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Release: Sept. 5, 2000
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UI part of consortium launching new medical information web site for health
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa department of pathology is part
of a consortium of six universities that today announced the launching of
a new Internet service, UPCMD.COM, to provide medical information to health-care
professionals. UPCMD.COM is up and running with its first product, "Disease
Diagnosis," which provides rapid access to nearly 15,000 pages of original
information about diagnostic medical testing and diseases.
The new Internet service is provided by University Pathology Consortium,
LLC. This for-profit corporation has contracted with medical professionals
throughout the country to provide up-to-date information to subscribers. The
site is designed to facilitate better patient care, according to Kenneth L.
Sims, M.D., the consortium's chief executive officer and professor and chairman
of pathology at Creighton University. The consortium was formed and is directed
by departments of pathology and laboratory medicine at Creighton University,
Stanford University, the University of California at Davis, the University
of California at San Francisco, the University of Iowa and the University
of Southern California.
"It's basically one-stop shopping for physicians wanting readily accessible
and the most currently accurate information," said Michael Cohen, M.D.,
UI professor and head of pathology. "And, because this is a Web-based
product it can be updated almost instantaneously."
This site is distinctive because it provides an authoritative medical resource
designed to assist clinicians as they practice and need to look up information
during a patient visit. Rather than simply posting textbook content, the authors
are providing original material that will be updated as developments occur.
The information is available on an annual subscription basis. Prices will
vary depending upon the subscription desired. Prices are designed to make
the information affordable to all medical personnel.
In addition to "Disease Diagnosis," other forthcoming products
include "Evaluating Abnormal Test Results" and "Diagnostic
Medical Testing in Psychiatric Disorders." This last module will provide
testing information on how to detect underlying medical conditions that may
cause symptoms that mimic a psychiatric disorder. A comprehensive module,
"Transfusion Medicine," will also soon be completed and will be
offered initially to large health-care organizations and hospitals only. This
module will provide the most recent and comprehensive information about human
blood, its therapeutic uses, risks and immediate adverse effects.
Additional services will be directed toward pathologists who specialize
in the diagnosis of cancer using tissue sections and individual cell preparations
such as the pap smear. The consortium also plans to develop an academic series
that will include distinguished lectures, pathology images and continuing
medical education opportunities.
The UI department of pathology's participation in the consortium was enabled
by the UI Research Foundation, which has become a formal "member"
of the UPC. For more information about the consortium contact Ken Sims, M.D.
(402) 449-4967, firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael
Cohen, M.D. (319) 356-4433, email@example.com
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.