Elsevier has added to its global medical healthcare portfolio with the acquisition of Osmosis.org, a digital health education platform.

Through its content, digital learning tools and analytics for medical and nursing students, Elsevier helps to prepare students for their careers in healthcare. US-based Osmosis will join Elsevier’s portfolio and complement the existing solutions within its visual-learning content.

Osmosis has already simplified the learning journey for millions of healthcare students with easy-to-follow learning modules and evidence-based learning science.

Talking of the acquisition, Jan Herzhoff, president for health at Elsevier, said: “Our mission is to improve every patient outcome today and in the future by helping clinicians make better decisions and improving learning outcomes for future health professionals. We believe in the power of visualization and look forward to bringing together the breadth and depth of Elsevier with the innovative and highly engaging learning solutions offered by Osmosis to support the next generation of healthcare leaders.”

In the future, Elsevier intends to enhance other segments across healthcare. With Osmosis’ microcontent capabilities it can transform complex medical concepts into simple modules to be studied.

Shiv Gaglani, co-founder and CEO at Osmosis, added: “The first health education materials I used in medical school were the iconic Elsevier resources, Gray’s Anatomy and Netter’s. The Osmosis team and I are honoured to be joining Elsevier given its incredible global impact on healthcare education and training, our strong cultural alignment and commitments, and its unparalleled legacy dating back over 140 years. We are excited about this next chapter working with the Elsevier team to empower tens of millions of current and future healthcare professionals and their patients around the world.”

Last year, Patients Know Best, introduced an education programme to medical students at Liverpool John Moores University to help with their medical training.