Skyscape turns Apple iPhone into medical decision support tool

Skyscape, the worldwide leading service for trusted medical information by specialty for mobile devices, announced the availability of its popular decision support suite for Apple Computer’s iPhone. With this announcement, physicians and other medical professionals will gain instant access to a broad collection of drug, clinical, lab and evidence-based medical information and medical alerts, conveniently streamed to their phone. With the availability of the industry’s most comprehensive collection of trusted resources from Skyscape on the iPhone, healthcare providers and institutions can offer their medical staff added choice and flexibility.

“We share our customers’ excitement surrounding the iPhone and we moved quickly to support it with our products,” said Sandeep Shah, Skyscape CEO, in the press release. “Skyscape’s highly flexible architecture enables us to continue our long history of supporting customers on the mobile platform of their choice. The introduction of the iPhone is clearly a watershed event in the mobile industry and we are excited about pioneering its use for medical decision support.”

Apple’s iPhone offers unique benefits to medical practitioners including the integration of phone and Internet capabilities in a single device. This makes it an ideal platform for Skyscape’s STAT philosophy, delivering the most up-to-date information when and where it is needed by healthcare practitioners. Additionally, the exceptional multimedia capabilities of the iPhone provide an ideal platform for delivery of medical information that includes visual images and other rich media including photographs, pictures, flowcharts, graphs and tables and even sound and video.

Skyscape medical resources enable healthcare practitioners to improve the quality of care, reduce costs, increase efficiencies and reduce medical errors. Over 35 specialties are represented in Skyscape’s portfolio. These resources span a wide variety of medical information including clinical titles, drug and lab guides, specialty-specific publications, guidelines, health plan formularies, continuing medical education (CME), journals and breaking medical news and alerts.

“I’m thrilled to see Skyscape’s mobile medical resources on the iPhone,” said Nancy Tice, physician, author and noted authority on the use of mobile technology in healthcare, in the press release. “I love the iPhone’s design and ease of use, but a key requirement for me to start using it was to have access to trusted medical decision support resources. Now that Skyscape supports the iPhone, physicians can truly embrace it as a clinical tool for use at point of care. As usual, Skyscape has designed a characteristically powerful interface that makes navigation through its large volume of information quick and intuitive. And, they have leveraged iPhone multimedia capabilities really well, showcasing a wide range of images, photographs, flowcharts and graphs. Skyscape on iPhone is very compelling!”

Source: http://www.skyscape.com

17 Comments

  1. The iPhone is till nitch though.

    iPod went mainstream because everyone loves to take all their music with them. The iTMS certainly helped.

    iPod/iTMS covered all the bases. Windows/Mac, all music genres, artists, labels, countries.

    The iPhone is nitch. Only AT&T, expensive, low memory for what it can handle etc. etc.

    The iPhone needs to broaden it’s appeal to cover all the bases, countries, 3G, carriers, etc.

    Because it doesn’t have broad appeal, and Apple has a tendancy of completely changing things on a whim, screwing up other companies buisness plans, I don’t see the iPhone being nearly as popular as the iPod.

    Spaz has spoken

  2. >Because it doesn’t have broad appeal, and Apple has a tendancy of completely changing things on a whim, screwing up other companies buisness plans, I don’t see the iPhone being nearly as popular as the iPod.>

    Yeah, it also has a tendency to foul business plans.

  3. 60 million current AT&T cellular customers was an entirely appropriate small market to get their feet wet.

    GSM was the engineering choice for compatibility with the 1 billion annual cell phone market.

    It’s difficult to see beyond your own space, but we’re in the first at bat of the ball game here. Leave now if you believe you know the final score.

  4. Spaz, you are clueless. And if you are going to pontificate, at least get your spelling right. It’s “niche” not “nitch”, you nitwit.

    You spewed the following: “Because it doesn’t have broad appeal, and Apple has a tendancy of completely changing things on a whim, screwing up other companies buisness plans, I don’t see the iPhone being nearly as popular as the iPod.”

    Did you even READ the article above? The whole point of the article is to show that the iPhone has features so compelling that a leading provider of medical information solutions for the healthcare industry is endorsing the iPhone. If you think healthcare is a “niche” industry, think again. Healthcare is rapidly growing into the largest industry in America, consuming an increasing share of our GNP. The announcement above will pave the way for the iPhone to become rapidly adopted by doctors and hospitals across America. And as the iPhone is rolled out abroad, you will see a similar effect elsewhere.

    The ability for a doctor to see X-Rays, MRI images and other critical medical data will have a dramatic effect on healthcare, and the iPhone will be a driver of that. And that is just in healthcare. There will be any number of other industries in which the combination of the iPhone’s power and mobile technology will have a tremendous effect. Regardless of what clueless pundits might say, the iPhone will show up in the enterprise in corporations and government agencies because of its compelling advantages.

    I love it when short-sighted, self-annointed pundits like Spaz make Enderlesque twits of themselves. Just fast-forward a couple of years, Spaz, and you will see just how short-sighted your vision proves to be. There is no doubt that the iPod is a groundbreaking product. But the iPhone will go much further and in interesting new directions. It’s more than a phone. As the article above shows, it will save countless lives, and improve lives in ways we can scarcely imagine.

  5. This is all well and good but EDGE SUCKS so access is VERY SLOW – we need this info FAST. Skyscape has products that are in the memory of the device which make access faster. Until APPL opens up the iPhone, we are all doomed to slug speed!

  6. SN

    “This is all well and good but EDGE SUCKS so access is VERY SLOW – we need this info FAST. Skyscape has products that are in the memory of the device which make access faster. Until APPL opens up the iPhone, we are all doomed to slug speed!”

    Jeez, you sound like Edge is the only option. I doubt that there are many Hospitals, Medical Centers, or Doctors offices that don’t already have a high speed wifi network in place that the iPhone can seamlessly join.

  7. oh this so sweet ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    since my wife is a nursing student and needs to buy the new Davis Drug Guide for school I think I have leverage to talk her into an iPhone. She wants one anyway, but this should push her over the edge. And since we were planning to purchase a new iMac anyway, maybe we’ll get 2 iPhones instead.

    plus having family who works for apple and can get us a 15% discount, makes it all the sweeter.

  8. Hmmm … all the hospitals i’ve worked in (Santa Cruz, San Jose, Salinas, Watsonville, Monterey) prohibit cell phones from being turned on while on rounds. There’s a misplaced concern over interference with the medical electronics. While all the studies I’ve read indicate there is NO interference, hospitals still ban these devices in the wards. I wonder how practical these applications will be in the real world, or if this is a sign of policy changes to come in the industry. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to use this, but as of today, I would need to retreat to the lobby or outside to access them.

    If anyone else has any ideas regarding this issue, i’d love to read your posts. Thanks

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