Netherlands based global healthcare information provider, Wolters Kluwer, has announced the launch of its mobile evidence-based clinical decision support resource, UpToDate® Anywhere, in South Africa.

The non-mobile version of UpToDate has been used in SA since 2003 by doctors, hospitals and health organisations as a source for current, evidence-based clinical answers and recommendations for diagnosis and treatment. Organisations that use UpToDate include a provincial health department, cancer centres, as well as top medical schools from Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria and University of the Witwatersrand.

Accessing UpToDate on iOS, Android and Windows 8 mobile platforms via smartphones and tablets will allow SA clinicians to use the system at the patient’s bedside, in a consulting room, counselling room or even when working remotely.

Local hospitals and healthcare system CMIOs can also opt to embed UpToDate in their electronic medical record (EMR) systems such as Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, MEDITECH and Siemens. This will allow clinicians to search UpToDate more efficiently, with fewer clicks and without additional windows or logins.

“As more and more clinicians in South Africa rely on UpToDate, we are committed to being a partner in their efforts to make the right diagnostic and treatment decisions for their patients,” said Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Decision Support (UpToDate), Denise Basow, MD. “The launch of UpToDate Anywhere in South Africa helps ensure clinicians have rapid access to reliable clinical recommendations at the point of care and beyond.”

In 2014, South African clinicians viewed over 600,000 topics in UpToDate, the top five being Epidemiology and pathogenesis of Ebola virus disease; Practice Changing Updates; Approach to the patient with abnormal liver biochemical and function tests; Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of Ebola virus disease; and Diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state in adults: Treatment.

“Seeing two Ebola virus topics listed among those most viewed by clinicians in South Africa demonstrates how critical it was to have accurate, evidence-based information and expert guidance in the face of an imminent epidemic last year,” said Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Cape Town, Dr Lynette Denny. “Finding ‘Practice Changing Updates’ as the second most-viewed topic in the list validates the importance South African doctors place on staying abreast of changes that impact the care they provide to their patients.”

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