up information about research organisations worldwide to data scientists, developers and innovators within academic and commercial organisations. The GRID dataset addresses the problem of messy and inconsistent data on research institutions, ensuring that each entity is included correctly and only once.

Built in-house, the online database contains 50,000 manually curated institutional names, along with unique identifiers and geo-location information across 212 countries. The data are derived from openly accessible funder and publication sources such as the NIH reporter, PubMed and the UK Gateway to Research.

It includes the majority of institutions worldwide that have received research funding and is openly available under a CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 international licence, which allows the user to share or adapt the content available for any purpose, even commercially.

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Digital Science unveils GRID, an openly accessible dataset of information on world-wide research organisations
- 13 Oct 2015

Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has launched the Global Research Identifier Database (GRID), a free, easy-to-use online database that opens up information about research organisations worldwide to data scientists, developers and innovators within academic and commercial organisations. The GRID dataset addresses the problem of messy and inconsistent data on research institutions, ensuring that each entity is included correctly and only once.

Built in-house by Digital Science, the online database contains 50,000 manually curated institutional names, along with unique identifiers and geo-location information across 212 countries. The data are derived from openly accessible funder and publication sources such as the NIH reporter, PubMed and the UK Gateway to Research.

It includes the majority of institutions worldwide that have received research funding and is openly available under a CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 international licence, which allows the user to share or adapt the content available for any purpose, even commercially.

GRID aims to spark innovation by providing data scientists, developers and entrepreneurs with a base of open, standardised information about organisations, which will be interoperable with existing technologies and platforms, and which can act as a gateway between many different datasets; open up insight, transparency and accuracy by allowing anyone to efficiently map data to a common, well-formed, international list of research organisations; and create accessibility by enabling data visualisation of datasets related to research organisations around the world.

At present, developers, researchers, companies, governments, civil societies, publishers and academic institutions frequently conduct analysis using 'unclean' data, where, for example, institutions are listed with multiple aliases and in different formats. GRID provides a central reference point for research work and ensures that future studies will be built on accurate underlying data.

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Altmetric and Scholastica release new free-to-download eBook resource
- 22 Sep 2015

Academic journal management platform Scholastica and data science company Altmetric have announced the release of a new free-to-download eBook resource: The Evolution of Impact Indicators: From bibliometrics to altmetrics.

As scholarly workflows and academic communication patterns evolve to meet the needs of today's digital researcher, a huge shift in the way we think about and identify indicators of broader impacts is taking place.

This eBook provides an overview of the ongoing changes in the impacts and metrics landscape, and offers a handy guide for any journal editor or researcher interested to learn more about the latest developments in the area - including what these new metrics are, and how they can be used in practice.

This ebook features the most common bibliometrics in use today and their strengths and limitations; what altmetrics are: applications and misconceptions; how journals and publishers of all sizes can benefit from tracking altmetrics; how scholars can use altmetrics to find new ways to express the reach of their work; and projections for the future of research impact indicators.

The ebook is available for download at http://scholasticahq.com/altmetrics-the-evolution-of-impact-indicators.

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UK startup, Penelope, awarded Digital Science Catalyst Grant
- 09 Sep 2015

Digital Science, a business division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and a technology incubator focused on jumpstarting innovation in the research community, has awarded 'Catalyst Grant' to Penelope, an 'automated manuscript scrutiniser' that ensures the drafts that authors submit to their publishers are perfect.

The Catalyst Grant Program helps incubator companies or individuals with an innovative idea to support scientific research to develop their initiative, by awarding a monetary grant. Apart from the financial backing, Digital Science will provide a home for Penelope's staff at its base in London's King's Cross and the expertise needed to bring the product to market.

The program, founded and run by Digital Science, aims to support and invest in early stage, innovative scientific software ideas with an award of up to £15,000 each to the most promising ideas for novel uses of information technology in science. It has awarded more than £65,000 in grants to date.

Due to the high number and quality of entrants, Digital Science decided to award two grants this year. The second will be announced later this month.

Penelope's aim is to improve scientific research by providing a commercially viable way for journals to enforce good scientific practice and adhere to mandates set by funders. The automated tool screens manuscripts for common reporting errors and helps researchers improve their work before submitting it to a journal. It suggests improvements, tells authors why they are important and shares links to further resources.

Penelope ensures manuscripts cite their data, adhere to subject specific reporting guidelines, report statistics soundly and include all necessary sections and statements. It helps authors make their work more valuable and accessible to other researchers, whilst vastly reducing processing times and costs for publishers.

The Catalyst Grant Program is an international initiative to support the innovation of new software tools and technologies for scientific research.

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Wolters Kluwer to showcase Health Language Terminology Management Solutions at Epic User Group Meeting
- 28 Aug 2015

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that its Health Language® workflow enhancing search and data normalisation solutions will be featured at the Epic User Group Meeting, August 31-September 4 in Verona, Wis. Located at the Epic Observation Deck in Booth #224, Wolters Kluwer will be demonstrating its cutting-edge solution for simplifying clinician documentation of problem lists and diagnoses.

Clients using Workflow Enhancing Search within Epic can now record problems and diagnoses utilizing a comprehensive library of commonly used synonyms with mappings to SNOMED, ICD-9, and ICD-10. Workflow Enhancing Search addresses the complexities associated with choosing the correct codes, enhancing regulatory compliance and revenue cycle management. Part of the Health Language enterprise terminology management platform, the offering supports local customisation of content for use in Epic systems and other health IT platforms, extending beyond problem and diagnosis search to address other terminology-related initiatives such as establishing a single source of truth, normalising data for interoperability and analytics, and assisting with the transition to ICD-10.

More than 2,000 hospital clients benefit from the collaborative and timely efforts of the Health Language content team to generate and publish greater than six thousand coding and mapping changes annually. Many Epic customers already use UB-04 codes and content from Health Language within EpicCare solutions.

The Health Language enterprise terminology management platform from Wolters Kluwer provides the software, content, and consulting solutions needed to map, translate, update, and manage standard and enhanced clinical terminologies on an enterprise scale—enabling the information liquidity required to support some of healthcare's toughest challenges, such as meaningful use compliance, ICD-10 conversion, population health management, analytics, ACOs, and semantic interoperability among systems.

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Actionable mobile health applications to redefine healthcare delivery in India, notes Wolters Kluwer Health at the first HIMSS summit held in India
- 10 Aug 2015

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information, business intelligence, and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, participated in 'The Digital India Healthcare Summit-2015,' the first HIMSS summit held in India. During the summit, company executives spoke about the rising use of Actionable Mobile Health Applications in India where mobile phone ownership exceeds 278 million, a critical mass that signifies an immense opportunity for the healthcare community to leverage mobile tools to provide quality care.

According to Corinne Saunders, CEO of Emerging and Developing Markets at Wolters Kluwer, the rapid spread of information technology and the power of information in our hands, are fundamentally going to change the way India accesses real-time, actionable healthcare information. Actionable mobile health applications will experience a significant surge in the near future as the impact of the Digital India program rollout becomes visible, supported by the rapid spread in internet penetration.

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology. During the organization's inaugural India conference in Gurgaon on August 5-6, 2015, Shireesh Sahai, CEO of Wolters Kluwer India, participated in a panel discussion on big data and predictive analytics, during which he discussed how the advent of new technologies is changing the dynamics of the healthcare industry.

The HIMSS summit was attended by a galaxy of luminaries from the healthcare industry representing both the government and private sectors.

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Digital Science appoints Simon Porter as VP Academic Relationships and Knowledge Architecture
- 06 Aug 2015

Digital Science, a technology company that invests in and incubates technology companies serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has announced the appointment of Simon Porter to the role of VP Academic Relationships and Knowledge Architecture. Porter joins Digital Science's Research Metrics team from the University of Melbourne, where he has worked for the past 15 years.

Porter is joining the recently appointed Managing Director, Daniel Hook, in Digital Science's growing team to help build innovative external partnerships in Europe, North America and Australasia, and work with the company's senior team to formulate product strategy.

During his time at the University of Melbourne, Porter held roles that spanned the Library, Research Administration, and Information Technology. He has forged a career transforming University practices in how data about research is used, both from administrative and eResearch perspectives. In addition to making key contributions to research information visualisation and discovery, Porter is well known for his advocacy of Research Profiling Systems and their capability to create new opportunities for researchers. Over the past three years, he has established and run the annual Australasian conference on research profiling. In 2012, Porter was the program chair of the third annual VIVO conference held in Miami.

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HealthStream unveils Compensation Planner app for healthcare organisations
- 30 Jul 2015

Healthcare solutions provider HealthStream has announced the launch of the HealthStream Compensation Planner™, a full-featured, SaaS-based application for compensation management in healthcare organisations. With the Compensation Planner’s flexible and easy-to-customise design, healthcare organisations can automate time-consuming workflows, eliminate spreadsheets, make the best possible recommendations for salary increases and incentive awards, and simplify budget definition and approval processes—all through an application with the highest levels of accuracy and security.

The tight labour market in the healthcare industry is well documented and employee turnover rates are increasing. In 2015, the current rate of employee turnover in U.S. hospitals is 17.2 percent, up from 13.5 percent in 2011. An overwhelming majority (>89%) of hospitals view employee retention as a ‘key strategic imperative’ and, as a result, compensation management programs are playing an increasingly critical role in hospitals. Employee salary and incentive expenses often comprise the largest expenditure, enterprise-wide. Using the HealthStream Compensation Planner supports the strategic outcomes desired from compensation management, such as engaging and retaining the healthcare workforce.

From a tactical perspective, the HealthStream Compensation Planner automates and streamlines manual compensation workflow tasks—as many healthcare organisations are still using spreadsheets and manual calculations, which bring inherent security and compliance risks to the organization. Compensation managers frequently struggle to standardize pay policies and structures across their facilities and are constantly challenged to ensure that all of their data is complete, accurate, and current. Compensation managers’ requirements to competently execute their responsibilities are made significantly easier with the HealthStream Compensation Planner.

The HealthStream Compensation Planner provides an on-demand, SaaS-based solution that enables healthcare organisations to more effectively align, reward, and retain their talent. It allows organisations to implement complex, multi-level compensation plans that are consistent, fair, and compliant across the enterprise. The HealthStream Compensation Planner can also incorporate salary data from a customer’s database or most current salary survey. Managers and compensation planners are able to stay within established budgets, adhering to compensation guidelines and policies. Intuitive, automated workflows are built into the application, enabling managers’ access to insightful analytics, dashboards, and decision-making tools to optimize their compensation decisions.

The launch of the HealthStream Compensation Planner adds to HealthStream's expansive talent management suite of solutions for healthcare organisations, which include solutions for learning & professional development, competency management, performance appraisals, recruiting, succession planning, goals management, workforce analytics, and employee communities. Approximately 4.5 million healthcare professionals currently use at least one of HealthStream's talent management solutions, making HealthStream the most widely adopted talent management platform in the healthcare industry. The Company's exclusive focus on meeting the unique needs of the healthcare workforce drives our product development and is, in turn, helping organisations improve the quality of care delivered to patients.

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Digital Science appoints Daniel Hook as new Managing Director
- 09 Jun 2015

Global technology company Digital Science has announced the appointment of Daniel Hook, currently Director of Research Metrics at Digital Science, as its new Managing Director. Hook assumes this role from Timo Hannay, who has served as MD since the company's inception in 2009. After five years of successfully mentoring and incubating a portfolio of technology start-ups within Digital Science, Hannay plans to launch his own company in the EdTech sector.

Hook has been working side-by-side with Hannay to allow a smooth transition of the business and continuity of leadership. He has held many positions within Digital Science since joining the business four years ago as co-founder of Symplectic, one of Digital Science's first portfolio companies. Most recently, he served as Director of Research Metrics, while also acting as interim COO of portfolio company, Figshare.

Digital Science is a technology company which invests in and incubates technology companies serving the needs of scientific and research communities, including academic research organisations, publishers and research funders. It is home to more than 250 staff in the UK, USA, Germany, Israel, Romania and Australia. It is wholly owned by the global media company, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and will have its reporting line into Markus Schunk, who heads the Holtzbrinck Digital, Information & Services division.

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Duke University selects Altmetric to monitor broader impact of research
- 05 Jun 2015

Duke University, a private research university, has selected the Altmetric for Institutions platform to offer its faculty and administrators further insight into the online dissemination and engagement surrounding its research.

The platform enables members of the Duke community to browse, filter and report on the online mentions of their research, as tracked by Altmetric in non-traditional sources including public policy documents, mainstream and social media, online reference managers, post-publication peer-review forums, and other online forums such as F1000 and Wikipedia. Users will also have access to the full Altmetric database, enabling them to compare the attention surrounding their research with that of peer institutions and colleagues.

The Altmetric for Institutions platform provides summary, departmental and author level reporting, meaning that an overall picture of online attention can be easily identified. The ability to create custom groups means that users are also able to report on the outcomes of specific projects or multi-disciplinary research teams.

Implementation is now in progress and expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

Digital Science to host second webinar: Articulating Research Impact – Strategies from Around the Globe
- 01 Jun 2015

Laura Wheeler, Community Manager at Digital Science will be hosting the second webinar, 'Articulating Research Impact – Strategies From Around The Globe'. Ben McLeish from Altmetric will be questioning and moderating the panel consisting of: Jonathan Adams, Digital Science's Chief Scientist, Stacy Konkiel, Research Metrics Consultant at Altmetric and Daniel S. Katz, Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute (CI) at the University of Chicago. The webinar will be taking place on June 24 at 4pm BST / 11am ET.

Research outcomes are diverse, complex and realised over a wide spectrum of time. High quality research, whether basic or applied, delivers economic, social and health benefits, and many in very unexpected and complex ways. This is not always easy to communicate and articulate.

Jonathan Adams and his Consultancy Group in Digital Science have recently created a searchable database of impact case studies, with descriptive metadata, from the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF) in the United Kingdom. He is therefore very well placed to be able to give an overview of the different types of impact coming out of the research from one of the world's most established and high quality academies.

Jonathan will share some interesting and diverse examples of impact from the case studies database, and speak to the expectations that administrators have when it comes to selecting tools to help them collect key indicators of impact, pinpoint that impact and then report on it accurately.

Building upon Jonathan's insights, Stacy Konkiel will examine specific examples of impact that were not submitted in the REF2014 impact case studies, but that can showcase certain important types of impact like the influence of research on public policy, technology commercialization, and more. She'll showcase how tools like Altmetric can help researchers easily discover where their work is making a difference in academia and beyond.

Daniel S. Katz will discuss how reviewers at the National Science Foundation (USA) consider the "intellectual merit" and "broader impacts" criteria for funding and in particular how metrics might help applicants understand their impacts in these areas. Dan will also talk about how reviewers might use qualitative and quantitative altmetrics data to inform their peer reviews for grant applications. He will address many of the salient questions around this use of metrics, for instance, do reviewers take metrics seriously and what types of metrics are of most value to them?

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Wolters Kluwer Executive to discuss Advanced Data Analytics at Health Datapalooza 2015
- 01 Jun 2015

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer has announced that Sean Benson, Vice President of Innovation, Clinical Solutions, will participate in a panel discussion on data analytics at Health Datapalooza 2015 in Washington D.C. The session, 'Innovation in Action: From Algorithms to Clinical Change,' will take place on June 1 from 1:45-3 p.m. and explore how advanced analytics can lead to change at a clinical level.

During the session, Benson will discuss the work underway in Wolters Kluwer's Innovation lab focused on developing decision support technology that harnesses patient data and clinical knowledge to improve sepsis care. The project is part of the company's goal of addressing disparities in clinical IT systems—a problem that often forces clinicians to make decisions based on fragmented information.

Benson will address the critical issues surrounding siloed medical data and how bridging the information divide can improve patient care, which speaks to the panel's culminating topic on developing solutions for payers and providers using big data. Joining Benson on the panel, which will be moderated by Nick Dawson, MHA, Executive Director of Innovation at Johns Hopkins Sibley Hospital, will be Dr. Basit Chaudhry, Founder and CEO of Tuple Health.

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Wolters Kluwer’ Dr. Brian Levy to lead breakout session on Critical Role of Terminology Management to Effective HIE at Annual WEDI Conference
- 19 May 2015

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer has announced that Dr. Brian Levy, its Vice President of Global Clinical Operations for Health Language, will lead a breakout session at the 24th Annual National WEDI (Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange) Conference. The session, 'Overcoming Challenges to Clinical Information Exchange Through Terminology Management,' covers the critical role of terminology management to the future of clinical information exchange and will take place on May 21 at 10:05 a.m. in Salt River Rooms 7 and 8 of Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dr. Levy will be joined by Paul Gajda, Senior Manager, Provider Connectivity Solutions with Florida Blue, and Joe Miller, Director of Strategy and Innovation with AmeriHealth Caritas for an insightful look at the two health plans' journey to achieve successful bi-directional clinical information exchange with hospitals, health systems and other providers.

As the accountable care movement continues to mature, payers and providers are increasingly faced with challenges associated with semantic interoperability—the ability of two or more healthcare systems to share clinical information and use it meaningfully. Lack of a universal terminology standard exacerbates the problem, creating inevitable conflicts with terminology intake, management and distribution when clinical information is shared.

The three executives will present a road-map for other health plans to follow in designing a terminology strategy that incorporates data normalization to support information sharing and analytics initiatives.

Designed to enable effective clinical information exchange, the Health Language family of products including LEAP Code Group Manager and LEAP will be featured at WEDI (Booth #2). Wolters Kluwer's enterprise terminology management platform provides the software, content, and consulting solutions needed to map, translate, update, and manage standard and enhanced clinical terminologies on an enterprise scale, enabling the information liquidity required to support such healthcare challenges as Meaningful Use compliance, ICD-10 conversion, population health management, and analytics.

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Digital Science’s first webinar ‘Best Practices in Research Object Management’ scheduled for May 5
- 21 Apr 2015

Global technology company Digital Science has announced its first webinar, as part of an ongoing series. The aim of these webinars is to address key challenges that institutions face and to examine the ways in which those challenges can be met.

Laura Wheeler, Community Manager at Digital Science will host the first webinar, 'Best Practices in Research Object Management'. Dan Valen, Product Specialist for Figshare, will be questioning and moderating the panel consisting of: Mark Hahnel, Figshare founder, Angus Whyte, Senior Institutional Support Officer at the Digital Curation Centre and Jon Tennant, PhD student at Imperial College London.

The webinar will take place on May 5th, 11.00am EDT.

Managing all the outputs of the research process at your institution opens up many opportunities for data sharing and reuse. The emergence of open data, and the increase in mandates from funders and policymakers to make it so, is driving tremendous interest in establishing infrastructures that allow researchers to control data on their terms, while affording benefits to the institution in terms of curation and retention, and the visibility of research outputs.

The Digital Curation Center in the United Kingdom has already built up a wealth of experience in understanding how best to support researchers in the management and publication of data. Mandates from funders such as HEFCE, the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are putting the onus on institutions to provide appropriate tools and platforms to enable their researchers to manage their data in line with funder and institutional expectations. Angus will describe the DCC's experience in helping UK institutions meet funder expectations.

Mark Hahnel will discuss how some UK institutions have responded to funder mandates for open data, by putting a cloud-based open repository in place with control functionality such as publication embargoes and approval steps. Mark will also discuss the progress that has been made in Australia and New Zealand and he will speak to the many opportunities US institutions have to maximise the value of their data, by responding positively to directives from funders to make data openly available.

Jon Tennant will offer a researcher's perspective on the challenges surrounding managing and showcasing research data that is relatively small in size and in common formats. Jon will discuss some of the benefits of open data at the level of a researcher, as well as the importance and potential pitfalls of community-driven open data initiatives.

Interested parties may visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2806764379982929410 to register for this webinar.

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Wolters Kluwer offers ICD-10 services from Health Language to speed preparations, readiness for October 2015 deadline
- 20 Apr 2015

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer has announced that its ICD-10 Readiness Package is available to payers and providers to meet the fast approaching October 2015 deadline. Offered through its Health Language® family of products, the Readiness Package is designed to mitigate financial risk, remediate clinical and IT systems, and ensure systems are performing optimally post go-live across the customer's enterprise.

The ICD-10 Readiness Package addresses three key areas critical to ensuring a successful transition: Mitigate Financial Risk: Driven by the Health Language claims analytics methodology, the readiness solution simulates ICD-10 claims to identify priority areas for clinical documentation improvement strategies, dual coding, and chart review activities prior to the transition.

Remediation of Clinical and IT Systems: List mapping and testing services are targeted to establish a pragmatic approach for remediating systems that currently rely on ICD-9 codes – including pick lists, superbills, decision support systems, quality measures, medical policies, and claims adjudication systems.

An ICD-10 financial analysis check-up conducted after October 2015 ensures that remediation plans are working as planned. By analyzing newly created ICD-10 claims, organisations can assess the effectiveness of their clinical documentation improvement programs, remediation of their longitudinal reports and analytics, as well as highlight any outstanding financial risks as a result of the new coding system.

The pending ICD-10 transition deadline presents a significant challenge for healthcare organisations. With less than five months left to execute transition strategies, organisations will need to take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of their revenue cycle. Providers will need to ensure clinicians are capturing the required specificity, while maintaining coder productivity and accuracy. Payers will need to minimise over-payments and denials by ensuring their claims processing systems are properly remediated to accept the new coding system beginning October 2015.

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Universities showcase impact of global research studies in Online Database
- 25 Mar 2015

Global technology company Digital Science, which serves the scientific and academic research community, has completed the collation of more than 6,500 case study documents into the REF Impact Case Study database. It is the first time universities have attempted to describe and quantify the far-reaching impact of their work.

The case studies demonstrate the impact of the academic research carried out by 154 of the UK's universities and higher education institutions over the past twenty years. The freely available website and its underpinning database contains a wealth of information about UK research and its impact on health, society, the economy and the environment, in a format that is easy to search and categorise.

Digital Science, working in conjunction with the Policy Institute at King's College London and Nature Publishing Group was commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on behalf of the four UK funding bodies, Research Councils UK and the Welcome Trust to build the online database and analyse the impact case studies submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The Policy Institute at King's produced an analytical synthetic report of the case studies. Nature Publishing Group has published a supplement that highlights a dozen selected case studies at the leading edge of impact, demonstrating the socio-economic and policy impact of UK research and illustrating its global reach. The report will be printed in Nature on March 26th and will be free to access online.

The REF Impact Case Study database allows a new range of comparisons between institutions and against national reference profiles and benchmarks via indexed data that enables the exploration and grouping of the case studies to show the positive impact that UK research has made to the world. It provides a broad canvas of some of the highest impact of excellent research achievements in science, arts and humanities disciplines. It is the first time universities have attempted to describe and quantify the far-reaching impact of their work.

The Digital Science team processed each REF impact case study to normalise the text into an easily readable format and to add index data to help explore and group the content. The analysis also tagged universities' specialist research areas and impact focus, providing an invaluable tool to examine where research funding has underpinned impact, and for companies to see where they might best collaborate with universities in their R&D projects.

Using geotagging methods applied to the text, the Digital Science methodology also enables users to gain insights into the impact in other countries or – for the UK – within cities and regions.

Digital Science has provided links from research referenced in the case studies to both traditional publication databases such as Thomson Reuters' Web of Science, for which the company provided augmented links, and leading alternative metrics provider Altmetric, to show article level metrics, where applicable. Altmetric collates the data showing the attention scholarly research gathers from social media, newspapers, government policy documents and other sources for mentions of scholarly articles.

Wolters Kluwer selects GigaSpaces XAP with SanDisk ZetaScale software to support data growth and faster processing of mission-critical data
- 06 Mar 2015

GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of in-memory computing and cloud orchestration technologies, has announced that Wolters Kluwer will use XAP MemoryXtend to enable scaling of the growing volume of data processed by its Sentri7®clinical decision support application and to reduce its hardware footprint. GigaSpaces joined forces with SanDisk Corporation to deliver XAP MemoryXtend with SanDisk ZetaScale™ software, to provide customers like Wolters Kluwer Health faster data processing at lower cost.

Sentri7 is a web-based, real-time, decision support application that drives continuous improvement and empowers healthcare organisations to achieve excellence in care delivery. It addresses multiple infection prevention responsibilities, including investigation of HAIs, isolation management, MDRO management and compliance with federal and state reporting requirements. Sentri7 also delivers surveillance, documentation and reporting for antimicrobial stewardship, VTE/anticoagulation, medication management and medication safety.

Sentri7 uses a high performance rules engine combined with an in-memory data grid to deliver real-time data, documentation and reporting. With XAP MemoryXtend, the application is able to process data up to 20 times faster, allowing for peak performance and high scalability to keep information flowing freely.

In June 2014, GigaSpaces and SanDisk announced their joint collaboration on the XAP MemoryXtend solution. XAP MemoryXtend enables customers to store, process and analyze data near the speed of DRAM memory at the cost of flash storage. The solution supports application data growth to hundreds of terabytes using in-memory data grid building blocks. The solution dramatically improves application performance by eliminating expensive database reads, parallelising storage access and ultimately, reducing the expense associated with using DRAM alone.

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Digital Science launches new publisher blog - Perspectives
- 27 Feb 2015

Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Science & Education, has launched its new publisher blog - Perspectives. This new blog will offer fresh insights on scholarly communication focused on the publisher arena.

The new blog will focus on publishing and scientific communication that will bring together the voices of a diverse range of stakeholders including publishers, funders, academics and librarians. Issues covered will include innovation in scholarly communication, diversification of the scholarly record, and the evolving needs of the market.

Digital Science serves the needs of publishers by providing innovative technologies that deliver breakthrough metrics and usage data, whilst making content more valuable to researchers and academic end-users.

A collection of publishers such as PLOS, Wiley, F1000, Nature Publishing Group, SciELO, Taylor & Francis, eLife and publishing platform providers Highwire and Atypon currently deliver solutions from the Digital Science portfolio. This new blog hopes to talk about the issues these publishers, and others may face, offering solutions, thought-leadership and news content.

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Overleaf and The Genetics Society of America announce new partnership
- 24 Feb 2015

Overleaf (previously WriteLaTeX) has announced a new partnership with The Genetics Society of America (GSA). Through this partnership, authors submitting to GSA's GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics journals will soon have access to the Overleaf collaborative cloud-based writing and reviewing tool. They will be able to quickly and easily write articles in a customized journal template and collaborate on those articles with colleagues.

Custom GSA journal templates will be available to help authors write and publish their work in the correct journal format. The partnership allows GSA Journal authors to access the Overleaf scientific writing service directly, using links from the GENETICS and G3 manuscript submission sites. Once the author has completed writing and collaborating on a document in Overleaf, they will be able to submit directly to the GENETICS or G3 journals using a link from Overleaf.

Full launch of the templates and submission links will be available in March 2015.

Core Informatics introduces Core Collaboration for Science
- 16 Feb 2015

Core Informatics, a leader in scientific data management software for accelerating scientific research, collaboration and discovery, has announced the release of Core Collaboration, an agile solution developed to power successful partnerships worldwide.

Core Collaboration is a private, secure cooperative platform which exponentially speeds innovation and information sharing, providing immediate, securely sequestered access to partners and talent around the world. There are five common partnership models, all of which need unique collaborative ecosystems. A successful platform must be easily configured to fit the requirements of any organisation.

Organisations are under increased pressure to create more with less, increase profits and do it all in less time. Core Collaboration is a first of its kind data and knowledge sharing platform, allowing sponsors and partners around the globe to interact in real-time in a secure, configurable environment that supports any partnership model – speeding innovation while safe-guarding vital research data. Multiple secure Collaboration Spaces can be created or decommissioned within hours using a single compute infrastructure, and rapidly pre-populated with the appropriate products and applications using established business rules. Collaboration Spaces are accessible from any device at any time, and can be configured to support any scientific discipline. Collaboration Dashboards provide immediate management updates via synchronous data exchange, giving insight across all partner activities.

Businesses are looking for fresh approaches and external partnerships to accelerate new product initiatives and rapidly facilitate collaborations. Web-based Core Collaboration empowers science based organisations to create tremendous value with teamwork, speed, mobility, efficiency, and access to big data, while reducing IT complexity and cost.

Core Collaboration runs on Platform for Science™, Core Informatics’ Scientific Platform-as-a-Service offering, designed to enable users to configure their system to meet these changing needs. Platform for Science provides a marketplace of Core products and integrated partner applications, including fully integrated LIMS, ELN, Core Collaboration and SDMS for customers engaged in all phases of scientific product development and innovation. Platform for Science allows customers to rapidly scale up their environments as their needs grow and they add CROs, CMOs or other partners to their research ecosystems. Platform for Science provides powerful RESTful APIs (application programming interfaces) which enable clients, partners and application developers to integrate with existing software applications and instrumentation.

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Altmetric now tracking Wikipedia references to research outputs
- 05 Feb 2015

Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has announced that any mentions of articles or other academic outputs in Wikipedia will now be reflected in a new 'Wikipedia' tab on the Altmetric details page.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia written collaboratively by the people who use it, is the largest electronic encyclopaedia in the world. The English version alone contains over 4.7 million articles, and as of February 2014 there were nearly 500 million unique users and over 73,000 active editors.

Within those millions of articles exist hundreds of thousands of links to academic research. Publishers, institutions and researchers are increasingly moving to leverage the exposure and traffic that a reference on Wikipedia can generate for their content. Although the value and relevance of that traffic is sometimes debated, for their part Wikipedia enforce strict editorial guidelines to try and ensure that quality and standards are consistent across articles, and that undue bias isn't shown towards over-zealous posters.

For now Altmetric will just be tracking the English language version of Wikipedia, but will be adding all of the other language versions over the next few months.

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More than 20 institutions now using Altmetric to help track and report research impact
- 28 Jan 2015

Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has announced that over 20 world-leading research institutions have now adopted the Altmetric for Institutions analytics platform to monitor and report on the engagement and attention surrounding their research outputs.

First launched in June 2014, the platform aggregates mentions of an institution's output from a number of non-traditional sources including public policy documents, mainstream and social media, post-publication peer-review and online reference managers.

According to Sue Mikilewicz, Director of Business Intelligence and Planning at the University of South Australia, a key benefit of the Altmetric platform is that it allows monitoring the impact of research – this includes non-traditional outputs such as policy papers, reports and creative works. Altmetric can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of the institution's open access policy and institutional repository – making it a very useful cross-departmental tool that will help to inform university-wide strategies and investment.

The platform is also providing valuable insight for non-academic research institutes.

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Wolters Kluwer Health releases complimentary guide to help hospitals create comprehensive ASPs
- 26 Jan 2015

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced the release of a complimentary guide designed to help hospitals create comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). The step-by-step eBook, Guidelines for Developing and Enhancing Your Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, defines the pervasive financial and patient care benefits related to ASP implementation, as well as the critical role electronic surveillance technology plays in an effective program.

ASPs address an increasingly critical global concern regarding the rapid growth of multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs). These ‘superbugs’ account for more than 2 million hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States, and their impact is expected to rise exponentially over the next three decades if effective ASPs are not widely adopted. A report commissioned by the British government and published in December projects that deaths caused by drug-resistant pathogens could rise to 317,000 by 2050 in North America alone.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommended ASPs for all hospitals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are expected to require that US acute care, critical care and long-term care hospitals implement antimicrobial stewardship programs by the end of 2017.

The eBook explains the challenges posed by MDROs and how hospitals can take action to slow their progression. Clinical teams will learn about common barriers to implementing ASPs, along with eight elements of a high performing program that impact patient care and the bottom line. The guide also details the role of electronic surveillance and the advantages of leveraging the Sentri7® solution to provide a technical framework for patient care-focused policies, actionable information for members of the ASP team, and the metrics and reporting central to continuous improvement.

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Wolters Kluwer Health releases updates to Sentri7 electronic surveillance solution
- 20 Jan 2015

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the release of updates to its Sentri7® electronic surveillance solution to improve the efficient and effective management of antimicrobials in hospitals and health systems. The advanced offering will help antimicrobial stewardship teams improve patient care and lower costs by optimizing use of drugs associated with antibiotic-resistant strains.

Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) has become a focal point of national initiatives to combat escalating rates of infection from organisms that are resistant to many of the industry's most potent antibiotics. These organisms contribute to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality as well as notable increases in the costs of care. AMS initiatives help combat the epidemic rate of antimicrobial misuse across the industry—widely reported at greater than 50%—by fostering optimal selection, dose and duration of antimicrobial therapies.

