GHS Licenses 'PIE(TM)' Survey And Predictive Formula To Pfizer Health Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Geriatric Health Systems, LLC (GHS) announced today that it has licensed its proprietary "PIE(TM)" (Predicted Insurance Expenditures) survey and predictive formula to Pfizer Health Solutions Inc. (PHS), for inclusion in PHS' YOUfirst(TM) online health risk assessment (HRA) platform. PHS offers YOUfirst(TM) as part of its disease management services package for its health plan clients.

The PIE(TM) is the first brief survey validated to predict future health expenses for a general adult population under age 65. An article describing the creation and validation of the PIE(TM) was published in the Summer 2004 issue of Disease Management, the official journal of the Disease Management Association of America. "Brief predictive surveys are important tools for early identification of appropriate candidates for disease and care management interventions. This survey will identify high-risk individuals long before they could be found using claims-based predictive models," said Peter Yedidia, President of GHS. "Recognizing this critical business need, we were pleased to commission the research, conducted by a team led by Chad Boult, MD, MPH, MBA of Johns Hopkins, to develop and validate the PIE(TM) survey and to make it available to leading healthcare organizations."

"The Predicted Insurance Expenditures Survey and Formula from GHS will strengthen our YOUfirst(TM) application, helping to make it a more powerful and accurate health risk assessment tool," said Steve Tolle, Director of Strategy and Business Development for PHS. "With this added feature to our technology, PHS can help its clients improve the health of their members and, thus, help manage overall healthcare costs."

About GHS

GHS is a leading producer of innovative, practical survey tools to measure, document and improve the quality of health care. We conduct predictive risk assessment, consumer and provider satisfaction surveys for purchasers, health plans and providers nationwide. Our turnkey surveys and predictive technology like the PIE(TM) enhance the provision of effective care and disease management programs for persons of all ages. For more information, visit us at http://www.ghsglobal.com/ or contact us at info@ghsglobal.com or 1-800-207-7960.

About PHS

Pfizer Health Solutions, the wholly owned care management subsidiary of Pfizer, partners with healthcare and community organizations to implement patient-centered programs that focus on prevention, disease management and care coordination to improve patient health and more efficiently deliver care.

PIE(TM) is a trademark of GHS, LLC YOUfirst(TM) is a trademark of PHS Contact: Peter Yedidia, GHS 415-641-0776 yedidia@ghsglobal.com

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Geriatric Health Systems, LLC

CONTACT: Peter Yedidia, GHS, +1-415-641-0776, yedidia@ghsglobal.com

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