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Pharos Innovations

October 21, 2010 09:32 ET

Pharos Innovations CEO Named to Head Government Affairs Committee of the Care Continuum Alliance

NORTHFIELD, IL--(Marketwire - October 21, 2010) -  Randall E. Williams, MD, CEO and founder of Pharos Innovations, has been elected to chair the Government Affairs Committee of the Care Continuum Alliance, an organization focused on strategies to improve healthcare quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs. As chair of the Government Affairs Committee, Dr. Williams will provide leadership and oversight for the committee's work including the development of position statements on emerging public policy issues, as well as monitoring healthcare policy to provide Care Continuum Alliance members with valuable information and research on key legislative and regulatory issues. Dr. Williams is also a member of the Alliance's Executive Committee, which is comprised of healthcare leaders from health plans, academia, wellness organizations and other health management stakeholders.

"I am very honored to have been selected to chair The Care Continuum Alliance's Government Affairs Committee. I hope to draw from my past work with key Congressional committees, HHS and CMS as we work to accomplish the 'triple aim' of improving healthcare quality, reducing healthcare costs and improving the health of populations and sustainability of our healthcare system," said Williams. "The Care Continuum Alliance is a thought-leadership organization with a wealth of collective experience moving in the right direction toward these aims, and I am excited to be part of this movement."

Under Dr. Williams' leadership, Pharos Innovations developed Tel-Assurance®, a device-free, cost effective, remote patient monitoring platform that does not require special equipment. Tel-Assurance has helped Medicare, Medicaid and commercial patients and their physicians achieve break-through levels of clinical and financial performance improvement, including several successful CMS demonstrations.

"Dr. Williams brings exceptional credentials and experience to our Government Affairs Committee," Care Continuum Alliance President and CEO Tracey Moorhead said. "His leadership will be invaluable as healthcare reform moves through the regulatory process."

About the Care Continuum Alliance
The Care Continuum Alliance convenes all stakeholders providing services along the continuum of care for population health improvement, including health and wellness promotion, chronic care management and care coordination. Through advocacy, research and promotion of best practices, the Care Continuum Alliance advances population-based strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for individuals with and at risk of chronic conditions. The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 corporate and individual stakeholders, including wellness and care management organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers and benefits managers, health information technology and biotechnology innovators, employers, hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals, and researchers and academics. Learn more at http://www.carecontinuum.org.

About Pharos Innovations
Pharos Innovations is actively involved in transforming the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Pharos offers IVR and Web-based behavior change services and tools that enable payers and providers to cost-effectively and efficiently manage their chronic care population.

Pharos' main offering, Tel-Assurance, engages, motivates and drives improved self-care. Through Tel-Assurance, participants self-report their health status daily through the phone or Web. This unique approach actively engages individuals with chronic conditions in their healthcare and provides care managers/nurses with real-time information to intervene before symptoms escalate. Tel-Assurance has been proven an effective way to reduce avoidable, all-cause hospital admissions and readmissions and reduce overall healthcare costs among diverse populations.

The Pharos' solution is strongly validated to show measured clinical improvement and financial impact, is the recipient of the prestigious American Heart Association National Outcomes award and was selected for the first ever National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored evaluation of remote monitoring interventions. For more information visit http://www.pharosinnovations.com or join in on the discussion at our blog, http://www.thecollaborativeforum.com.

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