Combining real-time AMS functionality, clinical content and consulting services, Sentri7 provides key components to help healthcare facilities optimise antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). Through a real-time, continuously generated antibiogram and an on-demand days-of-therapy (DOT) report, Sentri7 alerts clinicians to the improper use of antimicrobials and guides them to take proper actions while also providing a means of measuring stewardship program performance.

Wolters Kluwer Clinical Decision Support Guidance offers real-time clinical guidance for intervention opportunities and expert-driven suggestions for next steps, while Smart Alerts™ provides immediate and accurate feedback on optimal antimicrobial use. Rounding out the solution is ClinicalOneSource.com, a web-based resource center that provides in-depth insight into infection-related topics, and change management consulting services provided by a team of MAD-ID certified clinicians for efficient implementation of a successful ASP.

Sentri7 is a web-based, real-time, decision support application that drives continuous improvement and empowers healthcare organisations to achieve excellence in care delivery. It supports multiple infection prevention responsibilities, including investigation of HAIs, isolation management, multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) management and compliance with federal and state reporting requirements.

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WriteLaTeX relaunches under new name of Overleaf in 2015
- 12 Jan 2015

WriteLaTeX, a provider of tools for writing scholarly papers in an online collaborative academic world, is relaunching in 2015 under the new name of Overleaf as part of a major upgrade to the service. The move is part of their efforts to make the power of LaTeX more accessible to more people.

When writeLaTeX (now Overleaf) started out a couple of years ago, it was to solve a very specific problem; there was no easy way to share and collaborate upon LaTeX files over the internet, making it hard to write scientific research papers effectively. Enter writeLaTeX, which was developed with ease-of-use as a priority. From humble beginnings it has grown immensely into a service used far beyond its originally imagined scope.

What's also become clear is that writeLaTeX (now Overleaf) is about much more than just writing LaTeX documents – through their work with universities and publishers, they are helping to make science more open and accessible by bringing more of the scientific writing and publishing process into one place in the cloud. The Overleaf relaunch is another step in that direction, and having added some new developers to their team, Overleaf are focused on continuing to provide a great authoring tool that supports open science and reproducible research.

But onto the important part – all your projects, files and links will remain fully accessible, and you can continue to use Overleaf in exactly the same way as you used writeLaTeX.

To mark the relaunch Overleaf have recently announced a host of new free features for users, which include tracked changes & version comparison, integrated spell-check, editor themes, and LaTeX auto-complete.

This year Overleaf will also be releasing a major upgrade to the real-time preview, providing a higher quality display and faster rendering times, along with a number of exciting collaborations with some major names in the research and publishing worlds. Bring on 2015!

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Hearst Magazines promotes Thomas Ghareeb to Vice President and Controller
- 30 Dec 2014

Hearst Magazines has announced that Thomas Ghareeb has been appointed vice president and controller, replacing Fred Hanft, who is retiring after more than four decades of dedicated service to the company. Ghareeb, starting in his new role on January 1, will oversee the accounting, budget, forecast, financial reporting and billing for Hearst Magazines. He will report to Hearst Magazines Senior Vice President of Finance Jack Rohan.

With a career at Hearst Magazines spanning 25 years, Ghareeb has been assistant controller of budget and forecasting at Hearst Magazines since 2005. Previously, he served as assistant controller of general accounting and prior to that, director of accounting. Ghareeb started at Hearst Magazines as a staff accountant in 1989.

Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst Corporation, one of US's largest diversified media and information companies. With 21 titles in the US, Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation (AAM 1H 2014) and reaches 80 million adults.

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Altmetric ‘Top 100’ highlights topical academic research from 2014
- 11 Dec 2014

Alternative metrics provider Altmetric LLP recently reviewed 100 academic papers that received the most online attention in 2014 – and the conversations happening around them.

The list provides a detailed overview of the published research articles that have generated the largest amount of sharing and discussion across mainstream and social media, blogs, peer-review forums, platforms such as Reddit and YouTube, and bookmarking sites.

The 10 most shared scientific research papers for 2014 include: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks; Variation in Melanism and Female Preference in Proximate but Ecologically Distinct Environments; Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota; Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency; Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth's magnetic field; Christmas 2013: Research: The survival time of chocolates on hospital wards: covert observational study; Epidemiological modeling of online social network dynamics; Searching the Internet for evidence of time travellers; Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies; and Were James Bond's drinks shaken because of alcohol-induced tremor?

The full list is currently available at Altmetric.com.

Medical and health research topped the list with 44 percent of sharing across mainstream and social channels. The most popular ranged from topics such as the effect of artificial sweeteners on glucose intolerance to the origins of the Ebola virus. Biological sciences accounted for 20 percent of the Top 100. Articles in this category included controversial (and later disproven) studies on the creation of human stem cells in acid baths, and many others focussed on the ancestral genomes of humans and animals. Physical sciences ranked third with 9 percent in total from these areas of study – the most popular of which was a new theory on the nature of black holes from renowned Professor, Stephen Hawking.

In terms of international collaboration, UK led projects showed close links to American scientists. Eighty percent of articles in top 100 which named a British author were the result of international collaborations. Eighty five percent of those collaborations included contributions from researchers in North America. Twenty seven percent received input from researchers in Central or South America, the Asia Pacific region, or Africa. Thirty seven (or 54%) of the 68 US outputs listed were produced by only US based academics. Collaborations with researchers in Central or South America, the Asia pacific region, or Africa were found in just 14 (20%) of articles that also featured a US author.

Digital Science and Boston Library Consortium workshop to address emerging needs of the research ecosystem
- 20 Nov 2014

Digital Science, a technology company with a focus on the sciences, and the Boston Library Consortium are organising a workshop focused on the management, dissemination, and collaboration around research data in the university.

Today's research ecosystem is increasingly complex and includes players from many different departments and groups within the academy: research and sponsored program staff, the CIO and IT staff, library deans/directors and their scholarly communications and research data management librarians, university marketing and communications staff and, of course, the researchers themselves.

Meeting the diverse requirements of these varied groups in efficient and cost-effective ways requires that quality data are able to flow in and out of university information systems, often populating such diverse technologies as grants management systems, researcher profiles, institutional repositories, and enterprise data warehouses. Non-traditional measures of research impact such as Altmetrics and the increasingly prevalent funder mandates create new challenges for universities as they look to ensure a robust research information management environment.

The workshop, scheduled for November 21, will be held at Tufts University (Medford campus).

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ÜberShare launches initiative for small funders – offers free access to Dimensions
- 18 Nov 2014

ÜberResearch, a portfolio company of Digital Science, has launched the ÜberShare initiative to offer small funders free access to the enterprise level grant portfolio tool 'Dimensions for Funders'. Dimensions covers $750 billion of historic and future spending on scientific research. Small funders with less than $1 million to invest in research are invited to register at www.Überresearch.com/ubershare. This initiative will enable them to direct their limited, yet vital funds to previously under-funded, yet promising proposals.

Dimensions for Funders gives funding organisations access to cloud-based software in order to search grant, publication and researcher databases; compare overlaps between grants, proposals and prior awards; assign peer reviewers based on publication and grant history, and do advanced categorization and portfolio analysis for reporting and decision making on their own funded projects.

Organisations will benefit from the opportunity to make informed decisions about science funding by access to grant data and peer organisation activities, which would previously have been available to large funding organisations and out of their reach. ÜberResearch has set aside resources to support the small funders. The offer will be on a 'first come first served' basis – allowing to add up to ten small funding organizations per month. It will also set up a snowball training system, whereby each participant funder commits to train others who wish to benefit from the scheme.

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Wolters Kluwer Health unveils Consumer Education Center, a suite of Web-hosted educational tools for healthcare organisations
- 17 Nov 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the debut of the Consumer Education Center, a suite of Web-hosted educational tools healthcare organisations can use to create a patient portal or consumer health information website. With the strength of industry-leading clinical content and educational materials from Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information, healthcare organisations will be able to engage consumers in their care and wellness, building deep customer loyalty.

The Consumer Education Center is designed to be easy to implement and maintain, and it adopts the healthcare organisation's webpage template styling and branding, providing a seamless look and feel for the user. The center's tools are created by advanced-degree pharmacists and other professional clinicians, but they are crafted to be accessible and easy-to-understand for the lay consumer.

The Consumer Education Center includes over 6,000 patient education leaflets on adult and pediatric medications (by brand and generic names); natural products; conditions, procedures and healthy living topics (with illustrations, when applicable); Drug Identifier Tool with more than 15,000 sharp colour images; and Drug Interaction Checker.

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Wolters Kluwer Health and Association for Nursing Professional Development announce new healthcare webinar series
- 12 Nov 2014

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health and the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) have announced that that they are creating and jointly providing a webinar series geared toward nursing professional development (NPD) specialists who administer continuing nursing education in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Scheduled to kick off in early 2015, the new series of webinars will provide both thought leadership and insightful teaching strategies for NPD specialists who are responsible for increasing the competency of the clinical staff. The live webinars offer continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours and are offered free of charge to all ANPD members. Recordings of the webinars will be included in Lippincott Professional Development, a leading online professional development solution from Wolters Kluwer.

Experts from ANPD and the Lippincott Solutions team at Wolters Kluwer are working together to select a set of relevant and timely topics designed to enhance knowledge and raise the bar on professional development education. Topics under consideration include outcomes measurement, evidence-based teaching strategies, preparing the nurse of the future, and using social media as an educational tool.

The schedule and topics for the live webinars will be announced in December via the ANPD website, the Lippincott Solutions website, and social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Each webinar will be included into the Lippincott Professional Development library for use by current institutional customers or via www.lww.com for individual clinicians wishing to purchase access.

Lippincott Professional Development consists of evidence-based online courses organised into programs by key nursing specialties and topic areas such as critical care, disease management, infection control, obstetrics, pediatrics, patient safety and leadership. Designed to optimize nurses' clinical performance, most courses include CNE credit and are delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats. The product is the only professional development solution integrating "built-in" remediation support with direct links to evidence-based, point-of-care content from Lippincott Advisor and Lippincott Procedures.

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Wolters Kluwer Health publishes guide to establishing effective infection prevention programs to reduce HAIs, improve patient safety
- 10 Nov 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the release of a complementary guide educating healthcare organisations on building and maintaining successful infection prevention programs. Building a High Performing Infection Prevention and Control Program details the key elements of a quality-driven program that leverages real-time clinical surveillance to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and improve patient safety.

Healthcare organisations with high-performing infection prevention programs have reduced certain HAI rates by as much as 68 percent. However, infection prevention and control remains an intractable challenge. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on any given day, approximately 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one HAI. There were 721,000 HAIs in U.S. acute care hospitals in 2011 and about 75,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalisations.

The e-book outlines HAIs, multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) and other challenges facing infection preventionists and outlines the characteristics and implementation of a quality-driven infection prevention and control program. It also explores the benefits of electronic surveillance systems such as Sentri7® that aggregate data from across the organization to accelerate analysis and eliminate delays in identification of sentinel events.

Sentri7 is a web-based, real-time, decision support application that drives continuous improvement and empowers healthcare organizations to achieve excellence in care delivery. It addresses multiple infection prevention responsibilities, including investigation of HAIs, isolation management, MDRO management and compliance with federal and state reporting requirements.

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Wolters Kluwer Health and Philips Clinical Informatics partner to revolutionise access to clinical decision support in Brazil
- 29 Oct 2014

Healthcare information solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced a partnership with Philips Clinical Informatics TASY electronic health records (EHR) provider to improve ease of use and encourage greater adoption of medication decision support throughout Brazil. TASY is the first system used in Brazil to integrate Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information drug data into its latest EHR release. With sophisticated drug data to power its medication, interactions and allergy screening functionality, TASY is creating an unprecedented advancement in efficiency in Brazilian healthcare.

Despite broad adoption of EHR solutions in Brazil, clinical decision support modules traditionally have not included the necessary drug data required to support screening functionality, forcing Brazilian pharmacists to build and enter their own drug information and interactions data. The newest TASY software offers up to eight clinical screening modules from Medi-Span®, an industry-leading Wolters Kluwer drug data solution. These include drug interactions, drug allergy, duplicate therapy, drug-disease contraindication, and dose range screening.

With a strong foundation of easy-to-implement drug data integrated within EHR functions, TASY customers will be able to employ medication decision support that is more extensive, more detailed, and more current than what is commonly available in Brazil.

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Digital Science grows its consultancy division, REF impact case studies to be analysed
- 23 Sep 2014

Digital Science, a technology company with a focus on the sciences, has announced that its Consultancy division will undertake a new project to analyse the wider impact of the research undertaken by UK universities.

Working in conjunction with sister company Nature Publishing Group and the policy institute at King's College, London, the analysis commissioned by HEFCE and partners, will draw on the 6,975 impact case studies submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Partners include the Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Department for Employment and Learning NI, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust.

REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities and higher education colleges. The results of the 2014 REF will be published in December. As part of the REF exercise, universities submitted case studies showcasing the impact of their research beyond academia. These studies outline changes and benefits to the economy, society, culture, public policy and services, health, the environment and quality of life.

The results of the project will be published in Spring 2015 and a summary will also be published as a supplement in Nature.

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ÜberResearch launches Dimensions for Funders
- 17 Sep 2014

ÜberResearch, a leading software developer for research funding organisations, has launched Dimensions for Funders, a cloud based business intelligence application coupled with a global database of funded research projects.

Dimensions for Funders will allow funding organisations, non-profits and governmental institutions globally to search, categorise and analyse grant, publication and researcher databases for reporting and decision making. This will give a unique view of the $750+ billion of research, so that standardised decision analytics for research funding organisations can become a reality.

It will provide scientific research funding organisations with analytical and comparative funding information in order to provide a clear picture of the global R&D landscape for any possible area of research. The software will also allow funders to compare overlaps between proposals and prior awards and assign peer reviewers based on publication and grant history, calling on more than three million investigator profiles with publication and grant data combined.

With more than $600 billion of historical funding data and $150 billion of live research projects from more than 60 funders, the growing database will allow grant-funding agencies to track researcher publication and funding activities post-award. The product addresses the major needs funders have such as: portfolio analysis, portfolio comparison with other funder's portfolio and impact reporting.

With Dimensions for Funders, the company has taken the best capabilities of these solutions, made them simple, standardised and cloud-based, and affordable to every funding organisation, whatever their size.

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Digital Science’s managing director Timo Hannay to feature in ALPSP’s Masters In Publishing Series
- 15 Sep 2014

Digital Science's managing director Timo Hannay will be interviewed as part of ALPSP's Masters In Publishing Series.

The series aims to provide an in-depth look at leaders in the industry whose innovations are charting new courses and whose successes are built on both taking and managing risk. The inclusion of an interactive online discussion means that the events offer a unique opportunity to participate in conversations with leading innovators in scholarly publishing.

Timo's interview will cover a range of cutting-edge and topical issues. There will be a discussion of the large-scale trends affecting both the scientific journals industry and the research process itself. Timo will also discuss the need to master unfamiliar realms such as open collaboration and information technologies, as well as the ways in which publishing is no longer just about publications.

Past interviewees in the Masters In Publishing Series have included Elizabeth Marincola, CEO of PLOS and Howard Ratner, executive director of CHORUS.

The ALPSP International Conference 2014, which kicked off this week, also features a strong Digital Science presence. Amy Brand was the conference keynote speaker. Phill Jones is speaking on a panel titled "Competing with the Corporates". Euan Adie, founder of Altmetric, is also speaking on a panel titled "Metrics and More".

The event is taking place on September 23 from 3pm to 4.30pm (UK time). Interested parties can register for the ability to watch and participate online at http://tinyurl.com/lr3yq66.

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Pharmacy OneSource announces free webinar on NHSN updates
- 28 Aug 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health is hosting a complimentary webinar with Joan N. Hebden, RN, MS, CIC in 'NHSN Update: What's New in 2014 and What to Expect in 2015 and Beyond.'

In this webinar, Hebden will address the application of the NHSN definitions discussed at the 2014 CDC training with illustrative case studies, proposed changes for 2015 and how infection preventionists are adopting algorithmic approaches to surveillance.

The webinar is scheduled to be held from September 10, 2014 from 12pm to 1pm ET. Interested parties may register at www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

Joan N. Hebden, RN, MS, CIC is an Infection Prevention Clinical Program Manager for Sentri7. Hebden served as the Director of Infection Prevention and Control for 28 years at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. Her clinical background includes general medicine, oncology, and cardiothoracic intensive care. She has presented at national epidemiology conferences, participated in research regarding the transmission of multi-drug resistant bacteria, contributed chapters on infection control to nursing resource textbooks, and published in medical and infection control journals.

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EndNote collaborates with Science Hack Day to bring global event to Russia
- 21 Aug 2014

Thomson Reuters EndNote, the software for researchers, librarians and students to find, publish and manage bibliographies, citations and references, has announced a collaboration with Science Hack Day, a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation, to bring the first Science Hack Day to Russia. The event will be held in St. Petersburg, August 22-24 at Quiet Place, a coworking space dedicated to advancing science and technology in Russia.

Having held over 35 successful information technology (IT) hacking events since 2009, the event's organisers aim to make their first Science Hack Day a collaborative effort between IT and science enthusiasts to bridge the gap between the two fields and build actionable scientific solutions. Quiet Place, the innovative coworking space in which the event is being held, shares a mission with Science Hack Day in matching up developers, designers, scientists and other innovators to foster interdisciplinary collaboration to create inventive projects and assist start-up organisations.

Science Hack Day is a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation with events joining scientists, engineers, programmers and designers to work together in the same physical space to nurture new scientific concepts. Since its launch in 2010, more than 30 Science Hack Days have been held in over a dozen countries. The event is designed to connect individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, all sharing a passion for science, to work together to develop new scientific solutions or 'hacks.' During each event, groups compete in a friendly competition to build the best prototype based on a concept of their choice within 48 consecutive hours.

Science Hack Days have been primarily fuelled by volunteers and regional sponsorships. As the first global sponsor, EndNote is helping the movement further its goal of making science more accessible by providing funding and marketing support to increase awareness, enhance current events and spread the movement to new cities.

EndNote is utilised by more than 1,100 global academic institutions and R&D departments and two million scientists, researchers and students worldwide. It is committed to keeping its user community in step with the constantly evolving world of scientific research by providing advanced tools for managing and creating research effectively and efficiently. EndNote is integrated with other industry-leading sources from Thomson Reuters, including the Web of Science and ScholarOne Manuscripts peer-review systems and company research management and profiling tools.

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Wolters Kluwer Health announces its participation in NLM’s Emergency Access Initiative
- 20 Aug 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced its participation in the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) by providing 55 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) medical, nursing and allied health specialty journals during a four week free access period from August 14 – September 11, 2014. The move is in response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa that has been called an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization. Healthcare providers will have access to major biomedicine titles to support emergency treatment and patient care of this infectious disease.

In addition, Wolters Kluwer is offering institutional medical librarians and researchers Ebola Ovid MEDLINE® Expert Searches for quick access to related EVD evidence-based and review articles including diagnosis, treatment and transmission. For nursing professionals, Wolters Kluwer's NursingCenter.com has free articles and resources on EVD to assist nurses in emergency care and preparedness.

Access to the EAI titles is only available to those who are affected and those who are working to assist those suffering from Ebola. However, other users are encouraged to contact their medical librarian or the Network of Libraries of Medicine by calling 1-800-338-7657.

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Altmetric to provide alternative metrics data to two new STM publishers via SCM6 online publishing platform
- 13 Aug 2014

Silverchair Information Systems has announced that Altmetric will provide alternative metrics data to two new STM publishers via its SCM6 online publishing platform. This will provide researchers and authors with up-to-date evidence of the real-world application of research across a wide breadth of online communications.

JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the titles published by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (including the American Journal of Audiology and the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research) will now join CHEST journal in displaying Altmetric data on their research article pages.

Altmetric tracks mentions of an article in post-publication peer-review forums, mainstream and social media, online reference managers, and in policy documents.

Silverchair's partnership with Altmetric enables all publishers on the SCM6 platform an easy and fast integration with the Altmetric data, and provides better insight into the reception of an article for their authors, website users, and internal publishing teams.

Altmetric focuses on providing fully auditable and high quality data, achieved by selecting trusted providers and manually curating a source list of over 1,000 news outlets and 8,000 blogs across all disciplines.

Wolters Kluwer Health to demonstrate new Provider Search Assistant at Siemens Innovations '14 for Healthcare IT meeting
- 11 Aug 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced that it will demonstrate its new Provider Search Assistant in booth #607 during the Siemens Innovations '14 for Healthcare IT meeting taking place in Tampa, FL, August 10-13, 2014.

Built using cloud-based technology, the Health Language® Provider Search Assistant (PSA) is a simple, browser-based diagnosis search tool that can be seamlessly integrated into leading third-party clinical and financial systems.

PSA enables healthcare professionals to quickly find diagnosis codes (ICD-9 and ICD-10) using familiar search terms such as "afib," "ank fx," or "elevated BP," or known ICD codes. To capture the increased specificity of ICD-10, PSA prompts for additional information such as laterality, site or time course.

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Digital Science Invests in London-based scientific start-up, WriteLaTeX
- 24 Jul 2014

Macmillan Science and Education has announced that Digital Science, its global technology division providing software and technology tools to scientists and researchers, has invested in WriteLaTeX - a London based scientific start-up and creators of the leading online collaboration platform for scientific research, Overleaf.

Overleaf is a premier system which gives users the ability to author and edit scientific papers, research and reports quickly and accurately. Using a WYSIWYG manuscript editor, Overleaf provides real-time collaboration for a live view of the final typeset output. Created with the goal of making science and research faster, more open and more accessible, Overleaf brings the whole scientific process into one place, from idea to writing, to review to publication.

Digital Science supports a suite of renowned researcher tools across a wide portfolio of companies across the globe, including ReadCube, Figshare and Labguru. The addition of WriteLaTeX into the Digital Science portfolio will afford the group increased opportunities to serve researchers, publishers and academic institutions. WriteLaTeX plans to continue to enhance the development of Overleaf to reach its ambitious target of one million users worldwide. The team of four will be based in Digital Science's London HQ whilst having easy access to Digital Science's offices and portfolio companies in the USA, Japan, Israel and Germany.

Overleaf's rapidly growing service is already being used in more than 1,000 universities and institutions globally and has been utilised to create more than one million documents by users in over 180 countries worldwide. It already has more than 100,000 registered users worldwide. In July 2014, Overleaf was crowned Innovative Internet Business of 2014 at the Nominet Internet Awards held in London, representing the pinnacle of online innovation in the UK.

WriteLaTeX was co-founded by John Hammersley and John Lees-Miller, two mathematicians who having worked together, were inspired by their own experiences in academia to create a better solution for collaborative scientific writing.

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Wolters Kluwer Health and Universidade Anhembi Morumbi partner to promote use of electronic drug information in Brazil
- 09 Jul 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, have announced a partnership with Universidade Anhembi Morumbi to offer drug information resources and help educate healthcare students and professionals in Brazil.

Under the deal, Wolters Kluwer Health will provide complimentary access to its online global drug information reference solution, Lexicomp Online, to Anhembi for use in its pharmacy, medical and nursing courses. In exchange, Anhembi will provide training to Brazilian healthcare professionals who subscribe to Lexicomp Online so they can help enhance patient care by taking advantage of the complete depth of Lexicomp drug content and interactive tools.

Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, a member of Laureate International Universities, is ranked one of the top three private universities in Sao Paulo state, Brazil. Students in the health sciences program across the university's six campuses will be given access to Lexicomp Online, which will be specifically incorporated into curricula to assist with pharmacology research and to help answer practical clinical questions about medication dosing, conversions, and administration.

Fifty instructors within Anhembi healthcare programs will also be given complimentary subscriptions to Lexicomp Mobile Apps for on-the-go access to clinical content and tools to support both academic course planning and patient care in their practice. Healthcare professionals throughout Brazil who subscribe to Lexicomp solutions will be able to attend special dedicated training courses featuring clinical simulations conducted by Anhembi.

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Holy Name Medical Center selects Wolters Kluwer Health’s Health Language to improve problem and diagnosis search
- 08 Jul 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced that Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) has selected Health Language to improve problem and diagnosis searches within its electronic health record (EHR). HNMC will use the Health Language Workflow-Enhancing Search solution to support encoding its problem lists in SNOMED-CT for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and the transition to ICD-10.

Health Language software, content, and consulting solutions map, translate, update and manage standard and enhanced clinical terminologies on an enterprise scale — enabling the information liquidity required to support healthcare's toughest challenges, such as Meaningful Use, ICD-10, population health, analytics, ACOs, and semantic interoperability among systems.

HNMC is a fully accredited, not-for-profit healthcare facility based in Teaneck, NJ, with off-site locations throughout Bergen County. Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1925, the comprehensive 361-bed medical center has more than 900 physicians on its medical staff, and offers leading-edge medical practice and technology administered in an environment rooted in a tradition of compassion and respect for every patient. HNMC provides high quality healthcare across a continuum that encompasses education, prevention, early intervention, comprehensive treatment options, rehabilitation and wellness maintenance — from conception through end-of-life.

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Discovery Center Continium partners with EndNote to expand Science Hack Day in Kerkrade
- 20 Jun 2014

Thomson Reuters EndNote, the industry's leading software for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references, has announced a collaboration with Discovery Center Continium, a science museum headquartered in Kerkrade, Netherlands, to sponsor Science Hack Day Euregion on June 21-22. This event marks Kerkrade's second Science Hack Day.

The Netherlands' scientific and technological communities have been invited to attend the second annual Science Hack Day in Kerkrade, at the Discovery Center Continium. This year's theme, 'Hack the Heritage,' asks participants to derive inspiration from the museum's exhibits to build solutions or 'hacks' for the future based on scientific innovations throughout history.

Discovery Center Continium opened its doors in June of 2009 as the first Discovery Center of The Netherlands. With an extensive collection of industrial heritage and a vast amount of hands-on exhibits, the Continium combines the best of a museum and a science center. Visitors can discover how science and technology affect their day to day life, not only in the present time, but also in the past and the future. They can travel through time, experiment with science and build their own technical gadgets.

Science Hack Day is a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation with events joining scientists, engineers, programmers and designers to work together in the same physical space to nurture new scientific concepts. Since its launch in 2010, more than 30 Science Hack Days have been held in over a dozen countries. The event is designed to connect individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, all sharing a passion for science, to work together to develop new scientific solutions or 'hacks.' During each event, groups compete in a friendly competition to build the best prototype based on a concept of their choice within 48 consecutive hours.

Science Hack Days have been primarily fuelled by volunteers and regional sponsorships. As the first global sponsor, EndNote is helping the movement further its goal of making science more accessible by providing funding and marketing support to increase awareness, enhance current events and spread the movement to new cities.

Science Hack Days planned for 2014 are: Shanghai, China, July 12-13, 2014; St. Petersburg, Russia, August 1-3, 2014; Antananarivo, Madagascar, August 9 - 10, 2014; San Francisco, USA, October 4 - 5, 2014; and Berlin, Germany, October 24 - 26, 2014.

EndNote is utilised by more than 1,100 global academic institutions and R&D departments and two million scientists, researchers and students worldwide. It is committed to keeping its user community in step with the constantly evolving world of scientific research by providing advanced tools for managing and creating research effectively and efficiently. EndNote is integrated with other industry-leading sources from Thomson Reuters, including the Web of Science and ScholarOne Manuscripts peer-review systems and company research management and profiling tools.

Altmetric’s new web-based software application enables HE institutions to track and evaluate online dissemination and impact of authored research
- 13 Jun 2014

Altmetric, a London-based start-up focused on making article level metrics easy, has announced the release of Altmetric for Institutions, a web-based software application that enables higher educational institutions to track and evaluate the online dissemination and impact of their authored research.

Altmetric collates mentions of scholarly articles across traditional and social media, blog posts, reference management tools and post-publication peer review sites. In addition to these established sources the data will now also reflect if an article has been cited or mentioned in public policy documents, offering a much needed insight into the real-life application of research.

Incorporating advanced search and filtering functionality, Altmetric for Institutions offers librarians, research administrators, communication officers and faculty themselves an easy and intuitive way of monitoring and reporting on the online attention surrounding individual articles.

Based on data from existing repository or CRIS systems, users are able to view original mentions and summary reports for published articles at the author, group, departmental and institutional level.

Created with input from leading academic establishments around the world, Altmetric for Institutions promises to deliver a much more complete and timely picture of the broader impact of published research than download or citation counts alone can offer.

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Wolters Kluwer Health announces new, feature-rich online platform developed for LWW Health Library
- 11 Jun 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced a new, feature-rich online platform developed for the LWW Health Library, a portal to a diverse collection of Lippincott basic and clinical science content used by medical and pharmacy schools. The new platform provides a redesigned user interface, improved site navigation and search functionality, and other capabilities that optimise access to trusted Lippincott material.

The new site gives students and faculty a single point of access to the LWW Health Library along with a multitude of technology-rich features and functionality. Among several upgrades are the site's web-responsive design and its reorganisation by subject, allowing for faster navigation to relevant content. Search functionality incorporates Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) vocabulary and enables search across the full library, by subject, by content type, or by individual title — with results appearing in an easy-to-read central display. In addition, multimedia content such as videos, question banks and animations is compatible with Apple devices, allowing students access from their iPhones and iPads.

The new site makes it easier to share information from the library with colleagues across the institution and for faculty to download images directly to Microsoft® PowerPoint. With a single click, an image can be exported and appear in a presentation replete with its citation. The site is now 'COUNTER'-compliant so that institutions can easily track usage based on global standards.

Designed to supplement the student learning experience, the LWW Health Library hosts a variety of rich media, including more than 31 electronic textbooks for medical education, including osteopathic medicine titles, and 26 titles covering the pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum. The library also contains a variety of multimedia, including audio, video, and sought-after images for popular publications such as Clinically Oriented Anatomy, and Koda-Kimble and Young's Applied Therapeutics. Patient cases and self-assessment tools, as well as access to other Wolters Kluwer Health clinical and skills information, are also available.

A total of nine different collections are available via institutional subscription, allowing institutions to customise the library to meet their individual needs and budgetary considerations. The product includes collections dedicated to Anatomical Sciences, Basic Sciences and Osteopathic Medicine. Pharmacy collections include Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy.

The LWW Health Library is available for purchase immediately by contacting a Wolters Kluwer Health sales representative or by visiting www.healthlibrary.com and completing an online request form. The portal can be accessed from any device with a web connection.

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Wolters Kluwer Health's 'Buy A Bundle, Save a Bundle' promotion provides customisable collections of reference resources at significant savings
- 10 Jun 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the 'Buy a Bundle, Save a Bundle' promotion that allows residency programs to receive significant savings when they purchase multiple medical reference titles. Savings up to 40 percent off the regular price are applied when two or more titles in a specialty are purchased as a 'bundle.' The promotion is offered to all AMA and osteopathic residency program administrators and includes more than 100 Wolters Kluwer Health print and eBook offerings in 20 different specialty areas.

Some of the most popular specialty areas include anesthesiology, internal medicine, orthopaedic surgery, radiology and oncology. In anesthesiology, for example, there are many trusted reference resources available including Barash: Clinical Anesthesia, 7e; Dorsch: Understanding Anesthesia Equipment, 5e; and Jaffe: Anesthesiologist's Manual of Surgical Procedures, 5e, to name a few. All of the 2014 Medical Practice print titles, other than pocket medicine books, are automatically bundled with eBooks powered by Inkling™ — allowing residents to download titles to tablets or smartphones with many interactive multimedia features.

The eBooks offer customised navigation and a powerful, index-based search capability to provide quick results using iPad, iPhone, Android devices or through a computer browser. All titles are available on various eBook platforms without the Inkling features such as Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, and with select titles also available on VitalSource.

All of the customizable collections are sold directly to residency programs. Residency program directors, program coordinators and chief residents can learn more about the 'Buy a Bundle' program or purchase by visiting the LWW website or by contacting their Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Practice sales representative.

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Inera Inc. launches Edifix®, a new cloud based solution to correct, style, link, and tag bibliographic references
- 29 May 2014

Authors, reviewers, editors, and readers rely on complete and correct bibliographic reference lists to trace the paths of research through the scholarly record. Edifix, a new cloud-based solution from Inera Inc., the developers of eXtyles, helps researchers, publishers, and librarians ensure that these references are accurate, structured, and linked.

Edifix uses Inera's proven heuristic technology to automatically identify elements in plain-text bibliographic references of any style, copyedit references to a variety of editorial styles, correct references with data retrieved from PubMed and CrossRef, and insert PubMed IDs and CrossRef DOIs. The results can be copied into documents, exported to JATS XML, or converted to RIS for seamless integration with popular reference managers.

