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Doctors, using PEPID PDA software, improve performance 50 percent in recent study

SKOKIE, IL, August 8, 2005 - PEPID LLC ─ the world’s leading developer of medical information and support tools ─ announced today that critical care doctors, using PEPID software on PDAs, improved their clinical performance by 50 percent in a recent independent study. This is welcome news to a healthcare industry suffering from information overload and fatigue.

“Our goal has always been to make PEPID the best knowledge-based point-of-care solution for the medical community,” adds PEPID CEO Dr. Rosenbloom. “There’s growing evidence that we are achieving our objectives…helping healthcare professionals make better decisions, reduce the risk of errors, and improve patient care and outcomes at the point-of-care.”

The Canadian study tracked the use of medical information resources by critical care physicians over a 12-month period. After each doctor was given a baseline clinical performance evaluation, the entire subject group was trained on how to use PEPID on PDAs. During a final blind evaluation, the physicians chose whether or not to use the handheld devices or more traditional information resources, like books.

Those who used PEPID for the final evaluation improved their scores by 50 percent over their baseline trial. The physicians who did not use the PDAs showed no improvement compared to their baseline performance.

The researchers also note that physicians in the study group, who used books and other traditional references, took from 10 to 15 minutes to find answers to clinical questions — when they bothered to look them up at all. Those using PEPID software found their answers in an average of 19 seconds. The study concludes that physicians who use a handheld device to access medical information improve the speed and quality of their diagnoses (Lapinsky, et al).

“While the study’s conclusion focuses on PDA usage, more and more often successful research projects on the infusion of handhelds are using PEPID as their medical information database,” says PEPID President, John Wagner. “As the PDA market matures, medical professionals are realizing it is no longer a question of whether or not to use a PDA, but what reference application is on it.”

“Day in and day out, PEPID subscribers prove that our point of care content is an effective information resource in critical care, primary care, clinical and educational settings,” adds Wagner. “It’s great to have yet another objective study that validates what our users tell us everyday. The evidence is in . . . when it comes to medical information software, PEPID makes a significant difference.”

The Prospective evaluation of an internet-linked handheld computer critical care knowledge access system study (Lapinsky et al) is available online at http://ccforum.com/content/8/6/R414


About PEPID LLC

PEPID is the nation’s leading producer of fully-integrated medical reference software delivered to point-of-care on a PDA or any Internet-connected device. The firm was founded in 1994 by Dr. Mark Rosenbloom, a board-certified emergency physician and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Today, the firm continues to pursue medical content excellence, supported by cutting-edge technology and worldwide market expansion.

PEPID’s medical information software is designed to provide all medical professionals with instant bedside access to complete reference and decision-support tools. Healthcare practitioners save precious time finding and processing information, and can spend more time with their patients. PEPID software products ─ specifically designed for physicians, nurses, students, paramedics and pharmacists ─ provide access to current clinical and pharmacological information at the point-of-care via handheld devices or an Internet connected PC.

PEPID partners with the Family Physicians Inquiries Network(TM), the Oncology Nursing Society, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, PalmOne(TM), Dell (TM), and many others. More information about PEPID and our products can be found at www.pepid.com.

Contact: David Luck, Marketing Services Director, 888-321-7828 ext 204, email dluck@pepid.com