June 2, 2008
Health Hero Network Begins Shipping Third-Generation Health Buddy(R) Appliance
Health Hero Network, Inc. has begun shipping its third-generation Health Buddy(R) Appliance, with enhancements that take the leading telehealth technology solution for managing individuals with chronic conditions in their homes to a new level of ease of use and accessibility. Health Hero Network is a unit of the Bosch Group.
Some of the new features include:
-- Built-in ability to upload results and retrieve new surveys via Ethernet, in addition to the traditional telephone connectivity. -- A larger, brighter, higher contrast screen for enhanced content readability. -- Built-in wireless infrared (IR) support for medical devices.
"We continue to set the standard within the telehealth industry for creating content and interfaces that are clinically robust and easy to use, said Health Hero Network CEO Derek Newell. We plan to expand that accessibility by moving on to the Web and other interfaces in the coming year."
The third-generation Health Buddy Appliance will be the new flagship interface modality to the Health Buddy System. The Health Buddy System is a technology platform that, since its release in 1999, has generated breakthrough improvements in keeping individuals with chronic conditions healthier and thus reducing hospital admissions and emergency room visits. The third-generation Health Buddy Appliance is a FDA-cleared Class II medical device.
The Health Buddy Appliance is a key vehicle for the industry's only interactive daily content programs certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for monitoring and assessing individuals with chronic conditions in their homes and providing them with education and self-management support. More than 20,000 individuals with chronic conditions currently interact with the Health Buddy System through their use of a Health Buddy Appliance -- the Health Buddy System is utilized more than any other system for monitoring and managing individuals with complex chronic conditions in their homes. The feedback provided by the Health Buddy Appliances provides caregivers with actionable, evidence-based knowledge to create individualized, preventive interventions.
Health Hero Network intends to continue to market and support its second-generation Health Buddy Appliance, released in 2005, and its first-generation Health Buddy Appliance, released in 1999.
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 272,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros ($63.2 billion) in fiscal 2007. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 300 subsidiary and regional companies in over 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spends more than three billion euros each year for research and development, and in 2006 applied for over 3,000 patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering."
In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, thermo-technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch employs approximately 25,000 associates in more than 80 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with reported sales of $9.5 billion in fiscal 2007. For more information on the company, visit www.bosch.us.
Health Hero Network
Based in Palo Alto, 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 monitoring of and self-management support for patients with 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 patient care. Health Hero Network's systems are protected by 57 issued US patents. For more information, visit http://www.healthhero.com.
Contact: Suneel Ratan Health Hero Network 650-690-9125 Email Contact
SOURCE: Health Hero Network