SOURCE: Patient Prognostix Inc

March 29, 2005 10:10 ET

Patient Prognostix Inc Launches New Online Personal Health Management Program, Self Well Systems, to Educate and Empower the "Health Illiterate" Market

BOCA RATON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2005 -- Patient Prognostix Inc, a consumer-centric healthcare firm, has introduced Self Well Systems® (www.SelfWellSystems.com), a web-based personal health management program that acts like a road map to better personal health management. The website offers a user-friendly system that teaches consumers to employ health and wellness management techniques in order to more effectively manage one's health.

An Institute of Medicine report found that almost half of all American adults do not know how to use basic health information. This lack of "health literacy" translates into 90 million adults who are unable to describe their symptoms to their doctor, take their medications properly, or manage their own chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. Self Well Systems® intends to empower this market through education about their condition and how to better navigate the healthcare system.

"Our program profiles the health risks of the user into 5 prognostic categories. By determining where to focus one's efforts, you, your physician, or your case manager can better map out a treatment plan suited to your personal healthcare needs," stated Joe Ilcus, Vice-President of Patient Prognostix Inc.

The process of the program begins with the user answering a health and wellness questionnaire. Based on this health risk assessment, proprietary algorithms in the program create a customized personal risk score, a health instructional guide, and various interactive reports and action plans used to manage such things as the user's medical appointments and medications. These printable reports can be reviewed at home and taken to the doctor to make each visit that much more effective. This total health management program allows users to ask their physician more informed questions and provides the doctor with more pertinent data about their patient.

"People want to have a better understanding of how to manage their own health," says Patient Prognostix Inc President, Belinda Shover. "They should have the tools to manage their own conditions because nobody cares about your health or the health of a loved more one than you. Self Well Systems® offers customized interventions that the user can employ as their personal guide to better health management."

In this new era of health management, the consumer is being forced to bear more of the responsibility for his or her own healthcare. Patient Prognostix Inc is a pioneer in the consumer-driven healthcare market, forwarding the idea of patient empowerment and self-education as a way to improve one's health and reduce unnecessary healthcare costs. With its predictive capabilities in identifying health risk needs and personalized instructional plans, Self Well Systems® is the perfect health management tool for individuals, physician practices, hospitals, disease management companies, managed care organizations as well as employers.

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