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Alere's Dr. Darren Schulte Provides Webinar On Delivering Connected Care to Physicians Today, August 12

Thursday, August 12, 2010 Press Release J E 4
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ATLANTA, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Finding ways to improve population health management in today's emerging and highly promising medical home practice model is the focus of a webinar given by Darren Schulte, MD, MPP, Executive Vice President of Collaborative Care for Alere Health, the health management services business of Alere, Inc., and Greg Sharp, MD, co-founder of Ideal Family Healthcare, an NCQA-recognized, level 3 patient-centered medical home.

Titled "Toward a Collaborative Care Delivery Model: The Role of Population Health Improvement Organizations in the Patient-Centered Medical Home," the webinar takes place today, Thursday, August 12, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST.  The webinar is designed to be a preview of what attendees can expect at The Forum 10, the annual meeting of DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance, October 13 – 15, in Washington, D.C.  DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance, an international trade association for wellness, prevention and chronic disease management, champions better population health management strategies for health plans, employers, government plans and other stakeholders.

Online registration is available on the Forum Website or by calling DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance at (202) 737-5980.

"Today, many physicians and their practices are challenged to address poor lifestyle choices, provide self management tools, and systematically track health care goals for their patients with chronic illnesses," noted Dr. Schulte. "Population health management companies can help support physicians and their patients within a medical home in a collaborative manner by promoting adherence to evidence-based treatment plans and encouraging healthy behaviors and decisions that lead to improved health."

Attendees at the seminar will learn about:

  • Today's new advanced models of primary care, including the patient-centered medical home currently getting much attention from public and private payers
  • The challenges and obstacles that physician practices may encounter in the process of transforming into and maintaining medical home practices
  • Innovative new practice frameworks that enable providers and practices to collaborate with population health management organizations to achieve optimal patient outcomes

Alere knows the topic of collaborative care well as one of the first health and wellness companies to introduce a technology platform specifically designed to help make better coordination of care among all providers a reality. Alere's web-based platform supports more efficient, convenient, and connected health care delivery through applications such as secure messaging, remote care monitoring, e-prescribing, condition registries, laboratory and performance reporting.  The use of this platform allows Alere to act as a trusted partner of the physician practice operating as a medical home.

About DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance

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

About Alere

Alere Health is the health management services business of Alere, Inc. (previously Inverness Medical Innovations) (NYSE: ALR).  Alere, a Latin verb, meaning "to care for" or "to support", offers the most patient-centered health management services available from a single provider in the industry. Alere Health's services provide health interventions that are designed for the entire lifespan from pre-cradle (high-risk pregnancy and NICU management) to end-of-life care (complex care) as well as the continuum of health from wellness (health and productivity programs) and prevention to total health management of the individual for those having various chronic illnesses.

For more information regarding Alere, please visit www.alere.com.

SOURCE Alere Health

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