AppliedTheory and Johns Hopkins Put Antibiotic Information At Physicians' Fingertips Through New Web Site

Collaboration Enables Physicians Nationwide to Choose

The Best Treatments for Infectious Diseases



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from AppliedTheory Corporation

    NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Physicians nationwide will have instant
 access to antibiotic information through the Internet, thanks to a Web
 application developed in part by a collaboration of the Johns Hopkins
 University Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and
 industry pioneer AppliedTheory (Nasdaq:   ATHY), the Internet knowledge,
 development and managed hosting partner for hundreds of large corporations.
     Developed in part to address a growing concern over antibiotic drug
 resistance and the inappropriate prescription of medication, The Johns Hopkins
 Antibiotic Guide (ABX Guide) uses the Internet to provide physicians with
 instantaneous information on the treatment of infectious diseases.  In
 addition, the ABX Guide collects data on physicians' decisions for prescribing
 antibiotics and shares that medical expertise with colleagues.  The Web site
 version of the Antibiotic Guide is now available at www.hopkins-abxguide.org,
 and contains detailed information on more than 160 drugs and approximately
 140 diseases treated by both specialists and primary care physicians.
     "We think this is one the best examples of harnessing the power of the
 Internet in a way that directly helps people," said Danny E. Stroud, president
 and CEO of AppliedTheory.  "We are honored that Johns Hopkins chose
 AppliedTheory to help them advance medical research and patient care.  Johns
 Hopkins is a world-renowned health care organization and a pioneer in medical
 advancements.  This project has also set an exemplary standard for the
 integration of development and managed hosting services.  This is the
 direction we believe all enterprises will follow as they embrace the Internet
 as a powerful business tool."
     To make this guide possible, AppliedTheory developed a content management
 application to run the database.  The Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious
 Diseases developed the database content and will use AppliedTheory's
 applications to easily update the database using information from
 peer-reviewed journals and conferences.  In addition, AppliedTheory built the
 Web site and continues to host and manage it, ensuring physicians worldwide
 can access the ABX Guide 24 hours a day, seven days a week without service
 interruptions.
     "Medicine is a very fast-paced profession, so it is vital that physicians
 are able to quickly access and absorb medical information in short, easily
 understood segments.  AppliedTheory's design rapidly orients physicians to the
 information they need.  We look forward to working with Johns Hopkins on
 future projects that will enable physicians around the world to access the
 latest clinical research and share their professional expertise," said Stroud.
     The Antibiotic Guide is the first regularly updated digital medical
 specialty handbook in a planned series Johns Hopkins is making available to
 the medical industry.  In the next several months, Johns Hopkins plans to add
 a variety of other medical specialties which, when fully in place, will speed
 learning by physicians, simplify the management of clinical trials and provide
 Johns Hopkins researchers with a comprehensive view of the treatment and drug
 prescribing practices of physicians nationwide.
 
     About AppliedTheory Corporation
     Industry pioneer AppliedTheory combines its unparalleled knowledge base
 with the ability to build, integrate and manage Internet business solutions
 for hundreds of large corporations wanting to remain competitive in an
 increasingly complex online economy.  AppliedTheory's proactive responsiveness
 to changing business requirements have earned the company a 97 percent
 retention rate from customers, including AOL, America's Job Bank and The
 Stanley Works.  The company offers a comprehensive and fully integrated suite
 of e-Business, hosting, connectivity and security services, providing one of
 the industry's most reliable single sources for large enterprise Internet
 needs.  For additional information about the company, visit
 www.appliedtheory.com.
 
     About Johns Hopkins Medicine
     Johns Hopkins Medicine, established in 1995 to unite Hopkins' biomedical
 research, clinical, teaching and business enterprises, includes The Johns
 Hopkins University of School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns
 Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins
 Medical Services Corporation, Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians, Johns Hopkins
 HealthCare and Johns Hopkins Home Care Group.  The $1.8 billion enterprise is
 one of the largest employers in the state.  Its components consistently are
 named at the top of national rankings for best hospital and best School of
 Medicine, and its faculty consistently win the largest share of NIH research
 funds.  Results of this research continue to advance efforts to diagnose,
 treat and prevent many diseases.
 
