End-to-End Solution Supports Digital Content from Creation through Delivery
Charlottesville, VA, July 6, 2006 — Today, Unbound Medicine, a leader in knowledge management solutions and mobile information resources for healthcare, announced the release of Unbound Publishing™, a suite of powerful authoring and publishing modules for the Unbound™ Platform. With this addition, the Unbound Platform now supports end-to-end digital publishing activities from content creation through Web, wireless and personal digital assistant (PDA) delivery. The most extensive demonstration of the fully realized Unbound Platform is Harrison’s Practice, a point-of-care product launched today by McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading global provider of information resources for the scientific and medical communities.
Harrison’s Practice was developed in an entirely paperless environment. Authors and editors accessed Unbound Publishing over the Internet from any location and used familiar browser-based functionality to write and edit content. A flexible and easy-to-implement workflow management system allowed the managing editor to customize document routing and user rights based on project needs. Unbound Publishing’s authoring modules supported all pre-publication activities such as structural design, authoring, editing, proofreading, incorporation of media, internal and external linking, and indexing. Sophisticated version control simplified the review of changes and allowed reversion to any previous stage.
“Working in the Unbound Publishing authoring module is a new and refreshing means of writing and editing. It is clearly the wave of the future in publishing,” said Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and one of the editors of Harrison’s Practice. “I liked having the ability to attach comments directed to other members of the editorial team and to quickly incorporate the latest scientific developments that have a direct impact on patient care.”
“We wanted Harrison’s Practice to mark a new direction for one of McGraw-Hill’s most important brands,” said Michael Hays, vice president of McGraw-Hill Professional’s Digital group. “By collaborating with Unbound Medicine we were able to adopt an innovative approach to creating, maintaining, and delivering digital content.”
In addition to the time- and cost-saving advantages of digital content creation, the Unbound Platform supports instantaneous and simultaneous publication of new and updated content to all major digital devices. Users can view the content on the Web, download the content to a PDA, or access the content using a wireless device such as a Smartphone, Treo™ or BlackBerry™. The XML repository created during the editorial process can also be output at any time to support print publication or distribution through other digital channels.
“Adding authoring tools and workflow management to the Unbound Platform completes our end-to-end digital publishing solution,” said Bill Detmer, MD, CEO of Unbound Medicine and consulting editor for Harrison’s Practice. “This project demonstrates that expertise at the intersection of medical knowledge, information architecture, and technology can provide tangible benefits for authors, publishers, and clinicians.”
About Unbound Medicine
Unbound Medicine, Inc. develops next-generation knowledge management systems for healthcare. The company’s authoring, publishing, and distribution platform together with its information architecture services help partners provide mobile healthcare professionals with advanced systems for creating, managing, and sharing knowledge. Additional information is available at www.unboundmedicine.com.
About McGraw-Hill Professional
McGraw-Hill Professional is a leading global provider of general interest, business, multimedia and computer titles, and reference works that include materials for the scientific, technical and medical communities. It is a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 290 offices in 38 countries. Sales in 2005 were $6.0 billion. Additional information is available at www.mheducation.com.