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November 3, 2003 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Dialog Adds New Medical Databases

Dialog, a Thomson business, announced that it has added three files of epidemiological data to its collection of medical information available through its Dialog online service. The three new files now available exclusively through Dialog are Hospital Inpatient Profiles (File 462), Hospital Outpatient Profiles (File 463) and Emergency Room (File 454). Each is composed of data compiled in the U.S. The databases are provided by Timely Data Resources (http://www.tdrdata.com), based in Capitola, Calif., which also supplies Dialog with its Incidence and Prevalence database (File 465), also available exclusively through Dialog.

The Hospital Inpatient Profiles file provides data on more than 7,000 diseases afflicting U.S. hospital inpatients. The data originate from the annual National Hospital Discharge Survey, covering approximately 270,000 inpatient records from about 500 hospitals. The Hospital Outpatient Profiles file provides data on more than 2,400 diseases afflicting outpatients surveyed as part of the annual National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), a national probability sample of hospital visits. The research is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Emergency Room file, also based on the CDC's NHAMCS research, covers 2,600 diseases.

Source: Dialog



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