Joslin Diabetes Center and Epocrates Launch Innovative Diabetes Resource for Clinicians
BOSTON – June 18, 2008 – Clinicians across America now have access to the knowledge and opinions of a renowned diabetes expert, thanks to a collaboration between Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s largest diabetes clinic, research center and provider of diabetes education, and Epocrates Inc., a leading developer of handheld clinical applications.
Richard Jackson, M.D., Director of Medical Affairs, Healthcare Services, Joslin Diabetes Center, is the sole contributing editor for Epocrates’ new diabetes mobile resource center. This convenient handheld resource is designed to provide an intelligent, editorially independent summary of the most important clinical news and research in diabetes.
With diabetes rates on the rise among Americans, and the influx of medical news and developments, clinicians need a trusted source to help them sort through the clutter and keep current. The mobile resource center’s content, including scientific articles, research findings and breaking news, is selected and commented upon by Dr. Jackson to support clinicians’ care of patients with diabetes and its related conditions.
“This is a powerful way for healthcare professionals across all disciplines to quickly receive the latest diabetes research, news and information,” said Dr. Jackson, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “It’s a great forum for me to share compelling, real-time diabetes updates with other clinicians on the front lines of diabetes care.”
Dr. Jackson’s commentary, along with an integrated rating system, identifies the clinical significance of the information in order to help healthcare professionals stay current in a time-efficient manner. In a recent entry, Dr. Jackson addressed confusion regarding how aggressively pregnant women should be screened for diabetes. He presents recommendations from various governing bodies clearly and distills it in a way that clinicians can digest and apply to their practice.
“Through working with Dr. Jackson, as well as a leading organization such as Joslin, we can give our subscribers access to knowledge and resources they otherwise may not have immediately available to them,” said Kirk Loevner, chief executive officer and chairman for Epocrates.
This point-of-care diabetes resource, along with three other resource centers, are available through Epocrates and can be downloaded to Palm® or Windows Mobile® devices at no cost.
About Richard Jackson, M.D.
Richard Jackson, M.D., Director of Medical Affairs, Healthcare Services, Joslin Diabetes Center is a senior investigator in Joslin’s Section on Immunology and Immunogenetics, where he established the Hood Center for Prevention of Childhood Diabetes and was part of the first multi-center clinical trials for prevention of type 1 diabetes. He is founder and medical director of Joslin’s Diabetes Outpatient Intensive Treatment (DO IT™) program, and is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has authored more than 100 articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals and has served on review boards for the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Canadian Diabetes Association.
About Epocrates Mobile Resource Centers
Epocrates Mobile Resource Centers are authored and updated by recognized authorities in their field of medicine to help healthcare professionals stay current on diagnoses and treatments in selected clinical areas. Healthcare professionals can reference the centers for access to valuable information, including breaking news, research findings, conference highlights and related continuing medical education courses.
About Epocrates, Inc.
Epocrates is a leading provider of clinical information and decision support tools to healthcare professionals. Epocrates currently has more than 500,000 active subscribers worldwide, including more than one in four U.S. physicians and more than one in three U.S. medical students. The company’s subscription-based services enable healthcare professionals to make more informed medical decisions, reduce medical errors and practice more efficiently. For more information about Epocrates, please visit http://www.epocrates.com/company.
About Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s largest diabetes clinic, diabetes research center and provider of diabetes education. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real hope and progress toward diabetes prevention and a cure for the disease. Founded in 1898 by Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School. For more information about Joslin, call 1-800-JOSLIN-1 or visit http://www.joslin.org/.