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Elsevier acquires ExitCare, provider of patient education solutions

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PHILADELPHIA, September 11, 2012 - Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today the acquisition of ExitCare, LLC, an enterprise-wide solution for patient education and discharge instructions. ExitCare provides peer-reviewed patient education and discharge instructions to support clinicians, empower patients and help providers meet their patients' educational needs.

Focused on improving patient care and outcomes, Elsevier and ExitCare solutions give healthcare providers the tools and information necessary to ensure that patients are discharged in accordance with The Joint Commission and Meaningful Use requirements.  ExitCare's products, incorporated into Elsevier's portfolio of clinical decision support (CDS) content and tools, will help healthcare providers improve the delivery of healthcare information and services by interdisciplinary care teams across all care environments.

"This acquisition allows Elsevier to offer a more comprehensive and better integrated point-of-care decision support solution to our customers," said Jay Katzen, Managing Director of Elsevier's Clinical Decision Support division.  "ExitCare's team and offerings add substantial expertise and depth in patient education to our suite of solutions, and we look forward to providing an enhanced experience for our customers as they work to improve patient safety and outcomes."

Relevant and accurate patient information delivered to patients throughout the care continuum is integral to improving patient outcomes and safety.  ExitCare will provide Elsevier with associated print, electronic and video patient education content and tools that are critical to increasing patient engagement and reducing readmissions, and also meet the emerging needs of both hospitals and office-based physicians who wish to provide a multimedia education experience for their patients.  Elsevier and ExitCare first began collaborating in November 2011 on several content solutions, including Mosby's Nursing Consult, Clinical Pharmacology and MD Consult.

"Our extensive group of nearly 60 domestic and international resellers - including hospital information systems, electronic medical record and other companies - will benefit from the complementary suite of products to improve the provider experience and enhance clinical workflow and documentation in today's regulatory environment," said Roger Jacobi, President of ExitCare.  "Together we address the needs of hospitals, urgent care centers and physicians' practices that must empower patients with informational and educational content.  Our sophisticated product and market development, 12 different languages and content that contains meta tags including ICD-9 and 10, CPT, gender, age, cognitive level, language and more will enable Elsevier customers to answer the demands of various patient populations."

Elsevier's primary clinical constituents use ExitCare's patient education material to evaluate care, plan for care, facilitate transitions of care, and educate patients on their diseases, medications, labs and all other critical health information available at the point of care.  The content is delivered through referential solutions and is also embedded into the clinical workflow through EHR integration.  

ExitCare is headquartered in Minnesota.  The acquisition is effective immediately and financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.


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