FIRST Consult to be implemented in three top medical schools

Drexel University, University of Illinois at Chicago and McMaster University select FIRST Consult, a point-of-care information tool, for use by medical students and staff.

Amsterdam, 23 May 2004 – Elsevier today announced that FIRST Consult, an evidence-based, point-of-care clinical information tool, continues to gain momentum on the medical school campus. Drexel University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, two of the largest medical schools in the U.S., and McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, where problem-based learning was originally developed, purchased FIRST Consult as a tool for use in the education of medical students. These medical institutions join the prestigious list of schools already using FIRST Consult, including Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Florida State University, George Washington University and Health Sciences University.

“We purchased FIRST Consult to support our medical students as well as our medical staff,” says Lenore Hardy, Director of Health Sciences Libraries, Drexel University. "We adopted it for its ease of use and for the evidence found throughout the service. Our medical students and staff find FIRST Consult to be a great resource for quickly diagnosing and supporting their clinical decisions when treating patients. We also find it very beneficial to be able to link from FIRST Consult to MD Consult for even more clinical information."

Elsevier, a world-leading science and medical publisher, developed FIRST Consult to be an integrated component of Elsevier’s MD Consult Clinical Knowledge System, the company’s premiere online medical information system for physicians, medical students and other health practitioners. FIRST Consult provides immediate access to continuously updated evidence-based information on evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of disease categories, enabling students to make immediate, accurate medical decisions.

"McMaster University is looking at alternatives to UpToDate® and selected FIRST Consult because it was evidence-based and because of the medical experts that collaborate to create the content on FIRST Consult. We are very excited that the birthplace of problem-based learning has decided to use

FIRST Consult to educate their future physicians. It says a lot about the product and its role in teaching medicine to students," says Richard Furn, FIRST Consult executive publisher.

FIRST Consult’s Benefits for Medical Education include:

· Fosters Efficient Decision-Making - the Differential Diagnosis tool enables practitioners to work back from a patient’s presenting sign or symptom drawn from a list of 1,500 diagnoses, sorted by age and prevalence.

· Provides Evidence-Based Support – Medical Condition files offer evidence-based and consistently organized, regularly updated information on patient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, tests, disease management and more.

· Perfect for Clinical Rotations – FIRST Consult improves students’ skills in treatment planning, clinical documentation, and patient education.

· Closer integration with MD Consult: links between FIRST Consult and MD Consult, to ensure greater clinical decision support and ultimately improved patient care

“We are honored to have elite institutions like, Drexel University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and McMaster University choose FIRST Consult as their premiere information system,” said Fiona Foley, executive vice president of global medicine/MD Consult. “In the fall of 2003, we launched FIRST Consult, and have since exceeded our expectations on the medical school campus, which is a testament to the capabilities of this technology. We are committed to continue combining content with the appropriate technologies that will advance medical education across the world.”

In addition, FIRST Consult offers users step-by-step instructions with video demonstrations of commonly performed medical procedures; patient education materials in both English and Spanish.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com