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Wolters Kluwer Awarded United States Patent for Innovative Search in Your Own Language Technology

The proprietary local-language search capabilities are in UpToDate

​​ Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company a  patent (Patent Number 8,914,395) for its "Search In Your Own Language" technology. The proprietary local-language search capabilities in UpToDate, the company's evidence-based, clinical decision support resource, enable users to pose clinical questions in their native language.

Initially released in 2013, the patented technology at the heart of Search In Your Own Language was designed to be efficient, scalable, and highly accurate, continuously improving search results for users over time. The robust search function streamlines queries for clinical information and graded recommendations by leveraging an advanced translation system for search terms in Simplified and Traditional Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. In addition, an intuitive auto-complete feature also predicts words or phrases in the clinician's native language.

Search In Your Own Language complements other multi-lingual functions to improve ease-of-use overall for clinicians around the world. For example, doctors can also customize their UpToDate navigation interface to display in their preferred local languages. Clinicians can also rate translations of search terms and submit suggestions for improvements.

"This patent reflects the culture of innovation and collaboration cultivated by Wolters Kluwer," said Denise Basow, MD, Vice President and General Manager, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions.  "Our colleague, Terrence Jiang, inventor of the technology behind Search In Your Own Language, worked tirelessly with many people who boldly imagined new ways to improve our translated search capabilities for clinicians worldwide. Ultimately, Search In Your Own Language supports clinicians and healthcare organizations with tools to research clinical decisions more quickly and accurately, in their native language, furthering our mission of improving care, everywhere."

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About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer is a global leader in professional information services. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer's market leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2014 annual revenues of €3.7 billion. The group serves customers in over 170 countries, and employs over 19,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

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