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Cardiocom and HPN partner to offer clinical resources to community-based physicians in California

Cardiocom : 01 August, 2007  (New Product)
Cardiocom Multi-Disease Management has entered into a relationship with Heritage Provider Network, a Management Service Organization (HPN) 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, MD FACP FRCP FACEP, executive vice president, Clinical Affairs of Heritage Provider Network. “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 hospitalisations.”

The Cardiocom Telescale 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 has 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 PhD, director, Healthcare Informatics with Heritage Provider Network.

HPN is also working with Ariel Linden, DPH, MS, a recognised 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, a forward-thinking and trusted physician provider network that strives to continuously improve patient care and physician performance.”
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