Elsevier to Offer Free Point-of-Care CME Credits from Cleveland Clinic to MD Consult, First Consult Users

Online CDS users can receive free CME credits for self-directed, structured learning, Search = CME credit

Philadelphia, PA, 10 May, 2010 – Elsevier, a world leader in health care and medical publishing and online solutions, today announced that the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education will provide point-of-care Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit to users of MD Consult and First Consult.

“Our dedication to providing a wide array of first-rate CME opportunities to medical professionals throughout the world will be further advanced through this relationship with Elsevier’s MD Consult and First Consult,” said William D. Carey, M.D., Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education. “We have one of the largest and most diverse CME programs anywhere, and we’re looking forward to bringing CME credit to MD Consult and First Consult users.”

Users of First Consult, which provides instant access to information on evaluation, diagnosis, clinical management, prognosis and prevention, and MD Consult, a clinical reference tool utilized by more than 2000 healthcare organizations and 95 percent of all U.S. medical schools, will earn Point-Of-Care CME Credit as they perform searches and access relevant content to answer patient care questions.

“The Cleveland Clinic’s validated CME content will bring a truly unique, individualized learning experience to the hundreds of thousands of MD Consult users around the world,” said Randy Charles, Managing Director, Global Clinical Reference, Elsevier. “Within the daily workflow, as they use clinical content to support diagnosis and treatment, physicians will be able to click a button and receive CME accredited by one of the world’s leading healthcare institutions.”

After performing a search and finding the answer in MD Consult’s breadth of clinical content, physicians can then click on “Request CME” and complete a short form from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education, which is accredited at the highest level (with commendation) by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. By submitting this short form, physicians can earn 0.5 American Medical Association PRA (Physician’s Recognition Award) Category 1 Credit(s)™ for each search conducted through MD Consult and First Consult.

“With point-of-care CME credits, physicians can apply for CME credit with ease, speed, convenience and no disruption in their workflow,” Charles said. “Physicians will be pleased to know that their searches for timely, evidence-based clinical content can now qualify for CME credit.” MD Consult subscribers perform more than 1.7 million searches per month.

Physicians are turning increasingly to the Internet for clinical information: 86 percent of U.S. physicians now use the Internet to gather health, medical or prescription drug information, according to a November 2009 survey commissioned by Google. A 2009 Manhattan Research survey put the number at 89 percent, and one-third of physicians have claimed that they changed a patient’s treatment as the result of an Internet search. Instead of relying on the unproven information available widely on the Internet, Elsevier sees physicians gravitating more to the evidence-based clinical content provided by online tools such as MD Consult and First Consult.

Elsevier’s MD Consult delivers instant access to full-text articles from more than 80 medical journals and Clinics, 50 medical references across a range of specialties, clinically relevant drug information, and more than 10,000 patient handouts in English and Spanish. Elsevier’s First Consult offers an online database on patient evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, tests and prevention, interactive access to potential diagnoses and video and animated guidance on common medical procedures.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com