Montefiore's CMO and Health Hero Network create partnership to move health care into the home in the Bronx

Yonkers 18 August 2008CMO, the Care Management Company - a subsidiary of Montefiore, a health care system that serves over 400.000 individuals in the Bronx, New York - has chosen Health Hero Network as a provider of home telehealth technology services for CMO's care- and disease-management programmes, including its CareGuidance Medicare demonstration. Health Hero Network is a subsidiary of the Bosch Group, a diversified global corporation based in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Initially, the partnership will focus on individuals with complex chronic conditions, including a Medicare demonstration programme the CMO has designed to improve patient support, quality of care, and reduce Medicare costs. These individuals tend to be elderly and frail, and have diverse health care and social support needs. The partnership is ultimately aimed at using interactive, network-based technologies that will enable CMO and Montefiore to broadly address the needs of its population pro-actively, preventively, and cost-effectively.

"Montefiore is one of the premier health systems in the United States, both in terms of the quality of service it provides to its community, as well as its history of innovating in a way that genuinely serves human needs", stated Health Hero Network CEO Derek Newell. "We look forward to working with Montefiore to further its efforts to move health care and support for individuals with chronic conditions outside of traditional clinical settings."

CMO, the Care Management Company, is an innovative provider of integrated health care management solutions. The company's comprehensive services are designed to manage and improve the process, quality and continuity of health care while successfully managing medical expenses and improving patient outcomes.

CMO is one of the first provider-driven health care management companies with the infrastructure and expertise to assume financial accountability for a patient population and successfully manage the delivery of high-quality clinical services.

CMO provides collaborative care management that includes medical and behavioural case management, disease management, and health promotion. In addition to integrated care guidance, CMO provides full-service claims administration, decision support services, credentialing and contact centre outsourcing.

CMO supports a large community-based health care delivery system that includes a network of over 2400 credentialed providers. CMO provides services to nearly 200.000 health plan members using an experienced staff of well-trained nurse case managers - supported by knowledgeable, highly professional customer service and provider relations staff, robust information technology including sophisticated telemonitoring devices, and home visit programmes.

As a subsidiary of Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CMO has access to world experts in health care, health care information technology, academic medicine and clinical research.

The Bosch Group is a global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 272.000 associates generated sales of 46,1 billion euro ($63,2 billion) in fiscal 2007. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 300 subsidiary and regional companies in over 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spends more than three billion euro each year for research and development, and in 2006 applied for over 3000 patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering".

In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, thermo-technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch employs approximately 25.000 associates in more than 80 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, with reported sales of $9,5 billion in fiscal 2007.

Based in Palo Alto, 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 monitoring of and self-management support for 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 company news is available in the VMW March 2007 article Health Hero Network launches Health Buddy TV in The Netherlands.


Leslie Versweyveld

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