Wolters Kluwer Health announced today that UpToDate, the acclaimed evidence-based clinical decision support resource, is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its founding with the launch of its 25th clinical specialty, anesthesiology.
In 1992, Dr. Burton “Bud” Rose, a renowned nephrologist and medical textbook author, created UpToDate in the basement of his house. Initially a nephrology-focused disease reference tool accessed via floppy disk, UpToDate has since grown to become one of the most trusted and indispensable clinical resources used by doctors around the world to diagnose and treat patients.
Denise Basow, MD, President & CEO of Clinical Effectiveness at Wolters Kluwer, said about UpToDate, “Dr. Bud Rose’s real genius was to say, ‘Instead of writing about a particular disease, let’s write about the specific clinical questions that a clinician has, apply the best evidence to answer those questions, and then make very specific recommendations for care.’” Dr. Basow adds, “Today, we are changing more than 300,000 medical decisions every day in over 180 countries.”
Over the past 25 years, UpToDate has grown to include over 10,500 clinical topics in 25 specialties. A clinical faculty of more than 6,500 physician authors, editors, and peer-reviewers from 53 countries apply their deep clinical domain expertise to critically evaluate available medical literature and produce original content in a succinct, searchable format that can be quickly and easily accessed at the point of care. Today, more than 1.3 million clinicians in 187 countries consult UpToDate’s website and mobile apps, viewing more than 32 million topics per month.