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Date:12/17/2008

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Erica Frank, a medical doctor and researcher at the University of British Columbia, believes people anywhere in the world working to remedy sickness and save lives should have access to the best medical information - not just those who happen to be located near research institutions in wealthy countries.

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Frank's idea led her to develop Health Sciences Online (www.hso.info), a web-based portal freely available to anyone but primarily aimed at helping healthcare practitioners further their training, continue their education and deliver effective treatment for their patients. The portal is powered by the Vivisimo (vivisimo.com) Velocity Search Platform(TM).

Frank's work is no small effort. HSO has been called "a visionary undertaking" (by a former director of Centers for Disease Control), one that is "globally democratizing health science knowledge" (World Bank). Yet it is also a vision made possible by the evolution of information technologies such as the Internet, the World Wide Web and sophisticated enterprise search.

The use of sophisticated search technology, provided here by Vivisimo, is a critical factor in making Health Sciences Online work. Standard web search likely would produce voluminous results, making it hard for health care providers to quickly pick what's best. Instead, HSO, with Vivisimo's Velocity Search, enables users to quickly see authoritative results and easily navigate to the most relevant. Results are advertisement-free, based only on the information most useful to users. Vivisimo's designers also helped develop the simple, intuitive interface that makes HSO search-friendly for expert and novice users.

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