Edifix is available to monthly and annual subscribers and offers a free trial. For more than 18 years, Inera's reference tools have saved time and vastly improved reference quality for publishers. With Edifix, Inera's powerful reference tools are now available to everyone.

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Digital Science unveils new publisher relations team
- 29 May 2014

Digital Science, a technology company that provides leading-edge tools that enable scholarly publishers, academic institutions and researchers to organise, share and publish academic and scientific research has unveiled a new publisher relations team.

This new agile structure will support and nurture long-term commercial relationships with the broad spectrum of publishers it serves and offer them innovative technologies that deliver breakthrough metrics and usage data, whilst making their content more valuable to researchers and academic end-users.

A plethora of publishers such as PLOS, Wiley, F1000, Nature, SciELO, Taylor & Francis, eLife and publishing platform providers Highwire and Atypon currently deliver solutions from Altmetric, Figshare and ReadCube, the Digital Science portfolio companies serving the publishing market.

The new team includes Nicko Goncharoff, Director of Publisher Relations; Adrian T. Stanley, VP of Publisher Business Development; Betsy Donohue, VP, Publisher Business Development; and Phill Jones, Head of Publisher Outreach.

Thomson Reuters EndNote partners with Science Hack Day to expand global scientific movement
- 21 May 2014

Thomson Reuters EndNote, the industry's leading software for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references, has announced a collaboration with Science Hack Day, a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation, to expand its efforts to enable scientists, engineers, programmers and designers to work together in the same physical space to nurture new scientific concepts.

Since its launch in 2010, more than 30 Science Hack Days have been held in over a dozen countries. The events are designed to connect individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, all sharing a passion for science, to work together to explore new scientific concepts and develop solutions or 'hacks.' During each event, groups compete in a friendly competition to build the best prototype based on a concept of their choice within 24 consecutive hours.

Science Hack Days are fuelled by the work of volunteers and in the past have been primarily funded by regional sponsorships and donations. As the first global sponsor, EndNote will help the movement further its goal of making science more accessible by providing funding and marketing support to increase awareness, enhance current events and spread the movement to new cities.

There are currently six Science Hack Days planned for the remainder of 2014: Medellín, Colombia, May 30 - June 1, 2014; New York City, USA, May 31 - June 1, 2014; Kerkrade, Netherlands, June 21 - 22, 2014; Antananarivo, Madagascar, August 9 - 10, 2014; San Francisco, USA, October 4 - 5, 2014; and Berlin, Germany, October 24 - 26, 2014.

EndNote is utilised by more than 1,100 global academic institutions and R&D departments and two million scientists, researchers and students worldwide. It is committed to keeping its user community in step with the constantly evolving world of scientific research by providing advanced tools for managing and creating research effectively and efficiently. EndNote is integrated with other industry-leading sources from Thomson Reuters, including the Web of Science and ScholarOne Manuscripts peer-review systems and company research management and profiling tools.

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Wolters Kluwer Health partners with Streamline Health Solutions to distribute Health Language LEAP I-10 claims analytics and mapping solution
- 08 May 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has partnered with Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. to distribute its Health Language® LEAP I-10 claims analytics and mapping solution to mitigate the risks associated with the ICD-10 transition.

Streamline Health is a leading provider of transformational data-driven solutions to help healthcare providers reduce exposure to risk, enhance clinical, financial, and operational performance and improve patient care.

Streamline Health clients will use the Health Language solution to analyze potential DRG shifts caused by the ICD-10 transition and use that information to prioritise coder/physician training and drive CDI projects. The solution will enable Streamline Health clients to build ICD-9-to-ICD-10 translation maps in order to remediate electronic medical record (EMR) documentation templates. Finally, clients will use the solution's ability to generate test data to ensure their efforts are meeting their objectives

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New instructional videos shed new light on anatomy of the inner ear
- 30 Apr 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced a groundbreaking addition to Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy that literally sheds new light on the intricate - and hard to ascertain - anatomy of the inner ear. More than two years in the making, these new online educational videos showcase the most innovative and revealing dissections of the human inner ear ever captured.

Created by Dr. Robert D. Acland, one of the pioneers and foremost authorities in the field of video anatomy, these new videos are designed to help students of the health sciences as well as practitioners and others gain better anatomical understanding of this highly difficult-to-dissect part of the human body. These clips, as well as all of the other video content in Acland's Video Atlas, bring a three-dimensional perspective to learning human anatomy by showing each area of interest from multiple angles and viewpoints.

Dr. Acland achieves this unique perspective using innovative camera rotation techniques that he pioneered with his colleagues at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. To make the new inner ear videos, Dr. Acland used a high-speed micro drill, which creates a significant amount of bone dust. The only way to perform a clean dissection and present the results to the camera was to shoot underwater, which allows the dust to be carried away and helps support the delicate structures that would normally collapse in the open air. The resulting product reveals new insights and never-before-seen imagery of this complex part of the human body.

With the advent of these new videos, students will now be able to view these structures three-dimensionally for the first time.

A total of five striking, new instructional videos dedicated to the inner ear have been added. With a run time totalling more than 22 minutes, these clips cover the bony labyrinth and its relationships; the membranous labyrinth and fluids of the inner ear; the vestibule of the inner ear; the semicircular ducts; and the cochlea. Also included is a series of 3-D animations and numerous histology images to supplement understanding.

Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy contains 333 video clips of real human anatomic specimens in their natural colours. Organised into five volumes including the upper and lower extremities, the trunk, head and neck, as well as the internal organs, the Atlas shows moving structures - muscles, tendons, and joints - making the same movements that they make in real life.

The Atlas is an excellent resource for anatomy students, as an adjunct to dissection or prosection, and as a review tool. It also is helpful for students who need to re-learn clinically relevant anatomy for surgical or radiology rotations, and for pre-med students as well as interns and residents in these specialties. Surgeons, radiologists, and other specialists in speech/language disorders and communication studies also will find it useful.

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IHS Inc. granted new patent for proprietary, next-generation search technology
- 28 Apr 2014

IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight, has announced that it has been granted a new patent for the question-answering technology behind its IHS Goldfire software, used by companies to accelerate research and power innovation.

Patent No. 8,666,730, labeled "Question-Answering System and Method Based on Semantic Labeling of Text Documents and User Questions," further extends more than two decades of leadership by IHS Goldfire in precision search technologies. The patent was issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on March 4, 2014 and is valid through March 2030.

The patent covers the semantic concept "lenses" that IHS Goldfire use to accelerate research. The lenses correlate with the human knowledge system, organizing and presenting answers to engineers' or scientists' questions – even questions they did not think to ask. These lenses surface concepts in documents' text, enabling users to rapidly explore a concept's definitions, applications, advantages, disadvantages and more.

Unlike today's textual, question-answering technologies, which work as meta-search engines to search for text fragments by keyword and then try to extract answers similar to the text fragment, the IHS Goldfire approach is entirely unique – providing relevant answers, not lists of largely irrelevant documents. With IHS Goldfire, hundreds of different document types can be parsed by a semantic processor to extract semantic relationships like subject-action-object, cause-and-effect and dozens more. Answer-extraction patterns are then applied on top of the semantic data extracted from documents and answers are saved to a searchable database.

Studies show that engineers and other technical professionals can spend a third or more of their time looking for information scattered across numerous information sources. IHS Goldfire gives users a single-point-of-access to standards, patents, technical journals, enterprise data and more as well as the ability to look across that knowledge for answers and insights. The concept lenses of IHS Goldfire dramatically improve upon current research practices which are time consuming, labor intensive and limited to the user's own experience and understanding of where to look for answers, drastically cutting research time.

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Hearst Corporation acquires CareInSync
- 28 Apr 2014

Hearst Corporation's healthcare group, Hearst Health, has announced its acquisition of CareInSync, a software solutions company providing a real-time, mobile platform to improve patient care by enhancing communications between care providers and patients. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Santa Clara, California-based CareInSync, will now become part of Zynx Health™, the market leader in providing evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement solutions. Zynx Health, part of the Hearst Health network, began its successful relationship with CareInSync in 2012 in the form of an equity investment from Hearst's healthcare venture fund as part of a syndicated equity funding initiative involving Hearst and other investors.

CareInSync's technology enables its customers to connect interdisciplinary care teams that include hospital clinicians, aftercare providers and community-based service providers. CareInSync customers have been recognised as innovators for their deployment of the solution.

CareInSync was founded in 2010 as a Mobile Care Navigation Network™ that goes beyond traditional inpatient communication and texting solutions. The CareInSync Carebook™ solution not only provides a HIPAA-compliant communication platform for the entire care team, it offers context-specific messages around a person's health milestones, as well as evidence-based guidelines for the management and coordination of care transitions across a person's journey to wellness.

Effective immediately, CareInSync solutions are now available through Zynx Health.

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Strategic Radiology signs strategic group purchase agreement with 3M Health Information Systems
- 23 Apr 2014

Strategic Radiology® (SR) has signed a strategic group purchase agreement with 3M Health Information Systems to provide SR member groups streamlined access to 3M CodeRyte CodeAssist computer-assisted coding software and 3M CodeRyte CodeComplete, a fully outsourced outpatient coding service. 3M's powerful health information management tools will help SR members set standards and improve coding accuracy and compliance, while promoting more efficient, cost effective coding operations.

Together, the organisations will deliver SR member groups a platform to optimise the efforts and facilitate subspecialisation of their highly trained coders across the United States. SR member groups can take advantage of innovative best practices, training, and data aggregation through 3M's easy to use web-based software and outsourced services. Built on 3M's proprietary natural language processing (NLP) technology, 3M CodeAssist automates the coding process by automatically identifying correct billing codes and streamlining the coding workflow. 3M CodeComplete complements 3M CodeAssist with a fully outsourced service that provides medical and surgical coding for technical and professional services.

In addition, SR members preparing for ICD-10 can leverage 30 years of 3M coding, grouping, and clinical documentation improvement experience, the know-how of more than 100 credentialed 3M coding experts, as well as a decade of ICD-10 implementation experience. This automation solution can help SR members more efficiently adapt and face the challenges of healthcare reform and ICD-10 adoption.

3M Health Information Systems, a business of 3M Health Care, delivers intelligent software and consulting services that are used by hospitals and health systems, commercial payers, and federal and state agencies to compile, classify, and analyze health information. In 2012, 3M Health Information Systems acquired CodeRyte, an industry leader in statistics-based clinical NLP and outpatient computer-assisted coding. 3M solutions for computer-assisted coding, clinical documentation improvement, data interoperability, performance monitoring, and quality outcomes reporting help organizations achieve better clinical and financial performance. CodeRyte, CodeAssist, and CodeComplete are service marks of 3M Company.

SR consists of geographically diverse and forward thinking American radiology group practices representing more than 1,200 radiologists. The goal of SR is to achieve higher quality patient care and more cost efficient delivery of medical imaging through an integrated approach of shared data and best practices, interchanging clinical expertise, and consolidating certain practice expenses.

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Wolters Kluwer Health calls upon healthcare organisations to view ICD-10 delay as opportunity to refine transition plans and maximise outcomes
- 17 Apr 2014

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has called upon healthcare organisations to view deferment of the ICD-10 implementation as an opportunity to refine plans to further minimise post-transition impacts and maximise quality and financial outcomes. In particular, the delay provides more time for clients to expand current strategies and further leverage its Health Language® and ProVation® Medical solutions to build a solid foundation for long-term clinical, financial and operational success under the expansive new code set.

Authorised on April 1 as part of broader Sustainable Growth Rate legislation, the ICD-10 implementation deadline was pushed back to at least October 2015. While the delay was met with relief by organisations that were struggling to comply with multiple concurrent regulatory mandates, even those that were on track to meet the original ICD-10 deadline can leverage the additional time to refine plans to minimise anticipated impacts on productivity and reimbursements to more fully realize cost and quality improvements.

To ensure ICD-10 readiness, healthcare organisations are encouraged to leverage Health Language solutions and expertise to support the key aspects of transition planning. The planning includes protecting the revenue cycle; ensuring a clinically complete translation; preparing for post-ICD-10 updates; and optimising clinical workflow.

Finally, healthcare organisations are encouraged to automate documentation and coding by implementing a structured reporting solution such as ProVation® MD, which has been enabled for ICD-10 for more than a year. ProVation MD captures the granularity required under ICD-10 by guiding physicians to document at the appropriate level of specificity. The proper CPT® and ICD-10 diagnosis codes are then automatically applied, producing clinically-appropriate, coder-ready procedure notes at the point of care.

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UpToDate receives NorthFace ScoreBoard Award for excellence in customer service and support for the third consecutive year
- 16 Apr 2014

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that the UpToDate® global customer support team has received the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award from Omega Management Group Corp. for excellence in customer service and support. This is the third consecutive year that UpToDate has been recognised by Omega for exceeding customer expectations.

Since 2000, the award has been presented annually to companies who, as rated solely by their own customers, exceeded expectations in customer satisfaction during the prior calendar year. Omega is an expert in customer experience management (CEM) strategy, and helps companies boost revenue and profits by consistently exceeding customer expectations for service quality.

The award will be presented during Omega's annual SCORE Conference 2014, taking place May 21-23.

Omega's methodology measures customer satisfaction and loyalty levels on a 5-point scale (or equivalent) four times during the year in such categories as technical support, field service, customer service and account management. NorthFace ScoreBoard Award recipients are companies who, based solely on survey responses from their own customers, achieved a 4.0 or above out of a possible 5.0.

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Accelrys speeds life science decisions with next-generation Insight
- 14 Apr 2014

Accelrys, Inc., a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software and solutions, has announced the latest releases of Accelrys Insight and Accelrys Insight for Excel. The new release of Accelrys Insight for Excel enhances scientific data analysis with important new capabilities including the ability to run database searches directly from the familiar Microsoft Excel spreadsheet environment. The new release of the web-based Accelrys Insight life science, discovery and innovation support environment speeds decisions by simplifying access to complex hierarchical data and implementing data-rich tooltips for scatterplots.

The two releases continue the rapid evolution of Accelrys' next-generation solution for interactively searching, browsing and visualizing data within the Accelrys Cheminformatics Suite, helping networked life science discovery teams bring innovative therapeutics to market faster and more cost effectively. Both products leverage the open, scientifically aware Accelrys Enterprise Platform which provides a single consistent way for applications to access both internal data and public data accessible via web services.

The latest release of Accelrys Insight for Excel accelerates data analysis with the ability to run database searches from a Microsoft Excel workbook. Medicinal chemists can access rich and diverse corporate and public data sources directly from Excel spreadsheets and import refined search results back into the spreadsheets without leaving the familiar Excel environment. Scientists engaged in pharmacokinetics research can now calculate absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADMET) chemistry properties for chemical structures loaded into an Excel spreadsheet. The new calculators for blood brain barrier penetration, human intestinal absorption, aqueous solubility, plasma protein binding and hepatotoxicity provide more information to make decisions about the appropriateness of compounds. Finally, new chemical-name-from-structure and structure-from-chemical-name calculators make it easier for scientists to connect associated data items.

The latest release of Accelrys Insight speeds informed decisions by providing scalable access to complex hierarchical data and improved support for data analysis and visualization. These capabilities are provided through a set of new and enhanced Accelrys Pipeline Pilot components that protocol authors can use to simplify the processes used by end-user scientists to access, chart and perform calculations on hierarchical data. The Accelrys Pipeline Pilot protocol authoring application enables developers to tailor scientific calculations, visualizations, exports and reports targeted to specific needs and expertise within the Accelrys Insight environment. The latest release of Accelrys Insight also enables the creation of data-rich tooltips that automatically display chemical properties and structures in X-Y scatterplots if molecular data are loaded in Accelrys Insight, providing ready access to rich data objects.

Accelrys Insight for Excel is the next generation of Accelrys' scientific Excel add-ins within the legacy ISIS, Isentris and Accord product suites. Accelrys Insight is the next-generation solution for current Accelrys ISIS, Accelrys Isentris and Accelrys Accord applications for searching, browsing and visualizing data.

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Accelrys speeds life science decisions with next-generation Insight
- 07 Apr 2014

Accelrys, Inc., a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software and solutions, has announced the latest releases of Accelrys Insight and Accelrys Insight for Excel. The new release of Accelrys Insight for Excel enhances scientific data analysis with important new capabilities including the ability to run database searches directly from the familiar Microsoft Excel spreadsheet environment. The new release of the web-based Accelrys Insight life science, discovery and innovation support environment speeds decisions by simplifying access to complex hierarchical data and implementing data-rich tooltips for scatterplots.

The two releases continue the rapid evolution of Accelrys' next-generation solution for interactively searching, browsing and visualizing data within the Accelrys Cheminformatics Suite, helping networked life science discovery teams bring innovative therapeutics to market faster and more cost effectively. Both products leverage the open, scientifically aware Accelrys Enterprise Platform which provides a single consistent way for applications to access both internal data and public data accessible via web services.

The latest release of Accelrys Insight for Excel accelerates data analysis with the ability to run database searches from a Microsoft Excel workbook. Medicinal chemists can access rich and diverse corporate and public data sources directly from Excel spreadsheets and import refined search results back into the spreadsheets without leaving the familiar Excel environment. Scientists engaged in pharmacokinetics research can now calculate absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADMET) chemistry properties for chemical structures loaded into an Excel spreadsheet. The new calculators for blood brain barrier penetration, human intestinal absorption, aqueous solubility, plasma protein binding and hepatotoxicity provide more information to make decisions about the appropriateness of compounds. Finally, new chemical-name-from-structure and structure-from-chemical-name calculators make it easier for scientists to connect associated data items.

The latest release of Accelrys Insight speeds informed decisions by providing scalable access to complex hierarchical data and improved support for data analysis and visualization. These capabilities are provided through a set of new and enhanced Accelrys Pipeline Pilot components that protocol authors can use to simplify the processes used by end-user scientists to access, chart and perform calculations on hierarchical data. The Accelrys Pipeline Pilot protocol authoring application enables developers to tailor scientific calculations, visualizations, exports and reports targeted to specific needs and expertise within the Accelrys Insight environment. The latest release of Accelrys Insight also enables the creation of data-rich tooltips that automatically display chemical properties and structures in X-Y scatterplots if molecular data are loaded in Accelrys Insight, providing ready access to rich data objects.

Accelrys Insight for Excel is the next generation of Accelrys' scientific Excel add-ins within the legacy ISIS, Isentris and Accord product suites. Accelrys Insight is the next-generation solution for current Accelrys ISIS, Accelrys Isentris and Accelrys Accord applications for searching, browsing and visualizing data.

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Accelrys speeds life science decisions with next-generation Insight
- 07 Apr 2014

Accelrys, Inc., a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software and solutions, has announced the latest releases of Accelrys Insight and Accelrys Insight for Excel. The new release of Accelrys Insight for Excel enhances scientific data analysis with important new capabilities including the ability to run database searches directly from the familiar Microsoft Excel spreadsheet environment. The new release of the web-based Accelrys Insight life science, discovery and innovation support environment speeds decisions by simplifying access to complex hierarchical data and implementing data-rich tooltips for scatterplots.

The two releases continue the rapid evolution of Accelrys' next-generation solution for interactively searching, browsing and visualizing data within the Accelrys Cheminformatics Suite, helping networked life science discovery teams bring innovative therapeutics to market faster and more cost effectively. Both products leverage the open, scientifically aware Accelrys Enterprise Platform which provides a single consistent way for applications to access both internal data and public data accessible via web services.

The latest release of Accelrys Insight for Excel accelerates data analysis with the ability to run database searches from a Microsoft Excel workbook. Medicinal chemists can access rich and diverse corporate and public data sources directly from Excel spreadsheets and import refined search results back into the spreadsheets without leaving the familiar Excel environment. Scientists engaged in pharmacokinetics research can now calculate absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADMET) chemistry properties for chemical structures loaded into an Excel spreadsheet. The new calculators for blood brain barrier penetration, human intestinal absorption, aqueous solubility, plasma protein binding and hepatotoxicity provide more information to make decisions about the appropriateness of compounds. Finally, new chemical-name-from-structure and structure-from-chemical-name calculators make it easier for scientists to connect associated data items.

The latest release of Accelrys Insight speeds informed decisions by providing scalable access to complex hierarchical data and improved support for data analysis and visualization. These capabilities are provided through a set of new and enhanced Accelrys Pipeline Pilot components that protocol authors can use to simplify the processes used by end-user scientists to access, chart and perform calculations on hierarchical data. The Accelrys Pipeline Pilot protocol authoring application enables developers to tailor scientific calculations, visualizations, exports and reports targeted to specific needs and expertise within the Accelrys Insight environment. The latest release of Accelrys Insight also enables the creation of data-rich tooltips that automatically display chemical properties and structures in X-Y scatterplots if molecular data are loaded in Accelrys Insight, providing ready access to rich data objects.

Accelrys Insight for Excel is the next generation of Accelrys' scientific Excel add-ins within the legacy ISIS, Isentris and Accord product suites. Accelrys Insight is the next-generation solution for current Accelrys ISIS, Accelrys Isentris and Accelrys Accord applications for searching, browsing and visualizing data.

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Altmetric begins tracking mentions of articles on Sina Weibo
- 08 Apr 2014

Altmetric, supported by Digital Science, has begun tracking mentions of academic articles on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. The data will shortly be fully integrated into existing Altmetric tools.

The mentions collated will be visible to users via the Altmetric Explorer, a web-based application that allows users to browse the online mentions of any academic article, and, where appropriately licensed, via the article metrics data on publisher platforms.

Launched in 2009, Sina Weibo has become one of the largest social media sites in China, and is most often likened to Twitter. Integrating this data means that Altmetric users will now be able to see a much more global view of the attention an article has received. Altmetric is the only article level metrics provider to offer this data.

This new addition joins an established list of news sites, blogs, social media networks and other online sources which Altmetric currently tracks and collates data from. Articles are identified by links to pages containing a unique ID (such as DOI or PubMed ID) and different versions of the same article are disambiguated to provide a summary of the overall attention the work has received.

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Lippincott Professional Development gets sleek user interface and adds more JCR approved courses
- 02 Apr 2014

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health introduced a sleek new user interface and an abundance of new Joint Commission Resources (JCR)-approved courses for Lippincott Professional Development, an online education solution for practicing nurses and clinicians. Synonymous with high-quality, evidence-based content, Lippincott Professional Development helps hospitals and other healthcare institutions promote critical thinking and competency in clinical settings.

The new user experience makes the Lippincott Professional Development website more user-friendly and even easier to navigate. Based on the Lippincott Nursing Solutions' integrated approach, the new user-intuitive layout allows nurses and clinicians to expand their clinical knowledge through the course material while seamlessly using the course to increase competency and boost confidence.

The company also released a new Disease-Specific Care Program - developed with JCR - that focuses on Stroke. The content of the new JCR program is based on suggestions from experts at The Joint Commission and the courses were reviewed to ensure that they comply with Joint Commission accreditation and certification requirements. The new Stroke courses join the other JCR courses - the Heart Failure Disease-Specific Care Program; the Compliance Program; and the Patient Safety Program - in the Lippincott Professional Development online corporate education solution.

Other notable additions to the Lippincott Professional Development library are new tutorials on Neurologic care topics and additional new topics in the Pediatrics and Leadership/Management programs.

Lippincott Professional Development includes 'built-in' remediation support that is unlike the offerings of other nursing coursework providers. Included are more than 5,000 links to specific content contained in Lippincott Advisor and Lippincott Procedures, two of the most trusted evidence-based software products used by clinicians at the patient bedside. These links take clinicians directly to additional relevant content that they can use to improve clinical knowledge competency and help build their confidence.

Lippincott's Professional Development consists of evidence-based online courseware organised into programs by key nursing specialties and topic areas including critical and cardiovascular care, obstetrics, neurologic care, pediatrics, behavioural health, compliance, patient safety, leadership, assessment, medication management, ECG interpretation, breath and heart sounds, hearth failure, and stroke. Designed to optimise nurses' clinical performance, most courses include continuing education (CE) credit and are delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats.

Wolters Kluwer Health, together with Joint Commission Resources, will continue to add new courses in other disease-specific care areas, and The Joint Commission subject matter experts will review content on a regular basis.

Available immediately, Lippincott Professional Development is sold by group sale to hospitals and others institutions. Customers have the option to purchase the entire solution in an unlimited-use annual subscription or may purchase specific programs separately. Individual courses are also available for sale directly to nurses and clinicians on the company website www.lww.com.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on maximizing the pharmacist’s role in medication therapy management
- 03 Mar 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, is hosting a complimentary webinar with Dr. George MacKinnon III, in 'Highly Effective Health Care Teams: Maximizing the Role of the Pharmacist in Medication Therapy Management.'

More than one-third of a primary care physician's (PCPs) time is spent on activities related to chronic care management, which often includes managing complex medication regimens that may not be sufficiently addressed in brief medical office visits. However, pharmacists are well-positioned to manage patients' medication regimens in concert with the PCPs. There are multiple models of care where pharmacists are practicing within the full scope of their licensure on healthcare teams where improved patient outcomes have been demonstrated through medication management services. There is more than sufficient empirical evidence to support pharmacists as recognized health care providers both at the state and federal levels as they are well educated and trained to do so.

MacKinnon will help attendees to: describe the benefits and limitations of collaborative practice models in various patient care settings; Recognize the importance of aligning incentives in a "pay for performance" model that includes all providers; discuss the rationale for collaborative models of care that deliver enhanced patient and economic outcomes; describe the impact of poor adherence on clinical and economic outcomes for patient and stakeholders; and describe points within the medication use system in which technology can be employed to enhance patient outcomes.

Highly Effective Health Care Teams: Maximizing the Role of the Pharmacist in Medication Therapy Management is scheduled for March 12, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET. Interested parties may register for the webinar at www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

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Wolters Kluwer Health’s Global Customer Support team wins Omega NorthFace ScoreBoard Award for Customer Service Excellence
- 28 Feb 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced that its Global Customer Support team for the Ovid and LWW Journals product lines has received the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award from Omega Management Group Corp for excellence in service during 2013.

This is the third consecutive year the team has received the award. The NorthFace ScoreBoard award is presented annually to companies that exceed expectations in customer satisfaction scores - based solely on direct customer feedback - during the prior calendar year.

Omega's methodology measures customer satisfaction and loyalty levels on a 5-point scale (or equivalent) four times during the year in such categories as technical support, field service, customer service and account management. NorthFace ScoreBoard Award recipients are companies who, based solely on survey responses from their own customers, achieved a 4.0 or above out of a possible 5.0.

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Accelrys, Inc. releases Accelrys Notebook 5.0, eases transition to the digital lab
- 27 Feb 2014

Accelrys, Inc., a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management solutions, has announced the release of Accelrys Notebook 5.0, a flexible, multi-discipline electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) with significant new capabilities for customising work environments and connecting to existing laboratory software without complex integration and advanced programming support. As an easy-to-use ELN that deploys out of the box on premises or in the cloud, Accelrys Notebook 5.0 eases the transition to the digital lab, enhancing the way researchers capture, share and reuse experimental information, ultimately helping organisations move innovative new products to market more quickly.

Designed to meet the requirements of laboratories needing to manage an increasing amount of data with low total-cost-of-ownership, Accelrys Notebook 5.0 offers specific enhancements such as easy to configure; improved productivity and immediate access; and fast user adoption.

Accelrys Notebook 5.0 features a web-based client, in addition to the traditional desktop client, supporting the demands of globalisation in the scientific enterprise. Researchers can capture observations and experimental data at the moment they occur via web-client on desktops, laptops and select mobile devices.

For more information about Accelrys Notebook, interested parties may register for the complimentary webinars entitled "What's New in Accelrys Notebook 5.0?," scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, from 8 to 9 a.m. PST and/or "Accelrys Notebook 5.0 Helps Science-Driven Organizations Transition to Digital Labs," scheduled for March 6, from 8 to 9 a.m. PST.

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Wolters Kluwer Health to demonstrate Health Language Solutions’ advance semantic interoperability with data normalisation capabilities at HIMSS14
- 24 Feb 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, will demonstrate how its Health Language® Enterprise Terminology Platform can be used to integrate normalisation services into health IT systems in Booth #1346 during the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, FL, February 23 - 27.

In today's healthcare landscape, patient information is spread across multiple communities and IT systems. These systems often contain varying terminology platforms - from clinical to administrative to those based on standards or localised clinical concepts. These disparate terminology lexicons must be normalised into a standard language so that the meaning of the data is unambiguous.

The automated translation algorithms within the Health Language Enterprise Terminology Platform can be used to normalise full catalogues or distinct elements from cryptic and poorly maintained source data into standard terminologies. A web-based access portal enables collaboration on translation and task review while also maintaining full terminology content versioning and a complete audit trail.

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Wolters Kluwer Health to host free webinar on Infection Prevention’s Role in Antimicrobial Stewardship
- 13 Feb 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, is hosting a complimentary webinar with Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC in 'Antimicrobial Stewardship: Infection Prevention's Role.'

Antimicrobial stewardship (AS) programs – multidisciplinary efforts to measure and optimise the use of antimicrobials – are key to helping healthcare organisations reduce the risk of acquiring multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and C.difficile. A robust AS program requires a team approach. The infection preventionist (IP) is pivotal to a well-functioning team. Because IPs are often the first to identify a problem and have a broad perspective on the prevalence and incidence of drug resistant organisms, C.difficile, and other healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) within the organisation, their contribution to the program cannot be underestimated.

Greene will describe the IP's role in an antimicrobial stewardship program and methods in which he/she can enhance the multidisciplinary program.

The webinar is scheduled for February 26, 2014, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET. Interested may register for the webinar by visiting www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

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Dean Health Plan selects Wolters Kluwer Health’s Health Language to enhance enterprise management of medical terminologies and codes
- 12 Feb 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced that Dean Health Plan (DHP) has selected its Health Language® solutions to centralize management of medical terminologies and code sets within its electronic systems. Integrating these tools will allow DHP to maintain a single source of truth regarding code versions, speeding integration and maintenance of content sets.

DHP will leverage the advanced Language Engine® to normalise data across disparate systems into standard terminologies such as CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10, ensuring more accurate translation for information exchange. LExScape® and LE Access Portal will provide mapping, modelling and management of standard code sets, grouping them in meaningful ways alongside local codes to best support DHP workflows and needs.

Based in Madison, WI, DHP is part of SSM Health Care’s integrated health system and covers more than 400,000 members across the south-central part of the state. The organisation consists of a network of more than 2,000 providers, 28 hospitals and 189 primary care sites in 20 counties.

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Wolters Kluwer Health ranked third in 2013 Best in KLAS: Software & Services report
- 10 Feb 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, ranked third overall among 24 software vendors in the 2013 Best in KLAS: Software & Services report. Only Athena Health and Epic outranked the company in the report's overall software vendor ranking.

KLAS is an independent healthcare IT vendor research firm that recognises healthcare vendors for their leadership in working with customers to ensure satisfaction. It publishes the annual report to assist healthcare organisations by providing an unbiased and accurate vehicle for measuring performance in the healthcare industry, allowing for further understanding of how well suppliers and products perform.

Several Wolters Kluwer Health solutions were also stand-outs in the annual recognition. Sentri7® was top-ranked in the Clinical Decision Support-Surveillance segment and ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, was second overall in the Clinical Decision Support-Order Sets and Care Plans category and the highest-ranking product specifically in the sub category of order set solutions. UpToDate, Lexicomp®, ProVation MD and ProVation MD Cardiology were also included in the report.

The Best in KLAS report measures performance based on customer surveys and in-depth interviews to gather insights into specific strengths and weaknesses, as well as future expectations for the product or service. For the 2013 report, KLAS conducted more than 16,000 interviews with providers to determine the performance of hundreds of software and services firms and their offerings.

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New cloud solution for externalized life science research and development redefines collaboration and creativity
- 07 Feb 2014

Accelrys, Inc., a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management solutions, has announced the launch of ScienceCloud, a new SaaS-based information management and collaboration workspace. ScienceCloud advances collaborative drug discovery with a new generation of integrated applications built on a scalable, cloud-based scientific platform. With no software to manage and no hardware to maintain, ScienceCloud improves operational excellence in globally networked research, significantly reducing IT cost and effort.

As the next step in Accelrys' externalised collaboration initiative, ScienceCloud takes secure, real-time transfer of project data within geographically-dispersed life science research networks to a new level. ScienceCloud provides project-centered IP storage in a secure information warehouse and enforces sponsor business rules on results posted by network partners. ScienceCloud enhances the virtual workspace with new mobile applications and tools, allowing project teams to leverage social communication for building and sharing project information. The result is a more holistic collaboration strategy for partnering pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, contract research organizations (CROs) and academic research teams.

