UpToDate Provides Free Access to Its Medical Content to All Users in Japan

Posted in Press Releases on Friday, April 01, 2011.

Move by Online Clinical Information Resource Is in Response to Ongoing Medical Crisis

Waltham, Mass. (April 1, 2011) — UpToDate, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, announced today that it is providing free access to its online medical content to all users in Japan. This decision was made by the company immediately following the recent earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country’s northeast coast. In addition, individuals and organizations worldwide now have free access to UpToDate’s radiation exposure resources. These include:

“UpToDate’s mission is to improve healthcare around the world. So it was an easy decision to allow free access to clinicians in Japan as they are dealing with these tragic events and trying to provide the best care they can for patients,” said Denise S. Basow, MD, President and Editor-in-Chief of UpToDate.

This move by UpToDate is part of a larger effort by Wolters Kluwer Health, which is currently providing free access to several of its other health information resources to Japanese hospitals and healthcare institutions. These include Ovid®, Fact & Comparisons® eAnswers, and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Some of these products, including UpToDate, were also made available in New Zealand following the Christchurch earthquake and in Haiti in 2010.

About UpToDate

UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support system available online via computer, smartphone, tablet or other web-enabled device. Covering more than 9,000 topics in 17 medical specialties, UpToDate provides current, synthesized clinical information to answer clinicians’ questions quickly, increase clinical knowledge and improve patient care. UpToDate is relied on by more than 450,000 clinicians worldwide and almost 90% of academic medical centers in the US. The UpToDate global community includes more than 4,800 physician authors, editors and peer reviewers. Patients can also access UpToDate’s free patient information or subscribe to UpToDate for the same current in-depth medical content trusted by physicians.

UpToDate is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools, journals and textbooks, such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; and electronic information providers, such as Ovid®, UpToDate®, Medi-Span®, Facts & Comparisons®, Pharmacy OneSource and ProVation® Medical.

Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer has 2010 annual revenues of €3.5 billion ($4.7 billion), employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Visit our website, YouTube or follow @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter for more information about our customers, market positions, brands, and organization.

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