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Elsevier’s SimChart Integrates EHR Training and Practice into Nursing Education Curriculum

February 7, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, February 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

SimChart prepares nurses for electronic documentation through real-world

cases and resources designed by Elsevier

Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/homepage.cws_home ], the leading provider
of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today
the availability of SimChart, an educational simulated electronic health record (EHR)
system designed for nursing students.

SimChart covers the core areas of nursing including medical surgical, pediatrics,
women’s health, and psychiatric, combining practical, real-world experience in electronic
documentation with integrated educator support to incorporate EHR practice into a nursing
education curriculum. Fully web-based and built using Elsevier’s world-class clinical
content, SimChart comes equipped with several real-life cases that allow students and
educators to incorporate electronic documentation into the classroom, simulation center,
skills lab, and clinical setting. Users are able to practice in a safe, monitored
environment before they practice on real patients, and can also customize their content by
adding additional cases into the system. The dynamic interface prepares students to chart
on any system they may encounter in a practice or clinical setting.

“Using SimChart in the lab makes simulation and lab experiences much more realistic
and allows students to become familiar with the process of finding information and
documenting care in an EHR, resulting in more effective use of time on the clinical unit,”
said Deborah Bambini, PhD,WHNP-BC, CNE, Associate Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing,
Grand Valley State University. “It is also very helpful that students can log their
clinical experiences and build a portfolio for future employers.”

Additionally, SimChart offers the following distinctive features:

        - Comprehensive instructor support by Elsevier - including training, an
          implementation manual, and educator-oriented webinars and videos;
        - Educational tools which bolster the care planning and patient teaching skills
          of students;
        - Evaluation features which allow instructors to assess and grade students'
          documentation and generate reports;
        - Clinical Decision Support via direct access to Elsevier resources such as
          Mosby's Nursing Consult Student Edition, which includes content from 20 leading
          nursing and medical texts, and Elsevier CPM Resource Center's CPMGuidelines(TM), which
          deliver concise evidence-based information to interprofessional clinicians so that
          they may perform their specific professional responsibilities as effectively as

“Healthcare organizations have very few resources to train nurses on electronic
documentation, because most lack time or money to invest in these solutions,” said Susan
Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, Director, Academic Consulting Group, Elsevier. “Nursing
professionals also find it difficult to learn electronic documentation on the job, while
caring for patients. With SimChart, nursing students will be able to learn and understand
this skill prior to getting jobs in clinical settings.”

For more information about Elsevier SimChart, including purchasing information, visit:


About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information
products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health
communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet
[http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell [http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book
titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online
solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], SciVerse Scopus
[http://www.scopus.com ], Reaxys [http://www.reaxys.com ], MD Consult
[http://www.mdconsult.com ] and Nursing Consult [http://www.nursingconsult.com ], which
enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite
[http://www.scival.com ] and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review [http://www.medai.com ], which help
research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ]
employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC
[http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a world-leading publisher and information provider, which
is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN
(Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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        Tom Reller
        Vice President, Global Corporate Relations, Elsevier
        +1-215 239 3508

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