ScienceCloud provides applications to upload, process, store, search and analyse structured and unstructured scientific records critical for drug discovery projects including biology, chemistry, analytical, safety and pharmacokinetics data. With ScienceCloud, scientists can rapidly access research data including experiments, chemical structures, assays and other test results and are able to make informed decisions based on the most complete and current information available. Research managers gain continuous visibility into projects and the ability to understand the latest results across all organisations involved. As collaboration networks evolve, it is easy for sponsoring organisations to quickly spin up and spin down partner engagements with the data they provide securely partitioned in the system.

ScienceCloud leverages an open ecosystem of web and mobile-accessible application capabilities initially including: Collaborative Project Management; Experiment and IP Capture; Custom Business Rules Extension; Mobile Device Enablement; and Publishing and Sharing Services.

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Design Science's MathFlow adds Adobe FrameMaker support
- 15 Jan 2014

Enterprise software vendor Design Science, Inc., US, has announced that MathFlow, its MathML-based authoring, editing and formatting tools have been built into Adobe's FrameMaker 12, Technical Communication Suite 5 and their new FrameMaker XML Author 12 products. Adobe customers will now be able to work with mathematical content as MathML in their XML documents and workflows. Adobe is providing MathFlow "out-of-the-box" as a free 30-day trial, referring their customers to Design Science for permanent licenses, MathML expertise, ongoing support and upgrades. MathFlow also works with other XML editors including Oxygen, Flare, XMetaL and Arbortext.

MathFlow is widely used in publishing, aerospace, defence, education, government, science and engineering, elearning, assessment, as well as enterprise solutions and commercial products. The MathFlow product line consists of a set of components for editing, formatting, and accessibility of mathematical notation for websites, applications and services.

MathFlow for FrameMaker is available now on Design Science's website, www.dessci.com.

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ACCP Drug Information PRN announces Joyce Generali as recipient of the 'Distinguished Drug Information Practitioner Award'
- 30 Dec 2013

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Joyce Generali, Director of Synthesized Drug Content, Clinical Solutions, Clinical Drug Information, is the recipient of the inaugural "Distinguished Drug Information Practitioner Award" by the ACCP Drug Information PRN at a recent meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. The "Distinguished Drug Information Practitioner Award" was established to recognise deserving individuals who have worked diligently to promote the practice of Drug Information.

Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer Health, Joyce served as the Director of the Drug Information Center and Drug Information Residency Program at Kansas University Hospital and faculty member since 1990; she was recognised with Professor Emeritus status by the University Department of Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy.

ACCP Practice and Research Networks (PRNs) represent focused interest groups of ACCP members, providing a means for clinical pharmacists with common practice and research interests to gather for professional interactions, networking, and continuing education. PRNs interact continuously via electronic listserv messages and exchange timely information to improve practice and patient care. The Drug Information PRN is a forum for addressing practice and academic issues related to drug information.

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Wolters Kluwer Health announces new Health Language EHR integration
- 18 Dec 2013

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that its Health Language® Provider Friendly Terminology (PFT) can now be used with Epic's EHR technology for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals and integrated healthcare organisations.

PFT makes it easier for clinicians to record problems and diagnoses by providing a comprehensive library of commonly-used synonyms with mappings to SNOMED CT, ICD-9 and ICD-10.

Clients using PFT within Epic can create problem lists using familiar clinical terms such as "afib," "ank fx," or "elevated BP". The content has the potential to increase clinician satisfaction by reducing the time spent searching for problems and diagnoses. The mappings in PFT also ensure that the associated ICD-9 and, soon, ICD-10 billing codes are captured.

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Australia’s Adelaide Research and Innovation selects Wolters Kluwer Health as “Innovation Champion”
- 13 Dec 2013

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has been selected as an Innovation Champion by Adelaide Research and Innovation (ARI), which is owned by the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia, and provides logistical and financial support for research projects at the University. ARI Innovation Champions were selected for their partnerships with University of Adelaide entities on research and development activities through more effective products, processes, services, policies, technologies or ideas.

Wolters Kluwer Health was selected for its ongoing partnership with the Joanna Briggs Institute to bring their evidence-based practice resources to healthcare institutions globally. JBI produces databases, books and interactive tools to help physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals use EBP to improve patient care.

ARI announced its inaugural 10 Innovation Champions this year donating A$500 to each of the recognised institution's charity of choice. Wolters Kluwer Health selected the Hospital Research Foundation to receive its charitable award. The Foundation supports vital world-leading medical research in South Australia conducted at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) and the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI). Its research programmes are designed to improve treatment, prevention and potential cures for heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, asthma, arthritis and other diseases and illnesses.

JBI is recognised the world over for its expertise in evidence-based practice; specifically, in synthesizing and assessing the best available medical evidence, and helping healthcare providers translate that evidence into clinical best practices that improves patient care and minimises healthcare costs. JBI's selection of evidence databases, ebooks on translational science and interactive evidence synthesis, assessment and implementation tools are available to more than 180 institutional customers - hospitals, clinics, medical schools, nursing schools - of Wolters Kluwer Health through OvidSP, and to individual healthcare providers via the Lippincott Evidence-Based Practice Network.

Other joint activities include interactive professional development programs, webinars and videos and educational sessions conducted throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.

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Wolters Kluwer Health’ Customer Support team receives certification as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal for the fourth time
- 09 Dec 2013

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that its Customer Support organisation for its Ovid and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins businesses received certification for the fourth time as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal, the global leader in support center benchmarking. The Technical Services team has been recognized again with this award for 2013.

BenchmarkPortal recognition is a rigorous certification process where only 10 percent of organisations surveyed are awarded a "Certification of Excellence." Wolters Kluwer Health's Technical Services team was the first in the STM industry to achieve certification in 2005. Several Wolters Kluwer Customer Support organisations have since earned certifications for both Customer Service and Technical Support.

As part of the certification process, BenchmarkPortal audits and verifies the center's key performance indicators and compares that data to data from other peer organisations in its best practice database. Organisations that demonstrate superior performance on both cost-related metrics and quality-related metrics compared with their industry peers earn the award.

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Winners of the 2013 “Health Science Librarians Make a Difference” video contest announced
- 05 Dec 2013

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the winners of its 2013 'Health Science Librarians Make a Difference,' video contest. With this initiative, Wolters Kluwer Health seeks to recognise the value medical librarians bring to their medical schools, hospitals and other healthcare institutions globally. All the winning videos and a selection of other entries are available to view on the Wolters Kluwer Health YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/woltersKluwerlibrariancontest.

The video contest was designed to help medical librarians promote their services and resources to the doctors, nurses, residents, faculty and students they support. Finalists were judged on the basis of creativity and originality, quality, and content of the message.

Winners received cash prize grants for their videos selected by a panel of clinicians, medical librarians and publishers, including representatives from Wolters Kluwer Health and outside experts.

Video entries came from librarians all over the world, including the United States, Canada and Europe. Each 3-minute video showed how their library helps to improve patient care, demonstrates institutional leadership, or contributes to the global healthcare community. Entries were judged on the basis of creativity and originality, quality, and message content. Contest judges included an expert panel of clinicians and medical librarians, as well as publishers of Wolters Kluwer Health medical and nursing journals.

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Wolters Kluwer Health convenes expert panel to explore impact of evidence-based medicine on Canada’s healthcare system
- 25 Nov 2013

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, brought together a panel of distinguished physician administrators from Canada's leading healthcare institutions for a series of regional seminars that explored the impact of evidence-based medicine on the country's healthcare system. Entitled 'Advancing the Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine - The Role of Clinical Decision Support in Improving Patient Outcomes,' the invitation-only seminar series took place in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax November 11-14, 2013.

Panelists shared with hospital executives and clinicians their firsthand experience on how the combination of evidence-based clinical decision support, electronic health records, and clinical best practices is being used to standardise treatment and improve care.

David Rind, MD, Co-Executive Editor, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions, was joined on the panel by Dr. Luc Valiquette, Chief Clinical Officer of the Technological Transition at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal; Dr. John Machado, Managing Director of the Complexe Desjardins Urban Medical Centre and Health Technology Vitrine in Montréal; Dr. Jeremy Theal, Chief Medical Information Officer and a gastroenterologist at Toronto's North York General Hospital and physician lead on the hospital's "eCare" project, which has won national and international awards for its use of health IT to improve the quality and safety of patient care; Dr. Candice Silversides, Head of Obstetric Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, Director of Research at the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults; and Mary-Ann Hiltz, Vice-President, Strategy & Organizational Performance at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

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SummaCare selects Wolters Kluwer Health’s Health Language to help navigate national regulatory initiatives
- 13 Nov 2013

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced that SummaCare has selected its Health Language applications to aid with the complex transition to ICD-10. As part of its readiness strategies for the approaching deadlines, the health insurance company will leverage LEAP I-10 and Provider Friendly Terminologies to ensure successful compliance.

SummaCare will use Health Language solutions to convert ICD-9 codes and DRGs to ICD-10 and to assist with problem and diagnosis search, ensuring compliance with regulatory initiatives and promoting interoperability. Built on a foundation of analytics, LEAP I-10 will also be used to help identify other content mapping needs that may impact interactions with providers and accountable care organisations.

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, SummaCare is one of the region's only provider-owned health insurance companies. The company is part of Summa Health System, one of the largest integrated health delivery systems in Ohio which encompasses a network of hospitals, community health centers, a physician-hospital organisation, a multi-specialty physician organisation, research and multiple foundations.

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Accelrys announces latest release of its unified biology assay and study management software suite
- 11 Nov 2013

Accelrys, Inc., a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management solutions, has announced the latest release of its unified biology assay and study management software suite consisting of Accelrys BioRails DM 4.5, Accelrys BioRails PTO 4.5 and Accelrys Morphit 3.0. The Accelrys BioRails assay data management and project tracking/optimization applications together with the powerful Morphit spreadsheet application help improve the efficiency and productivity of research and development scientists engaged in early-stage screening through in vitro ADME, in vivo DMPK and pharmacology experiments.

In the latest BioRails releases, deeper integration with the Accelrys Enterprise Platform and Accelrys Pipeline Pilot extends the data processing and reporting capabilities of BioRails, significantly improving personal and project team productivity in bringing new drugs to market.

Accelrys BioRails DM (Data Management) and Accelrys BioRails PTO (Project Tracking and Optimization) offer a comprehensive, extensible solution for capturing, processing, analysing and reporting low to medium-throughput in vitro and in vivo biological data and associated workflows. Through integration with the Accelrys Electronic Lab Notebook and the Accelrys Chemical Registration applications, BioRails enables research scientists and project teams to capture experimental data and methodologies together in a single system, enabling them to quickly analyse assay results and refine study designs.

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QuadraMed expands partnership agreement to further leverage Health Language terminology management solutions
- 08 Nov 2013

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced that QuadraMed Corporation has expanded its partnership agreement to further leverage its Health Language terminology management solutions. Enhanced integration of Health Language applications into the QuadraMed Computerized-Patient Record (QCPR) continues to build upon the clinical value and usability of the Enterprise Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution for QuadraMed users.

QuadraMed will specifically utilise Health Language Provider Friendly Terminologies to improve clinical documentation through enhanced problem and diagnosis search. International Code Standards and SmartMapping capabilities will also be leveraged to support regulatory compliance and advance data extraction and electronic information exchange capabilities.

For 20 years, QuadraMed has been a provider of healthcare technologies and services that improve the safety, quality and efficiency of patient care. The company's solutions help streamline processes, drive positive clinical outcomes and improve patient satisfaction and financial health at over 600 healthcare providers.

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DocuTAP to integrate Health Language applications to support urgent care EMR solution
- 25 Oct 2013

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced that DocuTAP will integrate its Health Language applications into its electronic medical record (EMR) solution for urgent care environments. The terminology management solutions were specifically selected to address improved regulatory compliance with Stage 2 Meaningful Use and help improve accuracy and conversion to the ICD-10 coding system.

DocuTAP will leverage the capabilities of the advanced Language Engine® to normalise data into standard terminologies, enhancing diagnosis and problem search and ensuring accurate translation and conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Provider Friendly Terminologies will be utilised to lay an effective foundation for enhanced documentation practices to support compliance with the evolving regulatory landscape.

Based in Sioux Falls, SD, DocuTAP provides integrated EMR and practice management technology for urgent care providers. Its software features automated and customisable tools that enhance healthcare providers' ability to deliver and manage patient care. DocuTAP has attracted private capital investments of nearly $20 million in the past two years.

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New web-based visualisation tool enables academic institutions to explore, analyse and understand international research funding
- 07 Oct 2013

Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific research, and Symplectic, a developer of research information management systems, has announced the launch of Symplectic Dimensions at THE World Academic Summit in Singapore. Dimensions is a new web-based visualisation tool that enables academic research institutions to explore, analyse and understand the research funding landscape.

Symplectic is a portfolio business of Digital Science. Dimensions has been developed as a joint collaboration between the two companies to make the landscape of research funding accessible and transparent.

Academics and universities need to collaborate internationally to attract funding and the ability to understand an institution's strengths and discover potential collaborators has become of paramount strategic importance. Dimensions tackles this need directly by providing innovative, easy-to-understand visualisations of current funding trends and collaborations in an easily-digestible format. This allows universities to make data-driven decisions to uncover institutional strengths, contextualise particular grants, determine strategic direction, gain information for succession planning or even identify rising stars within an academic institution's research staff.

Dimensions incorporates data from major government funders in the UK, Australia and the US. Advanced mapping allows institutions to view the global funding landscape and identify trends and patterns in the data to navigate funding in an intuitive way. This helps maximise the chance of a successful grant application by allowing universities to determine the best partners for their research.

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Accelrys launches Accelrys Insight, provides web-based and collaborative environment for effective knowledge management
- 24 Sep 2013

Accelrys, Inc., a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management solutions, has announced Accelrys Insight and Accelrys Insight for Excel, completing the roll-out of Accelrys' next-generation cheminformatics suite and providing an interactive, collaborative environment for rapid and effective decision-making in drug discovery.

Accelrys Insight and Accelrys Insight for Excel offer research scientists an entirely new way of accessing, visualising and analysing data that is locked in disparate locations across internal discovery teams and networked external partners, helping to lower long-standing barriers to bringing innovative therapeutics to market faster and more cost effectively.

With Accelrys Insight, researchers can conduct an end-to-end scientific decision support workflow in a simple and intuitive way across a collaborative scientific project team. Key capabilities include access to public and private data; data analysis; reporting; collaboration; and configuration and extensibility.

With the addition of Accelrys Insight for Excel to Accelrys' cheminformatics suite, scientists who use Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software can also increase their productivity. While Excel on its own does not recognize scientific data, Accelrys Insight for Excel provides an add-in that teaches Excel about the molecular data type and extends standard excel functionality with filters and functions that can manipulate that data type. Excel can also be connected to the Accelrys Enterprise Platform, enabling all the functionality from Accelrys Insight, whether developed by Accelrys or within a company, to be published to Excel where appropriate.

Accelrys Insight and Accelrys Insight for Excel draw from Accelrys' depth of scientific expertise and leverage Accelrys Enterprise Platform 9.1, the latest release of Accelrys' open and scientifically aware Platform and the foundation of the company's scientific innovation lifecycle management software portfolio. Pipeline Pilot, the protocol authoring client for Accelrys Enterprise Platform, allows developers to extend Insight to provide tailored scientific calculations, new visualisations, exports and reports targeted to their specific needs and expertise. The platform also enables access to a broad set of domain services through the Query Service, which is designed to provide a single consistent way for applications to access data, whether internal or public data that is accessible via a web service.

Accelrys Insight is the next-generation solution for current ISIS, Isentris and Accord users for searching, browsing and visualizing data.

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Wolters Kluwer Health announces support for National Health IT Week
- 18 Sep 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced its support for National Health IT (NHIT) Week, a week-long celebration of the value of health IT taking place September 16-20, 2013.

Now in its eighth year, NHIT Week is a collaborative forum assembling key healthcare constituents - vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups - working together to elevate national attention to the necessity of advancing health IT.

With the theme One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care, NHIT Week brings together policy makers and influencers for various events throughout the week, including a press conference, technology showcase and policy summit.

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Artemis Health Group selects Health Language to support regulatory compliance and interoperability in ambulatory EHR and PM offerings
- 05 Sep 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Artemis Health Group, Inc. has selected its Health Language applications to promote clinical documentation, regulatory compliance and interoperability in the Artemis suite of OB-GYN electronic health record (EHR), practice management and patient engagement solutions.

Artemis Health Group will utilise the advanced Language Engine and Provider Friendly Terminology to normalise data into standard terminologies and enhance diagnosis and problem search, ensuring compliance with Meaningful Use and ICD-10. Health Language solutions will also be leveraged to make interoperability a reality between the company's EHR and practice management solution.

Headquartered in Brentwood, TN, Artemis Health Group is a provider of clinical workflow and mobile patient engagement solutions for OB-GYN physician practices. The company's solutions are used by practices across 45 states to improve care delivery, workflow efficiency and profitability.

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Wolters Kluwer Health honoured with 15 Apex Awards for Excellence in Publishing
- 23 Aug 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that 10 of its Lippincott Williams & Wilkins-published journals won 15 highly regarded awards in the 25th annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Competition.

Notable achievements were awarded to Emergency Medicine News, winning for the fourth consecutive year, the Grand Award for Excellence in the category of Magapapers & Newspapers.

The 25th annual awards program recognises excellence in publications work by professional communicators. APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. While Grand Awards honour the outstanding works in each main category, Awards of Excellence recognise exceptional entries in each of the individual categories. There were more than 2,400 entries in the competition.

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KLAS report rates Wolters Kluwer Health’s Sentri7 clinical decision support tool highest in pharmacy surveillance
- 19 Aug 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that a recent KLAS report found the Sentri7 real-time clinical decision support tool to be the highest-rated pharmacy surveillance product.

CDS Surveillance 2013: Impacting Outcomes also reported 92 percent of customers who bought Sentri7 would purchase it again. In the report's vendor performance side-by-side comparison, Sentri7 received the highest score for 18 of 25 key indicators, including ease of use, overall satisfaction, overall product quality, quality of implementation, and likely to recommend.

KLAS interviewed more than 140 providers using surveillance-specific products or surveillance functionality within their electronic medical records (EMRs) to better answer the questions such as "How big of an impact is surveillance having today?" and "How capable are these systems out of the box? How easy are they to customize?"

Additionally, Sentri7 was rated 85 percent positive for moderate-to-significant impact on patient care. Users of Sentri7 reported decreased length of stay, antibiotic usage, medication costs, and adverse reactions, as well as better IV-to-PO conversions.

Sentri7 is a web-based, real-time decision support application that drives continuous improvement and empowers healthcare organisations to achieve excellence in care delivery. Sentri7 interfaces with the hospitals pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, surgery, microbiology and ADT systems to aggregate data and identify at-risk patients who require immediate clinical interventions through a series of customisable rules and logic.

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Pride Institute recognises Lexicomp Online for Dentistry featuring VisualDx Oral with 'Best of Class' award
- 08 Aug 2013

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Lexicomp Online for Dentistry featuring VisualDx Oral was recently awarded the 'Best of Class' award for dental technology products by the Pride Institute. Each product honoured with this recognition features unique characteristics that differentiate it from the competition in a compelling way and, more importantly, creates value for the general dentist.

The Pride Institute's 'Best of Class' Technology awards were launched in 2009 as a new concept to provide an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies in the dental space. Now in its fifth year of awards, Pride Institute has named Lexicomp Online for Dentistry featuring VisualDx Oral as one of those lauded 'Best of Class' in dental technology products.

Lexicomp Online for Dentistry provides industry-leading reference information and screening tools to help answer prescribing, diagnosis and treatment questions. Dental professionals can help enhance patient safety by accessing dental-specific pharmacology information on over 8,000 prescription drugs, OTCs and natural products, plus tools like an unsurpassed drug interactions screener.

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AMS selects Health Language to enhance clinical documentation and regulatory compliance in ambulatory EHR solutions
- 07 Aug 2013

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that American Medical Software (AMS) has selected its Health Language applications to promote higher-quality clinical documentation and regulatory compliance in its electronic health record (EHR) solutions for physician practices.

American Medical Software will utilise Health Language Meaningful Use Content and Provider Friendly Terminology solutions to enhance diagnosis and problem search, ensuring compliance with Stage 2 Meaningful Use. Health Language mapping solutions will also be leveraged to ensure a successful transition to the new ICD-10 coding system.

American Medical Software offers a fully integrated Medical Office Software System that includes a 2011/2012 ONC/CCHIT certified Electronic Medical Records with a 5 star usability rating, Medical Billing/Management, Appointment Scheduling, and Patient Portal Module. They have been serving physicians of all disciplines nationwide.

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Connexin Software selects Health Language to enhance clinical documentation and regulatory compliance in its pediatric EHR solutions
- 18 Jul 2013

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Connexin Software has selected its Health Language applications to promote higher-quality clinical documentation and regulatory compliance in its suite of pediatric electronic health record (EHR) solutions.

The advanced Language Engine will be utilized by Connexin Software to normalise data into standard terminologies, ensuring compliance with Meaningful Use and ICD-10. Connexin will also use Provider Friendly Terminology, comprehensive content sets and mapping services to promote enhanced problem and diagnosis search, delivering more accurate and actionable clinical documentation.

Conceived and developed by practicing pediatricians, Office Practicum solutions by Connexin Software are designed to address the unique workflow needs of a pediatrician’s office. A full suite of solutions addresses everything from EHRs and practice management to exclusive vaccine prediction logic and bidirectional immunisation registry capabilities.

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New laboratory informatics system revolutionises experimentation management through scientific big data mining
- 14 Jun 2013

Accelrys, Inc., a US-based provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, has announced the Accelrys Experiment Knowledge Base (EKB), an industry-first laboratory informatics system that raises the bar for experimentation management and enables organisations to transform mass amounts of scientific data into knowledge essential for faster, more efficient new product innovation. Designed specifically for research and development, EKB offers scientists for the first time the ability to search and mine experimentation data from almost any source.

The system also provides integration and interoperability with existing lab equipment and applications as well as features for improving experimentation management and collaboration.

With a flexible, modular and integrated approach to data search and experimentation management, EKB overcomes the failures of poorly architected legacy R&D informatics systems that have not kept pace with today's fast-changing business environments and the large amounts of complex data generated. EKB offers scientists the industry's first single system for efficient searching, analysis and mining of data from virtually any source based on capability to Extract, Transform and Load (ETL). Additionally, the unique ‘data mart’ approach allows end users to consider new ways to query data every day, without the necessity to re-architect the system or its database.

EKB is applicable to many industries and areas of science and has been successfully deployed for catalyst design, petrochemical processing, biofermentation, formulations design and more. EKB leverages four key capabilities in a modular architecture to increase innovation velocity and consistency by reducing or eliminating repeat experiments, enhancing laboratory efficiency, improving experimentation consistency and extracting knowledge from data. Capabilities include planning and design of experiments and campaigns; step-by-step execution of experiments; capture of experiments and sample data; and search and analysis of experiments and sample data by properties/descriptors.

By leveraging the Accelrys Enterprise Platform, EKB also complements document-centric systems such as ELNs and downstream systems focused on scale-up, manufacturing and compliance to support an end-to-end, integrated scientific innovation lifecycle management approach. Integration with ELNs also streamlines project documentation while improving global collaboration and intellectual property protection.

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Accelrys announces new release of Accelrys Electronic Lab Notebook
- 21 May 2013

Accelrys, Inc., a US-based provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, has announced the latest release of the Accelrys Electronic Lab Notebook (AELN), which now offers extensive integration with the unifying, scientifically aware Accelrys Enterprise Platform (AEP). Expanded integration with AEP supports the management and orchestration of information, data, people, tasks and processes within and across labs, enhancing collaboration, externalization, chemistry harmonization, instrument integration, experiment design and reporting.

As a key application within the Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite of software products, the latest release of the Accelrys Electronic Lab Notebook also offers significant synthetic chemistry enhancements and full integration of interactive Pipeline Pilot scientific authoring protocols that speed data access, review and analysis for medicinal, analytical, formulations and process scientists using the notebook.

The AEP provides a broad, secure foundation supporting tighter integration of the latest notebook release with other applications within the Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite and with the platform's extensive scientific Component Collections. The integration with the Accelrys Enterprise Platform has been greatly expanded in this latest notebook release, providing industry-leading data analysis and reporting capabilities that deliver improved experiment insight and productivity for virtually any scientific discipline with lower cost of ownership.

The latest release of the Accelrys Electronic Lab Notebook also offers significant enhancements to overall usability and synthetic chemistry for medicinal, analytical, formulations and process scientists.

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Accelrys, Pfizer extend pact for scientific innovation lifecycle management software
- 09 May 2013

Accelrys, Inc., a US-based provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, has announced that Pfizer, Inc. has signed a three-year contract with Accelrys, extending the companies' existing strategic partnership. The agreement continues the global deployment of the Accelrys Enterprise Platform, Pipeline Pilot, Cheminformatics Suite and Modeling & Simulation software to Pfizer researchers worldwide.

The scientifically aware Accelrys Enterprise Platform is stated to offer access to broad scientific informatics solutions across different domains while simplifying integration into existing IT environments. The Pipeline Pilot scientific workflow authoring application enables scientific services that automate the process of accessing, analysing and reporting scientific data for sharing across the scientific community.

Leveraging the Accelrys Cheminformatics Suite, scientists can register, search, mine, analyse and report on chemical structures and reactions, chemically modified sequences and associated information such as inventory, assay and analytical results. Accelrys Modeling and Simulation software accelerates collaborative research and development of innovative health care treatments through the use of predictive science.

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SCL Health System opts for Health Language software to streamline ICD-10 conversion
- 08 May 2013

Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that SCL Health System (SCLHS) has selected its Health Language software as part of SCLHS's strategic roadmap to ICD-10 implementation. The Leap I-10 solution will be leveraged to help the 2250-bed health system mitigate financial risk, improve clinical documentation and streamline conversion to meet the October 1, 2014 deadline of the new clinical coding system.

Leap I-10 seeks to provide a foundation of analytics to help hospitals evaluate the potential impact of the ICD-10 conversion process across departments, applications, processes and workflows. The solution mines historical claims data to identify DRGs and ICD-9 codes that may pose a risk, as well as helps hospitals pinpoint clinical documentation improvement needs for compliance. Advanced tools enable healthcare organisations to create customised code mappings from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to minimise the potential for revenue loss.

The healthcare industry's critical transition to the modern ICD-10 coding system is said to be a massive undertaking that is expected to impact nearly every aspect of hospital operations. SLC Health System has reportedly chosen Health Language to provide the tools it needs to navigate this complex process.

Health Language provides healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalise all data within a healthcare organisation into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED CT and LOINC. SCLHS is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organisation operating nine hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children's mental health treatment centre and more than 100 ambulatory service centres in four US states.

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Thomson Reuters launches EndNote Basic online offering, provides researchers with new alternative in the marketplace
- 24 Apr 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of its EndNote Basic online offering, an enhanced solution with features and functionality for reference management users looking for a free alternative.

EndNote Basic includes storage for two gigabytes of attachments and 50,000 references, as well as the top 20+ most frequently used styles.

EndNote claims to be the industry's premier research resource with flexible tools for searching, organising and sharing work, creating bibliographies, and writing papers. It is used by more than three million people around the world, including more than 100,000 enterprises and academic institutions. The EndNote iPad App will soon be updated to reflect the new EndNote Basic functionality.

Thomson Reuters has made it easy for users to migrate files to EndNote in a few simple steps. More information is available at http://endnote.com/basic.

Freeslate to develop and sell Accelrys' Lab Execution and Analysis software
- 22 Apr 2013

Freeslate, Inc. and Accelrys, Inc. have announced that the latter has exclusively licensed the RAS and Polyview components of the Lab Execution and Analysis (LEA) software suite to Freeslate for automated research applications. While Freeslate is a provider of high throughput research systems, Accelrys is a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software.

Freeslate, owner of the Library Studio and Automation Studio modules of LEA, will now have the exclusive right to develop, sell, and support the entire LEA software suite for high throughput research. LEA will also be integrated with the Accelrys Enterprise Platform to include high throughput research data and insights as part of customers' overall information architecture.

The LEA software suite is claimed to be the market-leading software solution for supporting high throughput research. It reportedly creates a one-of-a-kind, integrated software environment that spans the entire experimental process, from design of experiments, to the execution of experiments and collection of data, to the analysis and presentation of data. The software supports integrated multi-instrument automation and experiment control with real-time data collection and data processing through a single application.

The Accelrys Enterprise Platform is claimed to be a scientifically-aware software platform that enhances organisational efficiency, improves collaboration and speeds innovation in lab-to-plant processes, enabling organizations to bring better products to market more quickly and efficiently. Using the Accelrys Enterprise Platform, companies can reportedly integrate all of their laboratory tools and applications to accelerate innovation and gain competitive advantage.

Within the LEA software suite, Library Studio allows scientists to design complex experiments for a variety of applications, including polymer formulation, catalyst synthesis, pharmaceutical API salt selection and crystallisation and biologics formulation. Automation Studio seeks to improve R&D productivity by automating and controlling multiple laboratory instruments. The experiment design, processing data and analytical data are then stored in a centralised, enterprise database where they can be searched and reported on.

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WK Health's Global Customer Support team receives NorthFace ScoreBoard Award from Omega Management Group
- 11 Apr 2013

Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that its Global Customer Support team supporting the Ovid and LWW Journals business has received the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award from Omega Management Group Corp for achieving excellence in customer service and support in 2012. The award is presented annually to companies that exceed expectations in customer satisfaction scores - based solely on direct customer feedback.

Omega is an expert in customer experience management (CEM) strategy, and helps companies boost revenue and profits by consistently exceeding customer expectations for service quality. Wolters Kluwer Health received a top score of 4.7 (out of 5.0) in receiving its second consecutive NorthFace ScoreBoard Award.

This award recognises excellence in customer satisfaction scores over the last calendar year across the Ovid and LWW customer service, technical support, training, sales engineering, and integration support services teams assisting customers in 117 countries. The audit includes a quarterly review of customer survey process and ratings. Companies must achieve a customer satisfaction rating of 4.0+ out of a possible 5.0 score (or equivalent rating system), over a 12-month calendar period.

Omega's methodology measures customer satisfaction and loyalty levels on a 5-point scale (or equivalent) regularly during the year in such categories as technical support, field service, customer service and account management.

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Accelrys unveils Externalized Collaboration Suite for externalised network research
- 10 Apr 2013

Accelrys, Inc., a US-based provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, has announced the launch of the Accelrys Externalized Collaboration Suite. The software solution is stated to be designed specifically to address the needs of life sciences organisations engaged in externalised network research.

The suite is reportedly the only offering currently available that addresses the full range of externalisation needs from technology transfer through networked collaboration to scientific informatics across all research data including experiments, chemical structures, assays and other test results. The result, according to the company, is a more holistic externalisation strategy for partnering pharmaceutical, contract research, biotechnology and academic organisations as well as increased flexibility, reduced complexity and improved operational excellence in collaborative network research.

The suite is designed to enable secure, real-time, cloud-based access to results within research networks by both sponsor and partner organisations, enabling them to advance their parts of shared projects with maximum efficiency and speed.

It consists of Accelrys HEOS, a SaaS-based information management and collaboration workspace enabling secure, real-time transfer of structured project data among multiple partners; enforcement of sponsor business rules on results posted by network partners; and IP storage in a secure, project-specific information warehouse.

It also features Contur ELN, a flexible, multi-disciplinary, low-cost-of-ownership electronic lab notebook that improves information sharing and reuse, data protection, process documentation and overall productivity. Also included is Accelrys Enterprise Platform, a scientifically aware information integration and analytics platform facilitating the exchange and management of information created in-house and within externalised partner networks and transforming the data where necessary.

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Wolters Kluwer Health announces enhancements to Sentri7
- 01 Apr 2013

Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced several new enhancements to Sentri7, a web-based, enterprise-wide electronic surveillance application that helps hospital staff identify at-risk patients.

The Sentri7 Pharmacy Module now prioritises patients by need for intervention when pharmacists are rounding. Sentri7 also allows easier exchange of patient assessment information across shifts and provides finer control when a patient should be assessed. Pharmacists easily see the clinician that reviewed the patient last, as well as the time of the last review.

The Sentri7 Infection Prevention Module features the patient birth date on the patient card, allowing an infection preventionist to easily complete forms. Additionally, multiple enhancements have been made to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.

