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June 21, 2010 09:36 ET

DPS Health Announces New President

Adam Kaufman to Lead Southern California-Based Healthcare Software Firm

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) -  DPS Health, a leading healthcare software company, announced today that Adam B. Kaufman, Ph.D., who co-founded the company in 2004, has been named president. DPS Health has multi-year, long-term partnerships with more than 50 healthcare organizations in the U.S., Canada and Japan and is a leader in the behavior change and patient self-management field.

"Given his deep understanding of health economics and the urgency with which clinicians must reverse, manage and prevent chronic disease, Adam's leadership will ensure that DPS Health continues to break new ground and forge cost-effective, proven technology," says DPS Health advisor Michael Ziering, former Chairman & CEO, Diagnostic Products Corporation.

DPS Health has developed the Behavior Change Suite™ (BCS) application framework, a software foundation for online and cell phone interventions that engage patients to adopt and sustain health-promoting behaviors. This type of technology is especially critical under the new healthcare reform law as millions of additional Americans will now be eligible for medical care and healthcare reimbursement models shift to compensate care coordination and outcomes.

An example of the use of DPS Health's pioneering technology is the Virtual Lifestyle Management™ (VLM) service. Developed in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, and deployed on the BCS, VLM has been used by over 2,500 individuals to help improve diet, physical activity habits and lose weight. VLM is the only online version of the landmark 2001 Diabetes Prevention Program's lifestyle intervention. Linda Siminerio, Ph.D., executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute, says, "My colleagues and I have been partnering with DPS Health for over four years and have seen Adam's phenomenal dedication, clinical understanding and technical skill."

In another example, DPS Health and the researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are collaborating on an SMS (text messaging) project in South Africa to help women with type 2 diabetes develop enhanced social support.

"DPS Health is entering a new phase," says Kaufman. "Along with our partners, we have demonstrated the power of our technology to engage patients, support clinicians and help individuals achieve lasting behavior change. As president, I will focus on extending the adoption of these tools and work towards their integration within the health system."

Dr. Kaufman, 32, who was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, received a B.A.S. and a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Southern California where he is also adjunct professor.

DPS Health is a privately held company located in Los Angeles, California.

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DPS Health is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of the healthcare system to improve the health of their patients through research-proven, online self-management support interventions.

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Additional Links:

Research: Using the Internet to Translate Evidence-Based Lifestyle Intervention, One-Year Study, University of Pittsburgh

International Journal of Clinical Practice: Advanced Technologies and Treatment for Diabetes

Managed Healthcare Executive

Diabetes Spectrum

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