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Skyscape Wins the Information War: Brings the Special Forces Medical Handbook to the PDA.

Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers/High-Tech Writers

HUDSON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 23, 2002

Leader in Mobile Medical Solutions Gives Civilian and Military

Medical Professionals the Information They Need to Diagnose

and Treat Patients in Any Circumstance

Skyscape, Inc., the leading provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the healthcare community, today announced the availability of the Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook from Teton NewMedia for the PDA. The content was created by the United States Special Operations Command, Office of the Command Surgeon, and over 80 medical specialists, and is now the unified reference for Special Forces combat medics in all branches of the Armed Forces.

This emergency medicine reference book is specifically designed to help medical personnel make the appropriate diagnoses and administer the proper treatments, even when they may not have access to the methods, drugs and equipment with which they would normally work. The Skyscape-powered PDA reference contains the entire content of the book, including 270 images and 50 tables. It will help medical professionals in the Armed Forces and civilians to gain access to the information they need, and provides all doctors, nurses and EMTs with a handy reference guide for when they know they will be away from their typical working environment. Most importantly, because of Skyscape's smARTlink(TM) technology, the content of this book can dynamically link to content from other medical references, enabling physicians to check drug dosages, drug interactions or refer to specialty texts to gain additional insight.

"As an Internal Medicine doctor, I am frequently deployed around the world in often very remote locations. I cannot take all my favorite medical text books with me and often find myself at a loss for high quality medical references," said Major Sonya Krause, MD, US Army. "Thanks to Skyscape products I can download an endless array of medical texts to my PDA. During my last deployment to the Balkans, I used the 5 Minute Emergency Medicine Consult when taking care of a burn patient. I find Skyscape products easy to use, medically accurate, and my best battle companion."

The Special Operation Forces Medical Handbook provides treatment protocols organized by symptoms and affected organ system, including specialty areas such as trauma, infectious disease and toxicology. It also has guides for critical procedures, surgeries and basic medical skills, with information on how to handle specific environmental hazards including altitude and temperature related illness, chemical injuries and exposures.

Actionable Data To Improve Healthcare

Skyscape's solutions bring critical, actionable information to healthcare workers in a context they can use--reducing the time they need to spend consulting information and adding value by enabling complex information queries and access to the latest drug information. Research has shown that the ability to capture and retrieve information at the point-of-care can reduce the time it takes to deliver care in half and can significantly reduce prescription errors. The power of handhelds has been recognized by the medical industry, with almost 50 percent of doctors using the devices today.

Through the use of Skyscape solutions on their handhelds, physicians and other medical professionals can diagnose illnesses, determine treatment, prescribe medication, identify drug interactions, calculate dosages, and perform all the necessary steps involved with quality patient care right at the patient's bedside. Skyscape's patented technology enables practitioners to follow their own intuitive thought process and workflow, improving care quality and reducing administrative time.

"Medical professionals encounter new situations every day, and the ability to access the critical information at the point of care is essential when saving minutes means saving lives," said RJ Mathew, vice president of marketing and business development for Skyscape. "Whether a medical professional is in the Armed Forces treating casualties, or an EMT encountering an accident on a rural road, they need to have the information to handle unexpected circumstances at their fingertips - and Skyscape and the Special Forces Medical Handbook give them that ability."

About Teton NewMedia

Teton NewMedia is a niche publisher that acquires and publishes affordable information for both veterinary and human medicine. In conjunction with a distinguished author-base, they focus on providing quality information in multiple formats that assists practitioners in providing better healthcare. Teton NewMedia is committed to providing alternative, interactive content including print, CD-ROM, web-based applications and eBooks. For more information about Teton NewMedia, visit our Website at www.tetonnm.com.

About Skyscape

Skyscape is the leading provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the healthcare community. Skyscape utilizes its patented ART(TM) (Advanced Reference and Transaction) infrastructure technology to create compelling high-value solutions for handheld devices that reflect and support the intuitive thought processes of the medical practitioner. Skyscape's solutions significantly improve the quality and efficiency of medical decision making--at the point of care--by enabling doctors to diagnose illnesses, determine treatment, prescribe medication, identify drug interactions, calculate dosages and perform all the necessary steps involved with quality patient care.

Skyscape has the largest installed base of paying customers in the industry including individual and communities of medical practitioners at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Stanford Medical School, Partners Health System, Duke University, Mayo Clinic, and Kaiser. Skyscape's solutions are available on multiple platforms including Palm OS(R) and Windows(R) CE/Pocket PC. For more information about Skyscape, please visit our Website at www.skyscape.com.

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