Wolters Kluwer Health acquires Firecracker

Wolters Kluwer Health acquired Firecracker, an adaptive learning and study-planning application used by 20 percent of medical students, following a March 5 announcement of a signed agreement.

Firecracker will become part of Wolters Health Learning, Research & Practice group to provide medical education and practice content. The Firecracker platform provides students with answers to more than 85 million questions a year.

“We’re excited to expand our portfolio of online evidence-based learning tools with Firecracker’s proven technology,” said Diana Nole, CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health. “Combined with Lippincott premium content and solutions, Firecracker enhances our position in the medical education market and helps us further leverage machine learning and advanced technologies to help clinicians deliver the best quality care to patients.”

The adaptive algorithm aims to help students in remediation in ongoing retention and preparedness for final exams and certifications. It has improved student performance in the U.S. Medical License Exams by an average of 13 points.