Clinical knowledge database publisher eMedicine is joining with mobile clinical reference software company Skyscape to make its entire library of 7,000 peer-reviewed, disease-specific monographs available on personal digital assistants, the two companies say.
"PDAs significantly improve access to medical knowledge," says Jonathan Adler, M.D., president of Omaha, Neb.-based eMedicine. "Our partnership with Skyscape enables medical practitioners to access this information how and when they need it--on their PDAs at the point of care."
PDA-based content is available in 14 different medical specialties for $69 per specialty to any of the 170,000 current Skyscape users, according to Kelli Bravo, spokesperson for Skyscape, Hudson, Mass.
Bravo says that eMedicine will provide live online updates with newly published data. However, Skyscape users still must synchronize their PDAs with PCs, as the company does not yet offer real-time wireless connectivity to handheld computers.
Skyscape will incorporate .911, a month-old free service to provide weekly updates from public health officials on emergency response to crisis situations, such as the outbreak of the recently discovered severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, Bravo says.