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Healthcare Intelligence Network
Healthcare Buyer's Connection
Volume IV, No. 20
October 14, 2005
Table of Contents

1.) Company Profiles

  • eHealthCoach.com
  • Ascendia Healthcare Management
  • ConnecTechs-Ntl. Structured Cabling Systems Integrators
  • The Healthcare Group at Zurich US
2.) Waging War on Cost of Chronic Disease
3.) CIGNA HealthCare Launches Depression Management Program
4.) Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier
5.) Recommended Reading: Behavioral Disease Management

Sponsored by: e-Health Initiatives in 2006: Strategies for the Next Generation

e-Health Initiatives in 2006: Strategies for the Next Generation, an October 27, 2005 audio conference, will look at what strategic direction e-health initiatives will take in 2006, from infrastructure enhancements to new launches. We'll also examine what strategies were successful in 2005.

e-Healthcare initiatives are continuing to shift clinical and administrative functions to web-based technologies to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

During this 90-minute audio conference, your expert panel of speakers, Jeff Allport, senior manager, eHealth initiatives, St. Joseph Health System and Dr. Bruce Taffel, senior medical director of health informatics and chief medical officer at Shared Health, will provide case studies on their organizations' e-health initiatives and planned enhancements for 2006.

For more information or to register, please visit:
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1.) eHealthCoach.com

eHealthCoach.com provides concise, unbiased insights for use of the Internet by medical practices. Our educational newsletter, Website and workshops contain original content plus review of published information. The web site also includes downloadable templates and links to additional resources.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_publications.html



Ascendia Healthcare Management

Ascendia Healthcare Management, Inc. is a management services and consulting organization specializing in healthcare management and technology outsourcing services. Ascendia provides Managed Care Administration, Medical Management, Physician Practice and Reimbursement Management, and Strategic, Operational, and Clinical Consulting.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_MCO.html



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ConnecTechs-Ntl. Structured Cabling Systems Integrators

ConnecTechs is a Cincinnati-based national integrator of structured cabling systems, specializing in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, MSO groups and physician offices.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_technology.html



The Healthcare Group at Zurich US

Zurich U.S. is a member of the worldwide Zurich Financial Services Group and is rated A+(Superior) by A.M. Best Company. The Healthcare Group at Zurich U.S. provides professional & general liability insurance and offers up to $50 million in excess/umbrella capacity. Call us at 1-800-382-2150 should you require further information about The Healthcare Group at Zurich U.S.

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http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_insurance.html



2.) Waging War on Cost of Chronic Disease

Learn about the prevalence of chronic diseases, key elements necessary in a successful disease management program, and outlines the Beyond Disease Management program. This white paper also highlights outcomes experienced by American Health clients: drastic reductions in members' overall ER visits, hospitalizations and absenteeism, and disease-specific clinical outcomes.

Register to download your copy today at:
http://www.hin.com/library/registerwwo.html



3.) CIGNA HealthCare Launches Depression Management Program

CIGNA HealthCare is launching a new depression management program that integrates thecompany’s expertise in behavioral health and pharmacy and medical management to more readily identify members with depression and get them appropriate care.

To read this story in its entirety click here:
http://www.hin.com/bcstory.html



4.) Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier

Lost workdays, compromised productivity, accidents from lapses in judgment – whatever the symptom, depression poses a severe threat to industrial progress and financial stability. The tendency of depression to be coupled with other diseases results not only in heightened healthcare costs but also employee absenteeism, lost productivity and presenteeism while on the job. Depression management programs are aiming to address the multi-prong effects of depression through comprehensive care management.

In this special report, "Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier," based on a recent audio conference and two in-depth case studies on depression management programs, you'll hear about the broad array of depression disease management programs, ranging from differences in treatment length to pharmaceutical trials to staff roles and patient responsibility.

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5.) Recommended Reading: Behavioral Disease Management

Disease management initiatives, once the exclusive domain of pharmaceutical companies and pharmacy benefit management companies, are blossoming with significant success outside the environment of those early pioneers.

Behavioral disease management has the potential to not just improve clinical and patient outcomes, but to improve cost savings as well. Because behavioral disease management is more than just a component of somatic disease management. It has the potential to change healthcare as we know it.

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