Health Hero Network launches Health Buddy TV in The Netherlands

Redwood City 15 February 2007Health Hero Network, an innovator of technology solutions for chronic care management, has launched Health Buddy TV, a new product which will deliver the company's proven Health Buddy System to patients through an interactive television connection. Health Hero Network's international partner Sananet B.V. will market the Health Buddy TV product in The Netherlands. Meavita, a Dutch homecare organisation, is the first Health Buddy TV customer.

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The Health Buddy System provides coaching, monitoring and education for patients managing their chronic conditions at home. The addition of the television offering extends the family of successful Health Buddy Appliance patient interfaces. Health Buddy TV will allow patients in The Netherlands the flexibility of accessing their health management programmes through their television using their remote control and a set top box. Dutch health care professionals can access data transmitted from the patient at home using web-based decision support tools included in the Health Buddy System.

"Health Buddy TV demonstrates the innovation that has made Health Hero Network the clear leader in creating products that bring peace of mind to patients with chronic conditions, their family members and others who love and care for them", stated Steve Brown, Founder and CEO of Health Hero Network. "Meavita's endorsement of our approach further proves the widespread need for a more effective model of care for people with chronic conditions, and their launch in The Netherlands will accelerate our delivery of technology and services to more partners and customers around the world."

Meavita will use the product to monitor and educate Diabetes patients across The Netherlands using their TVFoon service. The Meavita service offerings will include delivery of the Health Buddy System in one of their broadband channels, "Meavita Thuis".

"The strength of Health Hero Network's health management programmes has been proven with our current customers", stated Jan Ramaekers, Sananet CEO. "We are accelerating the market in The Netherlands by expanding into platform independent options such as Health Buddy TV, for patients who want choices in accessing their health management programmes."

Sananet B.V. offers health care technology solutions, including products and services, to enable professionals and patients to use sophisticated information and communication technology (ICT) for eHealth. Sananet enables health care professionals to link care providers with each other and patient data regardless of time or place, helping to provide efficient relations between different care partners and patients. The simplified communication facilitated by Sananet results in increased quality of care. Sananet's services include consultancy, network capacity, training and solutions support.

Based in Redwood City, 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 education and monitoring of patients with 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 patient care. Health Hero Network's systems are protected by 57 issued United States patents.

More news about the partnership between Sananet and Health Hero Network is available in the VMW June 2005 article Health Hero Network partner Sananet honoured by Ministry of Health for best practice in telehealth using Health Buddy system.


Leslie Versweyveld

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