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Medical University of South Carolina opts for Elsevier’s CPM CarePoints solution
- 27 Mar 2013

STM Publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Medical University of South Carolina Health System (MUSC) has selected its CPM CarePoints interdisciplinary care planning and clinical documentation solution for its electronic health record (EHR).

MUSC is stated to be one of the nation's top academic health science centres, with a 750-bed medical centre (MUSC Health) and six colleges that train more than 3,000 healthcare professionals per year, virtually all of whom will now have direct access to Elsevier's CPM content solutions. CPM CarePoints will be delivered through seamless integration with MUSC's Epic EHR and will support the hospital's improvements in patient outcomes and transformation of its clinical practice.

CPM CarePoints seeks to provide an all-inclusive framework for implementing actionable, evidence-based care and documentation tools across all clinical domains. Designed to offer the latest scientific and clinical guidance on a wide range of diagnoses, CPM CarePoints can be utilised and referenced by all clinicians within a hospital setting for practice-specific, expert guidance, as well as provide the tools they need to document and monitor that care.

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Accelrys expands process management and compliance suite with LIMS
- 19 Mar 2013

Accelrys, Inc., a US-based provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, has announced the expansion of the Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite with the addition of the Accelrys Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The move is aimed to transform the traditional LIMS market with a unified, more-than-LIMS offering that improves overall product quality, increases operational effectiveness and accelerates innovation.

The Accelrys LIMS, with a specific focus on scale-up, manufacturing and compliance, is projected to offer a process and execution driven architecture for data management that eliminates the complexities, excessive customisation and associated lengthy validation requirements inherent to legacy LIMS. The result is streamlined deployments, a substantially lower total cost of ownership and rapid time to value.

Accelrys claims to be the first lab informatics company with process execution applications - Accelrys Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN), Accelrys Laboratory Execution System (LES) and Accelrys Electronic Batch Records (EBR) - that has expanded into the LIMS market. As part of the suite, Accelrys LIMS seeks to leverage this process execution foundation to deliver a process-centric approach to laboratory operations that stands in contrast to the traditional sample-centric approach taken by legacy LIMS.

This is seen to enable organisations to manage change and organisational complexities in a systemic way to achieve repeatability and consistency of procedures, automatically validate operational changes and maintain a lower total cost of ownership. The Accelrys LIMS combined with the suite's Accelrys ELN, Accelrys LES, Accelrys EBR, Accelrys Discoverant and the scientifically aware Accelrys Enterprise Platform (AEP), is stated to provide a holistic, end-to-end informatics offering that makes valuable data locked in silos accessible and searchable across the enterprise.

Kathy Shanks, lab manager at PPD, will discuss 'The Role of a Lab Execution System and Inventory Management System in a CRO cGMP Environment' at Accelrys' LIMS launch event, being held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the annual Pittcon Conference & Expo. Accelrys will also feature the Process Management and Compliance Suite at the annual Pittcon Conference & Expo in booth 1810 from March 18 - 21.

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ICA selects Health Language to support new addition to its health information exchange platform
- 18 Feb 2013

Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that ICA has selected Health Language to support its health information exchange (HIE) platform. Health Language medical terminology management software and services will enable ICA, a provider of interoperability technology that enables care management and HIE, to create longitudinal patient records and enhance reporting and analytics across entire populations.

ICA's interoperability platform connects providers across the continuum of care through a series of modules that support clinical communications and information exchange. The company is preparing to launch an informatics module, CareAlign Insight, which houses a central data repository. Health Language helps support this initiative by providing a dual-engine that, in collaboration with Clinithink, transforms both free text and disparate data into standardised terminologies.

ICA selected Health Language for its turnkey terminology management solution, professional services and customised mappings. By integrating Health Language software with its platform, ICA will enable its provider customers to de-duplicate data from disparate sources by automatically mapping it to standardised terminologies; leverage comprehensive, longitudinal patient records for enhancing patient care; receive immediate alerts of unusual activity around both individual patients and patient populations; and achieve population health management goals through robust analytics and reporting across communities.

The dual-engine, developed in 2012, is a culmination of the Health Language advanced Language Engine which normalises disparate data through automated mapping and Clinithink's CLiX engine which translates narrative text into standardised codes.

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JBI’s EBP Management and Assessment tools made available via Ovid
- 12 Feb 2013

Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that its Ovid platform now supports healthcare institutions who want to attain the Joanna Briggs Institute's (JBI) Endorsement programme promoting high standards of evidence-based practice and policy. WK Health is the exclusive distribution channel for the JBI's complete evidence-based practice (EBP) resources.

The addition of JBI's EBP Management and Assessment tools on the Ovid platform is seen to make it easier for institutions to facilitate the adoption of their EBP practice and evaluate and measure engagement on performance and patient outcomes.

Managed and administered by JBI, the programme follows a set of endorsement criteria that demonstrate an institution's commitment to the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of high quality service delivery based on an evidence-based approach to healthcare practice. Organisations that carry the JBI endorsement can demonstrate — to patients and their families, staff members, and the community at large — that their achievements in healthcare practice have been recognised by a body independent to their accrediting body and one that is widely regarded as world- leading and innovative voice in the advancement of evidence-based practice.

With JBI's complete EBP solution on Ovid, institutions globally are stated to have greater access to a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary suite of content and tools to help their healthcare providers adopt, translate and implement evidence into practice. JBI's suite of 10 tools is designed to assist stakeholders throughout the process from evidence appraisal, synthesis and implementation to evaluation of patient outcomes.

The tools include JBI TAP (Thematic Analysis Program) which supports researchers in the synthesis of qualitative studies analysis; JBI CAN–IMPLEMENT that guides in the adaptation of EBP guidelines for local use; and JBI Journal Club that provides group learning and discussion on appraising research articles. Also included are JBI RAPID (Rapid Appraisal Protocol Internet Database), a tool for healthcare providers and researchers to use to rapidly appraise a research study and determine if it should be implemented in practice; and JBI SUMARI (System for the Unified Management of the Assessment and Review of Information), an evidence synthesis system to be used to develop systematic reviews.

Apart from these, JBI PACES (Practical Application of Clinical Evidence System), a clinical audit system to be used by healthcare providers at point of care; JBI POOL (Patient Outcomes Online) and JBI COOL (Client Outcomes Online) easy-to-use tools for the collection and storage of patient/client outcomes data; JBI Manual Builder that helps users build an evidence-based clinical manual; and JBI Pamphlet Builder that enables healthcare providers to assemble evidence-based information pamphlets for patients, are also included.

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Thomson Reuters launches first EndNote software app for the iPad
- 04 Feb 2013

The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of the first EndNote software application (app) for the iPad. This new app utilises sync capabilities, enabling EndNoteX6 users to easily view, edit, organise and share their research materials from their iPad.

The EndNoteSync capability within the new app offers seamless access to users' EndNote libraries from multiple computers and devices, now including their iPad. It provides the ability to update, manage and synchronize references in EndNote desktop and EndNote Web with just one click. Users will also be able to easily transfer their data and references, as well as attach PDF files from their existing EndNote libraries to the app, thus allowing them to manage and share their references with greater mobility.

The new EndNote iPad app also includes a built-in Web browser and direct export capabilities, which enable users to search online databases and import references into their EndNote library. The app further allows functionality for reading and annotating full-text PDF files.

EndNote keeps its users in step with the constantly evolving world of scholarly research and publishing by providing the ability to search, organise and share reference materials, as well as automatically format bibliographies, cutting down on the time spent collecting research and writing manuscripts, patent applications and grant proposals. It is integrated with other industry-leading sources from Thomson Reuters, including the Web of Knowledge, ScholarOne Manuscripts peer-review systems and company research management and profiling tools.

The EndNote App is available in all international Apple App Stores.

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Accelrys' electronic laboratory notebooks recognised in Gartner's enterprise category
- 31 Jan 2013

Accelrys, Inc., a US-based provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, has announced that Gartner, Inc. has rated the company's electronic laboratory notebooks (ELN) as 'very high' or 'high' in each scientific and functional domain in a recent report on considerations for selecting an ELN. Accelrys was the only vendor with ELNs that achieved those ratings in all categories.

The report, published January 11, 2013, and titled 'Manufacturers Must Consider Scientific Domain Expertise During ELN Selection,' is based on insights collected by Gartner throughout hundreds of interviews, briefings and interactions with various clients. The Accelrys ELN secured a 'very high' rating in chemistry, meaning the product is close to becoming a de facto standard in that category, as well as 'high' ratings in biology, formulation, engineering, regulated environments and translational medicine. The Accelrys Laboratory Execution System was rated 'very high' in regulated environments and 'high' in formulation, while the Contur ELN rated 'high' in chemistry.

Accelrys solutions are used by more than 1,300 companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, energy, chemicals, aerospace, consumer packaged goods and industrial products industries. Headquartered in San Diego, California, USA, Accelrys employs more than 200 full-time PhD scientists.

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WK Health appoints Dr. Christian Hartman as Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety for Pharmacy OneSource
- 06 Dec 2012

Healthcare information service provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the appointment of Dr. Christian Hartman as Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety for Pharmacy OneSource. In his new role, Hartman will be responsible for ensuring the optimal use and development of electronic clinical surveillance and quality improvement solutions.

Dr. Hartman is founder and president of the American Society of Medication Safety Officers, a professional organisation representing medication safety officers at healthcare organisations. He is also an assistant professor of medicine and nursing at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, an adjunct professor of pharmacy practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the University of Rhode Island, and a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Northeastern University.

Recently, Dr. Hartman was appointed to chair a Special Commission to enhance oversight of Massachusetts' pharmacy compounding industry. The Special Commission was created in the wake of a fatal fungal meningitis outbreak that was traced back to a Massachusetts-based compounding pharmacy.

Prior to joining Pharmacy OneSource, Dr. Hartman served as a senior research pharmacist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Previously, he was the first Medication Safety Officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., where he created the first accredited post-doctoral residency program in medication safety.

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WK Health’s Ovid and LWW Technical Services team awarded Northface ScoreBoard Award for excellence in customer service
- 29 Nov 2012

Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that the Technical Services team for its Ovid and LWW journals business recently received the coveted NorthFace ScoreBoard Award from Omega Management Group Corp for achieving excellence in customer service and support in 2011. A pioneer in innovative customer experience management (CEM) strategies, Omega initiated the award in 2000 to recognise world-class customer service organisations based exclusively on customer ratings.

Earlier in the year, Wolters Kluwer Technical Services was awarded both a Top 100 Center of Excellence designation and a Center of Excellence certification from Benchmark Portal.

As part of the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award Audit Program, Omega reviews and rates a company's entire customer service process on a quarterly basis, including areas such as technical support, customer services, training, and other aspects. Omega's ratings are based on survey responses from the company's customers. Companies that achieve a customer satisfaction rating of 4.0 or above - out of a possible 5.0 - over a 12-month period receive the award. Wolters Kluwer achieved a top score of 4.8 to be considered in best in class.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on value based-purchasing and readmissions reduction
- 22 Oct 2012

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Pharmacy OneSource, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, is hosting a complimentary webinar with Steve Riddle, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP on 'An Update on Medicare's Value-based Purchasing and Readmissions Reduction Programs: Positioning Pharmacy as Team Leaders.'

The webinar is scheduled for October 31, 2012 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET. Participants can register at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Health Care Reform) has taken a bumpy ride, but with approval from the US Supreme Court the journey continues. Two key programmes of the Act that fell under the responsibility of CMS, the Value-based Purchasing and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Programs, officially went into full operation as of October 1, 2012, and hospitals were provided the first definitive information on reimbursement penalties for the FY2013.

The fiscal impact of the programme will be notable for poor performers and hospital leadership is looking for answers. These programs provide tremendous opportunity for pharmacists and pharmacy departments to take leadership roles in improving care quality and efficiency. Alignment of pharmacy department goals and activities with the organizational mission is critical to ensure clinical services are well supported.

During this presentation, Riddle will review the key components of the VBP and HRRP, including the alterations and adjustments made by CMS in the last year that may shift for some hospital strategic improvement plans. The role of the pharmacist will be examined across the specific measures and examples of care services as well as business plan strategies related to the VBP and readmissions programmes will be discussed.

Steven Riddle currently serves as Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Pharmacy OneSource/Wolters Kluwer Health. He has over 25 years of healthcare experience including 15 years of clinical practice in med/surg, intensive care, bone marrow transplant, renal transplant, infectious disease and ambulatory disease management services.

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WK Health announces enhancements to Sentri7
- 27 Sep 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that several new enhancements have been added to Sentri7, a web-based, enterprise-wide electronic surveillance application that helps hospital staff identify at-risk patients.

The Sentri7 Pharmacy Module now features integration with Lexicomp drug information to improve patient outcomes at the point-of-care. Lexicomp’s concise and in-depth clinical content allows pharmacists, physicians and nurses to find answers quickly while making safer medical decisions.

The Sentri7 Infection Prevention Module now automates and streamlines data collection for communicable disease surveillance, with immediate report results to identify trends and outbreaks. Infection preventionists can also annotate reports to communicate infection information to policy-making committees within the hospital. Additionally, Sentri7 now has enhanced functionalities for infection documentation, including additional fields on the surgical-site infection form and pre-filling procedure information to save time in reporting to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.

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Accelrys’ new integrated Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite set to transform Lab-to-Commercialization Process
- 20 Sep 2012

Accelrys, Inc., a US-based provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, has announced the new integrated Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite of software products designed specifically to enhance product and process insight, facilitate collaboration and streamline product development from research through late-stage quality control and manufacturing. By improving the way businesses manage the scientific innovation lifecycle, the suite helps bring products to market faster and at a lower cost, while meeting critical quality and regulatory compliance objectives.

The Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite directly integrates with systems critical to development and manufacturing processes such as laboratory information management systems (LIMS), enterprise resource planning (ERP), product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing execution systems (MES). The ability to leverage existing applications and infrastructure, combined with the features of the Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite, offers organisations for the first time a single, unified source for harmonising critical-path data and meeting the ‘right-first-time’ needs of downstream manufacturing. The insights gained from the suite enhance reporting, decision making, knowledge management and operational excellence from lab to commercialisation.

The Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite is the result of Accelrys' 2012 acquisition of VelQuest Corporation with its industry-leading paperless lab execution and data capture technology. The integrated suite comprises Accelrys Enterprise Platform; Accelrys Lab Execution System; Accelrys Electronic Lab Notebook (formerly Symyx Notebook by Accelrys); and Accelrys Electronic Batch Records.

Integration of the Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite with the Accelrys Enterprise Platform enables lifecycle aggregation, analytics and comprehensive reporting across the continuum from discovery to manufacturing, supporting Six Sigma and Quality by Design (QbD) programs and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) initiatives in pharmacovigilance and risk management.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on infection prevention and mobile technology
- 14 Sep 2012

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Pharmacy OneSource, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, is hosting a complimentary webinar, titled 'iPads and IPs: Maximizing the Use of Mobile Technology within Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology,' with Matthew E. Weissenbach. Weissenbach will review the expansion of iPad use in healthcare including important considerations with security, device selection criteria, and utilisation.

The webinar is scheduled for September 26, 2012 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET. Participants can register at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

Weissenbach is an Infection Prevention Clinical Program Manager with Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions - Sentri7. As an epidemiologist, he has significant experience within healthcare informatics centered on leveraging automation to advance the fields of epidemiology and infection prevention. He has also been extensively involved in international public health, specifically infectious disease epidemiology and vector-borne illnesses.

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EndNote enhancement enables users to sync Web libraries, track references and import records at each stage of the research process
- 07 Aug 2012

The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a substantial enhancement to Thomson Reuters EndNote, the reference management solution used by millions of researchers and students worldwide. EndNote X6 keeps its users in step with the constantly evolving world of scholarly research and publishing by providing the ability to search, organise and share reference materials, as well as automatically format bibliographies, cutting down on the time spent collecting research and writing manuscripts, patent applications and grant proposals.

EndNote X6 gives researchers the ability to enhance the efficiency of their authorship activities by providing sync capabilities between EndNote and EndNote Web. This allows users to access research from any computer and offers secure storage for reference and PDF libraries. The new functionality - in addition to EndNote's capabilities to automatically download full text PDFs and update references - enables users to be more productive and manage their research libraries more effectively.

With this release, EndNote X6 users can update and synchronize references in EndNote desktop and EndNote Web with one click. Users will also have the ability to maintain and synchronize references in their EndNote library across multiple computers. This is a significant improvement to EndNote, as users increasingly access numerous platforms to gather data and information. The upgrade also includes increased storage in EndNote Web.

Through EndNote X6, researchers can now edit footnote citations, move or copy the contents of one field to another with text formatting, and use more layout options, including an improved PDF Viewer for annotating files.

In addition to allowing for tagging solutions to indicate which references have or have not been reviewed, EndNote X6 allows users to set personal rating preferences. Users can then refine their library searches with these ratings.

The latest version of EndNote also enables users to set sophisticated customisation preferences, more effectively manage medical journal names, and use the PubMed direct export feature to import records more quickly.

EndNoteX6 is currently available in Windows. The Mac version of EndNoteX6 is expected to release later this year.

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Pharmacy OneSource to hold webinar on screening of drug-resistant organisms
- 02 Aug 2012

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Pharmacy OneSource, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that it is hosting a complimentary webinar, titled ‘Best Practices in MDRO Screening and Control’, with Dr. Richard A. Van Enk.

Infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms are perceived to be serious problems in the management of infectious diseases. There are proven ways to prevent and control the spread of these infections. Addressing the challenge of multidrug-resistant organisms in healthcare requires collaboration between the laboratory and infection prevention department. Van Enk will review these best practices.

The webinar is scheduled for August 15, 2012 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET. Participants can register at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

Van Enk is currently the Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology and Infection Control Officer at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Michigan.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host webinar on infection prevention in systems engineering
- 02 Jul 2012

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider Pharmacy OneSource, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced plans to host a complimentary webinar with Dr. Carla Alvarado on “Infection Prevention with Human Factors and Systems Engineering.” The webinar will be broadcasting on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 2:00 P.M – 3.00 P.M ET.

Errors in complex systems invariably have multiple embedded causes at a variety of levels. Understanding error causality is seen as essential for design improvement. Although human factors experts can produce diagnoses of error causality, there is little guidance for healthcare professionals on how to diagnosis errors and understand failures in safety-critical systems.

Dr. Alvarado will seek to provide an understanding of human factors and systems engineering and how this approach to infection prevention and patient safety can improve performance, prevent harm when error occurs, and help systems recover from error, mitigating further harm.

Dr. Alvarado, a research scientist emerita at the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Infection Control and a reviewer for various health-related and human factors engineering journals.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on cleaning and disinfection of environmental services
- 15 Jun 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource is hosting a complimentary webinar with Dr. Salah Qutaishat in ‘Preventing MDROs Transmission: Navigating Technologies, Processes, and Measurement of Cleaning and Disinfection of Environmental Surfaces.’ The webinar is scheduled for June 27, 2012, from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

Qutaishat will review the existing CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. He will discuss methods to improve processes, including options available to measure effectiveness of cleaning and disinfection. In addition, the most recent ‘supplemental’ or ‘no-touch’ technologies will be discussed.

For the past two decades Dr. Salah S. Qutaishat has held several positions in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology. He is currently a Senior Clinical Advisor, Infection Prevention at Diversey. He is an expert in infection prevention, prevention of microbial resistance, and healthcare informatics. Dr. Qutaishat is also certified in infection control and is a fellow of the society of healthcare epidemiology of America.

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Pharmacy OneSource announces new features for Sentri7
- 06 Jun 2012

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that several new enhancements will be added in June to Sentri7, a web-based, enterprise-wide electronic surveillance application that helps hospital staff identify at-risk patients.

The Sentri7 Infection Prevention Module now features an enhanced process to complete procedures and report to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). With a more streamlined workflow, Infection Preventionists (IPs) can spend less time submitting reports and more time focusing on real prevention efforts.

New functionalities for reporting may provide benefit for infection prevention teams. IPs can create device comparison reports to understand the hospital’s status with infections that are no longer reimbursable from CMS. Document line lists now include causative organisms from the culture result in order to determine which organisms are related to specific infections. Other reports include Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) by surgeon and a report of patients with diseases required to be reported to the State Department of Health.

Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.

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Accelrys launches trial of Contur ELN with UK university scientists
- 25 May 2012

Accelrys, Inc., a US-based scientific enterprise R&D software and services company, has announced that it is enabling up to 400 scientists at 16 UK universities to evaluate the Contur Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN). Projected as a low-cost, easy-to-deploy and use ELN, the tool is offered by Accelrys' Contur Software subsidiary.

The programme, which runs through the end of September 2012, is seen to facilitate growing academic interest in improving quality of research, IP protection and collaboration through the use of ELNs. The scalability, rapid deployment and affordable price point of the Contur ELN is said to make robust ELN deployments a reality for academia.

Supported by the 'Dial-a-Molecule' Grand Challenge Network funded by the UK government's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Contur ELN programme is stated to be the largest multi-institutional academic ELN trial ever undertaken. It is also the first academic ELN trial spanning chemistry, biology and engineering and the only academic trial that enables cross-functional teams to collaborate effectively using a scalable cloud- and web-based ELN featuring Accelrys' chemistry capabilities.

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Accelrys to host North American User Group Meeting in Boston
- 01 May 2012

Accelrys, Inc., a US-based scientific enterprise R&D software and services company, has announced that its annual North American User Group Meeting (UGM) is being held from May 7 to 9 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston. The UGM offers attendees a forum for discussing industry trends and best practices with colleagues, keynote speakers and Accelrys executives, as well as the opportunity to benefit from expert user presentations, product demonstrations and workshops.

Accelrys' recent acquisition of VelQuest Corporation has extended the company's software portfolio into the downstream pharmaceutical Analytical Development and Quality (ADQ) space. As a result, this year's UGM will predominately feature life sciences presentations and is being co-located with VelQuest's annual International Meeting on Automated Compliance Systems (IMACS). IMACS is a forum for professionals in life sciences industries who are interested in paperless execution and documentation of compliance-based processes to improve operational efficiency and reduce current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) compliance risks. With the UGM focused primarily on life sciences, Accelrys will host dedicated materials science events in the fall of 2012.

This year's keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Jason Bronfeld, executive director, preclinical and pharmaceutical development informatics at Bristol-Meyers Squibb. He will present on How Information Management is a Key Enabler for Scientific Innovation.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on reducing medical errors by mistake proofing
- 19 Apr 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource is hosting a complimentary webinar with Dr. John Grout in 'Mistake Proofing to Reduce Medical Errors.' The webinar is scheduled for May 2, 2012, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

A mistake-proofing device is any mechanism that either prevents a mistake from being made or makes the mistake obvious at a glance. Dr. Grout has been researching, documenting and teaching Mistake-proofing for 20 years. He will discuss mistake-proofing within the specific context of health care, including lots of examples.

Dr. Grout is dean of the Campbell School of Business at Berry College, Rome, Georgia, and the David C. Garrett Jr. Professor of Business Administration. He has taught courses in operations and service management, quality, statistics, process improvement, quantitative methods, and materials management at Berry College for 15 years.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on CAUTI prevention
- 12 Apr 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource is hosting a complimentary webinar with Kelly Manning, RN, BSN, CIC in ‘A Multidisciplinary Approach to Preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections.’ The webinar is scheduled for April 25, 2012, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET at http://sentri7.com/infection.

The Indiana Heart Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, decided to tackle Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) using multiple strategies. Establishing objective, straightforward criteria for insertion was one of the first steps of the journey. For years, hospitals nationwide have relied on urinary catheters as a habitual part of daily practice. The Indiana Heart Hospital leadership and staff spoke loudly and clearly that existing habits had to go and ‘catheter apathy’ stops now.

Manning will review their approach. The hospital formed a multidisciplinary CAUTI team, and then reclaimed and polished an old UTI Bundle formulated years earlier. Starting in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department, specific plans set the course. Multiple strategies were implemented that led to heightened awareness of the seriousness of a catheter associated urinary tract infection, decreased catheter days and the frequency of catheter associated urinary tract infections.

Kelly R. Manning is the Infection Preventionist for the Indiana Heart Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kelly has worked within the Community Health Network system for 30 years with 18 of those years in Infection Prevention. As part of a self-directed Infection Control Team, she is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the Infection Control Program for the Indiana Heart Hospital.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on Pharmacogenomics
- 06 Apr 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource is hosting a complimentary webinar with Leslie Mackowiak, RPh, MS in 'Putting Pharmacogenomics into Practice Strategies for Successful Implementation'. The webinar is scheduled for April 18, 2012, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

Mackowiak is currently a Director for IT Clinical systems at Vanderbilt which comprises oversight of physician order entry, nurse notification and documentation, medication administration and pharmacy system applications. She also oversees systems in Radiation Oncology, the Cancer Center information systems and has integration oversight of clinical information systems at Vanderbilt.

Pharmacogenetic information is currently included in more than 200 drug labels in the US and the field continues to grow rapidly. There has not been a commensurate effort to establish the resources, methods, and infrastructure, which would allow the translation of such evidence, representing a major obstacle in the application of testing.

Mackowiak will briefly introduce pharmacogenomics and some standard terminology. She will then review the experience of the pharmacists in supporting the practical application of pharmacogenomics into clinical practice using computer tools. This will involve describing the role of electronic health records and clinical decision support in facilitating drug management using pharmacogenomics. Further, she will identify strategies and techniques for pharmacists to lead the introduction of pharmacogenomics at their practice site.

Mackowiak will also describe how Vanderbilt University Medical Center assembled a multidisciplinary, multidepartment team consisting of pathology, informatics, pharmacy, practicing clinicians, ethicists, and legal and regulatory administrators to oversee the implementation of pharmacogenetics.

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Pharmacy OneSource releases new version of Simplifi 797
- 30 Mar 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource has released a new version of Simplifi 797, a web-based quality assurance software for USP chapter 797 compounding compliance.

The upgraded version of Simplifi 797 includes CriticalPoint’s education programme, which gives users unlimited access to 42 hours of ACPE-approved continuing education credits supporting compliance with USP Chapter <797>. Lessons such as The Virtual Compounder guides employees through a series of interactive tests that ensure didactic instruction on best practices are communicated and documented for all staff involved with sterile compounding.

Making CriticalPoint’s web-based education programme available through Simplifi 797 is made possible by a new partnership between CriticalPoint, LLC and Pharmacy OneSource. The programme’s courses are written by industry experts, including Eric S. Kastango, Patti Kienle, Luci Power, Dr. Alice S. Weissfeld, James Wagner and Kate Douglass.

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Design Science upgrades MathFlow product line
- 23 Mar 2012

Enterprise software vendor Design Science, Inc., US, has announced the release of a major upgrade to its MathFlow product line. MathFlow is a set of components that are widely used to add math editing, display and accessibility to publishing and editorial systems, elearning and assessment applications, enterprise solutions and commercial software products.

The technology at the heart of MathFlow is MathML, the XML standard for representing mathematical notation that is an integral part of many documentation and accessibility standards, including HTML 5, EPUB 3, DAISY, DITA, DocBook, NLM, etc.

MathFlow 2.0 adds many new features, including support for MathML 3's elementary math and line-breaking, the ability to customise its look and feel to match its host application, 64-bit Windows support, Plane 1 Unicode, STIX fonts, localisation, enhancements for geometry, math-speech, accessibility and more.

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Divine Savior Healthcare selects WK Health’s Clinical Solutions Sentri7 for clinical surveillance
- 16 Mar 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Divine Savior Healthcare in Wisconsin has selected Sentri7 for clinical surveillance for their pharmacy.

Sentri7 surveillance software helps clinicians identify, track and report on a diverse range of patient care measures throughout the hospital. Sentri7 can give pharmacists a work-list of patients that need evaluation and education, with drug orders and corresponding lab values updated in real time.

Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource, part of WK Health, combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.

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Mercy Medical Center opts for WK Health Clinical Solutions Sentri7 for clinical surveillance
- 22 Feb 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Mercy Medical Center in Iowa has selected Sentri7 for clinical surveillance for pharmacy and infection prevention use.

The Sentri7 surveillance software helps clinicians identify, track and report on a diverse range of patient care measures throughout the hospital. Sentri7 can give pharmacists a work-list of patients that need evaluation and education, with drug orders and corresponding lab values updated in real time.

Mercy Medical Center will use the Sentri7 Infection Prevention Module to help streamline infection prevention workflows including isolation management, healthcare-associated infection (HAI) investigation and National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting.

Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource, part of WK Health, combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.

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MathType works with Apple's new ebook authoring app for Mac
- 20 Jan 2012

Enterprise software vendor Design Science, Inc., US, has announced that US-based computer and software firm Apple Inc. has chosen MathType as the equation editor for its new iBooks Author application for Mac. Authors will now be able to create ebooks that include mathematical notation which can be read on iPad tablets.

Within iBooks Author, an Insert MathType Equation command appears on the Insert menu if MathType is installed. Choosing this command inserts an equation into the document at the insertion point. This is similar to how MathType works with Apple's iWork '09 office suite. In order to make the math accessible to users with vision impairments, users can associate text to be spoken for each equation using Apple's VoiceOver screen reader software.

MathType is used by millions of educators, scientists, engineers and publishing professionals to include textbook-quality, mathematical notation in all types of printed documents, presentations, on the web and now ebooks.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on safe use of single-dose and multi-dose vials
- 09 Jan 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource is hosting a complimentary webinar with Eric S. Kastango, President and Founder of Clinical IQ, LLC, on ‘The 411 on SDVs and MDVs.’ The webinar is scheduled for January 25, 2012, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

Kastango will discuss how and when to use single-dose vials (SDVs) and multiple-dose vials (MDVs). He will review the USP, CDC and FDA definitions of SDVs and MDVs and their safe use in compounded sterile preparations and on patient care units.

Kastango is an elected member of the United States Pharmacopoeia Sterile Compounding Committee (2005-2010). Over the years, he has held multiple American Society of Health-System Pharmacists chairmanships and committee positions.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on launching clinical pharmacy programmes
- 29 Dec 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource is hosting a complimentary webinar with Misty Boachie, PharmD, on ‘Establishing and Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Services in Community Hospitals.’

Boachie, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Henry Medical Center, will discuss strategies for establishing clinical pharmacy programmes and ensuring their continued success. At a time when all hospitals are experiencing a financial crunch, relatively small community hospitals are especially hard hit. Listen in to hear about approaches for developing clinical services with minimal impact to the bottom line.

Topics will include creative methods for covering clinical shifts, motivating pharmacists, and staff development. A timeline of the Medical Center's clinical evolution will be presented along with specific examples of implementation techniques and ideas for continued growth and progress.

The webinar is scheduled for January 11, 2012, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

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ProVationMD software receives top ranking in Clinical Procedure Documentation category of 2011 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards
- 21 Dec 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that its ProVationMD software has received top ranking in the Clinical Procedure Documentation Category of the 2011 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services report. This marks the seventh consecutive year ProVation MD has been ranked number one by KLAS. KLAS is an independent healthcare IT vendor research firm that recognises healthcare vendors for their leadership in working with customers to ensure satisfaction.

The KLAS Category Leader ranking measures performance based on customer surveys and in-depth interviews and gauges insight into specific strengths, weaknesses and future expectations for companies and their products. This annual recognition assists medical facilities in providing an unbiased and accurate vehicle for measuring performance in the healthcare industry, allowing for further understanding of how well suppliers and products perform.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and claim to deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation.

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Wolters Kluwer Health exhibiting at the 2011 Online Information Conference
- 30 Nov 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Ovid will showcase new initiatives at the ongoing Online Information Conference being held in London's Grand Olympia Hall through December 1, 2011. Exhibiting in the Wolters Kluwer Health booth #448, Ovid will be demonstrating its local language search initiatives, its clinical search tool, OvidMD, and content updates and new publishing partners. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) journals, also part of Wolters Kluwer Health, will be showcasing new mobile journal initiatives.

Andrew Richardson, Managing Director Europe & VP Business Development at Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Research, spoke at the STM Information Seminar Series on November 29 in Theatre 2. In his presentation, 'The Next Frontier in Information Delivery,' Richardson discussed the growth in medical research locally, globally and how digital devices are transforming how content is distributed, accessed and consumed, bringing new value at the point of use.

Representatives from Ovid and LWW journals will be available to discuss details of the latest company news and information.

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Northern California Surgery Center selects ProVation Medical Software for Patient Charting
- 29 Nov 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Northern California Surgery Center has selected its ProVation EHR documentation and patient charting solution.

ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). It offers electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow based applications software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care. Key brands ProVation Medical, UpToDate, Medi-Span, Facts & Comparisons, Pharmacy OneSource, Lexicomp and Medicom (China) lead in market segments that include drug information, disease information, clinical patient order sets, clinical documentation and hospital pharmacy productivity applications.

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Pharmacy OneSource launches new scheduling app, Schedule OneSource
- 22 Nov 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource has launched Schedule OneSource, a new application for pharmacists.

Schedule OneSource helps pharmacy directors generate and manage staff schedules quickly and easily, with real-time data and integrated email communication. It helps hospital pharmacies better utilise staff time and key competencies by streamlining their scheduling process.

A 'smart scheduling' feature provides drop-down menus that present available and qualified staff for filling open shifts. Schedule forecasting builds schedules for up to two years in advance with known future events, enabling advanced planning and earlier confirmation from team members.

Schedule OneSource is a web-based programme with single sign-on capabilities, requiring no hardware or software installation on site. With touchscreen capabilities, employees can login to submit time-off requests, view schedules, confirm or communicate shift changes, anywhere, anytime with a computer, smartphone or tablet.

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Pharmacy OneSource announces new enhancements for Sentri7
- 18 Nov 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that several new enhancements have been added to Sentri7, a web-based, enterprise-wide electronic surveillance application that helps hospital staff identify at-risk patients.

Corporate administrators at multi-hospital health systems will be able to view data from each facility and compare facilities across their hospital system as well as compare their data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) benchmarks and standardised infection ratios for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI).

Infection preventionists will also be able to create their own customised infection line lists by choosing information they wish to display from documented infections and procedure data located in Sentri7. These infection line lists will help the ICP identify potential interventions and trends and provide ad-hoc analysis that can reduce the rates of infection.

Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.

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University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro selects ProVation Medical Software for Procedure Documentation and Coding
- 09 Nov 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow based applications software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care. Key brands ProVation Medical, UpToDate, Medi-Span, Facts & Comparisons, Pharmacy OneSource, Lexicomp and Medicom (China) lead in market segments that include drug information, disease information, clinical patient order sets, clinical documentation and hospital pharmacy productivity applications.

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SCAH selects ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 27 Oct 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Shamokin Community Area Hospital (SCAH) has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow based applications software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care. Key brands ProVation Medical, UpToDate, Medi-Span, Facts & Comparisons, Pharmacy OneSource, Lexicomp and Medicom (China) lead in market segments that include drug information, disease information, clinical patient order sets, clinical documentation and hospital pharmacy productivity applications.

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Elsevier / CPM Resource Center announces availability of CPM CarePoints Emergency
- 25 Oct 2011

Elsevier / CPM Resource Center (CPM), a firm developing clinical decision support tools for healthcare, has announced the availability of CPM CarePoints Emergency. The product is a new component of the CPM CarePoints collection, a pre-built, implementation-ready solution that provides a framework for evidence-based care and documentation tools across clinical domains.

With over 125 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, CPM CarePoints Emergency is organised through utilisation of the CPM Framework and is designed to integrate evidence-based content into practice in order to support clinical decision-making within an emergency department setting. The solution contains content for the adult and paediatric population, as guidelines range from abdominal pain to upper extremity injury, while content includes information on triage, patient profile, risk screening, primary and secondary clinical assessment and procedure/intervention summaries.

CarePoint Emergency can be integrated with other ‘CarePoints’ within the CPM CarePoints solution – inpatient, paediatrics, obstetrics and critical care – to provide a key benefit of a comprehensive, seamless workflow between departments and care venues. When integrated, the overall solution offers clinical decision support, advancing the use of health information technology, making meaningful the risk screening, planning, recording and tracking of recommended care steps and monitoring a patient’s condition meaningful.

Other key benefits include potential reduction in re-admission rates; improvement in quality of care and patient safety; strategic decision making regarding a patient’s admittance; seamless transition of care and interoperability; and support of standardisation and consistency of care between departments.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on Successes of C. Diff Reduction
- 24 Oct 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource, software-as-a-service provider of Sentri7, a clinical surveillance, documentation and reporting tool, is hosting a complimentary webinar with Edward Eiland, on ‘Successes of a Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Reduction Team.’

Clostridium difficile is a challenging organism to treat and its associated pathogenicity leads to increased morbidity and mortality. A multidisciplinary quality team designated as the Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Reduction Team was initiated at Huntsville Hospital as part of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. The purpose of the CDI Reduction Team is to implement strategies referred to as the CDI Clinical Pathway to reduce the occurrence of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea throughout the hospital and community. Eiland will review Huntsville Hospital’s implementation of a pathway that addresses microbiology lab diagnostics, isolation procedures, treatment recommendations, and monitoring parameters.

The webinar is scheduled for October 26, 2011, from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

Edward Eiland is the Clinical Practice and Business Supervisor in the Department of Pharmacy at Huntsville Hospital System in Huntsville, AL. He also serves as an Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor with Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in Auburn, AL. He is associated with various specialty areas within the health system including Infectious Diseases and Critical Care.

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Microsoft and Compal Electronics sign patent agreement
- 24 Oct 2011

Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, and Compal Electronics, Inc. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Compal’s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform.

While the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Compal under the agreement.

The patent agreement is another example of the important role IP plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing programme in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programmes that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The programme was developed to open access to Microsoft’s significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.

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Accelrys’ new Cheminformatics Suite meets scientists' needs for collaborative data access and analysis of complex data types
- 12 Oct 2011

Scientific informatics software and services company Accelrys, Inc., US, has announced the new Accelrys Cheminformatics Suite, providing R&D organisations with robust, end-to-end solution available to register, search, mine and analyse information on chemical structures and reactions, chemically modified sequences and associated data such as inventory, assay and analytical results. Industry-leading Cheminformatics applications and tools from Accelrys provide real-time access to pertinent information, an integrated environment for information analysis and reporting with reduced IT overhead and effort.

The Accelrys Cheminformatics Suite features an all-new Web-based chemical registration system that gives scientists a simple, intuitive way to register the molecules they create, and an update to the industry-leading chemical data cartridge for managing structure and reaction databases in the Oracle environment. The Suite helps scientists make critical decisions, enabling them to efficiently search and access vast amounts of project-specific data and quickly distill the important information through interactive visual analysis. Built on the Accelrys R&D platform, the Cheminformatics Suite underpins the Data Management and Informatics pillar of the Accelrys Enterprise R&D Architecture.

The Cheminformatics Suite meets the end-to-end needs of scientists to access, manage, analyse, report and share scientific information in a unified environment that ensures consistency, accuracy and completeness of the chemistry and associated data being represented. Key applications include Accelrys Chemical and Biological Registration; Accelrys Database Search and Visualization; Accelrys Draw; Accelrys Isentris; Accelrys Direct; and HEOS by SCYNEXIS. — Cloud-based system supporting real-time data sharing for multi-company collaborative discovery projects.

Accelrys also announced Accelrys Chemical Registration 3.0 and Accelrys Direct 8.0.

Accelrys Chemical Registration is an intuitive, easy-to-use, Web-based application that supports zero-install deployment. Graphically built Pipeline Pilot protocols make the application easy to configure and extend to satisfy business and application requirements. Built-in Web service capabilities streamline scientific workflows by enabling scientists to register molecules directly from other software applications including Electronic Lab Notebooks.

The latest version of the Accelrys Direct data cartridge enables multidisciplinary project teams to explore novel macromolecular sequences and chemical structures stored in a single corporate registry. Accelrys Direct also integrates enhancements derived from the Accelrys Pipeline Pilot and Accord cartridges to enhance scalability while offering improved capabilities in handling Markush homology groups.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on USP 797 Compounding in Isolators
- 11 Oct 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource, software-as-a-service provider of Simplifi 797, a quality assurance web application, is hosting a complimentary webinar with Eric S. Kastango on 'The 5 W's of Isolators and Complying with USP Chapter 797.' The webinar is scheduled for October 19, 2011, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

Kastango will explore the 5 W's (what, where, who, when and why) in relation to the use of isolators and the necessary activities required to comply with the current USP Chapter 797. Topics will include cleaning, environmental sampling, certification and the use of sterile gloves.

Eric S. Kastango is President and Founder of Clinical IQ, LLC. He is an elected member of the United States Pharmacopoeia Sterile Compounding Committee (2005-2010). Over the years, he has held multiple American Society of Health-System Pharmacists chairmanships and committee positions.

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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta selects ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding
- 29 Sep 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding in its GI labs.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

Wolters Kluwer Health’s Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow based applications software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care. Key brands ProVation Medical, UpToDate, Medi-Span, Facts & Comparisons, Pharmacy OneSource, Lexicomp and Medicom (China) lead in market segments that include drug information, disease information, clinical patient order sets, clinical documentation and hospital pharmacy productivity applications.

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WK Health launches ProVation MD module to streamline American College of Cardiology NCDR CathPCI Registry reporting
- 15 Sep 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the release of a module to support participation in the American College of Cardiology (ACC) National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) CathPCI Registry. Part of ProVation MD for cardiology procedure documentation and coding, the ACC-certified module automates collection of required data and simplifies the submission process.

One of six registries maintained by the NCDR, the CathPCI Registry is a national surveillance system that assesses the characteristics, treatments, and outcomes of cardiac disease patients who receive diagnostic catheterisation and/or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. The goal is to optimise the outcomes and management of coronary heart disease patients through implementation of evidence-based guidelines, as well as to facilitate efforts to improve the quality and safety of care and investigate novel quality improvement methods. Participating hospitals and cath labs are provided with a risk-adjusted assessment to measure their performance against similar comparison groups and national benchmarks.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. By driving structured and compliant data capture and pairing it with robust reporting and analysis capabilities, it simplifies reporting, clinical research and audit preparation and simplifies participation in quality initiatives, benchmarking and other reporting statutes.

The ProVation Registry Reporter is an easy-to-use module that takes advantage of procedure data documented with ProVation MD, as well as information gathered through interfaces to other systems. The software highlights data required by the NCDR, including patient demographic and admission data, hemodynamic system data, and clinical documentation data including diagnostic and PCI information, and feeds it automatically into the Registry Reporter for quarterly submission to the CathPCI Registry.

By making NCDR CathPCI data requirements an integral part of the physician's documentation workflow and by leveraging interfaces to ProVation MD, the Registry Reporter increases the efficiency with which reporting is accomplished. It eliminates redundant data entry, which improves data quality and accuracy. Finally, the module allows for easy review, augmentation and modification of collected information.

Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow based applications software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care. Key brands ProVation Medical, UpToDate, Medi-Span, Lexicomp, Facts & Comparisons, Pharmacy OneSource and Medicom (China) lead in market segments that include drug information, disease information, clinical patient order sets, clinical documentation and hospital pharmacy productivity applications.

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Accelrys launches Academic Program specifically for academic communities
- 29 Aug 2011

Scientific informatics software and services company Accelrys, Inc., US, has launched a comprehensive Academic Program specifically focused on meeting the needs of academic communities - from students, teachers and researchers to IT support staff and university administrators - worldwide. The new Academic Program makes it easier for researchers to access and share state-of-the-art scientific software solutions that support collaboration, enhance innovation and accelerate discovery in university labs.

The new Academic Program simplifies and streamlines universities' access to industry-proven software, including Accelrys' Pipeline Pilot scientific enterprise R&D platform for process automation and information management, Discovery Studio software for life sciences modeling and simulation and Materials Studio software for materials modeling and simulation. Other Accelrys products that are valued by the academic community include the Accelrys Draw drawing package (available at no charge for academic use) and the Web-based DiscoveryGate portal, which provides online access to the premier chemical sourcing database, the Available Chemicals Directory.

For qualifying organisations, the new Academic Program offers affordable, exclusively academic software packages - some of which include flexible teaching and site licensing options that can be tailored to the needs of individual institutions.

Accelrys' new Academic Program supports information sharing and partnering with diverse research organisations. For the first time, academic researchers can publish Web applications developed with Accelrys software for external use by academic partners and collaborators. This easier sharing of industry-leading scientific software improves collaboration and experimental outcomes, driving faster publication timelines and increased citations for academic researchers using the applications. With pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical and other companies increasingly outsourcing R&D functions to academic laboratories, the program also supports academic groups working with commercial organisations.

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Tim Cook takes over as CEO of Apple as Steve Jobs quits
- 25 Aug 2011

The board of technology firm Apple, Inc., US, has announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer. He has been elected Chairman of the board. Tim Cook, previously Apple's Chief Operating Officer, has been named the new CEO.

Jobs submitted his resignation to the board and strongly recommended that it implement its succession plan and name Cook as CEO. As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company's worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple's supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple's Macintosh division and reportedly played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Apple designs Mac personal computers, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. It further claims to lead the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Its mobile phone offerings include the iPhone with apps from the App Store. The company recently introduced iPad 2, which is said to define the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Pharmacy OneSource announces Free Webinar to discuss impact of new reimbursement models on hospital pharmacies
- 22 Aug 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource, software-as-a-service provider of Sentri7, is hosting a complimentary webinar with L. David Harlow III, RPh, on 'Accountable Care for Pharmacy Executives and Decision Makers.' The webinar is scheduled for August 24, 2011, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST at www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars.

Harlow will highlight new healthcare reimbursement models and how they will likely impact pharmacy in integrated health systems. He will describe the challenges faced by current pharmacy models and offer insights for viewing changes needed to meet the coming and current challenges. Special emphasis is placed on describing the ACO concept and its impact of C-suite discussions impacting pharmacy practice.

Pharmacy OneSource is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. More than 100 innovative team members provide SaaS solutions to current and future challenges within health-systems worldwide. Our SaaS solutions contribute to swift and safe healthcare through earlier, easier and better access to data. More than 1,300 healthcare organisations worldwide utilise HIPAA compliant web-based services.

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Eisenhower Medical Center selects ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding
- 17 Aug 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Eisenhower Medical Center has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow-based application software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care. Key brands ProVation Medical, UpToDate, Medi-Span, Facts & Comparisons, Pharmacy OneSource and Medicom (China) lead in market segments that include drug information, disease information, clinical patient order sets, clinical documentation and hospital pharmacy productivity applications.

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WK Health releases new features for Sentri7
- 15 Aug 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that several new improvements have been added to Sentri7, a web-based, enterprise-wide electronic surveillance application that helps hospital staff identify at-risk patients.

A new Report Administrator role has been created, with the ability to group together facilities by region or corporate structure in order to report on healthcare-associated infections across the IDN or health system level. Corporate leaders have visibility into multiple sites’ HAI and prevalence rates in real time on demand.

Designated administrators within Sentri7 can now edit other users’ rules and take ownership of clinical rules to help ease personnel changes.

Infection Prevention teams benefit from full support for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) uploading capabilities for NICU and SCA reporting forms. They also have access to new features to add notes to reviewed cultures, and to delete and recover documents.

Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.

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Digital Science launches new funding programme to encourage innovation
- 03 Aug 2011

Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., unveiled its Catalyst Prize, an initiative to support innovators who wish to develop new software tools or technologies for scientific research. The programme will provide a series of awards up to £15,000 each (about $24,000) to the most promising ideas for novel uses of information technology in science.

Catalyst Prize awards are intended mainly to provide initial support for innovators who wish to take ideas from concept to prototype. Along with funding, they also provide an opportunity to work with Digital Science to refine, develop and promote the innovation.

The application process is simple, and decisions are made in a timely fashion. Interested parties may submit a short proposal detailing their breakthrough idea or innovation. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their ideas, preferably in person at a Digital Science office in London, New York or Tokyo.

Priority will be given to applicants who have limited access to other sources of funding, and to projects that adopt open and collaborative approaches. Digital Science will not claim intellectual property rights over the results.

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Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital selects ProVation MD software for pain management documentation and coding
- 21 Jul 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital has selected its ProVation MD software for pain management documentation and coding.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow based applications software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Elsevier CPM Resource Center to integrate evidence-based clinical content software at Providence Health & Services
- 20 Jul 2011

Elsevier / CPM Resource Center (CPM), a firm developing clinical decision support tools for healthcare, has announced a contract with Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit health system committed to providing services to communities across five states - Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The deal is to provide evidence-based clinical content software.

Providence Health & Services selected CPM as the vendor of choice for evidence-based interdisciplinary professional practice workflow support, including clinical documentation, care planning and clinical practice guidelines for nurses and interdisciplinary clinicians in order to improve overall patient care and patient experience. CPM's evidence-based content seamlessly interfaces with health information technology platforms.

Providence Health & Services plans to validate and begin using the CPM clinical content this year to support clinical scholarship within their organisation. CPM's products will be delivered within Providence Health & Services' future acute care EHR (Electronic Health Record) system, which will begin rolling out in 2012. The organisation's Clinical Practice Transformation Team (CPTT) will engage in reviewing and validating the interdisciplinary content for use in an acute care setting, and consultants from CPM's Transformation Services team will also work with the teams to create consistent practice adoption throughout all areas.

The adoption of CPM's products will help Providence Health & Services to further achieve its organisation's goals, including maintaining the highest clinical standards possible, reducing variation in care delivery and empowering clinicians to practice with the best point-of-care resources. Additionally, the combination of the EHR platform and CPM's product will also support Providence Health & Services' acute care ministries to achieve advances in care in order to achieve nursing excellence.

With more than 25 years of experience, CPM embraces the concept of providing a culture and professional practice framework that consists of evidence-based clinical care solutions to assist in the practice transformation of hospitals. Essentially, solutions are offered to not only help standardise care across the continuum but provide superior support to point-of-care providers throughout the transition to ensure seamless adoption by the interdisciplinary team and that appropriate systems are in place to meet the goals and objectives of the facility.

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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center selects ProVation Medical Software for Procedure Documentation and Coding
- 08 Jul 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology (GI) procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow based applications software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Microsoft signs patent agreement with Wistron for Android tablets, smartphones and e-readers
- 06 Jul 2011

Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, and Wistron Corp have executed a patent agreement. The deal provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform. Wistron Corp is an ODM (original design manufacturer) providing support services related to design, manufacturing, and after-sales service for information and communication technology (ICT) products.

Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Wistron under the agreement.

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing programme in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programmes that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The programme was developed to open access to Microsoft's significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.

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Sentri7 receives 2011/2012 EHR modular certification
- 04 Jul 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that its Sentri7 clinical surveillance, documentation and reporting application has received 2011/2012 Electronic Health Record (EHR) modular certification. With this certification, the software is now deemed to be capable of enabling providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Sentri7 was certified on June 25, 2011, under ICSA Labs' EHR Testing and Certification Programme, an ONC-ATCB (Office of the National Coordination Accredited Testing and Certification Body), in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. ICSA Labs is authorised to perform both complete EHR and EHR module testing and certification that demonstrates an organization is appropriately protecting sensitive, private patient information, as well as meeting meaningful use requirements.

As part of the ARRA, also known as the stimulus bill, hospitals can receive financial incentives based on their use of EHRs, but only if they can demonstrate "meaningful use" of the technology. Eligible hospitals who seek to qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs are required by statute to use Certified EHR Technology and must demonstrate use of a qualified EHR in a meaningful manner.

Sentri7 (sentri7.com) gives hospital staff a single point of access to lab results, medication records and patient demographics, data that previously resided in different systems. Customised rules run against the data to identify and flag at-risk patients.

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Tampa Bay Endoscopy Center selects ProVation Medical software for procedure documentation and coding
- 24 Jun 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Tampa Bay Endoscopy Center has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Amagine's new interactive programme to help physicians determine health IT priorities
- 20 Jun 2011

Amagine, Inc., a subsidiary of the American Medical Association (AMA), has introduced the health IT index. This interactive programme allows physicians to identify their individual health IT priorities in just three minutes so they can begin working towards adoption. Physicians attending the AMA's Annual Meeting, taking place June 18-22 in Chicago, can try the health IT index at the AMAGINE booth.

The AMAGINE physician platform, introduced nationally earlier this year, brings a plethora of health IT solutions to physicians, including electronic medical record products, electronic prescribing software, claims management solutions and clinical decision support and reference tools. The AMAGINE team continually reviews services and solutions to ensure its products fit physicians' needs.

Within the last month, three new products were added to the AMAGINE platform. These are: DrFirst Rcopia-MU, WellCentive EHR-M and DocSite Registry.

DrFirst Rcopia-MU is an upgraded version of DrFirst's e-prescribing product Rcopia combined with a national patient registry. Rcopia-MU meets core and menu objectives to help physicians qualify for Stage 1 meaningful use requirements.

WellCentive EHR-M is an upgraded version of WellCentive Registry that has received appropriate certification to help meet the meaningful use requirements. Using WellCentive EHR-M, along with a certified e-prescribing system, is expected to help physicians qualify for Meaningful Use of Certified EHR Technology and federal incentives.

DocSite Registry is an online patient-centric registry that brings evidence-based measures to the point of care. The DocSite registry also organises relevant clinical information from the patient record allowing physicians to see a patient's medical history and health status at a glance.

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Accelrys announces enhanced and expanded Partner Program
- 17 Jun 2011

Scientific informatics software and services company Accelrys, Inc., US, has announced an enhanced and expanded Partner Program. Building on the recently announced Accelrys Enterprise R&D Architecture based on the Pipeline Pilot platform, the programme offers new capabilities and business opportunities for partners engaged in selling, implementing and integrating Accelrys software.

The Accelrys Partner Program enables industry collaborators to combine their own products and services with Accelrys technologies on a single platform, reducing costs, enhancing organisational efficiency, optimising IT infrastructure and speeding innovation in new scientific areas. With the delivery of new scientific algorithms and research tools, commercial and academic partners will expand and diversify the breadth of science embedded in Accelrys technology and increase their customers' agility in moving new products from lab to market.

To better serve customers in building, extending and maintaining the IT infrastructure they need, the Accelrys Partner Program brings together a wide variety of independent software vendors, service providers and developers; consulting partners and system integrators; distributors and value-added resellers; platform and technology partners; original equipment manufacturers; and academic institutions. The multi-tiered programme enables partners to move from basic membership to higher levels of partnership by meeting specified programme requirements. The higher the partnership level, the greater the combined commitment and resources to sustain the partnership momentum in benefiting mutual customers. All members of the Partner Program are seen to meet the same high standards for market knowledge, vision, integrity and customer satisfaction that Accelrys sets for itself.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on optimising core measures
- 17 Jun 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource, software-as-a-service provider of Sentri7, a clinical surveillance, documentation and reporting application, is hosting a complimentary webinar on optimising core measures.

The webinar, 'Optimizing Core Measures Performance through Pharmacist-Driven Programs,' is scheduled for June 29, 2011, from 2 PM - 3 PM EST at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars. Presenters include Youbin Kim and Sam Ho, from Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission worked together to align the measure specifications for Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO). Now CMS links reimbursement to the hospital quality-of-care data. Kim and Ho will describe various pharmacist-driven clinical programmes at Riverside County Regional Medical Center that have enhanced the quality of patient care, improved CMS Core Measures, and provided safe use of medications with financial justifications.

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Central Florida Health Alliance selects VeriForm to automate unit inspections
- 14 Jun 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Central Florida Health Alliance has implemented VeriForm for their medication area inspections.

VeriForm is a checklist management system that helps hospitals document and report on compliance and patient safety issues throughout a facility. It provides the ability to create multiple forms and document these inspections in one flexible, easy-to-use application.

VeriForm also provides a robust reporting tool to complete the process. Managers can run real-time reports to easily see which forms have been completed and monitor trends in compliance by hospital area or criteria. VeriForm has fully-integrated email capabilities so completed forms can be emailed to nurse managers and others for approval, if needed.

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ProVation MD query tool for streamlined GIQuIC submission released
- 08 Jun 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the release of a query tool that streamlines the collection of quality data for the GI Quality Improvement Consortium Ltd. (GIQuIC) benchmarking initiative. Part of ProVation MD for gastroenterology (GI) procedure documentation and coding, the query tool also allows for easy collection of data in an approved format that can then be submitted to GIQuIC.

GIQuIC was established by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) to support quality improvement efforts by creating a national GI endoscopy data repository of Endoscopy Quality Measures. This data will be used to provide benchmarking reports, identify and address care gaps and collect data for use in outcomes studies and other quality initiatives.

Physicians, hospitals and ASCs that participate in GIQuIC's benchmarking initiative, which launched in July 2010, will initially collect and electronically report on 84 quality indicators for colonoscopy. Future modules will focus on EGD, ERCP and EUS procedures.

ProVation MD streamlines GIQuIC data collection and submission by first guiding physicians through the process of capturing required, conditionally required and optional data elements. The ProVation MD query tool is then used to organise collected data in a specific format that can be submitted to the GIQuIC registry. For a mid-size facility, automating data collection with the query tool can mean a time savings of up to 40 - 60 hours annually.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. By driving structured and compliant data capture and pairing it with reporting and analysis capabilities, it simplifies reporting, clinical research and audit preparation; and participation in quality initiatives, benchmarking and other reporting statutes.

Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes.

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Apple likely to unveil iCloud online storage service at developers' conference
- 06 Jun 2011

Computer and software firm Apple, Inc., US, may offer consumers a new way to access digital information and songs on smartphones and computers at its Worldwide Developers Conference, it has been reported. Addressing the gathering, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is expected to preview software updates for the company's iPhone, iPad and Mac, and also the new iCloud online storage service. iCloud is designed to help devices to wirelessly share the same materials.

Apple is reportedly using iCloud to maintain its dominance in the tablet and smartphone markets in the midst of fresh competition from devices powered by Google's Android software. According to Frank E. Gillett, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, the new service may improve how users can access content across different Apple devices, keeping customers from defecting to rivals.

Apple announced last week it would preview iCloud at the conference, without providing more details. The company is also in a deal with major record labels for a service that would let people access their iTunes song libraries from any Apple device through an Internet connection, instead of downloading a copy of the song to a device, according to people familiar with the plans.

Apple will also use its developers conference to preview new updates to the operating system for Mac computers, called OS X Lion, and the fifth iteration of the iOS software that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch mobile devices.

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Unlimited Priorities facilitates SUSHI reports from Accessible Archives and Ex Libris
- 26 May 2011

Unlimited Priorities Corporation, US, has facilitated the establishment of the relationship between Accessible Archives, Inc., a database publisher, and Ex Libris Group to make usage reporting easier for its customers who have a relationship with Ex Libris.

Accessible Archives provides access to primary content from the 18th and 19th centuries. Ex Libris has recently certified Accessible Archives as a SUSHI-compliant vendor, meaning their joint customers can subscribe to monthly reports for Accessible Archives databases. SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) is a protocol of COUNTER and NISO.

Through Unlimited Priorities Corporation, Accessible Archives established a relationship with Ex Libris in March 2010 that involved providing content to Primo Central. Full updates to that discovery service have been made recently, and ongoing content will be added as it becomes available. Accessible Archives also relied on Unlimited Priorities, the publisher's exclusive sales and marketing agent, to facilitate the statistics collaboration.

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Oklahoma Surgicare selects ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding
- 26 May 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Oklahoma Surgicare has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Moore Regional Hospital selects WK Health's ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 12 May 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced Moore Regional Hospital has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow-based application software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care. Key brands ProVation Medical, UpToDate, Medi-Span, Facts & Comparisons, Pharmacy OneSource and Medicom (China) lead in market segments that include drug information, disease information, clinical patient order sets, clinical documentation and hospital pharmacy productivity applications.

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Accelrys announces 2011 North American User Group Meeting
- 02 May 2011

Scientific informatics software and services company Accelrys, Inc., US, has announced that its annual North American User Group Meeting (UGM) will be held from May 17- 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, N.J. The User Group Meeting offers attendees a forum for discussing industry trends and best practices with colleagues, keynote speakers and Accelrys executives while benefiting from expert user presentations, product demonstrations and workshops.

This year's keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Michael Hehenberger, business development executive with IBM Research. He will discuss new game-changing technologies with the potential to significantly increase understanding of disease and drug mechanisms. These technologies include deep analytics, modeling and simulation, exascale computing (one million trillion calculations per second) and the application of machine learning and 'deep Q&A' to unstructured data.

Customers, partners and Accelrys scientific and product experts will present in the laboratory informatics track; life science computational chemistry tools and applications track; materials science track; cheminformatics track; genomic data analysis, biomarkers and translational research track; biotherapeutics track; and information technology track.

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Wake Endoscopy Center selects WK Health's ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 29 Apr 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that the Wake Endoscopy Center LLC has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding and its ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution.

ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). It offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

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Advanced Endoscopy and Surgical Center selects ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 14 Apr 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Advanced Endoscopy and Surgical Center has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ambulatory surgery center (ASC) specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Pharmacy OneSource to host free webinar on environmental sampling
- 11 Apr 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Pharmacy OneSource, software-as-a-service provider of Simplifi 797, a quality assurance application, is hosting a complimentary webinar on environmental sampling.

The webinar, 'What's Bugging You About USP 797 Environmental Sampling?,' is scheduled for April 13, 2011 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST at http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars. Presenters include Dr. Alice Weissfeld, President and CEO and Laboratory Director of Microbiology Specialists Incorporated, and Eric S. Kastango, President and Founder of Clinical IQ, LLC.

Since June 2008, the expanded USP Chapter 797 environmental sampling requirements have been in effect. It continues to be part of the chapter that generates lots of questions. Weissfeld and Kastango will host a webinar to review the Environmental Sampling requirements of USP Chapter 797 and answer questions about air, surface and gloved fingertip sampling. They will also share their experiences with the issues and challenges in maintaining an effective and appropriate environmental sampling programme.

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Autonomy unveils new search technology with embedded images and videos
- 11 Apr 2011

Software vendor Autonomy, UK, has reportedly introduced a new search technology intended for smartphones and tablet computers. The technology embeds images and videos directly on top of the image of a real object on the user's display.

Called Aurasma, the software is based on the company's IDOL pattern recogniser, which has been stripped down to run on an iPhone 4. Autonomy embeds moving imagery within the display of images of the real world in a way that is claimed to be visually convincing. The software makes it possible for the phone to identify a database of about a half-million objects. It then uses the iPhone's computing power to correctly insert a video image into the scene captured on the screen of the handset or tablet by its camera.

Autonomy will make Aurasma available as a free application on smartphones next month. The first application will be created by a movie studio that is working on an augmented reality game that accompanies the release of a new movie.

In addition to making the technology available on smartphones and tablets as an application, Autonomy intends to offer a free software module that will allow developers to build their own application. The company already has partnerships with telecommunications companies in Europe, Russia and Latin America. According to Autonomy representatives, the company is negotiating a similar deal in the US.

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UNC Health Care implements Simplifi 797 for USP 797 compliance
- 07 Apr 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that the University of North Carolina Health Care has implemented Simplifi 797 quality assurance software to achieve sterile compounding compliance.

Simplifi 797 is a web-based application that automates, integrates and streamlines quality activities and documentation related to U.S. Pharmacopeia's Chapter 797 guidelines. The software manages task scheduling for environmental monitoring and automates the reporting of exceptions and compliance.

According to WK Health, Simplifi 797 can help simplify meeting all of the requirements of the USP 797 best practice guidelines for compounding sites throughout the facility. It provides auto-notification by email of overdue tasks, exceptions, and out of range measurements.

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SavoirSoft's grant and licensing programme to study new ways to connect with digital collections
- 22 Mar 2011

SavoirSoft, a micro-publishing marketplace that enables its members to securely distribute and profit from their digital works, has announced it will provide grants and no-fee licenses to its micro-licensing publication platform for public and private, not-for-profit academic libraries, university presses, and on-line teaching initiatives.

Institutions participating in SavoirSoft's grant and licensing programme will study new ways to connect with digital collections and demonstrate innovative collaboration and distribution tools for micro-publishing using openly available, non-proprietary computing formats freely accessible by all current and future computing devices. Results and findings will be made available to participants so best-practices in support of digital scholarly publishing, academic research, and on-line teaching may be further advanced by all.

SavoirSoft's grant programme is designed to help universities, libraries, and on-line education organisations build new digital micro-publication and distribution channels that enrich information access and digital literacy of their user communities. Up to $1.2 million in no-fee licenses and grants will be awarded.

Eligible organisations are those educating future writers and information professionals; developing on-line teaching aids, materials and curricula designed to be distributed digitally across the Internet; and those who are currently providing, managing, or studying access to digital library collections. Program applications are considered individually by SavoirSoft's Board of Directors on a first received, first reviewed basis.

