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GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 22, 2004--Thomson PDR, a part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE:TOC)(TSX:TOC), the leader in information solutions for healthcare and scientific professionals, announced today an agreement with Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)) (Nasdaq:ZIXI) to integrate prescription drug briefs derived from Physicians Desk Reference(R) (PDRConcise) into the ZixCorp ePrescribing solution, PocketScript(TM).
It is estimated that medication errors caused by illegible handwritten prescriptions or avoidable drug interaction runs over $1 billion a year and up to 7,000 people die each year in U.S. hospitals and outpatient settings. ePrescribing hits these issues straight on. ePrescribing reduces the chance of medical errors by enabling clinicians to electronically transmit prescriptions directly to the pharmacist, minimizing the opportunity for error. Integrating PDRConcise into PocketScript gives clinicians quick access to drug indications and therapies, allowing them to better serve their patients.
"Physicians require current and complete drug information to prescribe drugs safely. As the leading source of medication information, PDR is an apt complement to ZixCorp's ePrescribing solution, PocketScript," said Dr. Daniel Sands, vice president and chief medical officer for ZixCorp.
"We see two trends accelerating physician adoption of ePrescribing over the next few years. First, we continue moving toward ePrescribing legislation and second, we're striking the critical balance between ease of use and functionality. More physicians are augmenting their clinical workflow with electronic information and tools like ePrescribing," said David Duplay, executive vice president for Thomson PDR.
About The Thomson Corporation and Thomson PDR
PDR(R) has been the drug information standard for nearly 60 years and reaches almost 500,000 practicing physicians in the U.S. on a complimentary basis each year. In addition to publishing the PDR, the Thomson PDR group publishes several other annual titles and offers numerous professional educational program sponsorship opportunities to the pharmaceutical industry. Thomson PDR is a part of The Thomson Corporation. With 2003 revenues of $7.6 billion, Thomson is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of healthcare and scientific research, law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate training and assessment. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has approximately 43,000 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE:TOC)(TSX:TOC).
About Zix Corporation
Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)) is a global provider of e-messaging protection and transaction services. ZixCorp offers a range of solutions to protect organizations from viruses, spam, and electronic attack, as well as enabling secure electronic communications, such as email encryption and eprescribing. ZixCorp helps organizations of any size to streamline operations, mitigate risks, and leverage the efficiencies of e-messaging. For more information, visit www.zixcorp.com.
Kim Tompkins, 214-515-7338
Jackie Kirschman, 303-486-6535