Online clinical knowledge-base provider MD Consult is starting up mobile service for subscribers with personal digital assistants, the St. Louis-based company said Monday.
MD Consult, which claims 285,000 paid users at 1,700 healthcare institutions worldwide, is offering the service, called MDC Mobile, at no additional charge to its subscribers. The mobile software is available for both the Palm OS and Pocket PC operating systems.
"We've already had several thousand downloads," says Bill Haines, vice president for product development for Elsevier, a major medical and scientific publisher that is the parent company of MD Consult. The software was released to subscribers last week, Haines says.
According to MD Consult, users can receive daily medical news updates, weekly updates of drug databases and access to abstracts from medical journals on their PDAs. Elsevier, based in Philadelphia, provides reference materials.
MD Consult says that 90% of U.S medical schools subscribe to its service.