Philips awarded preferred telehealth contract by Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Andover 30 April 2007Philips Consumer Healthcare Solutions has been awarded a contract as the "preferred provider" for telehealth products and services for Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) members. As an advocate and resource for its member VNAs from across the country, VNAA also serves as a group purchasing organisation, and has selected Philips remote patient monitoring as its preferred telehealth offering. This builds on the company's strong relationship, as Philips Lifeline is the VNAA's preferred provider of medical alert services.

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Philips is offering a comprehensive telehealth programme to VNAA members: wireless telemonitoring measurement devices, robust clinical content, including patient education, validated health surveys and risk assessment tools, as well as innovative pricing models and wide-ranging service delivery and implementation support. Philips also launches its Risk Assessment Service as part of the VNAA contract. This telephone-based screening helps agencies stratify their patients based on risk, identify care intervention opportunities, and determine which patients may be suitable candidates for telemonitoring.

"Telehealth was embraced by many of our VNAs early in the technology's launch into home health care", stated VNAA President and CEO Carolyn Markey. "With the growing senior population and the acuity of home health care patients, agencies need to move forward with smart technology that will assist them in managing their human resources, their most needy patients and their bottom line. Philips brings state of the art software and wireless hardware, as well as a one-of-a-kind financial model to the array of options in telehealth. Many of our members who thought that they could not afford a telehealth programme will now be able to think again. We have had a long standing relationship with Philips Lifeline, which has been a model collaboration, and we look forward to enhancing that partnership through the Philips telehealth programme."

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our relationship with the VNAA, who has recognized the potential for remote monitoring and early intervention to decrease re-admissions and emergency care", stated Mike Lemnitzer, senior director, for Philips Consumer Healthcare Solutions. "We look forward to partnering with the VNAA to deliver a telehealth programme designed around the needs of both clinicians and patients: advanced telemonitoring services, comprehensive assessment tools, and validated clinical content. Philips is committed to offering the highest level of customer service and satisfaction to the members and the patients they serve."

Philips Consumer Healthcare Solutions offers a range of telehealth solutions for home care and disease management: remote monitoring for patients with chronic conditions, risk assessment services, and Motiva interactive platform for patient education and self-management. Philips Lifeline provides medical alert services and senior living solutions to help enable independent living for older adults.

The VNAA is the official national association for non-profit, community-based Visiting Nurse Agencies, who care for and treat approximately 4 million patients each year. The nation's network of 415+ Visiting Nurse Associations employ nearly 150.000 health care professionals, and share a non-profit mission to provide cost-effective and compassionate home health care to some of the nation's most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities. The VNAA has a wide range of resources available on its award-winning web site about home health care and things to ask about when considering home health care.

Royal Philips Electronics of The Netherlands is a global expert in health care, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in The Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 124.300 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of USD 34 billion (27 billion euro) in 2006, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. More company news is available in the VMW April 2007 article Philips and Volcano Corporation to collaborate to strengthen cardiovascular imaging systems.


Leslie Versweyveld

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