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Bosch Healthcare and CMO-The Care Management Company Partner with Medicare to Evaluate Telehealth in Managing Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions

- Telehealth system enables daily monitoring of seniors and disabled adults
- Potential for improving quality of life for up to 6,600 Medicare beneficiaries in New York
- Potential for reducing unnecessary hospitalizations
New York. − Robert Bosch Healthcare, Inc and CMO-The Care Management Company (CMO) LLC, a subsidiary of Montefiore Medical Center, have rolled out a telehealth program for up to 6,600 beneficiaries in the Bronx. The Bosch “Health Buddy” system provides care managers and nurses the ability to monitor seniors and disabled adults on a daily basis and to intervene if necessary before crises occur. The program is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of their Care Management for High-Cost Beneficiaries Demonstration, an initiative intended to evaluate approaches for improving care for individuals with often intense medical and social-services needs.

“By integrating the Health Buddy program with our care management skills, we believe we can prove that using technology which extends care outside the walls of our hospitals and physician community into the homes of elders and patients with chronic conditions in the Bronx will improve patient health and quality of life, as well as reduce healthcare costs,” said Stephen Rosenthal, President, CMO. “The Health Buddy System has repeatedly shown that patients feel more connected to their medical care providers and that the need for unnecessary hospitalizations is substantially reduced,” said Derek Newell, vice president, Bosch Healthcare in North America. “We are confident we will continue to see these results as part of this CMS expansion,” he added.

Implementing the Health Buddy program at Montefiore Medical Center follows a successful initial roll-out in Wenatchee, Washington, and Bend, Oregon. “These projects have successfully demonstrated the telehealth model can work in rural settings. The Montefiore telehealth project will test the concept in one of the most diverse urban environments in the country,” Newell explained.

Participants in the program will receive the Health Buddy appliance, a compact device with a display and simple four-button interface. Each day, patients will use the in-home device to answer a series of questions about their health and any issues or symptoms they may be experiencing. These data are then transmitted over a telephone line or Ethernet connection to a secure Bosch data center where it is processed and then forwarded to care managers at Montefiore. Using the Health Buddy Desktop application, care managers can quickly risk-stratify the data and highlight those beneficiaries who require an intervention before their condition becomes acute, often avoiding costly hospitalizations.

Montefiore Medical Center is a nonprofit, integrated delivery system affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, serving 2 million residents of the Bronx and nearby Westchester Counties as well as patients from across the nation and around the world. Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Montefiore is comprised of 4 acute care hospitals, including a children’s hospital, with over 2,000 physicians on medical staff. The medical center also operates more than 20 ambulatory care sites throughout Bronx and Westchester counties, as well as a hospital based rehabilitation center and home health agency. Montefiore’s subsidiary care management organization, The Care Management Company or CMO, was established in 1996 to contract with health plans to perform administrative functions delegated under full risk contracts with Montefiore’s IPAs. Today, CMO offers a comprehensive array of managed care and care management programs and services to over 100,000 patients. For more information, visit http://www.montefiore.org/.

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 280,000 associates generated sales of 45.1 billion euros ($66.4 billion) in fiscal 2008. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros ($5.7 billion), or eight percent of its sales revenue, for research and development and applies for over 3,000 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH For more information, visit www.bosch.com.

Montefiore 2010 - February 2010


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