More details on the programme can be found at: www.savoirsoft.com/universities.html

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Desert Sun Gastroenterology opts for ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 18 Mar 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Desert Sun Gastroenterology has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC). ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Oxford University scientists launch free software for researchers to collaborate more efficiently and quickly with peers
- 08 Mar 2011

Oxford University scientists have launched a free software that seeks to provide researchers the tools they need to collaborate more efficiently and quickly with colleagues scattered around the world and working in a variety of different research areas.

The colwiz ('collective wizdom') R&D platform manages the entire research lifecycle from an initial idea, through a complex collaboration, to publication of the results. It is being launched through Isis Innovation's Software Incubator - a new programme designed to promote software start-ups from the University of Oxford.

A publication library in the colwiz platform enables users to manage publications using both a desktop application (for Windows, Linux and Mac) and a version 'in the cloud' that can be accessed from anywhere over the Internet. This is combined with communications and collaboration tools for brainstorming, research tasks and schedule management.

colwiz recently won support from the Oxford University Challenge Seed Fund, a Dragon's Den style competition organised by Isis Innovation, which recognises the best ideas coming out of the University. Members of academic institutions from US and UK universities can sign up for free and start using the colwiz platform. There are plans to extend the support to further academic institutions, government R&D organisations and commercial enterprises in the near future.

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Riverside Community Hospital opts for ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 25 Feb 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Riverside Community Hospital has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD, available for a full range of medical specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Southern Ohio Medical Center to deploy WK Health's ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding
- 10 Feb 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that the Southern Ohio Medical Center will deploy its ProVation MD software for cardiology procedure documentation and coding in the hospital's cardiac catheterisation lab.

ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding compliance replaces dictation/transcription and streamlines the coding and billing process. Unlike cardiovascular information systems (CVIS), which collect patient measurements and administrative data, ProVation MD lets clinicians quickly and completely document medical procedures at the point of care, then applies the appropriate reimbursement codes to drive compliance and revenue recovery.

ProVation MD interfaces with cardiovascular nursing, imaging and measurement systems to complete the electronic documentation process and free busy cardiologists and technologists from time-consuming dictation.

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Publishing Technology announces first live installation of advance Contract, Rights & Royalties solution
- 09 Feb 2011

Publishing Technology plc, a UK-based provider of software and services to the publishing industry, has announced the first live installation of the new advance Contract, Rights & Royalties (CR&R) solution. Sterling Publishing, a committed Publishing Technology customer for over twenty years, is a publishing subsidiary of Barnes and Noble Booksellers, acquired in 2003.

Previously operating on the VISTA-branded Royalties system from Publishing Technology, Sterling provides its parent company with publishing and distribution rights to thousands of titles. Sterling has an active list of owned and distributed titles and annually publishes and distributes new titles. The CR&R system currently handles numerous contracts and authors and contributors in support of those products.

The new advance CR&R solution provides for the management and payment of royalties and subsidiary rights. and includes electronic interfaces to support the import of title, author/payee, and sales data. The CR&R system, from advance, manages a number of critical functions including royalty contracts, author and contributor data, royalty products and sales, royalty payment calculations, and statement production. As the system is hosted by Publishing Technology, it allows Sterling and Barnes & Noble staff to concentrate on their core businesses, while Publishing Technology provides and maintains the hardware and software environment. Publishing Technology will continue to support Sterling's VISTA Fulfilment and Warehouse Management systems.

The advance platform has recently been accredited with Supply Chain Excellence by BIC (Book Industry Communication), the independent organisation for promoting standards for electronic commerce and efficiency within the supply chain.

Publishing Technology operates across the trade and academic markets, in books and journals, print and on-line. Working with more than 500 publishers, to date, the company has operated primarily from the UK and the US, but has recently also expanded into Japan, Brazil and Germany.

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Microsoft co-founder Allen re-files patent suit against tech firms over infringement
- 30 Dec 2010

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has reportedly re-filed his patent suit against Google, Apple and 11 other major tech companies, adding specific examples of the alleged infringement. In August 2010, he had caused a stir by accusing the companies of infringing on patents developed by his now-defunct company, Interval Research Corp. At issue are four patents related to online recommendations that were granted to Interval as long as 10 years ago. The research lab closed down about a decade ago, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In October, Apple teamed up with its fellow defendants to oppose the lawsuit by filing a motion to dismiss the charges. Earlier this month, a judge granted the motion and dismissed the lawsuit for being too vague. However, Allen was given time until December 28 to file an amended complaint.

In advance of the deadline, Allen re-filed his complaint with examples of the alleged infringement, according to MacNN reports. The updated filing accuses Apple of infringing on Interval's patents with its iTunes Store album purchasing view. Hundreds of millions of dollars could be at stake in this lawsuit. Many experts view the suit as a 'last major gamble', according to the report.

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Microsoft announces cloud data breach in Business Productivity Online Suite
- 24 Dec 2010

Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, has reportedly announced that data in its hosted business suite Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) has been downloaded by non-authorised users. Microsoft confirmed the cloud data breach to Dutch IDG publication Webwereld.

The company said it recently became aware that due to a configuration issue, the Offline Address Book information for BPOS Standard customers could be inadvertently downloaded by other customers of the service in a very specific circumstance. The address book contains business contact information for employees. Stored on a server hosted by Microsoft as part of Exchange Online, the data can be downloaded for offline access. The company has informed all BPOS customers and partners about the issue, which was fixed after two hours of being discovered. The company has tracking facilities in place that allow it to contact and inform those who downloaded the wrong data.

The data breach was reportedly due to a "configuration issue" at Microsoft data centres in the US, Europe and Asia. The incident is seen to cause concern for those planning to adopt cloud computing in the near future. Microsoft's main cloud offering is Office 365, which is linked to its Office suite.

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WK Health's ProVation software ranked number one by KLAS for sixth consecutive year
- 23 Dec 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that its ProVation MD software received top ranking in the Clinical Procedure Documentation Category of the 2010 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services report. This marks the sixth consecutive year ProVation MD has been ranked number one by KLAS, an independent healthcare IT vendor research firm that recognises healthcare vendors for their leadership in working with customers to ensure satisfaction.

The KLAS Category Leader ranking measures performance based on customer surveys and in-depth interviews and gauges insight into specific strengths, weaknesses and future expectations for companies and their products. This annual recognition assists medical facilities in providing an unbiased and accurate vehicle for measuring performance in the healthcare industry, allowing for further understanding of how well suppliers and products perform.

ProVation MD replaces dictation/transcription and streamlines the coding and billing process. Driven by deep medical content, it allows clinicians to quickly and completely document medical procedures and apply the appropriate CPT and ICD codes, as well as CCI edits. ProVation is currently used by thousands of clinicians at more than 850 hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in specialties, including cardiology, ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management, plastic surgery, pulmonology, and urology.

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Wolters Kluwer Health acquires Pharmacy OneSource
- 21 Dec 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced it has completed the acquisition of Pharmacy OneSource. Pharmacy OneSource is a healthcare Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider that helps hospitals to manage the complex challenges of patient safety, compliance and efficiency. The agreement to acquire Pharmacy OneSource was announced in November 2010.

The acquisition is part of WK Health's strategy to drive growth in the point-of-care market, which includes the critical area of the hospital pharmacy. The transaction will allow the company to extend its Clinical Decision Support (CDS) solutions into the hospital pharmacy market and will further strengthen the company's leadership position in the growing point-of-care market.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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i2i ties up with ophthalmology institution for telemedicine initiative
- 20 Dec 2010

i2i Telesolutions, an India-based start-up, is partnering with Narayana Nethralaya, an ophthalmology centre, to pilot a series of initiatives to detect and treat retinopathy of prematurity (RoP), it has been reported. RoP is a condition that affects nearly a tenth of the 27 million children born in India every year.

i2i has developed a software that links ophthalmologists at urban centres with patients in remote areas. In the 18 months since the company was set up, it has focused on developing technology that allows data transfer of medical images from ophthalmology to sonography. Using this technology, specialists at partner hospitals can diagnose potential birth defects in foetuses by screening pregnant mothers within the first 13 weeks.

The i2i platform requires trained technicians to take retinal photographs of the babies and upload them on the move to a secure remote server using a data card. From here, the photographs can be downloaded onto a phone or a regular computer to a specialist who diagnoses and provides corrective feedback within 15 minutes of the image being first uploaded.

Currently, this model has been adopted as part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with primary health centres across 23 districts having this capability.

According to experts, rapidly-expanding mobile phone networks is seen as one leg of the expansion for telemedicine, while a spurt in the use of hand-held medical devices with wireless capability could also drive this growth. These devises are expected to play a pivotal role in telemedicine.

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Digestive Disease Specialists selects ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding
- 09 Dec 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Digestive Disease Specialists, Inc. has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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WK Health to acquire Pharmacy OneSource
- 30 Nov 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has entered into an agreement to acquire Pharmacy OneSource. Pharmacy OneSource is a healthcare Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider that helps hospitals to manage the complex challenges of patient safety, compliance and efficiency.

This acquisition is part of WK Health's business strategy to drive growth in the point-of-care market, which includes the critical area of the hospital pharmacy. The transaction will allow Wolters Kluwer Health to extend its Clinical Decision Support (CDS) solutions into the hospital pharmacy market and will further strengthen the company's leadership position in the growing point-of-care market.

The acquisition of Pharmacy OneSource will enhance WK Health's ability to deliver a robust, comprehensive point-of-care offering to help pharmacies improve patient safety and compliance while increasing efficiencies across the hospital. The deal will enable WK Health to bring technology and evidence-based medical content to both hospital and retail pharmacies to help them with critical functions, like medication tracking, pediatric dosing, drug interaction checking, managing formularies, documenting and monitoring clinical interventions, medication errors and adverse drug reactions via the Web or handheld computer, as well as managing checklists to facilitate accurate and consistent compliance reporting.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of year, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Ingenuity Systems and Sage Bionetworks announce new collaboration
- 17 Nov 2010

Ingenuity Systems, a provider of information solutions for life science researchers, has announced a new collaboration with Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit medical research organisation focusing on predictive disease network research.

Under the collaboration, Sage will leverage IPA, Ingenuity's industry-leading analysis software, and the Ingenuity Knowledge Base of structured biomedical Findings, to inform and enhance Sage's predictive disease networks. Additionally, Sage's web portal will provide links to the Ingenuity Knowledge Base and to IPA, to help visitors access timely, context-rich biomedical information and better understand it in a biological context. Sage's content, algorithms, and predictive disease networks will also be made available within Ingenuity products like IPA.

The Ingenuity-Sage collaboration will support therapeutic area researchers who are working to understand the complex developments in the diagnosis, treatment, and etiology of diseases. Researchers will be able to use the content and algorithms from Sage within IPA to analyse molecular data, generate testable hypotheses, and build and visualise predictive disease models. These models will enable researchers to more rapidly identify and prioritise therapeutic targets for drug development and assess toxicity of potential drug candidates.

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Exempla Healthcare selects WK Health's ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding
- 09 Nov 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Exempla Healthcare has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology and pulmonary procedure documentation and coding. ProVation MD will be deployed across three hospitals in the nationally recognised Exempla Healthcare System.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Argosy extends use of Publishing Technology's author2reader application as business expands
- 25 Oct 2010

Publishing Technology, a UK-based provider of software and services to the publishing industry, has announced that Argosy Books, Ireland, has extended the use of its author2reader application for their new book distribution service.

Argosy has been successfully using Publishing Technology's VISTA-branded author2reader software for their wholesale business. The company has now implemented the application to support the expansion of its business into providing publisher distribution services at their warehouse in Dublin.

Publishing Technology operates across the trade and academic markets, in books and journals, print and online. It provides software for online solutions, market communications and enterprise applications in the areas of: advertising, customer care, customer self service, distribution & warehousing, financial analysis, fulfillment, membership, product information management, production management, publishing intelligence, royalties and subscription management.

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Accelrys announces annual European User Group Conference
- 25 Oct 2010

Scientific informatics software and services company Accelrys, Inc., US, has announced that its annual European User Group Conference will be held at the Dolce Sitges Hotel, Barcelona, Spain, October 26-28, 2010.

The merger of Accelrys and Symyx created the scientific informatics software company. At the conference, Accelrys executives will outline the company's new shared vision, integration plans, product roadmap and expectations moving forward. Participants will learn how the merged company portfolio supports innovation, process efficiency, and reduced compliance burdens.

The Accelrys European User Group Meeting will feature three days of proven best practices, product demos, expert user presentations and one-on-one interaction with Accelrys executives, industry keynote speakers, fellow colleagues, Accelrys partners and product experts.

A highlight of the conference will be a plenary keynote by Joseph Cesarone, Abbott, on October 26 at 10:30 a.m., titled Experiences in Collaborative Development and Deployment of a Registration System for Biologics. As part of a Special Interest Group (SIG) consisting of Accelrys and a small group of pharmaceutical partners, Abbott assisted in the design and development of the Accelrys Biological Registration system. Abbott was the first partner to deploy the system into production, in September 2009.

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Platte Valley Medical Center opts for WK Health's ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding
- 21 Oct 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Platte Valley Medical Center has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. The 300-bed Platte Valley Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital serving Adams County and the surrounding communities.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Goodman Gastroenterology opts for WK Health's ProVation Medical software for procedure documentation and coding
- 27 Sep 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Goodman Gastroenterology has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Goshen Health System opts for WK Health's ProVation Medical software for procedure documentation and coding
- 16 Sep 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Goshen Health System will implement its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding at Goshen General Hospital.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Phelps County Regional Medical Center selects WK Health's ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding
- 27 Aug 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Phelps County Regional Medical Center has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Thomson Reuters introduces EndNote X4 For Mac OS X
- 26 Aug 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has introduced EndNote X4 for Mac OS X. EndNote X4, a bibliographic management solution, is projected to enable researchers to import and search PDF files; collaborate more with EndNote Web; use new Cite While You Write features; and more.

Users can now import a full text PDF, even a folder containing multiple PDF files, to add new references with the full text attached. Mac users have the added advantage of being able to drag a PDF file onto the EndNote icon on the Dock to add a new reference to their library. EndNote extracts basic bibliographic information using the Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) and CrossRef data to create new records in a reference library. Also, PDF files are now searchable in EndNote providing users with greater depth in exploring their reference collection.

EndNote users can access their references anywhere and collaborate with colleagues using their EndNote Web account. Researchers can transfer up to 10,000 references between the desktop and Web and search shared groups when selecting references to cite, making it easy to collaborate with others on research projects. Reference lists can be sorted by Times Cited, date added to the library or date modified to locate references quickly. Authors can use EndNote Web to manage their personal publication lists for the free ResearcherID (www.researcherid.com) community, where members are identified uniquely. References stored in the EndNote Web group are visible instantly in the public community where citation metrics are provided by Web of Knowledge.

EndNote X4 introduces new formatting options for citing scholarly papers properly. EndNote links in-text citations to the bibliography automatically in Microsoft Word, with or without hyperlinks. Users also have increased options for formatting footnotes with customisable short forms as well as full support of the APA 6th style including a multiple author ellipse. The new combined Edit and Manage Citations command consolidates the most frequently used functions in one Cite While You Write window. Users can view a report of references cited in a Word document with a new auto-group in the EndNote library.

Other features of the new version include create new groups by comparing, combining and suppressing existing groups; modify references easily in the new Quick Edit tab on the main library window; edit references when comparing duplicates; expand library retrieval results by adding wildcards within search terms; and Cite While You Write in over 4,500 journal styles.

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Accelrys' scientific business intelligence platform on display at the ACS fall conference
- 23 Aug 2010

Scientific informatics software and services company Accelrys, Inc., US, has announced that it is showcasing its leading scientific business intelligence platform, Pipeline Pilot, at the ongoing ACS Fall 2010 Conference being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

The company is also displaying its Materials Studio and Discovery Studio modeling and simulation applications; DiscoveryGate, a tool for assessing compound availability and comparing compound prices; as well as its leading electronic laboratory notebook, Symyx Notebook by Accelrys. Accelrys and Symyx Technologies, Inc. will be exhibiting for the first time as a combined company in booth #942.

Additionally, Accelrys experts will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of the current approaches for storing biological sequence information at a session titled 'Self-contained Sequence Representation (SCSR): Bridging the Gap Between Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics'.

Accelrys develops scientific informatics software and solutions for the life sciences, energy, chemicals, aerospace, and consumer products industries. Customers include many Fortune 500 companies and other commercial entities, as well as academic and government entities. In July 2010, Accelrys and Symyx Technologies, Inc. merged, combining the market-leading Symyx electronic laboratory notebook, decision support software, and chemical informatics and sourcing databases with the Accelrys portfolio of scientific informatics solutions.

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Open Text Corporation launches semantic navigation tool
- 18 Aug 2010

Enterprise content management (ECM) software provider Open Text Corporation, US, has announced a tool called Open Text Semantic Navigation. The tool is designed to help audiences naturally navigate through volumes of information based on the inherent meaning of the content and increasing web marketing and online search effectiveness. Available as a cloud-offering or on-premise, Semantic Navigation seeks to give organisations an easy way to improve engagement with online audiences.

The announcement was made at the Search Engine Strategies conference, a global conference and training series focused on search engine marketing, taking place this week. Open Text is a top sponsor of the event and is exhibiting in booth 214.

Companies of all sizes invest heavily to develop content they hope will boost brand awareness, sell goods and services, and increase customer loyalty. This content, however, can be spread across multiple servers and repositories where it is difficult for readers and search engines to find. Simple keyword searches assume the audience is willing to manually scroll through pages of results and hunt down countless blind alleys to find relevant content.

Open Text Semantic Navigation offers a way to improve the user experience. At the core of the offering is the Open Text Content Analytics engine. The engine is claimed to intelligently extract meaning, sentiment and context from content, and in turn marries that content to what a customer or prospect is looking for on a website. Audiences are expected to more consistently and quickly find helpful, valuable information with much less effort.

A complete solution, Open Text Semantic Navigation is designed to complement any existing website, independent of the web content management system used, either installed on local servers or as an online service provided by Open Text. With the cloud-based offering (currently in beta), organisations can expect to rapidly and inexpensively upgrade their sites user experience using a free, fully functional 30-day trial.

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Thousand Oaks Endoscopy Center selects WK Health's ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 12 Aug 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Thousand Oaks Endoscopy Center has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding in its GI lab.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Mercy Health Services selects WK Health' ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding
- 08 Jul 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Mercy Health Services has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. The software will be deployed in the Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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InChI Trust and IUPAC release version 1.03 of the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier software
- 29 Jun 2010

The InChI Trust (InChI Trust), a not-for-profit organisation to expand and develop the InChI open source chemical structure representation algorithm, and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have announced the release of a new version of the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) software. Version 1.03 of the open source software is now available.

The InChI algorithm turns chemical structures into machine-readable strings of information. Among other enhancements, version 1.03 integrates the generation of the standard InChI string and non-standard, customised strings. The standard InChI/InChIKey should be used as a public identifier to allow linking and interoperability. Options to generate the non-standard InChI within the same package make it easier for organisations to use these additional options within their internal systems, conforming to their business rules. Developers and users can download the new software from http://www.inchi-trust.org/?q=node/14 or www.iupac.org/inchi/download.

Version 1.03 also fixes a number of minor bugs, with respect to stereochemistry. It clarifies how undefined/unknown stereochemistry is handled, and also explains some structure perception and stereo interpretation option issues.

IUPAC and the InChI Trust recommend the use of the standard InChI, an interoperable standard, as it enables linking between journals, databases and other sources of chemical information. This interlinking is one of the major advantages of the InChI standard. Originally developed by IUPAC, InChIs are unique to the compound they describe and can encode absolute stereochemistry. The InChI was developed as a new, non-proprietary, international standard to represent chemical structures. The software is open source, with ongoing development done by the community.

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Saint Francis Health System selects WK Health's ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 24 Jun 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Saint Francis Health System has selected its ProVation MD software for comprehensive cardiology procedure documentation and coding at Saint Francis Hospital.

ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding compliance replaces dictation/transcription and streamlines the coding and billing process. The software lets clinicians quickly and completely document medical procedures at the point of care, then applies the appropriate reimbursement codes to drive compliance and revenue recovery. ProVation MD interfaces with cardiovascular nursing, imaging and measurement systems to complete the electronic documentation process and free busy cardiologists and technologists from time-consuming dictation.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Symyx releases Symyx Direct 7.0 data cartridge
- 23 Jun 2010

Information management systems provider Symyx Technologies, Inc., US, has released the Symyx Direct 7.0 data cartridge, an innovative, one-stop solution for registering, searching, and retrieving chemical and biological entities stored in relational databases. Symyx Direct 7.0 will seek to improve R&D efficiency, project team collaboration, and IP management by enabling multidisciplinary project teams to visualise, explore and compare novel macromolecular sequences and chemical structures stored in a single, fully searchable corporate registry system.

Many scientists today are searching for ways to reduce off-target effects and improve the stability of chemically modified short interfering RNA (siRNA) sequences, peptides, and other large molecules. Aiding these efforts, Symyx Direct 7.0 supports natural post- translational modifications (PTM) and custom modifications while also providing seamless support for D-amino acids and complex cyclisations, including the imidasolinone fluorophore found in the fluorescent proteins.

Symyx Direct 7.0 offers a new, hybrid representation that combines the best features of bioinformatics and cheminformatics notations, improving multidisciplinary collaborative research by enabling scientists to register and retrieve molecules, reactions, and biomolecular sequences including peptides, oligonucleotides, and oligosaccharides; search for and view chemical modifications in sequences; and develop structure-activity correlations in sequences. Used by more than 80 percent of life sciences organisations worldwide, the Symyx Direct data cartridge offers proven performance with databases containing more than 30 million structures and more than 17 million reactions.

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Publishing Technology names Mark Carden as Executive VP, Global Sales & Marketing
- 22 Jun 2010

Publishing Technology plc, a UK-based provider of software and services to the publishing industry, has announced the appointment of Mark Carden as Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing.

Carden joins Publishing Technology with over 30 years of experience in project management, software engineering and technology sales. He has spent the past 15 years managing international sales teams in the academic and publishing sectors, notably as the Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East & Africa at Ingram Digital, and in similar international roles at library technology specialists Innovative Interfaces, Dynix and OCLC.

In his new position, Carden will be responsible for Publishing Technology's business development activities worldwide, leading the team that informs potential and current customers about the company's product and service offerings, including advance, ingentaconnect and pub2web.

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Thomson Reuters launches publishing tool EndNote X4 for Windows
- 16 Jun 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has released an upgrade to Thomson Reuters EndNote for Windows, a bibliographic management and publishing solution. EndNote X4 is projected to enable researchers to import and search PDF files; use new Cite While You Write features that simplify their writing; and collaborate in new ways using EndNote Web.

EndNote expands its PDF management from finding full text automatically and attaching PDFs to existing records with drag-and-drop to now importing a single PDF file or a folder of PDF files. EndNote X4 extracts basic bibliographic information using the Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) and CrossRef data to create new records in a reference library. Users can also extend their retrieval results beyond reference data by searching attached PDF files.

EndNote X4 is compatible with Microsoft Word 2010 and introduces new formatting options for citing scholarly papers properly. EndNote links in-text citations to the bibliography automatically in Microsoft Word - with or without hyperlinks. Users also have increased options for formatting footnotes with customisable short forms as well as full support of the APA 6th style including a multiple author ellipse. The new combined Edit and Manage Citations command consolidates the most frequently used functions in one Cite While You Write window. Also, users can view a report of references cited in a Word document with a new auto-group in the EndNote library.

Every EndNote user receives their own EndNote Web account for collaborating with others and accessing references when away from the desktop. Users can now transfer up to 10,000 references between the web and desktop, and search shared groups when selecting references to cite. Reference lists can be sorted by times cited, date added to the library or date modified to locate references quickly.

Other features of the upgrade include create new groups by comparing, combining and suppressing existing groups; modify references easily in the new Quick Edit tab on the main library window; edit references when comparing duplicates; expand library retrieval results by adding wildcards within search terms; and Cite While You Write in over 4,500 journal styles.

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Endoscopy Center of North Baltimore selects ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 10 Jun 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that the Endoscopy Center of North Baltimore has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. The Center has also opted for ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution.

ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). It offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

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Southlake Clinic selects WK Health's ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 13 May 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Southlake Clinic has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. The Clinic has also opted for ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution.

ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). It offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

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Autodesk designates Wiley Publishing to provide official training guides for 2011 products
- 10 May 2010

Sybex, an imprint of educational materials publisher Wiley Publishing, Inc., has announced that it has executed a brand licensing agreement with Autodesk, Inc. Under the deal, ten titles on leading Autodesk products will be exclusively designated as ‘Autodesk Official Training Guides.’ Five of these titles are from Sybex’s Mastering series and have been enhanced to cover the learning objectives for Autodesk’s certification exams.

Sybex publishes titles to help readers learn and use Autodesk’s industry-leading software programmes. This includes Autodesk Maya, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Autodesk 3ds Max Design. These co-branded titles are expected to help readers prepare for Autodesk’s Associate and Professional Certification exams and serve as official courseware at the thousands of Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) worldwide.

John Wiley & Sons is one of two companies designated by Autodesk as a provider of Autodesk Official Training Guides for 2011 Autodesk Products. The Autodesk Official Training Guide brand ensures that books have been reviewed and recommended by Autodesk for both classroom training and self-paced learning.

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Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center selects ProVation EHR software for electronic documentation and patient charting
- 29 Apr 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center has selected its ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution.

ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). It offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter - from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ASC performing general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, facial plastics, ENT, urology, podiatry and pain management surgeries since opening its doors in 2005.

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Eastland Medical Plaza Surgicenter selects WK Health's ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 22 Apr 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Eastland Medical Plaza Surgicenter has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. The Eastland Medical Plaza Surgicenter performs an average of 7,200 procedures annually between its four operating rooms dedicated to multi-specialty surgery and four procedure rooms dedicated to endoscopy and pain management.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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iD8 Publishing Services opts for NVivo 8 software to sort and analyse peer reviews and competitive information
- 19 Apr 2010

Research software developer QSR International, US, has announced that publishing company iD8 Publishing Services, Inc., US, has opted for the NVivo 8 to speed up the process for classifying, sorting and analysing peer reviews and competitive information. iD8 Publishing Services specialises in scientific, health and medical publishing.

Developed by QSR International, NVivo 8 allows publishers to explore and analyse qualitative information in a range of formats, including documents, video and audio recordings. It helps publishers to carry out in-depth analysis on large volumes of data, removing the manual tasks associated with analysis, such as classifying, sorting and arranging information.

Utilising the NVivo 8’s coding, query and mapping functions, iD8 has developed an online service for clients, providing them with customised, targeted reports that give authors better editorial guidance and competitive insight. iD8 has already used the service for one of its largest clients, Pearson Education. The service is believed to be the only one of its kind in the publishing industry.

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Symyx integrates Isentris functionality with SharePoint to help scientists explore and share information more efficiently
- 15 Apr 2010

Information management systems provider Symyx Technologies, Inc., US, has announced the release of Symyx Isentris for SharePoint, a collection of Microsoft SharePoint Web parts that seek to improve project team knowledge sharing and collaboration in an information-driven R&D environment. Integrating Symyx Isentris search/browse and data analysis tools with the SharePoint platform gives scientists access to real-time project information and critical decision-support capabilities within the context of a well- known enterprise collaboration portal.

In a recent Symyx survey of scientists currently using Symyx software, 45 percent of survey respondents stated that they also used the Microsoft SharePoint platform, making Isentris for SharePoint a useful complement to their existing research environment.

Scientists can view and share their latest project information in the SharePoint portal. When deeper analysis is needed, they can download files from SharePoint to the Isentris client to access advanced Isentris query/browse, analysis, and reporting capabilities. Scientists can then quickly and easily post their analysis back to SharePoint where team members have instant access to useful new information and insights including successful search strategies, experimental results, reports, lists and forms.

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Mesquite Surgery Center selects WK Health’s ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 15 Apr 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Mesquite Surgery Center has selected its ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding for gastroenterology. The Center has also opted for ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution.

ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). It offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter - from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

The Mesquite Surgery Center will utilise the ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedures in their facility, and ProVation EHR to eliminate paper and chart costs and streamline workflow and patient charting.

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Atlantic Surgicenter selects ProVation Medical software for procedure documentation and coding
- 25 Mar 2010

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Atlantic Surgicenter has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. The Center has also opted for ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution, which is designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs).

ProVation EHR seeks to offer electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation and follow-up care. ASCs using the product can expect to have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

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Lankenau Hospital selects WK Health’s ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 17 Mar 2010

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Lankenau Hospital has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. Lankenau will utilise the software to document and code procedures performed in its GI lab. Lankenau Hospital is a teaching and research-based institution that has achieved national acclaim for its heart and cancer centers, Level III neonatal intensive care unit and kidney transplant programme.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Harvard University unveils open source social networking technology
- 16 Mar 2010

The Harvard University has released Profiles Research Networking Software, a form of social networking and expertise mining technology, to the open source community. Developed with the support of Harvard Catalyst of the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, the software is now available to institutions seeking a web-based means of facilitating collaboration among their academic researchers.

Profiles Research Networking Software utilises advanced algorithms that are projected to go beyond the display of directory information to encompass all of the professional connections individuals have accrued through their research communities. Social networks are formed automatically when individuals share common traits such as similar research interests, co-authorship on a publication, appointments in the same department, or offices or laboratories in the same building. The technology aggregates researcher data from numerous source systems including those operated by HR departments, publication data from PubMed, as well as both public and private directories. Individuals have the ability to modify their own profile and expand their social network by adding publications and new contacts that haven't been automatically discovered.

The software was developed under the supervision of Dr. Griffin Weber, Chief Technology Officer of Harvard Medical School and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, with the support of Harvard Catalyst. Harvard Catalyst is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Research Resources and financial contributions from Harvard University and its affiliated academic healthcare centres.

The software was first deployed to connect the faculty of Harvard Medical School, followed by those at the Harvard School of Public Health. It has also been implemented at the University of California, San Francisco, with additional projects planned across a range of both CTSA and non-CTSA sites.

Harvard Catalyst and Harvard University have selected Recombinant Data Corp., a healthcare data warehousing and clinical intelligence solutions provider, as an authorised service provider for Profiles Research Networking Software. Recombinant has taken on responsibility for day-to-day software activities including setup, configuration, customisation, documentation, and integration services to third parties seeking to implement the technology at their own institution. While Recombinant will be principally responsible for coordinating open source contributions, the overall project is being managed via a governance committee chaired by Dr. Weber that others can join.

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Open Text to acquire Nstein Technologies for C$35 million
- 23 Feb 2010

Enterprise content management (ECM) software provider Open Text Corporation, Canada, has announced an agreement to acquire digital content management solutions provider Nstein Technologies, Inc., Canada. Under the deal, Nstein shareholders will receive C$0.65 in cash for each Nstein common share held, unless certain eligible shareholders otherwise elect to receive a fraction of an Open Text share having a value of C$0.65. The transaction is valued at approximately C$35 million.

The acquisition is projected to extend the breadth of Open Text’s ECM offerings. Nstein’s solutions are sold across major market segments, such as media and information services, life sciences and government.

The transaction is expected to close in the second calendar quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval of two-thirds of the votes cast by Nstein’s shareholders and applicable regulatory and stock exchange approvals. A special meeting of Nstein’s shareholders is expected to be held to consider the amalgamation in early April 2010.

The definitive agreement includes customary non-solicitation and right to match provisions and Nstein has agreed to pay Open Text a termination fee in certain circumstances if the amalgamation is not completed.


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Avamar Center for Endoscopy selects WK Health’s ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 18 Feb 2010

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Avamar Center for Endoscopy has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. Avamar Center for Endoscopy is an ambulatory surgery center dedicated solely to gastrointestinal endoscopy.

ProVation MD software, available in a full range of medical specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Publishing Technology announces changes to management responsibilities within Scholarly Online and Publishers Communication Group
- 10 Feb 2010

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, has announced significant changes to management responsibilities following a review of its business throughout 2009.

The changes are within the Scholarly Online and PCG (Publishers Communication Group) areas and specifically recognise two management board members whose development in these sectors have been key contributions to the overall success of the Publishing Technology offering throughout 2009. In a move designed to deliver more strategic focus on PCG and International business development, Douglas Wright will give up his management responsibility of Scholarly Online to become Director of PCG and International Business Development. Wright will be building on the considerable successes he has contributed to in the international arena during 2009; significantly, overseeing the start-up of Publishing Technology in Brazil and the first significant online products sale for the group in Japan.

