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A Message from Dr. Denise Basow
In our previous newsletter, I shared exciting news about our new Clinical Effectiveness (CE) Business Unit, which strengthens our mission of improving the quality and effectiveness of clinical decision-making at the point of care. As a reminder, CE was created to provide more value to you and your institution by helping you to improve the quality of care throughout the care continuum; reduce costs by optimizing clinical processes and medical decision-making; and ensure patients receive the best overall experience possible.
We continue to respond quickly when new global health crises emerge. We have made all Zika virus content accessible for free and continue to update Zika topics as new information becomes available, enabling clinicians to treat patients as effectively as possible. Additionally, in the wake of recent earthquakes in Ecuador, we have opened nationwide access to UpToDate to aid healthcare and rescue workers as they care for survivors.
At Wolters Kluwer Health, we are always looking for new ways to connect clinicians with our most important clinical and practice-changing updates. In December, we launched our new monthly Podcast series, "UpToDate Talk," featuring interviews with our authors and section editors about the latest "What's New" topics and "Practice Changing UpDates" based on the latest medical evidence. We welcome your feedback, which you can provide by rating the podcasts on iTunes.
In December, we announced the addition of primary care sports medicine to UpToDate as our 23rd medical specialty. This specialty is the result of a five-year collaboration by a team of prominent primary care sports medicine specialists and covers non-surgical sports-related care for adults and adolescents. The depth and breadth of content caters to the clinical needs of primary care internists, family medicine physicians, and pediatricians, as well as specialists who regularly care for active patients, such as emergency medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pulmonary and critical care medicine, and cardiology.
Finally, we continue to expand our recognition around the globe as a resource for point-of-care continuing education – from meeting the Maintenance of Certification requirements for the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Association of American Medical Colleges, to being accepted as a CME provider by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. Also, starting June 22nd, UpToDate will offer credits to clinicians practicing in Kuwait.
As always, we appreciate your loyalty, trust and collaboration as we continue to innovate and develop solutions that help you improve patient care.
Denise Basow, MD
President & CEO, Clinical Effectiveness
In response to the Zika virus, a public health emergency that has affected individuals in at least 34 countries, Wolters Kluwer has made all Zika virus information within UpToDate free to the public. 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 Zika virus content is also available to UpToDate subscribers.
Also, in the wake of recent earthquakes in Ecuador, we have opened nationwide access to UpToDate to aid healthcare and rescue workers as they care for survivors.
Test Your Knowledge with the "Specialty of the Month" Challenge
B. C. difficile infection
C. Cognitive impairment
Check your answer at the end of the newsletter.
UpToDate Expands into Primary Care Sports Medicine
Wolters Kluwer added primary care sports medicine to UpToDate in December 2015, marking the 23rd medical specialty available to subscribing clinicians and healthcare institutions around the world. The addition of primary care sports medicine is the result of over five years of collaboration led by Karl "Bert" Fields, MD, ABFM, CAQSM, Editor-in-Chief of UpToDate in Sports Medicine. The UpToDate primary care sports medicine specialty includes over 260 topics, including easy-to-read patient education topics in English and Spanish, plus over 1,400 graphics.
Sleep medicine will be launched as the 24th medical specialty later in 2016.
Bringing the Latest Evidence to the Point of Care
UpToDate is the only clinical decision support resource that brings world-renowned experts together to interpret new evidence and provide actionable recommendations in a matter of days. Watch this four minute video to see how 13 hypertension experts from around the world interpreted the results of the recent SPRINT trial, resulting in new UpToDate recommendations for treating high blood pressure (in only 10 days).
- Scleroderma with Generalized Morphea
Dr. Guido Bonoldi, Head of Medicine II, Busto Arsizio Hospital
- Diagnosing PCOS
Dr. Beth Klug, Second-year resident in Family Medicine, VCU/Riverside Family Medicine
In the recently launched UpToDate Talk podcast series, UpToDate faculty discuss important "What's New" and "Practice Changing UpDates" based on recent medical journal articles. Each clinical podcast includes the most current clinical information available as of the release date listed.
To be alerted as each new episode airs, simply subscribe to our podcast channel on iTunes. We hope you find this an enjoyable way to keep UpToDate! Help us to improve by rating us on iTunes.
New Product Features
With iPad MultiTasking enabled, users can now keep the UpToDate Mobile App open and also use other applications simultaneously, such as a web browser, mail application, or presentation creator, saving time and the hassle of having to toggle between applications.
"OK Google" Can Now Activate UpToDate Content
Subscribers using UpToDate on Android™ mobile devices can now use "OK Google" voice dictation to search and activate the UpToDate Mobile App. This allows access to UpToDate quickly and hands-free, eliminating several steps when searching for particular drug dosing or disease pathologies, for example.
UpToDate is recognized as a continuing education resource by associations, colleges, and authorities worldwide. UpToDate individual subscribers and users at institutions offering UpToDate Anywhere can accrue CME/CE/CPD by researching topics within UpToDate, and redeem those credits through their country's respective authority.
Recent Authorities to Accept Continuing Education Credits Earned Using UpToDate Include:
Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Clinicians can use the time they spend with UpToDate to fulfill continuing professional development requirements including MOC Part II of several ABMS Member Boards.
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Activities, UpToDate has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:
American Board of Surgery
Credits earned from use of UpToDate may fulfill Part 2 CME requirements of the American Board of Surgery MOC Program.
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is implementing new technology for CME providers like UpToDate to transmit MOC CME credits in a way the ABIM can accept and process. UpToDate is very interested in supporting our subscribers as they work to meet their MOC requirements. We are working to develop software on our end so that UpToDate users can obtain these credits in the future.
Saudi Commission for Health Specialties
UpToDate is accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). Time spent reading UpToDate may be claimed towards CME on the basis of 1 hour of learning equals 1 credit. SCFHS will accept a maximum of 10 credit hours earned from use of UpToDate by each health care practitioner per year during her/his re-registration period.
As of June 22, 2016, UpToDate to Offer Credits in Kuwait
Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization
The Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization (KIMS) will recognize the ACCME-accredited program UpToDate as a Category 2 Distance-Learning Provider. Participants can earn up to 5 credits per day and use credits earned to meet up to 40% of their Maintenance of Professional Competence (MPC) licensing requirements.
Changes Coming at the College of Family Physicians of Canada
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has announced their new credit reporting platform Mainpro+, which will launch on June 27, 2016. With this new program, activity maximums for online activities have been eliminated, including the maximum of 15 Mainpro-M1 credits for UpToDate activities. For more Mainpro+ information and FAQ's please visit the website: http://www.cfpc.ca/Mainpro+_FAQs/.
UpToDate credits earned prior to June 27, 2016 will be subject to the 15 credit maximum. If possible, please process credits earned prior to June 27, 2016 separately from those earned after the launch of the new Mainpro+ program on June 27th. Any future submissions of UpToDate for a time period which crosses June 27, 2016 will require additional information and review by CFPC. For these submissions, please provide your detailed activity log to indicate how many credits were earned prior to June 27. You can access your activity log and credit certificate by going to "View My Past Submissions" and clicking on "View/Print" in the "Log" column.
We encourage you to process your UpToDate credits now if you plan to submit them to fulfill CFPC requirements for the cycle ending June 2016. If you have questions, please contact the CFPC CPD staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Specialty of the Month Challenge Answer
Recent studies have found an association between risk for dementia and long-term PPI use in older adults, and 2016 Beers criteria identify PPIs as potentially inappropriate for chronic use in older adults because of increased risk for C. difficile and bone loss.