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6/9/2004
Press Release

ASHP, Skyscape Partner on PDA Versions of Drug Information Resources

Healthcare professionals are increasingly turning to electronic handheld devices to help them manage the staggering amount of drug information necessary for daily practice. To address this need, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is collaborating with Skyscape, a leader in intelligent mobile solutions, to offer versions of selected ASHP drug information resources for use in personal digital assistants (PDAs). 

Skyscape’s patented technology, ART™, will allow practitioners to access ASHP’s premier, unbiased drug information resources anywhere and at any time. ART provides many unique user-friendly features, including the ability to smARTlink which allows clinicians to move between different references seamlessly—from determining appropriate drug treatment to checking on potential interactions—quickly and and easily all while staying incontext. It also can be seamlessly be integrated into an organization’s existing systems so that practitioners can access not only drug monographs, but also electronic medical records, practice guidelines, patient management systems, patient scheduling systems, and e-Prescription writers.

“ASHP is committed to offering practitioners with the most accurate drug information available,” said ASHP Executive Vice President and CEO Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D.  “Our partnership with Skyscape allows us to broaden the reach of our resources so that patients receive the best drug therapy.”

The first ASHP product available in PDA format is Family Rx: AHFS Patient Drug Information. Family Rx, designed specifically for consumers, is based on MedMaster, the patient drug information database that fuels ASHP’s MedTeach software and safemedication.com, ASHP’s Web site for consumers. This PDA product covers more than 800 drugs with instructions for patients on dosing, precautions, and possible side effects and interactions, as well as new and updated black box warnings. It also includes home infusion and cancer chemotherapy monographs.

A PDA version of AHFS DI: Essentials, ASHP’s new condensed drug information resource for nurses and other healthcare professionals, will be released in fall 2004. Purchasers of Family Rx and the PDA version of Essentials will receive a year subscription that includes frequent updates and technical support.  For more information about, or to order Family Rx, which costs only $15, visit the ASHP Web site at www.ashp.org or www.Skyscape.com.

"Skyscape is pleased to be partnering with ASHP to bring their trusted medical content to practitioners at the point of care. By delivering ASHP's drug resources to healthcare practitioners via the handheld, the potential for medical errors is reduced through better management of the overwhelming volume of constantly changing drug information," states Skyscape President and CEO Sandeep Shah.

Skyscape is the leading provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for healthcare enterprises and individual practitioners. Skyscape’s mobile platform enables the enterprise-wide deployment of the industry’s most extensive portfolio of handheld medical and nursing reference information to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare decision making at the point-of-care. Skyscape’s solutions are available on multiple platforms, including Palm OS®, Windows® CE and Pocket PC. For more information about Skyscape, visit www.skyscape.com.

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective.  The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.  For more information, visit ASHP’s Web site, www.ashp.org.