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Cardiocom LLC Multi-Disease Management and Heritage Provider Network, Inc. Announce Partnership to Provide Telemonitoring Systems to Community-Based Physicians


8/1/2007 9:00:37 AM

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardiocom(R) Multi-Disease Management, an industry leading developer and manufacturer of remote patient monitoring equipment and disease management software, announced that it has entered into a relationship with Heritage Provider Network, Inc., a Management Service Organization (HPN, Inc.) extending over Central and Southern California service areas. The two partners will combine the benefits of well-managed Medical Group/IPA networks, which offer value-added clinical resources to community-based physicians, with the innovative and cost-effective technology of an experienced telemonitoring company. The overall goal is to improve the care and clinical outcomes of Heritage Provider Network patients.

"The Heritage physician groups are committed to providing quality clinical programs that empower patients to actively participate in the management of their clinical diseases in an effort to improve their health and life," says S. Ian Drew, M.D FACP FRCP FACEP, Executive Vice President, Clinical Affairs of Heritage Provider Network, Inc. "By using the flexible Cardiocom technology-based management solutions, we can offer new benefits to help people improve their self-management skills, remain in constant communication with their treating physician and reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and in-patient hospitalizations."

The Cardiocom Telescale(R) and Commander equipment are placed in the homes of HPN Network patients. The sophisticated software system provided by Cardiocom allows nurses at remote locations to monitor daily vital signs and health status of patients. Nurse case managers intervene to provide education and coaching designed to assist HPN patients with the management of their chronic conditions. The telemonitoring system enables physician groups to provide high quality care that follows national practice standards.

Cardiocom and Heritage Provider Network, Inc. have partnered to study best clinical practices resulting from this home based telemonitoring program, as well as the clinical, economic and quality of life benefits that result from patients using the telemonitoring system. Data will be tracked from a minimum of 350 patients with a diagnosis of heart failure. The study will be monitored by HPN clinical research staff including Marilyn Harz, RN, Ph.D, Vice President of Clinical Services, Karen M. Driskill, RN, MHA, Director of Clinical Services and Alan Schechter Ph.D., Director, Healthcare Informatics with Heritage Provider Network, Inc. HPN is also working with Ariel Linden, DPH, MS, a recognized health services researcher whose focus is evaluating the effectiveness of disease management and health promotion initiatives.

The two organizations will enroll patients and deploy the system at six HPN medical groups' sites. Those groups include:

-- Bakersfield Family Medical Group -- Regal Medical Group -- High Desert Medical Group -- Desert Medical Group -- Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group -- Greater Covina Medical Group

"This alliance will produce improved medical care for hundreds of California patients with chronic congestive heart failure," said Daniel Cosentino, President, Cardiocom. "We are pleased to partner with Heritage Provider Network, Inc., a forward-thinking and trusted physician provider network that strives to continuously improve patient care and physician performance."

About Cardiocom LLC

Cardiocom (http://www.cardiocom.com) is an award-winning leader in innovative patient telemonitoring and disease management solutions. Founded in 1997, Cardiocom develops, manufactures and markets its own telehealth devices for congestive heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, COPD, severe asthma, and ESRD. GlucoCom(TM) (http://www.glucocom.com), a division of Cardiocom offering blood glucose monitoring products, was added to the product line in 2006. Cardiocom's clients include some of the most respected health plans, hospitals, physician groups, home health groups and disease management vendors in the nation. Through these established relationships, Cardiocom improves the lives of thousands of people each day.

Contact:

Jodie Root, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Cardiocom

888-243-8881 or jroot@cardiocom.com

Cardiocom(R) Multi-Disease Management

CONTACT: Jodie Root, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Cardiocom,1-888-243-8881, jroot@cardiocom.com



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