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Pfizer Inc. (PFE) Release: GHI Leverages Clinical Expertise And Technology In Case Management Program



10/19/2005 5:11:52 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Group Health Incorporated (GHI) announced today that it has launched a case management program in partnership with Pfizer Health Solutions Inc (PHS). The program will combine GHI's clinical expertise with PHS technology to help GHI members manage their chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

GHI case managers will use PHS' proprietary disease management software to coordinate member healthcare "teams" which will include members, care managers, physicians and administrators. Additionally, members will be able to access customized health information and educational tools through a password-protected website. With this comprehensive support, GHI encourages patients to take control of their own health.

"We are focused on supporting our members and collaborating with providers in the management of their chronic diseases with the goal of improving their health," said Dr. Aran Ron, Senior Vice President and Medical Director for GHI. "We've found that when members are actively engaged in their healthcare, they achieve better health results faster than members who are not fully engaged."

The need for empowering New York patients in managing their chronic diseases is clear. According to the state health department, heart disease is the number-one killer; one in 12 New Yorkers are living with diabetes and approximately 7 percent of state residents suffer from asthma.

Initially, the care management program will focus on GHI's PPO population and federal employees with eventual expansion to other customers and other lines of business.

"Pfizer Health Solutions believes that involved patients are healthier patients," said PHS Vice President John Sory. "We're proud to work with Group Health Incorporated to give its members access to new health resources and health-improving technologies, which together help promote a deeper involvement in healthcare delivery."

About Group Health Incorporated

GHI is a statewide not-for-profit health insurer serving New Yorkers since 1937. GHI and its wholly owned subsidiary, GHI HMO, provide health insurance and administrative services to more than 2.6 million people. GHI offers customers a variety of medical, hospital, dental, prescription drug, and vision options, as well as administrative-services-only arrangements. For more information, please visit http://www.ghi.com/.

About Pfizer Health Solutions

Created in 1995, Pfizer Health Solutions Inc (PHS) is the care management subsidiary of Pfizer Inc that merges innovative technology applications with clinical care. PHS develops and implements unique solutions that help achieve improvements in the quality of care delivery and in the operating efficiency of large health plans. PHS disease management software programs are NCQA- certified and HIPPA-compliant. To learn more, visit http://www.pfizerhealthsolutions.com/.

Pfizer Health Solutions Inc

CONTACT: Amy Delmore of Pfizer Health Solutions Inc, +1-212-733-0248; orIlene Margolin of Group Health Incorporated, +1-212-615-0098


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