 

SOURCE AppliedTheory Corporation
    NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Physicians nationwide will have instant
 access to antibiotic information through the Internet, thanks to a Web
 application developed in part by a collaboration of the Johns Hopkins
 University Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and
 industry pioneer AppliedTheory (Nasdaq:   ATHY), the Internet knowledge,
 development and managed hosting partner for hundreds of large corporations.
     Developed in part to address a growing concern over antibiotic drug
 resistance and the inappropriate prescription of medication, The Johns Hopkins
 Antibiotic Guide (ABX Guide) uses the Internet to provide physicians with
 instantaneous information on the treatment of infectious diseases.  In
 addition, the ABX Guide collects data on physicians' decisions for prescribing
 antibiotics and shares that medical expertise with colleagues.  The Web site
 version of the Antibiotic Guide is now available at www.hopkins-abxguide.org,
 and contains detailed information on more than 160 drugs and approximately
 140 diseases treated by both specialists and primary care physicians.
     "We think this is one the best examples of harnessing the power of the
 Internet in a way that directly helps people," said Danny E. Stroud, president
 and CEO of AppliedTheory.  "We are honored that Johns Hopkins chose
 AppliedTheory to help them advance medical research and patient care.  Johns
 Hopkins is a world-renowned health care organization and a pioneer in medical
 advancements.  This project has also set an exemplary standard for the
 integration of development and managed hosting services.  This is the
 direction we believe all enterprises will follow as they embrace the Internet
 as a powerful business tool."
     To make this guide possible, AppliedTheory developed a content management
 application to run the database.  The Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious
 Diseases developed the database content and will use AppliedTheory's
 applications to easily update the database using information from
 peer-reviewed journals and conferences.  In addition, AppliedTheory built the
 Web site and continues to host and manage it, ensuring physicians worldwide
 can access the ABX Guide 24 hours a day, seven days a week without service
 interruptions.
     "Medicine is a very fast-paced profession, so it is vital that physicians
 are able to quickly access and absorb medical information in short, easily
 understood segments.  AppliedTheory's design rapidly orients physicians to the
 information they need.  We look forward to working with Johns Hopkins on
 future projects that will enable physicians around the world to access the
 latest clinical research and share their professional expertise," said Stroud.
     The Antibiotic Guide is the first regularly updated digital medical
 specialty handbook in a planned series Johns Hopkins is making available to
 the medical industry.  In the next several months, Johns Hopkins plans to add
 a variety of other medical specialties which, when fully in place, will speed
 learning by physicians, simplify the management of clinical trials and provide
 Johns Hopkins researchers with a comprehensive view of the treatment and drug
 prescribing practices of physicians nationwide.
 
     About AppliedTheory Corporation
     Industry pioneer AppliedTheory combines its unparalleled knowledge base
 with the ability to build, integrate and manage Internet business solutions
 for hundreds of large corporations wanting to remain competitive in an
 increasingly complex online economy.  AppliedTheory's proactive responsiveness
 to changing business requirements have earned the company a 97 percent
 retention rate from customers, including AOL, America's Job Bank and The
 Stanley Works.  The company offers a comprehensive and fully integrated suite
 of e-Business, hosting, connectivity and security services, providing one of
 the industry's most reliable single sources for large enterprise Internet
 needs.  For additional information about the company, visit
 www.appliedtheory.com.
 
     About Johns Hopkins Medicine
     Johns Hopkins Medicine, established in 1995 to unite Hopkins' biomedical
 research, clinical, teaching and business enterprises, includes The Johns
 Hopkins University of School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns
 Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins
 Medical Services Corporation, Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians, Johns Hopkins
 HealthCare and Johns Hopkins Home Care Group.  The $1.8 billion enterprise is
 one of the largest employers in the state.  Its components consistently are
 named at the top of national rankings for best hospital and best School of
 Medicine, and its faculty consistently win the largest share of NIH research
 funds.  Results of this research continue to advance efforts to diagnose,
 treat and prevent many diseases.
 
 SOURCE  AppliedTheory Corporation

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