Epocrates Invests in Future Physicians

U.S. Medical Students Receive Free Epocrates Essentials Subscriptions to Advance Education and Patient Care

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fueling the medical minds of tomorrow is crucial to providing the best-trained and most resourceful healthcare workforce in the future. Epocrates, Inc. (Nasdaq:EPOC), developer of the top medical app among U.S. physicians, is investing in education and care quality by offering free subscriptions for its premium mobile product to all U.S. medical students. The next generation of physicians is now heading back to school with an essential tool – Epocrates® Essentials drug, disease and diagnosis reference — at no cost.

"With more Americans potentially entering the healthcare system, future physicians will need access to top-notch training and the latest innovations. At Epocrates, we feel it is our responsibility to provide our nation's medical students with a key resource that will help advance their education, and ultimately, their ability to deliver efficient, quality care," said Andy Hurd, Epocrates' president and chief executive officer.

Many top medical schools, such as Yale School of Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine, recommend or require students to have a mobile device loaded with the Epocrates app. The majority of medical students use mobile devices, primarily Apple iPhone smartphones, to access critical drug and safety information in real time. Whether studying pharmacology in the classroom or seeing patients on hospital rounds, many students already access the Epocrates application on their mobile devices. Now, with complimentary Epocrates Essentials subscriptions ($159), medical students will have additional decision support tools on-hand including lab interpretation guides, evidence-based treatment guidelines, differential diagnoses and disease images.

"As a fourth year medical student, Epocrates is indispensable to me and my education," said medical student Meredith Baker. "It is the first place I go with a question, and will be my right hand in practice too."

More than 40 percent of medical students also indicate that mobile medical applications are the first place they turn to for answers to a clinical question, according to Epocrates' sixth annual Future Physicians of America Survey. For additional insights about today's medical students, join the Epocrates webinar featuring the 2012 survey results.

Future Physicians of America Webinar

What: The seventh annual Future Physicians of America Survey addresses a variety of timely topics and insights including:

  • Opinions about healthcare reform and legislation
  • Future career goals and expectations
  • Mobile technology usage
  • Clinical training strengths and weaknesses

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Where: Reserve a webinar spot now at http://bit.ly/Ndu5a0.

About Epocrates, Inc.

Epocrates, Inc. (Nasdaq:EPOC) is recognized for developing the top medical application among U.S. physicians for clinical content, practice tools and health industry engagement at the point of care. Epocrates has established a loyal network of more than one million healthcare professionals, including 50 percent of U.S. physicians, who routinely use its intuitive solutions to help streamline workflow and improve patient care. The company also facilitates the delivery of valuable content and tools between partnering organizations and its members. For more information, please visit www.epocrates.com/company.

Epocrates is a trademark of Epocrates, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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