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About Us: History of Innovation

The history of Wolters Kluwer Health dates back more than 170 years and includes many healthcare industry innovations.


2013: Wolters Kluwer Health started the year by finalizing its acquisition of Health Language, which provides healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets. Its advanced Language Engine and supporting tools help providers and payers simplify management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information.

2011: Acquired mid-year, Lexicomp provides drug reference and data solutions that feature trusted drug information that is accessible online, on the latest mobile device and through integration with health information systems. Pharmacists, physicians, nurses and dentists worldwide depend on its comprehensive, point of care information to enhance medication safety, improve patient outcomes and increase efficiency.

2011: In late 2011, Wolters Kluwer Health acquired Medknow Publications, headquartered in Mumbai, India and one of the largest open access publishers in the world.  Founded in 1997, Medknow has a strong market share among journals published in India and also has a growing presence in Asia Pacific and the MEA region.  Medknow joins the Ovid and LWW brands within the Medical Research business.

2010: Wolters Kluwer Health acquires Pharmacy OneSource, a leading Software-as-a-Service (Saas) provider for hospitals enhancing the ability to offer a robust, comprehensive portfolio of healthcare information and clinical decision support tools for the pharmacy to drive efficiencies, compliance, reduced costs and greater quality of care.

2009: The American Academy of Nursing inducts seven editors and editorial board members of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) nursing publications as Academy Fellows based on evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care.

2008: UpToDate, an evidence-based, peer reviewed information resource available via the Web, desktop, and PDA and covering more than 7,700 topics in 14 medical specialties, joins Wolters Kluwer Health. The UpToDate community today includes more than 4,000 leading physicians, peer reviewers and editors and nearly 360,000 users.

2008: Wolters Kluwer appoints Robert (Bob) Becker as President and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health & Pharma Solutions.

2006: Wolters Kluwer Health forms the Lippincott CME institute to accredit continuing education activities for all Wolters Kluwer Health brands, including Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Adis International, Facts & Comparisons, and others.

2006: Wolters Kluwer acquires Minneapolis-based ProVation Medical, enabling Wolters Kluwer Health to expand technology offerings, clinical evidence and workflow tools and position the company as a leading provider of point of care solutions.

2005: Wolters Kluwer acquires the Information Management business of NDCHealth Corporation, known as Source, strengthening its position in the growing pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device market with the expansion of its business intelligence offerings. 

2003: Nancy McKinstry is appointed as Wolters Kluwer’s global CEO, making her the first female CEO in Wolters Kluwer’s history. For six consecutive years, Nancy has been on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women listing.

2001: Wolters Kluwer announces the acquisition of Medi-Span, a provider of electronic drug data and clinical information, which is now integrated into the business systems software of more than 20,000 pharmacies, 2,000 hospitals, and numerous health insurers and physicians' offices.

1990: Wolters Kluwer acquires from HarperCollins 200-year-old J.B. Lippincott and Company, which soon becomes known as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and has grown to publish nearly 300 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines.

1988: Ovid, an internationally recognized leader of electronic medical, scientific, and academic research information solutions with millions of users worldwide, is founded and becomes one of the signature brands of Wolters Kluwer Health.

1987: Wolters Samsom Group and Kluwer merge to become Wolters Kluwer.

1978: Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. is incorporated.

1947: Facts & Comparisons began publication in loose-leaf format and has been the professional’s first choice for current and unbiased drug information solutions for more than 60 years.

1889: Aebele Everts Kluwer begins a one-person business that will develop into an international publishing company 100 years later.

1878: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), which will later become a Wolters Kluwer Health company, publishes the first textbook for nurses.

1836: Jan Berend Wolters opens a bookshop in Groningen, the Netherlands, and soon begins publishing books. Various mergers with well-known publishing companies such as Noordhoff, Samsom, and Sijthoff follow and lead to the formation of the Wolters Samsom Group. 

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