Waltham, Mass. – (May 16, 2013) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that its clinical decision support resource, UpToDate® has been named by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program as a 2013 Laureate for its Global Health Initiative.
A partnership between Wolters Kluwer Health and the Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project at Harvard University, the UpToDate Global Health Initiative provides clinicians practicing in resource-limited settings with donated subscriptions to UpToDate, a peer-reviewed, evidence-based clinical resource developed to aid in diagnosis and clinical management. It also provides ongoing development of clinical content specific to the needs of clinicians in these settings and a dedicated community on GHDonline.
Free access to UpToDate has benefitted 175 institutions and 8,400 clinicians caring for more than 2 million patients in 45 countries. The program has also facilitated UpToDate access following natural disasters worldwide, including the earthquakes in Haiti, Japan and New Zealand.
The annual Computerworld Honors award program recognizes visionary applications of information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
“Clinicians in resource-limited settings frequently practice with insufficient information resources to address the broad range of health issues affecting patient care. The UpToDate Global Health Initiative overcomes these limitations by connecting clinicians with evidenced-based clinical decision support and peer-to-peer networking to support diagnosis and care management decisions,” said Denise Basow, M.D., Vice President/General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are honored to have our efforts recognized by the Computerworld Honors Program and we consider it a true validation of our mission of improving care worldwide.”
The impact the UpToDate Global Health Initiative has on clinicians in resource-limited settings is apparent from the discussions in the private community for international donation program grant recipients on GHDonline.org. Dr. Erin Meier with the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea writes that access to UpToDate means hospital physicians do not have to rely on guidelines in decades-old textbooks, and helps them apply current recommendations to patient care.
Dr. Meier writes, “Despite our limitations, [UpToDate] has helped us immensely in how we care for patients, in making diagnosis, and in helping us relearn and refresh our minds about some of the things we are seeing each day.”