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Coventry Health Care selects ICW for home health telemonitoring solutions

InterComponentWare : 13 August, 2008  (Application Story)
Coventry Health Care has selected InterComponentWare's Professional Exchange Server (PXS) and Device Connectivity Solution (DCS) as the interoperability platform and infrastructure solution for a home health telemonitoring program.
Coventry's pilot program features the deployment of home health medical devices to congestive heart failure (CHF) patients in a defined geographic region, along with care management services and patient data exchange for the physicians. The proactive pilot is designed to align member, physician and health plan incentives, resulting in improved and timely access to physician care. The program's purpose is to produce improved patient outcomes by centralising specialised, intense case management for chronically ill patients. Studies have shown that telemonitoring of CHF patients increases the patient's quality of life and can reduce care delivery costs by avoiding unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalisations.

ICW's DCS will manage and securely distribute information to and from the medical devices in the patient's home. ICW's PXS serves as the interoperability platform for Coventry's internal and external networks. The PXS facilitates the seamless and secure exchange of information between disparate systems both inside and outside of the Coventry umbrella of healthcare services.

Dr Vishu Jhaveri, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Coventry Health Care, and executive sponsor for the program, noted, 'We hope to develop specialised intense care management methodologies that bring proven results to patients, providers and health plans. We can't accomplish these goals without exceptional technology. ICW's ten-year experience with providing proven eHealth solutions, along with their experience with other cardiac care projects, makes them the obvious partner for Coventry's new program.'

ICW is involved with two cardiac care projects in Europe: The Partnership for the Heart, a telemedicine collaborative with two prestigious university hospitals, and AOK Plus, a health plan-driven telemedicine project for serious CHF patients in the German state of Saxony.

Jeremy Coote, chief executive officer of InterComponentWare added, 'The alignment of patient, provider and case manager is greatly improved by a truly interoperable technology platform capable of sharing data from a multitude of source systems. ICW has provided these solutions both within the US and Europe with notable success and looks forward to working closely with Coventry as they launch this revolutionary program.'
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