December 10, 2015 - The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, announced today the launch of UpToDate® Anywhere in Italy. UpToDate Anywhere enables hospitals and healthcare organizations to provide clinicians with mobile and EHR-based access to UpToDate, the acclaimed evidence-based clinical decision support resource. UpToDate Anywhere expands the availability of this trusted resource to smartphones and tablets, providing clinicians fast, consistent access at any location.
UpToDate Anywhere for Streamlined Access
As doctors and healthcare enterprises in Italy embrace mobile health initiatives and increasingly adopt devices like tablets and smartphones as clinical tools, they can now find answers to point-of-care questions on-site, at satellite clinics, at home or on-the-go by using the UpToDate mobile app. Rated as one of "The best medical apps for your new iPhone" by iMedicalApps, UpToDate is available for iOS® and Android™ mobile platforms, as well as via any internet browser.
Public and private hospitals with a strategic objective to enhance workflow integration can also embed UpToDate in their electronic health record (EHR) systems. This allows clinicians to search UpToDate with fewer clicks and without additional windows or log-ins. Users report that embedding UpToDate into an EHR system saves time, is important to patient care and increases satisfaction with the system. UpToDate has collaborated with a number of leading EHR vendors in Italy, including Allscripts, Intersystems, Siemens and others.
Search UpToDate in Italian
UpToDate Anywhere users in Italian healthcare organizations benefit in particular from Search in Your Own Language, a customizable suite of multi-language search and navigation tools enabling clinicians to pose clinical questions in several languages, including Italian. The intuitive auto-complete feature of UpToDate search also predicts words or phrases in Italian to deliver faster search results.
On-the-Job Continuing Medical Education
Recognized for its value in keeping clinicians' knowledge and skills current, UpToDate is accepted by the National Commission for Continuing Education, a program of Italy's national agency for regional health services, Age.na.s. The Age.na.s continuing education program seeks to improve the clinical, technical and managerial skills of health professionals, with the objective of ensuring clinical effectiveness and patient safety.
In hospitals and institutions with UpToDate Anywhere, it is easier than ever for clinicians to fulfill Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements. Time spent researching clinical questions on UpToDate via web or mobile apps can be applied towards continuing education requirements. When UpToDate is integrated with an EHR system, tracking CME/CPD credits is further streamlined.
Credits earned from the use of UpToDate may be submitted to a clinician's college or professional association. Credits are recognized at 50% of the credit awarded and can be incorporated into a clinician's CME record. To learn more, visit http://www.uptodate.com/home/cmececpd-accreditations.
"The launch of UpToDate Anywhere in Italy, along with the recognition of UpToDate as a resource for CME by Age.na.s, reflect our concerted efforts to support the high standards of Italy's healthcare system," said Denise Basow, MD, President & CEO, Clinical Effectiveness, Wolters Kluwer. "Wolters Kluwer is committed to helping clinicians in Italy stay current throughout their careers with the best, evidence-based answers to clinical questions at the point of care."
Providing Answers to Clinical Questions in Italy:
UpToDate has become a popular resource for ensuring that clinicians in Italy are making diagnoses and treatment recommendations in keeping with internationally accepted best clinical practices. According to the most recent UpToDate Subscriber Survey, 99% of subscribers from Italy are satisfied with UpToDate.
In the first 11 months of 2015, Italian clinicians viewed over 825,000 topics in UpToDate. Topics searched reflect the diversity of clinical questions posed by medical professionals relying on UpToDate to answer their clinical questions. The top 10 topics viewed by clinicians in Italy year-to-date are:
- Practice Changing UpDates
- Management of acute pancreatitis
- Causes of hyponatremia in adults
- Evaluation and management of severe sepsis and septic shock in adults
- Clostridium difficile in adults: Treatment
- Approach to the patient with abnormal liver biochemical and function tests
- Atrial fibrillation: Anticoagulant therapy to prevent embolization
- Treatment of community-acquired pneumonia in adults who require hospitalization
- Calculator: Creatinine clearance estimate by Cockcroft-Gault equation
- Overview of the treatment of hyponatremia in adults
The top ranking of "Practice Changing UpDates" validates how physicians in Italy rely on UpToDate as an effective way to stay on top of changes in medicine that are significant enough to directly impact the care they provide to their patients. To see a sample of recent Practice Changing UpDates, visit http://www.uptodate.com/contents/practice-changing-updates.
Specialties represented in this top 10 list include cardiovascular medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology, infectious diseases, nephrology and hypertension, adult primary care, and pulmonary and critical care medicine.