Skyscape Unleashes the Power of PDAs For Veterinarians

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HUDSON, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Jan. 20, 2004 -- Leader in Mobile Medical Information Provides Veterinary Practitioners and Students with Anywhere, Anytime Access to Trusted Medical Reference Information -- Skyscape(R), Inc. (www.skyscape.com), a leading provider of enterprise-wide mobile medical and nursing reference solutions, today announced that it has launched a new line of trusted reference titles for use by practitioners and students of veterinary medicine. Through partnerships with leading publishers Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Teton NewMedia, Skyscape is providing veterinary physicians, technicians and students with mobile access to comprehensive information about the care and treatment of animals.

Over the next few months, Skyscape will introduce several products as part of its new veterinary specialty line, beginning with three of the leading references in the field:

-- The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult - Equine--ALREADY RELEASED--Designed to provide veterinary medicine students and practitioners with concise, practical reviews of almost all diseases and clinical problems in equine medicine, this handheld reference published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins provides up-to-date information in an easy to use format. Emphasis is placed on definition, pathophysiology, diagnosis/treatment of problems, and diseases likely to be encountered by equine practitioners. The reference covers three major areas: Problems & Physical Findings, Diagnostic & Laboratory Findings and Diseases & Clinical Syndromes. Features include coverage of more than 500 diseases and conditions, organization by body system, information on clinical pathology and laboratory medicine for each disease, and complex diseases covered in a quick-reference format.

-- The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult - Canine & Feline 3/e--This quick handheld reference published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins offers timely, authoritative answers to every common and not-so-common question concerning canine and feline health. More than 300 top specialists provide complete coverage of over 700 specific disorders. This revised edition includes a new behavior section written by preeminent experts in small animal behavior and offers valuable therapeutic and drug information. More than 60 new entries cover a wide range of clinical syndromes and the drug formulary has been updated and expanded. The PDA format offers mobile access to important information including instant access to the drug formulary through helpful links, a variety of search options (e.g. alphabetical, subject, dog, cat) and a library of more than 700 diagnostic and clinical images.

-- Diagnostic Key & Treatment for Dog & Cat Parasites-- Published by Teton NewMedia, this is a concise, easy to use and accurate handheld resource for identifying and developing a treatment plan for commonly seen parasites in dogs and cats. The parasites selected are those normally occurring in fecal or blood specimens and found in North America. Identification is made through the use of diagnostic keys providing pictures of structures found under the microscope, which lead to assessment of the infective stage and identification of the involved organism. A brief description includes the clinical signs, infective stage of the organism, site of infection, life cycle and optimal treatment protocol. The program covers both dog and cat parasites and contains 95 high quality color images.

"I treat a significant number of horses in my practice as I own and direct a large equine referral practice. It is not convenient or practical for me to carry all the reference books with me that I need, so I find using the Skyscape titles on my PDA to be an extremely valuable resource. Within seconds I have located exactly the ancillary information I need and can link directly to the treatment options, including dosages, for optimum patient care," said Grant Myhre DVM, owner and surgeon of the Rochester Equine Clinic, Rochester, New Hampshire.

Harnessing the Power of smARTlink for Veterinarians

Skyscape's patented smARTlink(TM) technology brings critical information to veterinarians in a context they can use--reducing the time needed to spend consulting information and adding value by enabling complex queries and access to the latest disease, drug and drug interaction information. The smARTlink functionality allows medical professionals to easily cross-index with other clinical and drug prescription products from Skyscape, especially concerning interactions between drugs for multiple conditions.

All powered-by-Skyscape references dynamically cross-index via the smARTlink functionality on the handheld. For example, if a veterinarian were treating a cat that presented with an ear condition, the vet could quickly look up cat, then ears, then ear mites with the click of a stylus in The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult - Canine and Feline. After reviewing the differential diagnosis and treatment information, the veterinarian can then, with a single click, smARTlink to Diagnostic Key & Treatment for Dog & Cat Parasites to view different mite images to verify the diagnosis and then determine which drugs are available to treat this condition. Additional information about ear mites or otodectes cynotis would then be instantly viewable by the veterinarian.

"The practice of veterinary medicine can require professionals and students to travel between multiple clinics, or among different locations in more rural settings, which makes transporting essential reference books problematic," said RJ Mathew, vice president of marketing and product development for Skyscape. "Creating a specialty line for vets is a logical extension of our technology, which has been embraced by hundreds of thousands of physicians, nurses and students. We expect those caring for animals to find our products to be just as helpful and easy-to-use."

About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW)

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, is a leading international publisher of professional health information resources for physicians, nurses, specialized clinicians and students. Nearly 275 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines are published under the LWW brand, as well as content-based sites and online corporate and customer services.

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is a unit of Wolters Kluwer nv, a multinational information services company with annual sales of more than EUR3.9 billion and 20,000 employees.

About Teton NewMedia

Teton NewMedia is a niche publisher that acquires and publishes affordable information for both veterinary and human medicine. In conjunction with a distinguished author-base, they focus on providing quality information in multiple formats that assists practitioners in providing better healthcare. Teton NewMedia is committed to providing alternative, interactive content including print, CD-ROM, web-based applications and eBooks. For more information about Teton NewMedia, visit our Website at www.tetonnm.com.

About Skyscape

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 utilizes its patented ART (Advanced Reference and Transaction) infrastructure technology to create compelling high-value solutions for handheld devices that reflect and support the intuitive thought processes of the medical practitioner. Skyscape has the largest installed base of paying customers in the industry, including individual and communities of medical practitioners at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Stanford Medical School, Partners Health System, Duke University, Mayo Clinic, SUNY and Kaiser Permanente. Skyscape's solutions are available on multiple platforms, including Palm OS(R), Windows(R) CE and Pocket PC. For more information about Skyscape, please visit our Website at www.skyscape.com.

Skyscape and smARTlink are registered trademarks. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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