ADT Security Services to continue roll out of its health monitoring solution

Boca Raton 21 February 2007ADT Security Services, a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, has launched its ADT WellHealth line of health monitoring services, designed to improve patient care and control health care costs. The WellHealth product suite was introduced at the White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C., in late 2005.

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ADT's WellHealth solutions can help reduce medical costs for individuals and employers as well as private and government health insurers by helping people remain independent in their homes longer and reducing preventable hospital care.

In its first year, ADT WellHealth has been successfully implemented at a large self-insured employer with cost savings and high user satisfaction and participation rates. Participants reported feeling more aware of their conditions - as the service reminded them to regularly check their vital conditions, more knowledgeable and informed in general about their health, and reassured that ADT was there in case of need.

By making the home the "centre of care", ADT's WellHealth solutions help keep better track of health regimens and medication compliance through employment of easy-to-use digital devices that connect patients to ADT's industry-leading Customer Monitoring Centers and, if necessary, a registered nurse, pharmacist or other medical professionals.

"ADT's experience in monitored security, and in integrating best of breed technology components to deliver these services, gives us an advantage in creating and delivering affordable monitored health care products and services. Using ADT's scale, we can help reduce the strain on our nation's health care infrastructure by reducing hospital re-admissions and other avoidable health care costs", stated Denton Kanouff, ADT vice president of strategic product planning. "And while saving money, ADT's WellHealth is designed to simultaneously promote patient independence, privacy and improved quality of life."

According to the August 2005 New England Journal of Medicine, avoidable costs of hospitalization - as a result of non-compliance to medication orders - amount to $100 billion annually in the United States alone and are just one example of health care costs that could be avoided with patient support and encouragement.

"The management of disease involves the health care industry, government agencies, employers and the general public. ADT WellHealth is positioned to play an important role in the co-ordination of care for those suffering from chronic diseases", stated Michael Lynch, Ph.D., director for ADT WellHealth.

A leading telemedicine practitioner, Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D., director of Boston-based Partners Telemedicine and the vice-chair of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, said services such as ADT WellHealth can play a significant role in providing improved patient care. "Patients can benefit from more timely monitoring of their health status and intervention should a health problem arise, increased understanding and awareness of their health and how lifestyle choices affect their health, and improved compliance with drug regimens", stated Dr. Kvedar. "At the same time, the ADT WellHealth services are enabling more efficient utilization of our health care resources and better management of healthcare spending by delivering quality patient care via trusted technology."

The ADT WellHealth product suite is divided into three separate and distinct categories to address the varying medical needs of individuals. All of the products include the ability to call for help, if needed, 24 hours a day:

  • ADT MediHealth monitors medication compliance and related health issues to evaluate adherence to doctor instructions.
  • ADT VitalHealth tracks vital signs to record and report vital health data that could signal a need for medical help.
  • ADT ManageHealth chronicles health behaviors to encourage a wellness-oriented lifestyle.

Celebrating its 132nd anniversary, ADT Security Services, a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, is the largest provider of electronic security services to nearly six million commercial, government and residential customers throughout North America. ADT's total security solutions include intrusion, fire protection, closed circuit television, access control, critical condition monitoring, electronic article surveillance, radio frequency identification (RFID) and integrated systems. ADT WellHealth product suite was developed to address the rising cost of health care and society's increasing focus on health and wellness. More company news is available in the VMW January 2006 article ADT Security Services debuts new health monitoring solution at White House Conference on Aging.


Leslie Versweyveld

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