SOURCE: Health Hero Network

May 20, 2008 09:00 ET

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Selects Health Hero Network's Award Winning Telehealth Platform to Support Care Management Programs

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, an affiliate of Atrius Health, is pleased to announce that it has selected Health Hero Network, Inc. to provide the award-winning Health Buddy System as a component of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates' care management programs for its patients with chronic illnesses. Nationally recognized as leaders in developing and delivering high quality, integrated health care services for chronically ill patients, the two organizations will together deploy a care coordination model supported by the latest in telehealth technology to enable the clinicians within the Harvard Vanguard system to more effectively support their patients. This test will consist of 150 patients over a 6-month time period, and is expected to form the basis for substantially broader use across Harvard Vanguard's patient base.

"A key to managing chronic illness effectively is to involve patients in their care, and to be able to address potential issues before they occur," indicated Richard Lopez, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Programs at Harvard Vanguard. "We expect that the Health Buddy System will be able to add great value in supporting those efforts."

"Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is one of the premier physician groups in the US, in terms of the quality, outcomes and innovation," said Derek Newell, CEO of Health Hero Network, which is now part of the Bosch Group. "Their service to the community, and history of innovating on behalf of its patients, will ensure that this relationship delivers improved health, improved patient and physician satisfaction -- and reduced health care costs."

About Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is a multi-specialty physician practice with many convenient locations in eastern Massachusetts. Harvard Vanguard is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and its physicians are on the staff of Boston's leading academic medical centers and community hospitals, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Boston. Harvard Vanguard physicians have been on the forefront of quality improvement in adult and pediatric patient care for over three decades and continue to receive among the highest ratings for care quality in Massachusetts. Harvard Vanguard physicians and clinicians accept insurance from most major health plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Fallon Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Neighborhood Health Plan, Tufts Health Plan and Tufts Medicare Preferred. Harvard Vanguard is an affiliate of Atrius Health. For more information, visit www.harvardvanguard.org.

About the Bosch Group and Health Hero Network

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 272,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros ($63.2 billion) in fiscal 2007. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 300 subsidiary and regional companies in over 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spends more than three billion euros each year for research and development, and in 2006 applied for over 3,000 patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering."

In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, thermo-technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch employs approximately 25,000 associates in more than 80 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with reported sales of $9.5 billion in fiscal 2007. For more information on the company, visit www.boschusa.com.

Health Hero Network

Based in Palo Alto, Health Hero Network develops and markets the Health Buddy System for health improvement. The Health Buddy System serves as the interface between patients at home and care providers, facilitating monitoring of and self-management support for patients with chronic conditions. The System includes monitoring technologies, clinical information databases, Internet-enabled decision support tools, health management programs and content development tools. Through increased communication, behavior modification, and prevention, the Health Buddy System improves the quality of patient care. Health Hero Network's systems are protected by 57 issued US patents. For more information, visit http://www.healthhero.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:

    Leah Gourley
    Solomon McCown & Co
    617-933-5014
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    Suneel Ratan
    VP Business Development
    Health Hero Network
    650-690-9125
    Email Contact