SOURCE: Health Hero Network

May 23, 2005 09:00 ET

Health Hero Network Partner Sananet Honored by Ministry of Health for Best Practice in Telehealth Using Health Buddy System

Sananet Invited by Dutch Ministry to Demonstrate Solution Using Health Hero Network's Technology at "The Ministerial Conference and Exhibition E-Health 2005," May 23-24, Tromso, Norway

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2005 -- Health Hero Network's Dutch partner Sananet B.V., an eHealth company offering information and communication technology products and services to improve the quality of health and social services in the Netherlands was selected by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) for a best practice project in telemedicine. Sananet was invited to demonstrate their project using Health Hero Network technology at the Ministerial Conference and Exhibition e-health 2005, May 23 and 24 in Tromso, Norway. The Ministerial Conference is a high-level conference and exhibition sponsored by the European Commission to promote advances in health care enabled by information and communications technology (ICT).

Representatives from Sananet will present their experiences and results with remote health monitoring for heart failure patients in Limburg to public health experts and decision makers from the entire European Union. Sananet will demonstrate the Health Buddy® system used in their telemedicine program sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Provincie Limburg which covers Heart Failure patients at the Academic Hospital Maastricht, the Atrium medical center in Heerlen and the Orbis medical and care group in Sittard/Geleen. The technology presented in Tromso will include the Health Buddy® appliance for monitoring and coaching patients with chronic illnesses and web-based decision support tools providing health data and services for care providers.

"In the Netherlands we showed that patients feel more safe and their self efficacy improves significantly after 6 weeks using the Health Buddy® appliance at their home. The results are very promising for the near future and we expect that more patients with chronic illnesses will receive a Health Buddy® appliance. In the Utrecht region we developed a telemedicine program which covers COPD sponsored by the Asthma foundation, and there we expect the same results. The selection as a Dutch Best Practice by the Ministry of Health for this Telehealth solution will accelerate the structural embedding of telemedicine programs in the Dutch Healthcare System," noted Jan Ramaekers, Sananet CEO. "Sananet is honored to have Health Hero Network as a strategic partner."

"Around the world, people with chronic conditions have similar needs for coaching and monitoring at home in order to prevent hospitalization and improve the quality of care," noted Steve Brown, Health Hero Network CEO. "Health Hero Network is honored to partner with leading innovators in Europe to advance chronic care, which is a critical necessity given the growing health needs of an aging population."

About Sananet

Sananet B.V. offers products and services to enable professionals and patients to use sophisticated information and communication technology (ICT) for eHealth. Sananet enables healthcare professionals to link care providers with each other and patient data regardless of time or place, helping to provide efficient relations between different care partners and patients. The simplified communication facilitated by Sananet results in increased quality of care. Sananet's services include consultancy, network capacity, training and solutions support.

About Health Hero Network

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 patient education and monitoring of 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 care. Based in Mountain View, California, Health Hero Network's systems are protected by over 55 issued US patents.

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