Thomson Acquires NexCura
Patient Information and Communications Added to Healthcare Solutions
STAMFORD, Conn., 11/07/2005, The Scientific & Healthcare group of The Thomson Corporation announced the acquisition of NexCura – adding highly targeted patient education and communications to its healthcare information business. Already a provider of authoritative and trusted healthcare information, Thomson says NexCura strengthens its healthcare solutions with critically important tools and channels to help clinicians and others better communicate with patients. Thomson Scientific & Healthcare is a part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) – a leader in information solutions for healthcare professionals. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
NexCura delivers timely medical information to targeted groups of patients. Through patented online decision support tools, patients receive personalized medical information relevant to their conditions. This evidence-based information is used by patients and their physicians to make complex treatment decisions and manage acute and chronic conditions, such as cancer and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
“If you are a physician, nurse, or any healthcare professional trying to provide the best information and decision-making tools to patients with specific conditions, you have to be excited about the combination of NexCura and Thomson Healthcare – with information sources including Micromedex, Medstat, PDR, and CenterWatch,” says Peter Hoover, NexCura CEO.
“With this acquisition, NexCura will reach more patients and more market segments, and Thomson Healthcare can further enhance the value we bring to customers with these additional offerings,” says Kevin King, president and CEO of Thomson Healthcare.
Thomson indicated the NexCura offerings will expand to cover additional disease conditions and be further tailored to meet the evolving needs of payer and employer clients as the demand for consumer-directed healthcare tools grows. “We expect a seamless transition for customers. This is another example of how we are working across our entire healthcare organization to improve our information solutions and better help patients together with their caregivers make critical decisions faster,” Mr. King added.
The Thomson Corporation
The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com) is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. With 2004 revenues of $8.10 billion, Thomson provides value-added information, software tools, and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of scientific research, healthcare, law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, and corporate e-learning and assessment. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has approximately 40,000 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation’s common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (TSX: TOC; NYSE: TOC).
NexCura is a Seattle-based healthcare information and communications company that offers patients, caregivers, and providers relevant, timely, and evidence-based knowledge that is individually tailored to each patient’s unique clinical situation, enabling them to make better informed decisions about treatment options and care. The company distributes its services to consumers and providers for free through a network of pre-eminent resource centers, including national patient advocacy groups, payers, providers, and healthcare portals. The core technology, known as the NexProfiler™ treatment tools for cancer, heart, and lung, enables NexCura to provide mission-critical communication and research communication services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. NexCura has experienced rapid patient adoption and is now serving over 750,000 new registered patients annually in oncology, cardiovascular, and respiratory diseases. For information about NexCura visit www.nexcura.com.
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