Health Buddy System

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Consistent demonstration of positive outcomes across a variety of disease states and settings

Over 20 clinical trials in post-acute and chronic care coordination. 1,2,3,4,5,6

A simple patient interface backed by powerful content-driven health coaching

The Bosch Health Buddy System includes the easy-to-use Health Buddy four-button device, the web-based Health Buddy Desktop application for providers and over 100 health management programs for a variety of single and co-morbid conditions. It is used for long-term care coordination of patients with chronic conditions (360 day programs) and for patients with chronic conditions who are post-discharge from the hospital (60 day programs).

Through a combination of symptom review, vital sign gathering and education/health coaching aimed at the support of positive behavior change, the Health Buddy System is able to engage patients and provide context to healthcare providers which allows them to intervene before health deterioration occurs.

1 Baker LC, Johnson SJ, Macaulay D, Birnbaum H (2011): Integrated Telehealth and Care Management Program for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Disease Linked to Savings. Helath Affairs, 30 (9), 1689-1697.

2 Barnason S, Zimmerman L, Schulz P, Tu C (2009): Influence of an Early Recovery Telehealth Intervention on Physical Activity and Functioning after Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery among Older Adults with High Disease Burden. Heart Lung, 38 (5), 364-376.

3 Head BA, Studts JL, Bumpous LM, Greg JL, Wilson L, Keeney C, Schargenberger JA, Pfeifer MP (2009): Development of a Telehealth Intervention for Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Telemedicine and E-Health, 5(1), 44-52.

4 Rutherford P, Sanderson-Austin J, Smet L (2010): Intensive Care Management Supported by Technology: An Effective Approach to Managing Complex Chronic Illness. Group Practice Journal, January 2010, 9-13.

5 Trappenburg JCA, Niesink A, de Weert-vanOene GH, van den Zeijden H, van Snippenburg R, Peters A, Lammers JWJ, Schrijvers AJP (2008): Effects of Telemonitoring in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Telemedicine and E-Health, 14(2), 138-146.

6 Weintraub A, Gregory D, Patel AR, Levine D, Venesy D, Perry K, Delano C, Konstam MA (2010): A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Evaluation of Automated Home Monitoring and Telephonic Disease Management in Patients Recently Hospitalized For Congestive Heart Failure: The SPAN-CHF II Trial. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 16(4), 285-292.

How the Health Buddy System works

Every day, the Health Buddy System sends a new "session" to the Health Buddy device in the patient’s home. Each session is composed of vital sign gathering, symptom review, standard assessment surveys (e.g.,SF12, PHQ9), education and reinforcement of positive behavior. Through the use of branching logic, the patient is able to obtain feedback to a variety of questions and the healthcare provider is able to obtain additional context to help understand impending and existing changes in the patient’s condition.

Once completed, the data from the daily session is sent to the Health Buddy System which then:

- Sends these data to the Desktop Application for review by the health provider with color coding based on pre-defined levels of risk to aid in early identification of patients that may require more urgent assessment and intervention

- Sends a new session to the patient for the next day

The Health Buddy device is able to gather vital sign data from a variety of peripheral devices, either through self-reporting or through wired or Bluetooth connectivity.