Information Today
Volume 17, Number 6 • June 2000
PreMEDLINE, MedCases Now Available Through Ovid Online

Ovid Technologies, Inc. has announced that it has added PreMEDLINE for access via Ovid Online. PreMEDLINE is the NLM’s (U.S. National Library of Medicine) in-process database for MEDLINE, its medical research database. PreMEDLINE provides basic citation information and abstracts before the citation is indexed with NLM’s MeSH heading and added to MEDLINE. According to the announcement, it’s a vital resource for medical researchers who need up-to-the-minute information. Ovid has also announced that it has reached an agreement with MedCases, Inc. to distribute and integrate the MedCases medical education product with resources on Ovid Online.

Ovid is providing free online PreMEDLINE access to all current and future Ovid Online and Local-Online Hybrid MEDLINE customers. Ovid’s versions of PreMEDLINE and MEDLINE can be searched together as a single database with the new 4.1.0 version of the Ovid Web Gateway search-and-retrieval software, recently released for Ovid Online customers.

Ovid will provide daily updates of PreMEDLINE on Ovid Online. Records will appear with the tag “MEDLINE record in process” until they are available in full form in the MEDLINE database. Ovid MEDLINE will continue to be updated weekly, as the NLM completes its own updates.

“At Ovid we made our reputation with researchers by offering a feature-packed implementation of MEDLINE with an innovative search-and-retrieval interface,” said Debbie Hull, Ovid president and CEO. “Now, Ovid users not only have the best MEDLINE in the industry, but also one of the most up-to-date.”

According to the announcement, the MedCases learning system combines interactive, problem-based instructional methods with convenient Internet access via Ovid Online to deliver users a high-quality medical education tool in a personalized format. Currently available from Ovid for institutional subscriptions, MedCases Ob/Gyn services are now accessible to Web users at subscribing institutions, to be followed by pediatrics, family medicine, and general surgery later this year. MedCases will roll out education services for 30 medical specialties in the next several years. Institutions that subscribe to MedCases will be able to offer the education tool to users both via Ovid’s standard Web environment for libraries and via the soon-to-be-released Ovid On Call Web environment designed especially for clinician end-users.

“MedCases is an important part of Ovid’s ongoing effort to provide our medical customers one-stop access to a full range of integrated clinical information tools,” said Hull. “Teaming up with MedCases allows us to offer an authoritative and comprehensive new medical education tool, integrated with our bibliographic databases, full-text books and journals, evidence-based content, and other resources.”

“We are pleased to be teaming up with Ovid to provide services to the institutional marketplace,” said Keith Cox, MedCases president and CEO. “Ovid’s literature database services will enrich the educational value of our case-based education for physicians.”

Source: Ovid Technologies, Inc., New York, 800/950-2035, 212/563-3006;

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