Thomson Healthcare Showcases Decision Support Solutions at HIMSS 2007 to Improve Medication Safety and Performance Management


The Integrated Offering of Order Sets, Patient-Specific Dosing and Medication Reconciliation Support the Industry's Need to Connect Clinicians to Relevant Knowledge at the Point of Care

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 26 // -- HIMSS THOMSON HEALTHCARE BOOTH #4437 -- In light of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 2006 Preventing Medication Errors report, Thomson Healthcare is showcasing innovative new clinical decision support solutions for improving a hospital's medication safety and performance management processes at the HIMSS annual conference Feb. 25-March 1 in New Orleans, La. Thomson Healthcare, part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC), is the leading provider of healthcare decision support solutions to improve clinical and business performance outcomes.

The three integrated medication safety solutions -- Order Sets, Patient- Specific Dosing and Medication Reconciliation -- support the healthcare industry's need to connect clinicians to relevant medical knowledge at any point in the patient care process. The solutions are a core component of the Thomson Healthcare Clinical Xpert(TM) family of Web-based clinical workflow applications. The applications link to Thomson Healthcare's authoritative clinical knowledge, which is updated with the latest evidence by a team of practicing physicians, nurses and pharmacists, and helps hospitals and health systems meet Joint Commission core measures.

Order Set Solution: Written in compliance with national quality standards to meet key performance measures, this evidence-based library of order sets covers the most frequent hospital and emergency department diagnoses and procedures. The order set templates link to clinically consistent disease, lab and drug information from Thomson Healthcare. The Order Set Solution includes the Thomson Knowledge Manager tool to customize and export order sets, an order item catalog with medical coding, unique Boolean logic operators for appropriate drug selection, and the TALLman lettering best practice recommended by the IOM.

Patient-Specific Dosing: This clinical knowledge tool provides results and recommendations for a specific dose based on renal function, hepatic function, and height and weight of a patient. It improves medication safety by ensuring correct therapeutic dosages are ordered -- preventing drug dosing errors in both adult and pediatric patients as well as high-risk patients with renal or hepatic impairment. Clinicians can access Patient-Specific Dosing through their clinical workflow application and technology systems such as an electronic medical record.

Medication Reconciliation: This Web-based solution enables hospitals to create, maintain and reconcile more accurately a patient's list of medications from admittance to discharge. It significantly reduces the potential for ADEs due to incomplete or incorrect medication lists, and is a specific requirement and a patient safety goal under Joint Commission guidelines. The solution gathers, maintains and reconciles an electronic list of a patient's medications; enables caregivers to continue, discontinue, add or modify medications at each transition point; and features drug identification, interaction checking and e-prescribing tools, and the Patient-Specific Dosing Solution from Thomson Healthcare. The Medication Reconciliation Solution also incorporates medication-related information and functionality from DrFirst's award-winning Rcopia electronic prescription management solution.

About Thomson Healthcare

Thomson Healthcare is the leading provider of integrated decision support solutions that help healthcare organizations improve clinical and business performance. Through the ability of its solutions and products to combine real-time access to patient-specific information and care recommendations with powerful benchmarking and analytics Thomson Healthcare helps its customers drive actionable results that improve profitability, growth, quality of care and patient satisfaction. Thomson Healthcare is part of The Thomson Corporation (http://www.thomson.com/), a global leader in providing essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional customers. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research and healthcare. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).

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Source: Thomson Healthcare

CONTACT: D. Nikki Wheeler of Thomson Healthcare, +1-303-486-6031, Nikki.wheeler@thomson.com

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http://www.thomson.com/solutions/healthcare

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