In a complementary move, Louise Tutton has been promoted to the role of COO, Scholarly Online. She will assume sole responsibility for this division that includes pub2web, ingentaconnect and library services. This appointment reflects the importance of the online academic and scholarly business within the wider context of Publishing Technology's development plans.

The company is also seeing some more tangible changes to their Oxford operation in February as they consolidate their Oxford and Elstree offices into one new and larger facility in Oxford.

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San Juan Regional Medical selects WK Health’ ProVation Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 25 Jan 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that San Juan Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) has selected its ProVation MD software for Gastroenterology and Cardiology. San Juan Regional Medical Center is a 260-bed community hospital that is Joint Commission accredited and a designated Level 3 trauma center. ProVation MD for procedure documentation and coding compliance replaces dictation/transcription and streamlines the coding and billing process.

ProVation MD for Gastroenterology offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. The software leads clinicians through the procedure documentation process quickly and automatically with intuitive navigation and provides tracking and analysis that supports pay for performance, quality indicators and other reporting initiatives.

Unlike Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS), which collect patient measurements and administrative data, ProVation MD for Cardiology lets clinicians quickly and completely document medical procedures at the point of care, then applies the appropriate reimbursement codes to drive compliance and revenue recovery. The software interfaces with cardiovascular nursing, imaging and measurement systems to complete the electronic documentation process and free busy cardiologists and technologists from time-consuming dictation.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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Cambridge, Williams F1 win award for Formula One-based educational software
- 20 Jan 2010

Cambridge University Press and Williams F1 have been jointly recognised with BETT Awards, an industry award for excellence in ICT in education. The duo bagged the award for the curriculum software product, Race to Learn. The product, which uses Formula One as a point of engagement for primary school children, provides cross-curricular learning for Year 5 & 6 pupils through 12 half-days of teaching in many subject areas. It uses a range of multimedia content including real Formula One footage to promote individual and group working.

Winning the 2010 BETT Award for Primary Digital Content, Race to Learn was reportedly commended by the judges for ‘superb activities that are highly engaging for children.’ ‘With helpful teacher introduction and age-appropriate activities, Race to Learn is a well thought through support for cross-curricular learning,’ it was observed.

Designed for interactive whiteboards, Race to Learn seeks to cover key curriculum topics – science, maths, literacy, geography, PSHE, design & technology, physical education – with each one linked to the relevant National Curriculum/Framework objectives.

The pilot of Race to Learn was carried out at Oakdale Junior School in Redbridge. According to the company, the pupils felt the product’s greatest merit was its ability to engage all students, both high achievers and reluctant learners alike.

Race to Learn, launched in September 2009 for UK primary schools, has been licensed by the London Grid for Learning for online delivery to 2,000 primary schools across the capital. Cambridge University Press and Williams F1 are now expanding the project overseas with foreign language versions currently in development.

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Fort Worth Endoscopy Center selects ProVation software for procedure documenting
- 11 Jan 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Fort Worth Endoscopy Center (FWEC) has selected its ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding. The Center has also opted for ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution, which is designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). FWEC is an ambulatory surgery center designed primarily for outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures.

ProVation EHR seeks to offer electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. ASCs using the product can expect to have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction, according to WK Health.

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Amarillo Endoscopy Center selects WK Health’ ProVation Software for procedure documentation and coding
- 24 Dec 2009

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Amarillo Endoscopy Center has selected its ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding. Amarillo Endoscopy Center is a freestanding surgery center dedicated to providing high quality healthcare for adults with gastrointestinal diseases in the greater Panhandle of Texas.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation MD software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced electronic procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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LWW, ProtoMED to develop student version of medical practice management, EMR tools
- 15 Dec 2009

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced a partnership with ProtoMED Medical Management Corporation (PMMC). The partners plan to build a student version of the ProtoMED medical practice management software and the ProtoCHART electronic medical record (EMR) software.

With this, LWW is doubling its initial order after the national launch of the ProtoMED and ProtoCHART student software. ProtMED is packaged with LWW’s Comprehensive Medical Assisting Third Edition, which is published for education institutions that offer medical assisting and medical office training.

The third edition of Comprehensive Medical Assisting is focused on electronic support resources for medical assisting students and faculty. These resources include ProtoMED and ProtoCHART, which seek to let students get hands-on experience using practice management software in their coursework. Students using ProtoMED can expect to enter the workforce with solid experience using medical management software and electronic medical record software.

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Atlas Co selected as preferred reseller for Atypon's software in Japan
- 10 Dec 2009

Information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced that it has appointed Atlas Co., Ltd. as a preferred reseller for Atypon's software. Under this arrangement, Atlas will market and support Atypon's software to professional and scholarly publishers in Japan.

Atypon's software is used by some of the world's most prestigious professional and scholarly publishers to manage, deliver, and monetise their digital content, including journals, books, and other types of publications. The software is expected to make content from Japanese professionals and scholarly publishers more discoverable within and beyond Japan.

Atlas is Japan's leading technology partner for publishers, having developed the J-STAGE journal hosting platform under contract to the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

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TEMIS launches new content collection module with Luxid Content Pipeline
- 08 Dec 2009

Text analytics solutions provider TEMIS, US, has announced the launch of Luxid Content Pipeline, a new content collection module integrated within the latest version of its flagship content discovery solution, Luxid 5.1.

Luxid Content Pipeline is a breakthrough component that broadens the scope of services available in Luxid 5.1. This easy-to-manage platform efficiently collects contents from a full range of information sources and feeds them into Luxid. After annotating content with relevant metadata, Luxid then applies search, discovery and sharing tools to the enriched content and provides users with real-time content analytics and knowledge discovery. This innovation positions Luxid at the heart of the organisation, relevant both for timely updates of on-going discovery processes as well as for situations when current events require immediate action.

Luxid Content Pipeline accesses content by three different methods. Structured Access connects and automates the collection of documents from leading structured content sources such as Dialog, DataStar, ISI Web of KnowledgeSM, Ovid, STN, Questel, EBSCOhost, Factiva, LexisNexis, MicroPatent, Scopus, ScienceDirect, Minesoft, Esp@cenet, PubMed. Web Access tracks corporate websites, blogs and social networks. It then downloads their content with the help of a powerful web crawling tool available to customers ‘As a Service’. Enterprise Content Management Access connects to corporate knowledge repositories such as EMC Documentum, EMC Documentum CenterStage and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. The product also natively supports the integration of UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) collection readers, enabling the connection to these sources using UIMA standard protocol and format conversion.

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Publishing Technology announces enhancements to its research platform, IngentaConnect
- 25 Nov 2009

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, has announced the latest release of its flagship research platform, IngentaConnect. The release integrates a number of site enhancements to improve user experience and offer greater discoverability of its content.

IngentaConnect users can now benefit from improved content discoverability through the Summon service, driving user traffic to IngentaConnect via a trusted partner for access to reliable and credible content with increased efficiency. The release also marks the introduction of WorldPay e-commerce, enabling wider methods of payment, including PayPal. IngentaConnect now has improved and expanded social bookmarking, to allow its users to bookmark content and recommend and share articles with peers even more easily. With 14 popular social bookmarking sites supporting the site, IngentaConnect is now able to offer even greater social networking flexibility to its 4.5 million unique visitors every month.

Earlier this year, Publishing Technology announced the integration of Rightsconnect licensing functionality with the scholarly hosting platform, working in conjunction with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Publishers with Rightsconnect licensing on their content can offer their users instant permission to license and reuse their content right where they view it. Rightsconnect will be implemented on content from a broad number of publishers by the end of the year. Rightslink, a further enhanced and advanced version of the software, is also now available.

Publishing Technology has also announced that five new clients have selected its online publishing package. Content from Firenze University Press, Warburg Institute, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, the American Association for Respiratory Care and City University of New York all now feature on IngentaConnect.

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CambridgeSoft announces investment by Health Evolution Partners and Goldman Sachs
- 17 Nov 2009

Life sciences software provider CambridgeSoft Corporation, US, has announced that it has completed a private equity investment by Health Evolution Partners and a follow-on investment by Goldman Sachs. In connection with the investment, Adam Grossman will represent Health Evolution Partners on the CambridgeSoft Board of Directors. Raheel Zia, vice president of Goldman Sachs, will continue serving on the Board, based upon Goldman Sachs’ original investment in 2008.

CambridgeSoft noted that its software as a service (SaaS) cloud computing offerings have continued to gain broad customer acceptance, beyond their initial launch almost five years ago. Users of CambridgeSoft’s ChemBioOffice Cloud benefit by joining a growing community of customers who share infrastructure and IT costs, resulting in lower management overhead, little up-front investment and immediate access to the full range of the latest, scientist-tested ChemBioOffice Enterprise applications.

CambridgeSoft is a supplier of discovery, collaboration, and knowledge management research IT enterprise solutions, desktop software, scientific databases and consulting services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical industries. Its integrated product suite seeks to improve the productivity of researchers in the discovery, development and commercialisation of chemical and biological compounds. Products include Cloud, Enterprise, Workgroup and Desktop versions of Chem & Bio Office, including Chem & Bio Draw and E-Notebook, providing knowledge management, chemical and biological informatics, and scientific database solutions.

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TDNet rolls out e-resources management platform for corporate libraries
- 16 Nov 2009

E-resource access and management solutions provider TDNet Ltd., US, recently announced a new ‘discovery to delivery’ platform for corporate libraries and information centres. The TDOne TDNet platform is projected to integrate access to all of the internal and external information resources available across the enterprise using TDNet's search and browse technology.

Incorporated directly onto the organisation's Internet homepage or web portal, the search solution seeks to allow end users worldwide to easily discover and access content from their local library, information repositories, external e-resources, journal and book collections.

TDNet offers a full suite of customised e-resource library search management and access options to maximise the growing investment in electronic and other information resources while containing staff and administrative costs.

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Medical Center Endoscopy selects ProVation software for procedure documenting, EHR
- 12 Nov 2009

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Houston’s Medical Center Endoscopy (MCE) has selected its ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding. MCE has also opted for the ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution, which is designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs).

ProVation EHR seeks to offer electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. ASCs using the product can expect to have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, seeks to replace dictation and transcription and allow physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction, according to WK Health.

Claimed to be among the largest facilities of its kind in Houston, MCE is a fully licensed ambulatory surgery centre specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of gastroenterological disorders.

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Latest version of Symyx Direct supports Markush structure storage and retrieval
- 06 Nov 2009

Symyx Technologies, Inc., a US-based provider of information management systems, has announced the release of the Symyx Direct 6.3 chemistry data cartridge. The product is projected to feature new capabilities in the handling of non-specific Markush chemical structures. Symyx Direct enables researchers to register, search and retrieve molecular structures and reactions stored in Oracle relational databases. Claimed to be used by more than 80 percent of life sciences organisations worldwide, the cartridge offers performance with databases containing over 17 million reactions and over 30 million structures.

The new Markush functionality in Symyx Direct seeks to support combinatorial library design and patent claim analysis in drug discovery by greatly expanding the techniques available for managing and exploring large numbers of related chemical substructures. A Markush structure represents a large number of compounds as a single, generic entry by identifying a core structure and listing all possible variants or substitutes using Rgroup notations and substituent lists. Markush structures make it possible to generate and index all possible permutations of a specific chemical entity without creating an unmanageable information repository.

The Symyx Direct chemistry cartridge is positioned as a central component of the chemistry engine underlying Symyx Notebook, Symyx Isentris and related scientific workflow applications including Symyx Registration software. It supports Rgroup, Sgroup, flexmatch, 2-D and 3-D exact and molecule substructure searching; structure similarity searching; reaction similarity searching; searching of tetrahedral stereoisomers and non-tetrahedral stereoisomers; storage and retrieval of sequences including peptides, oligonucleotides and oligosaccharides—and now Markush structure storage, searching and retrieval.

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Publishing Technology expands Client Management Group with two key appointments
- 30 Oct 2009

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, has announced the appointment of Anna Lister Cheese (UK) and Martin Borbone (US) to the Client Management Group. Both Cheese and Borbone bring with them a wealth of experience from previous roles in client management and business development.

Cheese joins Publishing Technology from LexisNexis with 15 years industry experience. In her new role, Cheese will assume responsibility for UK Client Management activities within the Scholarly Division. She previously held client relations and business development positions with Swets and the World Advertising Research Center and brings a wealth of supply chain knowledge to her new role.

Publishing Technology has also announced the reappointment of Martin Borbone to the position of Client Manager. Borbone formerly worked for the company out of Oxford, UK and Cambridge, MA offices. He will be responsible for handling business and operational relationships between Publishing Technology and a range of prestigious publishers for IngentaConnect and pub2web services. Prior to this, Borbone has worked in various client management and sales positions at Blackwell, Cengage Gale, Thomson Scientific, and Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

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FIZ Chemie to present new eBook Guide and Infotherm database at ILDS event
- 15 Oct 2009

Chemical information provider FIZ Chemie, Germany, has announced plans to present its new eBook Guide and its Infotherm thermophysical facts database at the 11th Interlending and Document Supply Conference (ILDS) from October 20 – 22, 2009. On the 50th anniversary of the Hanover Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), the German National Library of Science and Technology, this international library conference will be taking place in the state capital of Lower Saxony.

The new FIZ Chemie eBook Guide provides a full text search of e-publications across different publishers for anyone who is searching for scientific, medical or technical literature. Libraries can integrate the search engine in their library catalogue (OPAC) and set up the software so that users are only shown e-book titles to which the library subscribes or to which the library is licensed by the publisher. The eBook Guide provides immediate evidence of about 10,000 indexed e-books, including the DOI (digital object identifier). Currently the vast majority are Springer eBooks. A contract with the de Gruyter publishing house and ongoing negotiations with numerous other STM publishing houses are expected to guarantee continuous expansion of the data source.

The Infotherm database has been expanded to include various search functions. It is projected to cover about 95 percent of all values relevant for thermophysical processes and procedures which have been published around the world in specialist literature. In its new form, it is expected to save chemical engineers and process engineers from time-consuming, manual searches through endless hit lists. In addition, it also allows open search enquiries for the first time. Searchers are no longer tied to entering the concrete name of a compound.

The open query uses a new filter option by about 500 families of compounds. With this function about four million datasets on about 39,000 substance mixtures and approximately 21,000 pure substances can be explored without any redundancy. Also new is the XML-based IUPAC data exchange format in Infotherm, which guarantees fault-free and complete recording of thermophysical data from e-journals. It is also possible to export all Infotherm data in the IUPAC standard.

The ILDS 2009 is preceded by the free forum ‘Rethinking Resource Sharing in Europe’, which takes place on October 19 at the Bonatz Hall of the Hanover Conference Centre. At this forum, the initiative Resource Sharing will be presenting ideas on how knowledge resources can be made more accessible to the public through libraries. This is sponsored by the OCLC, and library software suppliers BCR and relais international.

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Summa Health selects WK Health’ ProVation Software for cardiology procedure documentation and coding
- 08 Oct 2009

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Summa Health System has selected ProVation MD software for Cardiology procedure documentation and coding. Summa Health will use the software to document and code catheterization cases at its three cardiac catheterization labs at Summa Akron City Hospital.

ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding compliance replaces dictation/transcription and streamlines the coding and billing process. Unlike Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS), which collect patient measurements and administrative data, ProVation MD lets clinicians quickly and completely document medical procedures at the point of care, then applies the appropriate reimbursement codes to drive compliance and revenue recovery. The software interfaces with cardiovascular nursing, imaging and measurement systems to complete the electronic documentation process and free busy cardiologists and technologists from time-consuming dictation.

Created by clinicians, ProVation MD software produces complete procedure documentation that results in greater efficiency, streamlined workflow and clinician satisfaction. The software interfaces seamlessly with patient demographic and other healthcare IT systems, allows images taken during the procedure to be integrated directly into the report, and has market-leading query/reporting capabilities for quality or other initiatives.

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TEMIS announces new appointments to further develop US operations
- 02 Oct 2009

Text analytics solutions provider TEMIS, US, has announced the appointment of two key executives in New York to further expand the Company's US footprint. Guillaume Mazieres has joined the company as Executive Vice President for North America, and Jim Hohman, a respected industry veteran, as Vice President of Sales, based in the New York office.

Founded in 2000, TEMIS is a leading provider of corporate text mining and text analytics software solutions for the enterprise. The company markets Luxid, a collaborative corporate solution for analysing and discovering strategic information.

This Luxid platform gives immediate access to non-obvious information and delivers industry-specific knowledge from internal and external data sources. It brings long-awaited answers to the challenge of information discovery and knowledge extraction from unstructured data which represent 80 percent of all data available in the Enterprise for decision-making processes.

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Outpatient Surgery Center of Jonesboro selects WK Health’s ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding
- 24 Sep 2009

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Outpatient Surgery Center of Jonesboro has selected its ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding. The software will be used to document Gastroenterological (GI) procedures at the facility. Outpatient Surgery Center of Jonesboro is a full service, multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) dedicated to providing outpatient services in a comfortable atmosphere and efficient manner.

ProVation MD software, available in a full range of medical specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

Created by clinicians, ProVation MD software produces complete procedure documentation that results in greater efficiency, streamlined workflow and clinician satisfaction. The software interfaces seamlessly with patient demographic and other healthcare IT systems, allows images taken during the procedure to be integrated directly into the report, and has market-leading query/reporting capabilities for quality or other initiatives.

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KMWorld names Luxid Trend-Setting Product of 2009
- 21 Sep 2009

Text Analytics solutions provider TEMIS, US, has announced that its Information Intelligence solution Luxid has captured its second major industry award of 2009. KMWorld Magazine, premier publisher of the content, document and knowledge management markets, has designated TEMIS’s flagship software solution Luxid the prestigious award ‘Trend-Setting Product’ of 2009.

The KMWorld award is granted to software and systems innovations that have expanded the reach and effectiveness of information management. KMWorld’s Trend-Setting Products awards began in 2003. This year, more than 800 products were assessed by the judging panel which consists of KMWorld expert editors, analysts, system integrators, vendors themselves, line-of-business managers and end-users.

Luxid is a collaborative corporate solution for analyzing and discovering strategic Information. This scalable platform gives immediate access to non obvious information and delivers industry-specific knowledge from internal and external data sources. It brings long-awaited answers to the challenge of information discovery and knowledge extraction from unstructured data, which represent 80% of all data available in the Enterprise for decision-making processes.

In June, Luxid as awarded with the most innovative Software award at the iExpo/KM Forum 2009 in Paris. This award is organized by GFII (Association for Professionals of the Information Industry) and recognises leading software vendor of the information industry for its innovative capabilities and user interfaces.

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Thomson Reuters announces immediate availability of EndNote X3 for Mac OS X
- 27 Aug 2009

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the immediate availability of EndNote X3 for Mac OS X - the bibliographic management software that includes EndNote Web and is used by millions of researchers, librarians and students worldwide. EndNote X3 claims to increase productivity for researchers by delivering new ways to group references and find full text when off campus, expanding AppleScript support for key EndNote tasks, offering new composite styles popular with chemistry journals, and more.

EndNote X3 expands the existing AppleScripts so users can enhance searches as well as add references to groups. AppleScripts can also match existing EndNote references with local PDF files through the use of DOI and PMCID unique identifier data. EndNote X3 provides a detailed dictionary and documentation to help users automate these repetitive tasks and more. It offers more ways to format bibliographies, including the ability to manage multiple bibliographies within a Word document. Now a paper can have a bibliography at the end of each section, at the end of the document, or both. Additionally, EndNote X3 supports composite styles - popular with chemistry journals - that group citations by number and letter.

EndNote X3 users can now create groups containing both Custom and Smart Groups, providing more options for viewing and organising their references. The main and sub-groups can be re-arranged at any time with a simple drag-and-drop action.

Other features of the upgrade include comparing duplicate records side-by-side for easy review; start EndNote faster; use more options when compressing EndNote libraries; and connect and publish with over 3,900 connection files, more than 700 Import files and over 3,700 journal styles.

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St. Cloud Surgical Center selects ProVation EHR Software for perioperative documentation and patient charting
- 26 Aug 2009

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that St. Cloud Surgical Center has selected its ProVation EHR software for perioperative documentation and patient charting.

ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). It offers electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

St. Cloud Surgical Center is an AAAHC accredited ASC serving patients from across the state of Minnesota, particularly the counties northwest of the Twin Cities Metro area. The center joins a list of more than 600 hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers that have selected ProVation software for procedure documentation and coding.

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EBSCO offers SUSHI Software Development Kit
- 14 Aug 2009

Information service company EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), Netherlands, has developed an open source software development kit (SDK) for developing clients and servers for the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI). The SDK will assist content providers in implementing SUSHI – a key requirement for being compliant with Release 3 of the COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) Code of Practice for Journals and Databases.

The SDK includes .Net classes that will facilitate working with COUNTER 3.0 data and SUSHI 1.6 services. Whether the intended solution is a SUSHI client or server, these classes will provide the groundwork to allow developers to focus on the logic rather than implementing the standard. The SDK, which contains documentation, source code, a sample client, and a sample server can be found at http://code.google.com/p/ebscosushisdk/.

SUSHI will be an integral part of EBSCO’s Usage Consolidation module, a new service that is being added to ERM Essentials, the company’s e-resource management system.

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Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital selects ProVation software for GI, Pulmonary Procedure Documentation and Coding
- 14 Aug 2009

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital (CFMCH) has selected its ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding. The software will be used to document the more than 2,000 Gastroenterology and Pulmonary procedures performed annually at the Houston-based hospital.

ProVation MD software, available in a full range of medical specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is a 180-bed hospital located in Houston, TX.

Created by clinicians, ProVation MD software produces complete procedure documentation that results in greater efficiency, streamlined workflow and clinician satisfaction. The software interfaces seamlessly with patient demographic and other healthcare IT systems, allows images taken during the procedure to be integrated directly into the report, and has market-leading query/reporting capabilities for quality or other initiatives. ProVation MultiCaregiver software delivers GI nursing documentation, with the ability to interface with vitals monitors and allowing caregivers to capture procedure data throughout the continuum of care.

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Design Science to support MathML-to-SVG for EPUB ebooks
- 06 Aug 2009

Enterprise software vendor Design Science, Inc., US, has announced that it is developing a new MathML-to-SVG component as part of its MathFlow product line. Publishers in the STEM marketplace (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) have rapidly moved to the EPUB format standard because of its open licensing and comprehensive feature set. In particular, mathematical equations are formatted using SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and embedded fonts to produce excellent quality on screen as well as print. This new MathFlow component will be helpful in creating publisher workflows for EPUB and other formats.

Design Science is working with publishers to gather specific requirements for incorporating the MathML-to-SVG component into their workflows. The MathFlow product line consists of a set of components for editing, display, and accessibility of mathematical notation for websites, applications and services. It includes MathFlow for Arbortext and XMetaL, and MathFlow Components & SDK which replace the company's WebEQ product. The technology at the heart of MathFlow is MathML, the XML standard for representing mathematical notation.

MathFlow is widely used in publishing, elearning, assessment, aerospace, defense, education, government, science and engineering, as well as enterprise solutions and commercial products. Licensing and pricing plans have been set for enterprise, education and commercial OEM use.

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Design Science releases MathFlow Components and SDK
- 29 Jul 2009

Enterprise software vendor Design Science, Inc., US, has announced the release of MathFlow Components and SDK, for editing, display, and accessibility of mathematical notation for websites, applications and services. MathFlow Components and SDK replace the company's WebEQ product and are an addition to its MathFlow product line that includes MathFlow for Arbortext and XMetaL.

MathFlow is widely used in publishing, elearning, assessment, aerospace, defense, education, government, science and engineering, as well as enterprise solutions and commercial products. SDK is available for programmers and systems integrators to develop custom solutions that require advanced equation editing, display, accessibility features and other math functionality. Licensing and pricing plans have been set for enterprise, education and commercial OEM use.

Design Science develops software used by educators, scientists and publishing professionals, including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, WebEQ, MathFlow and MathPlayer, to communicate on the web and in print. The company plans to roll out other MathML-based components to address the needs of ebook publishing in the near future.

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American Institute of Physics and Collexis announce technology partnership
- 27 Jul 2009

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) and knowledge management and semantic search and knowledge discovery software developer Collexis Holdings, Inc., US, have announced a new technology partnership. The innovative collaboration will allow AIP to leverage Collexis' proprietary technology within the physics market.

Collexis develops applications that range from search tools for users' websites to highly sophisticated discovery applications that are utilised by the intelligence community and R&D organisations worldwide. These applications allow users to identify and search for documents, experts, trends or new discoveries that may be hidden in the materials.

American Institute of Physics is a federation of 10 physical science societies representing more than 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators and is one of the world's largest publishers of scientific information in physics. Offering full-solution publishing services for scientific societies and for similar organisations in science and engineering, AIP publishes 12 journals (some of which are the most highly cited in their respective fields), two magazines, including its flagship publication Physics Today; and the AIP Conference Proceedings series. Its online publishing platform Scitation hosts nearly two million articles from more than 185 scholarly journals and other publications of 28 learned society publishers.

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Publishing Technology to integrate CCC's Rightsconnect licensing functionality with IngentaConnect
- 04 Jun 2009

Non-profit copyright licensing solution provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, and publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, have announced that they will integrate Rightsconnect licensing functionality with the scholarly hosting platform, IngentaConnect.

Publishing Technology's publishers will now be able to offer their users instant permission to license and reuse their content right where they view it, all in a matter of minutes. Users simply click the "Get Permissions" button and they can instantly search, price and pay for permission to use and share content. CCC handles royalty collection and automatically distributes checks back to the publisher.

IngentaConnect is a fully outsourced e-publishing solution that provides comprehensive collection management, current awareness and document delivery facilities for over 13,500 publications. The convenience of the integration with CCC helps improve the online experience for IngentaConnect's more than 1 million end users, while simplifying publishers' permissions processes and helping them derive additional revenue from the secondary use of their content.

Serials Solutions and NISO release open-source code for SUSHI client
- 26 May 2009

E-resource access and management services provider Serials Solutions, US, and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) jointly announced the public release of the code to the new standards-based Serials Solutions Open-Source SUSHI client. This code is drafted for use with Standard Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) servers at ProQuest, CSA, and Chadwyck-Healy. Librarians and content providers can use this code to build standards-based SUSHI utilities for enhanced COUNTER report processes.

Supporting NISO's SUSHI Protocol (http://www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi), the Serials Solutions open source SUSHI client code will enable libraries to build consistent, stable, and standards-based tools. It is the first release of what the maintenance committee hopes will be many open source toolkits for libraries.

Content providers have been advised to implement SUSHI by the end of August in order to remain compliant with Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases. Libraries or content providers interested in the Serials Solutions open source SUSHI client can access the code at http://code.google.com/p/sushicounterclient/.

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Fedora Commons, DSpace Foundation launch open source repository initiative
- 14 May 2009

Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation, two open-source software platforms for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly material, have announced the launch of the DuraSpace Organization. Through this initiative, Fedora and DSpace seek to jointly provide leadership and innovation in open source technologies for global communities who manage, preserve and provide access to digital content. DuraSpace will aim to sustain and grow the founding partners' flagship repository platforms - Fedora and DSpace.

The new organisation will focus on supporting existing communities and will also engage a larger and more diverse group of stakeholders in support of its not-for-profit mission. It will be led by an executive team consisting of Sandy Payette as Chief Executive Officer; Michele Kimpton as Chief Business Officer; and Brad McLean as Chief Technology Officer.

DuraSpace will also expand its portfolio by offering new technologies and services that respond to the dynamic environment of the web and to new requirements from existing and future users. The first new technology to emerge will be a web-based service named 'DuraCloud.' A hosted service, DuraCloud seeks to leverage the cost efficiencies of cloud storage and cloud computing, while adding value to help ensure longevity and re-use of digital content. DuraSpace Organisation is developing partnerships with commercial cloud providers who offer both storage and computing capabilities.

DuraSpace will support both DSpace and Fedora by working closely with both communities and, when possible, develop synergistic technologies, services and programmes that increase interoperability of the two platforms. It will also support other open source software projects including the Mulgara semantic store, a scalable RDF database.

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Design Science releases MathDaisy 1.0
- 14 Apr 2009

Enterprise software vendor Design Science, Inc., US, has announced the release of MathDaisy 1.0. MathDaisy enhances Microsoft's Save As DAISY add-in for Microsoft Word to convert Word documents containing math notation to DAISY Digital Talking Books, ready to be read by students, teachers, engineers, and scientists with vision and learning disabilities, including blindness, low vision, and dyslexia.

Save As DAISY is an open source software developed by Microsoft. Once installed, it adds a 'Save As Daisy' command to Microsoft Word XP, 2003, and 2007 that converts Word documents into DAISY's Digital Talking Book format.

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is a globally recognised XML standard for producing accessible and navigable multimedia documents, including Digital Talking Books (DTBook), digital textbooks, and synchronised audio/text books. DAISY is used by NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard) for accessible K-12 textbooks and by ePub, a widely used standard for digital books. The latest version of the DAISY standard requires that mathematics be represented in MathML, the World Wide Web Consortium's standard for representing math notation in XML.

Design Science develops software used by educators, scientists and publishing professionals, including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, WebEQ, MathFlow and MathPlayer, to communicate on the web and in print. As per company estimates, these products are used by millions of people worldwide, and most of the mathematics in content today is created using these products.

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Publishing Technology names Natasha Oostergetel as Online Sales Manager
- 26 Mar 2009

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, has announced the appointment of Natasha Oostergetel as Online Sales Manager.

In her new position, Oostergetel will be responsible for generating sales for all of Publishing Technology's online platform solutions, including IngentaConnect and pub2web. She comes to Publishing Technology with a wide range of sales experience within the publishing industry and has held similar roles previously at Palgrave Macmillan, Taylor & Francis and Elsevier.

The Publishing Technology group enables publishers to focus on their core competences by providing a single, trusted partner for both technology requirements and business development services. Capabilities cover editorial & production, product information, billing & fulfillment, content conversion & hosting, website development, marketing programs, information commerce, customer relationship management, rights & royalties and business intelligence. All application modules can be configured independently to meet specific publishers' needs and to allow flexible integration with existing systems. Associated sales and marketing services include consultancy and research, sales representation and telemarketing.

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Publishing Technology partners with Klopotek to promote online offerings in Germany and the Benelux
- 25 Feb 2009

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, has announced a partnership with Klopotek AG to promote IngentaConnect and pub2web products in the German and Benelux markets. Klopotek AG is a leading supplier of software and consulting services for publishers of books and journals, print and online.

Under the agreement, Klopotek will develop new business opportunities for the online products, while Publishing Technology will retain responsibility for product support. The agreement grants Klopotek exclusive rights in Germany and non-exclusive rights in the Benelux region.

IngentaConnect is a fully-outsourced e-publishing service, hosting over 30,000 publications for a range of different publishers. The service maximises publication discoverability and current awareness while getting content online quickly, easily and affordably. IngentaConnect is integrated with many other scholarly web services and key traffic drivers such as Google. It receives more than 6 million visits each month from a global user base numbering in the millions. The service provides flexible access and authorization, thereby allowing publishers to control the business models used - subscriptions, pay-per-view, free trials, etc.

pub2web is a comprehensive, content-agnostic, multi-lingual digital publishing platform built on the proven technology of IngentaConnect. It is designed to address the evolving and diverse online strategies of the 21st century publishing community. The platform enables book and journal publishers to leverage their online investment to its fullest potential by providing them with full control over their brand, content and user relationships along with the flexibility to deliver content at the most granular level.

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ProQuest announces Shibboleth support for ProQuest platform
- 12 Feb 2009

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced that all products hosted on the ProQuest platform - from ABI/INFORM, Research Library and ProQuest Central to historical and current newspapers, ProQuest Medical Library and Entrepreneurship - are now Shibboleth compliant. The Shibboleth System (a trademark of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development) is a standards-based, open source software package for web single sign-on allowing library sites to make informed authorisation decisions for individual access of protected online resources.

Shibboleth overcomes the complexity of managing passwords, as well as the challenges associated with authentication technologies (such as IP authentication and Athens), enabling single sign-on and federated administration of access to restricted resources. The user's site and the target site exchange information based on attributes. This approach allows for more active privacy management than relying solely on the unique identity of the user, significantly reducing the workload for information professionals in managing user identities, and providing a more uniform experience for the user. The compliance of the ProQuest platform products is a landmark in the development of Shibboleth compliance.

ProQuest's Shibboleth release provides support for federations such as the United States (InCommon), Canada (The Canadian Access Federation), United Kingdom (The UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research) and Germany (DFN-AAI). Other federations will be supported at a later date.

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