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

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PHILADELPHIA, May 10, 2010

- Online CDS Users can Receive Free CME Credits for Self-Directed,Structured Learning Search = CME Credit

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/), a world leader in health care andmedical publishing and online solutions, today announced that the ClevelandClinic Center for Continuing Education (http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/)will provide point-of-care Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit to usersof MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/) and First Consult (http://www.firstconsult.com/).

"Our dedication to providing a wide array of first-rate CME opportunitiesto medical professionals throughout the world will be further advancedthrough this relationship with Elsevier's MD Consult and First Consult," saidWilliam D. Carey, M.D., Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center forContinuing Education. "We have one of the largest and most diverse CMEprograms anywhere, and we're looking forward to bringing CME credit to MDConsult and First Consult users."

Users of First Consult, which provides instant access to information onevaluation, diagnosis, clinical management, prognosis and prevention, and MDConsult, a clinical reference tool utilized by more than 2000 healthcareorganizations and 95 percent of all U.S. medical schools, will earnPoint-Of-Care CME Credit as they perform searches and access relevant contentto 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 Consultusers around the world," said Randy Charles, Managing Director, GlobalClinical Reference, Elsevier. "Within the daily workflow, as they useclinical content to support diagnosis and treatment, physicians will be ableto click a button and receive CME accredited by one of the world's leadinghealthcare institutions."

After performing a search and finding the answer in MD Consult's breadthof clinical content, physicians can then click on "Request CME" and completea short form from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education, whichis accredited at the highest level (with commendation) by the AccreditationCouncil for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)( http://www.accme.org/) toprovide continuing medical education for physicians. By submitting this shortform, physicians can earn 0.5 American Medical Association PRA (Physician'sRecognition Award) Category 1 Credit(s)(TM) for each search conducted throughMD Consult and First Consult.

"With point-of-care CME credits, physicians can apply for CME credit withease, 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 Consultsubscribers perform more than 1.7 million searches per month.

Physicians are turning increasingly to the Internet for clinicalinformation: 86 percent of U.S. physicians now use the Internet to gatherhealth, medical or prescription drug information, according to a November2009 survey commissioned by Google. A 2009 Manhattan Research survey put thenumber at 89 percent, and one-third of physicians have claimed that theychanged a patient's treatment as the result of an Internet search. Instead ofrelying on the unproven information available widely on the Internet,Elsevier sees physicians gravitating more to the evidence-based clinicalcontent provided by online tools such as MD Consult and First Consult.

Elsevier's MD Consult delivers instant access to full-text articles frommore than 80 medical journals and Clinics, 50 medical references across arange of specialties, clinically relevant drug information, and more than10,000 patient handouts in English and Spanish. Elsevier's First Consultoffers an online database on patient evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, testsand prevention, interactive access to potential diagnoses and video andanimated guidance on common medical procedures.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical andmedical information products and services. The company works in partnershipwith the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000journals, including The Lancet (http://www.thelancet.com) and Cell(http://www.cell.com), and close to 20,000 book titles, including majorreference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions includeScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com), Scopus (http://www.scopus.com),Reaxys (http://www.reaxys.com), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com) andNursing Consult (http://www.nursingconsult.com), which enhance theproductivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite(http://www.scival.com) and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (http://www.medai.com),which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes morecost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is partof Reed Elsevier Group PLC (http://www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leadingpublisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed ElsevierPLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam),REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).Contact: Tom Reller, Vice President, Global Corporate Relations, Elsevier, +1-215-239-3508, T.Reller@Elsevier.com .

SOURCE Elsevier

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