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For clinical decision support in space, NASA astronauts aboard International Space Station turn to UpToDate from Wolters Kluwer

(10 October 2018 - Wolters Kluwer, Health) Wolters Kluwer, Health today announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is piloting the use of UpToDate on board the International Space Station (ISS).

UpToDate is an evidence-based clinical decision support resource that equips clinicians with the most current medical information, including expert-authored recommendations that can be used at the point of care. Since internet connectivity is limited aboard the ISS, NASA is using UpToDate MobileComplete to enable access UpToDate content without continuous internet access. With all UpToDate content downloaded locally to an iPad, astronauts have seamless offline access to the latest comprehensive clinical content that spans more than 11,000 clinical topics.

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“For over a quarter-century, UpToDate has served as the world’s most trusted clinical decision support resource. Now, we are proud to be used on the ISS, 250 miles (403 km) above the earth’s surface,” said Denise Basow, CEO of Clinical Effectiveness, Wolters Kluwer, Health. “Wolters Kluwer leverages insights from thousands of world-renowned experts, authors, editors and peer reviewers to help clinicians make the best care decisions wherever they practice — even in space.”

On earth, the offline accessibility of UpToDate MobileComplete is an important clinical asset in rural regions with limited internet connectivity as well as in disaster zones. With hurricane season in full swing, UpToDate MobileComplete can be an invaluable resource when regions temporarily lose power and internet.

Approximately 90 percent of academic medical centers in the U.S. and more than 36,500 hospitals and institutions worldwide trust UpToDate to improve patient care. It continues to be the only clinical decision support resource associated with shortened patient stays and saving lives.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global provider of professional information, software solutions, and services for physicians, nurses, accountants, lawyers, tax specialists, and finance, audit, compliance, and regulatory sectors.

The company provides expert solutions - a combination of deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services - that help professionals navigate change, solve complex problems, and deliver impact in their respective fields.

Headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, Wolters Kluwer holds market-leading positions in 40 countries globally, represents customers across 180 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide. In 2017, it reported annual revenues of €4.4 billion.

Wolters Kluwer provides trusted clinical technology and evidence-based solutions that engage clinicians, patients, researchers and students with advanced clinical decision support, learning and research and clinical intelligence.