Sananet B.V. begins Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease pilot in Utrecht and Nieuwegein

Heerlen 01 June 2004Patients in The Netherlands are now using Health Hero Network Inc.'s Health Buddy system as part of a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) pilot programme. Patients in the programme were selected from hospitals in Utrecht (Mesos Medisch Centrum) and Nieuwegein (St. Antonius Ziekenhuis). The pilot is the result of a joint effort between Sananet B.V., Epping Consultancy, Stichting Rhijnhuysen, Nederlands Astma Fonds, and Health Hero Network. The Netherlands was selected as the site for Health Hero Network's first international pilot based on its progressive medical system, which is receptive to technological advances in health care.


Sananet will install a Health Buddy appliance in each enrolled patient's home. The Health Buddy appliance will ask the patient a daily series of questions about their health, to which patients may respond at their convenience. Questions and responses options are delivered to patients in Dutch.

The Health Buddy system serves as the interface for care providers and at-home patients, facilitating education monitoring of chronic conditions while collecting timely information for health care providers. Encrypted patient data is transmitted to a secure data centre and accessed over the Internet by health care providers in The Netherlands. All patient responses are risk-stratified for presentation to care providers, helping to ensure efficient management of daily patient communication. The Health Buddy system guides patients in self-care while gathering information ranging from self-assessment to symptoms and vital signs.

Sananet is a Consultancy office and Value Added Reseller in the domain of e-Health, and offers consultancy, training and support to enable professionals and patients to use sophisticated information and communication technology for e-Health. "With this pilot, we will demonstrate how e-Health technologies result in better care for Dutch patients", stated Jan Ramaekers, CEO, Sananet. "The combination of Sananet's professional service offerings with the Health Hero Network product line is the perfect match for what is needed for e-Health solutions support in The Netherlands."

"The simplicity and flexibility of the Health Buddy system make it the ideal solution for chronic care improvement in The Netherlands and throughout Europe", noted Paul Epping, Director, Epping Consultancy.

Health Hero Network develops and markets the Health Buddy system for health improvement. The Health Buddy system serves as the interface between patients at home and care providers, facilitating patient education and monitoring of chronic conditions. The system includes monitoring technologies, clinical information databases, Internet-enabled decision support tools, health management programmes and content development tools.

Through increased communication, behaviour modification, and prevention, the Health Buddy system improves the quality of care. Based in Mountain View, California, Health Hero Network's systems are protected by over 55 issued United States patents. More news on Health Hero Network can be found in the VMW November 2003 article RTX Wireless TeleHealth Gateway added to Health Hero platform

Leslie Versweyveld

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