Wolters Kluwer Health, a clinical reference information provider that among other things offers the UpToDate series of Web and mobile apps, has announced plans to acquire another big name in mobile medical reference: Lexi-Comp. Wolters Kluwer described the deal as “the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions” for its clinical solutions business, which focuses on point of care services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The company stated that the acquisition would “enable pharmacist, physician and nurse customers to use an extended suite of mobile capabilities and online platforms, making access to critical medical information more convenient than ever before.”
Wolters Kluwer already has a partnership with Lexi-Comp, which provides some of the reference materials in WK’s UpToDate. UpToDate offers clinical reference materials on more than 8,500 topics and in 17 medical specialties authored by more than 4,400 expert clinicians. The online and mobile service counts 400,000 users. who also provide feedback on the content. Wolters Kluwer acquired UpToDate in October of 2008 when it had 3,800 expert authors covering 7,400 topics. Terms of that deal were not disclosed either.
Wolters Kluwer stated that following the acquisition of Lexi-Comp some 500,000 pharmacists and clinicians in 149 countries will have access to its clinical solutions services.
We noticed in September 2009 — about a year after Apple’s AppStore launched — that Lexi-Comp’s $299 app called Lexi-Complete was one of the highest revenue generating medical apps in the store. At the time it ranked at 156 out of 200 apps across all categories.
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