SAN FRANCISCO – The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced it reached an agreement with Epocrates®, Inc., a leading developer of clinical information and decision support tools for healthcare professionals. Academy members will now have access to Epocrates’ online database of drug and disease information directly through the Academy’s Ophthalmic News and Education (O.N.E.™) Network. In addition, Academy members can purchase Epocrates’ mobile and online premium products with an exclusive discount. Members can review the discounts when they log in and then click the Epocrates link from the O.N.E Network Home Page.
“By providing our members with access to a robust and trusted database of information, this agreement will help improve the quality of patient care and increase physician productivity,” said H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, executive vice president of the Academy.
Members logging into the O.N.E. network can call on the Epocrates free drug and formulary reference with more than 3,300 drug monographs, including adult and pediatric dosing, contraindications and cautions, adverse reactions, manufacturer and cost information. Ophthalmologists can conveniently lookup drugs by ophthalmic class or subclasses, and also use the quick drug interaction checker with drugs prescribed for systemic disease to help ensure safer prescribing. Additionally, they can check drug coverage as well as generic alternatives and co-pay levels for national and local health insurance plans. The company’s clinical content is developed by physicians and pharmacists and is continuously updated to keep users informed and current.
For ophthalmologists seeking mobile clinical information, Academy members can take advantage of a discount on the company’s premium software products for mobile devices. The products, which are available on Palm, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Blackberry platforms, offers a range of decision support resources.
About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons—Eye M.D.s—with more than 27,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three “O’s” – opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all, eye diseases and injuries, and perform eye surgery. To find an Eye M.D. in your area, visit the Academy's Web site at www.aao.org.