American Well Selects First DataBank's Drug Data for Use in Online Physician-Patient Care Consultations

Monday, December 15, 2008 General News
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SAN BRUNO, Calif., Dec. 15 First DataBank, a leadingprovider of integrated drug databases ( the healthcare industry, today announced the company's drug data has beenintegrated into American Well's Online Care system(, a secure, Web-based platform thatfacilitates on-demand, real-time Online and phone consultations with medicalprofessionals any time of day.

Through the integration of First DataBank's National Drug Data File Plus( intoAmerican Well's Online Care system, medical professionals are able to accesscomprehensive drug information for thousands of prescription drugs including adrug's profile and important safety information such as side effects, druginteractions, official warnings and alerts, and medical conditions associatedwith a particular drug. In addition, they can file prescriptionselectronically through the system. For the first time, the medicalprofessional can consider such information while offering guidance to thepatient or suggesting a course of treatment.

"American Well's provision of on-demand, online and telephone careservices meets a rapidly growing need of patients and consumers," said DonNielsen, M.D., President, First DataBank. "A vital component of that onlinemedical consultation is access to reliable and comprehensive drug informationto ensure patient safety is protected at all times throughout the caredelivery process." I am pleased that American Well has chosen First DataBankas their drug data partner in this important new healthcare service."

American Well ( is partnering with healthplans to bring a new generation of modern, cost-effective services to thehealthcare market. By harnessing the power of consumerism and advancements incommunication technology, American Well's Online Care framework allows healthplans to dynamically manage care consumption by driving consumer-providerinteractions to the member's home, the least expensive of all care settings.American Well and the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), Blue CrossBlue Shield of Hawaii, announced earlier this year an alliance which allowsonline care services to all residents of the state of Hawaii, -- 1.3 millionpeople.

First DataBank's National Drug Data File Plus is one of the healthcareindustry's most widely used sources of up-to-date drug information utilized atthe point of care. NDDF Plus helps pharmacists, physicians, nurses and othermedical professionals avoid medication errors, prevent adverse drug events,reduce drug-related expenses and improve the quality of patient care.

"This integrated offering will put drug information at the fingertips ofphysicians during the actual care encounter," said Ido Schoenberg, MD, ChiefExecutive Officer of American Well, Inc. "This information, together withother tools and the power of live interaction will provide a broaderfoundation for physicians who are caring for patients using Online Care."

About American Well (

American Well has created a new healthcare marketplace where consumers andphysicians can come together online to acquire and provide convenient andimmediate healthcare services. Using the latest technologies in Webcommunications and digital telephony, American Well is committed to supportinghealth plans in meeting consumer and employer demand for affordable, efficientand immediate access to quality care. For more information, please visit

About First DataBank (

First DataBank, a subsidiary of Hearst Corporation, drives patient safetyand healthcare quality by providing drug databases that are used withininformation systems that touch every aspect of healthcare. For 30 years, wehave partnered with system developers to integrate and optimize our druginformation to improve user workflow and enhance clinical decision making bythose entrusted with treating patients at the point-of-need. For moreinformation about First DataBank, call 800-633-3453 or visit

(C) 2008 First DataBank, Inc. A subsidiary of Hearst Corporation. Alltrademarks mentioned herein are the properties of their respective owners.

SOURCE First DataBank

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