Pharos Innovations Joins Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 General News
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NORTHFIELD, Ill., Nov. 25 Pharos Innovations, a pioneer inassisting clients to achieve next generation clinical and financialperformance improvement through a device-free remote monitoring platform,today joined the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a coalition ofleaders from the healthcare, business, policy and labor communities committedto making chronic disease the key healthcare issue in the new presidentialadministration.


"We are excited to be partnering with an organization that is successfullyaffecting change in healthcare," said Dr. Randall Williams, CEO of PharosInnovations. "The PFCD's mission to educate the public, mobilize Americans tocall for change and challenge policymakers on health policy changes is indirect alignment with our mission to transform healthcare through a newparadigm of chronic care management delivery."

Pharos joins more than 80 partner organizations in the fight againstchronic disease. The PFCD is working to raise awareness of chronic diseasenationwide, with a particular focus on the key primary states of Iowa, NewHampshire and South Carolina. The partnership is led by former U.S. SurgeonGeneral Richard H. Carmona, M.D. and Ken Thorpe, PhD, chair of the RollinsSchool of Public Health at Emory University and a former White House healthpolicy advisor.

"The addition of Pharos strengthens the PFCD in the fight against chronicdisease," said Thorpe, executive director of the PFCD. "We look forward totapping the Pharos team's vast knowledge and substantial resources in makingchronic disease the key healthcare issue in the new presidentialadministration."

Chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in theU.S. -- causing more than 1.7 million American deaths every year, according tothe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Chronic diseases arealso the primary driver of healthcare costs, accounting for more than 75percent of the $2 trillion dollars spent each year on healthcare in the U.S.

About Pharos Innovations

Founded in 1995, Pharos Innovations assists healthcare providers andpayers in achieving next generation clinical and financial performanceimprovement. An innovative, device-free platform, Tel-Assurance(R), improvescare coordination and drives dramatic clinical improvement and cost savings byremotely monitoring patients and averting unnecessary clinical events. Ourenabling technologies proactively involve patients in their care and result inthe early identification of clinical deterioration.

Tel-Assurance substantially expands the reach, efficiency andeffectiveness of clients' current health management programs for complexchronic conditions. The Pharos solution is strongly validated to show measuredclinical improvement and financial impact, is the recipient of the prestigiousAmerican Heart Association National Outcomes award and was selected for thefirst ever National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored evaluation of remotemonitoring interventions. For more information visit or call (847) 790-7649.

About the PFCD

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition ofpatients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, andhealth policy experts. They are committed to raising awareness of chronicdisease and the policies and practices that save lives and reduce health coststhrough more effective prevention and management of chronic disease.

The mission of the PFCD is to:

-- Educate the public about chronic disease and potential solutions forindividuals and communities

-- Mobilize Americans to call for change in how governments, employers,and health institutions approach chronic disease

-- Challenge policymakers on the health policy changes that are necessaryto effectively fight chronic disease

Currently, more than 80 advisory board members and partner organizationsfrom across the country have joined the PFCD.

For more information on the partnership, please visit: For more information about PharosInnovations, please contact Bonni Kaplan, senior director of marketing andcommunications at Pharos Innovations, at (847) 790-7649 Bonni L. Kaplan Pharos Innovations 847-790-7649

SOURCE Pharos Innovations

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