FRAMINGHAM (11/20/2003) - By coupling hospitals' formularies with in-depth drug information and then making the integrated data readily accessible via Internet-connected PCs, a new service from ePocrates Inc. promises to help hospitals keep a lid on rising drug and related processing costs. The Web hosting and medical reference service, dubbed ePocrates Rx Online + AHFS DI, is slated to be formally introduced next week. It is the result of a partnership between ePocrates Inc., a San Mateo, Calif.-based developer of clinical reference guides for hand-held and desktop computers, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), a 30,000-member professional association based in Bethesda, Md.
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