Robert Bosch Healthcare, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of telehealth systems, has received a U.S. Veterans Affairs Department contract for continued use of the company's Health Buddy patient monitoring system. The amount of the contract was not disclosed.
Bosch Healthcare wins VA telehealth contract
The VA began using Health Buddy in 2000 as part of a four-year pilot study, according to a Bosch Healthcare news release, and has continued to use the system since then. Health Buddy incorporates personalized and targeted health questions, tips and clinical content to help patients play a more active role in managing their care, according to the release. Collected data is then sent via telephone line, modem or Ethernet connection to a secure data center; providers then can intervene if a patient's condition shows signs of worsening.
"Data from the Department of Veterans Affairs demonstrated a 19% reduction in hospitalizations and 25% reduction in 'bed days of care' for participating patients using home telehealth," said Dr. Jasper zu Putlitz, Bosch Healthcare’s president, in the release.
"We are very pleased that the VA continues to see the value of the Health Buddy System for veterans with chronic and other disease conditions."
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