Oncology Today(TM) and Clinical Care Options Announce Exclusive Collaboration to Provide Online Education and Point-of-Care Programs to the US Oncology Network

Friday, November 13, 2009 General News
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RESTON, Va., Nov. 12 Clinical Care Options (CCO), a leader in the development of innovative interactive online, print, and live medical education for healthcare professionals, today announced its exclusive collaboration with Oncology Today(TM), a wholly owned subsidiary of US Oncology, Inc., to be the provider of online continuing medical education (CME) for the newly formed US Oncology's online clinician community, "The Oncology Portal."

"US Oncology has been looking for creative technologies to assist our specialist community in accessing needed continuing education via the convenience of their practice desktop," said Roy A. Beveridge, MD, Medical Director and Executive Vice President, US Oncology. "We are excited to partner with CCO to offer their unique educational programming and their new, innovative point-of-care program to our membership to further support our mission of improving patient care."

US Oncology has developed a new and innovative platform called The Oncology Portal, which provides a centralized location for oncology clinicians to access community discussions, practice-based information and forms, and clinical information. CCO's comprehensive oncology content will be featured on the portal via a co-branded portal page for continuing medical education. In addition, US Oncology's affiliated clinicians will have direct access to CCO's latest innovation, CCO Oncology inPractice, a dynamic content and search engine that provides Point of Care CME and other database resources to busy practitioners.

"We are delighted to have been selected by Oncology Today(TM) for this opportunity to directly support US Oncology network clinicians in their quest to stay current and provide information at the point of care," said Jeffrey L. Drezner, MD, PhD, CEO of CCO. "We look forward to working closely with Oncology Today(TM) to develop even more innovative ways to make these programs available for use by US Oncology-affiliated practitioners at the point of care and within their new social networking technology."

About Oncology Today(TM)

Oncology Today(TM) is the in a unique position to identify and serve the educational needs of community-based cancer caregivers. The primary focus is to provide education that helps the clinician to effectively translate the latest oncology research, treatment, and technology into practical information.

Oncology Today(TM) has developed strong, trusting, working relationships with designated physician leaders throughout US Oncology's network of affiliated physicians. These relationships give Oncology Today(TM) a distinct ability to gain accurate and critical insight into the educational needs of the community-based oncologist. For more information about Oncology Today, please visit www.oncologytoday.com.

About US Oncology, Inc.

US Oncology, Inc., headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, works closely with physicians, payers, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturers to identify and deliver innovative services that enhance patient access to advanced cancer care. US Oncology supports one of the nation's foremost cancer treatment and research networks, accelerating the availability and use of evidence-based medicine and shared best practices.

US Oncology uses its expertise to support every aspect of the cancer care delivery system--from drug development to distribution and outcomes measurement--enabling the company to help increase the efficiency and safety of cancer care. According to the company's last quarterly earnings report, US Oncology is affiliated with 1,310 physicians operating in 493 locations, including 98 radiation oncology facilities in 39 states. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.usoncology.com.

About Clinical Care Options

Clinical Care Options, a leader in the development of innovative, interactive, online medical education programs and proprietary medical education technologies for healthcare professionals, creates and publishes original continuing medical education and information resources that are designed specifically for healthcare providers in the areas of HIV, hepatitis/gastroenterology, and oncology. CCO's educational programs are developed not only to provide the latest scientific information but to also support the understanding, confidence, application, and competence of healthcare professional learners. In addition to the latest point-of-care resource, inPractice, CCO provides a spectrum of live and online educational programs and formats. For more information about the company and its programs, visit its Web site at clinicaloptions.com.

SOURCE Clinical Care Options

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