iPad next stop for ClinicalKey

Medical and scientific publishing company Elsevier is planning to release an iPad-optimised version of its recently launched ClinicalKey online search engine.

The Australian version of ClinicalKey includes local content including Australian brand and generic drug names as well as additional terms from the SNOMED CT Australian release and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT), under licence from NEHTA.

ClinicalKey is aimed at doctors and specialists as well as researchers and includes access to more than 600,000 articles from 500 medical journals, including local society journals. It can also search 900 medical and surgical reference books and five million images.

It includes 20 million abstracts from MEDLINE and and more than 800 First Consult point-of-care clinical monographs, along with the Australian Medicines Handbook drugs data.

There are also numerous medical and surgical videos, clinical practice guidelines and patient information documents.

ClinicalKey is powered by Elsevier’s Smart Content, tagged with Elsevier Merged Medical Taxonomy (EMMeT), which allows users to find the most relevant medical content. The tool allows physicians to filter search results by clinically meaningful subcategories such as content type, specialty and by relevant clinical categories such as treatment and diagnosis.

One of its niftiest tools is the ability to select images from its database and automatically insert them into a PowerPoint presentation. The images appear with an abstract, the correct reference including author and publication and copyright details.

Users can also select articles and books and add them to a reading list. There is also a citation email function allowing users to select an article or image and email it directly from ClinicalKey. Widely sourced patient education information can be printed out or emailed as well.

It stores a range of clinical guidelines, allowing users to select only Australian content from a range of sources including the National Heart Foundation, the federal and state departments of health, the RACGP and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

An iPad-optimised version is expected to be released later this year. Elsevier was not willing to announce how much the service costs, but it is offering the service on a subscription basis, with individual subscriptions available later this year.

A free trial is available on the ClinicalKey website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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