Elsevier, Inc. Joins GE Healthcare's Centricity Physician Office Partner Program

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elsevier, a world-leading medical publisher, today announced that it has integrated its iCONSULT clinical decision support service with GE Healthcare's electronic medical record (EMR) software. The strategic partnership will focus on delivering Elsevier's iCONSULT service directly to the hospital and group medical practice community through GE Healthcare's Centricity Physician Office electronic medical record (EMR). iCONSULT delivers real-time clinical decision support by putting evidence-based, point-of-care clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow of health practitioners.

"As the largest publisher of medical information products and services, Elsevier offers advanced solutions for improving electronic workflow by providing medical information where physicians and nurses need it most, directly in the electronic medical record," said Dr. Sue Thomas, medical director for GE's Centricity Practice Solutions. "By partnering with iCONSULT, GE can offer Centricity Physician Office EMR users evidence-based information integrated with their electronic medical record."

Elsevier, a world-leading science and medical publisher, developed iCONSULT to integrate its clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow and enhance clinical decision support. Content is indexed against industry standard clinical vocabularies, patient demographics and organized around the clinician's workflow, allowing iCONSULT to deliver rapid answers to specific patient scenarios directly into the electronic medical record.

"We are pleased with this partnership and how it will support our goal of improving the outcomes of patient care. We are placing more of our world-class, clinical information where health practitioners need it to support their clinical decisions--directly at the point of care," says Brian Nairn, CEO, Elsevier, Health Sciences Division.

More information can be found at www.clinicaldecisionsupport.com or at the GE Centricity Physician Office EMR User Group Meeting in Portland, Oregon April 28-29, 2006.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, performance improvement, drug discovery, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies is helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways to predict, diagnose, inform and treat disease, so their patients can live their lives to the fullest.

GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enable a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $15 billion unit of General Electric Company . Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 43,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in 74 offices worldwide publish more than 1,800 journals and 2,200 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), Scopus (http://www.news.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).


CONTACT: Mike Smith, Elsevier +1-314-453-5070 Michael.smith@elsevier.com

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