SOURCE: Health Hero Network

May 11, 2005 08:00 ET

Health Hero Network Teams With Coordinated Care Solutions/CareGuide to Improve the Lives of Patients With Chronic Conditions

Health Buddy® System to Enhance Care Management Model for Monitoring Patients at Home

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 11, 2005 -- Coordinated Care Solutions/CareGuide (CCS CareGuide) has selected Health Hero Network, Inc. to provide home health monitoring and coaching technology for its care management program serving patients with complex chronic illness. Health Hero Network's Health Buddy® system enables patients to manage their conditions and provides a consistent connection to their CCS CareGuide care managers from their homes.

CCS CareGuide is a national care management company that provides care management services to health plans, long-term care insurers, work/life benefits companies, self-funded employers, and affinity groups. They are implementing the Health Buddy system for patients with diseases such as heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who need monitoring, support, and coaching in the home.

"At CCS CareGuide, we are dedicated to supporting patient's optimal health status while minimizing disruption to their daily lives," said Chris Paterson, CCS CareGuide's CEO. "Health Hero Network's technology has a proven track record of improving care for people with severe chronic conditions. The Health Buddy system fits well with our philosophy of caring for patients and will help us proactively address patients' conditions.

The Health Buddy system enables two-way communication between patients and health care providers. The countertop Health Buddy appliance delivers disease-specific questions, educational content and reminders on topics such as exercise and medication compliance to patients at home. Encrypted patient data is transmitted to a secure data center and accessed over the Internet by healthcare providers. All patient responses are risk-stratified for presentation to care providers, helping to ensure efficient management of patient communication.

"CCS CareGuide and Health Hero Network both share a mission of serving people who are struggling with chronic illness," said Steve Brown, CEO of Health Hero Network. "We look forward to providing the Health Buddy system to help CCS CareGuide coach and monitor patients at home in order to prevent crises and improve quality of life."

About CCS CareGuide

CCS CareGuide is a national care management company providing high-risk and elderly care management services to health plans, long-term care insurers, work/life benefits companies, self-funded employers, and affinity groups. Founded in 1998, the company features a national care manager and provider network and comprehensive solutions that enable clients to realize lower health care costs, greater efficiencies in care delivery, reduced financial risk, and increased productivity gains for employees contending with elder care concerns. CCS CareGuide is headquartered in Coral Springs, Florida, with regional offices in Connecticut and New York.

About Health Hero Network, Inc

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.

Contact Information

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    Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Kathy Goodman
    Marketing & Communications Specialist
    650-559-1034 office