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Elsevier Provides Free Clinical Reference Support for Japan Earthquake Relief Efforts
Elsevier announced that following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the company is providing free access to its primary online clinical reference tools—MD Consult and First Consult—to all IPs originating from Japan. Free access will be available through April 2011. This effort is part of a new initiative to provide easily accessible focused resources in response to world events that present difficult medical challenges.
MD Consult is an authoritative combination of clinically relevant information to give medical professionals an answer to their clinical questions, stay abreast of recent developments, and educate patients, resulting in better patient care and improved outcomes. First Consult is Elsevier’s point-of-care content that is integrated within MD Consult and leverages evidence-based medical information to deliver answers that are trusted, quick, and accessible.
MD Consult has also added a recommended resource topic page for Radiation Sickness, which is linked from http://www.mdconsult.com.
If access to a desktop computer is problematic, MD Consult has a mobile version, and First Consult has an iPhone/iPad app that provides offline access to First Consult’s content in areas that have limited or no internet connectivity.
Elsevier is also providing free online access to medical information for healthcare professionals in Japan through the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), a partnership of the National Library of Medicine and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers and other publishers. EAI provides temporary free access to full-text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters. The idea for EAI was proposed in the aftermath of 9/11, but its first real use was in response to last year’s earthquake in Haiti.
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