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United States : Cigna-HealthSpring and Intel-GE Care Innovations Expand Remote Care Management Program to Reduce Congestive Heart Failure-related Complications in Tennessee.

In partnership with Intel-GE Care Innovations, Cigna-HealthSpring is expanding its population health program that utilizes interactive tablets the Intel-GE Care Innovations Guide and virtual connection to Cigna-HealthSpring nurse practitioners to partner and engage with patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF) to successfully manage their condition at home. Based on a successful pilot in Middle Tennessee that engaged 50 patients, the innovative remote patient management program is now being implemented with 250 patients statewide with potential for further expansion.

We are dedicated to helping our customers get more from life and the success of the pilot program shows what an invaluable opportunity we have to truly make a positive impact in our customers lives, said Dr. Jim Lancaster, senior medical director for Cigna-HealthSpring of Tennessee. Many people with congestive heart failure find themselves back in the hospital within a matter of weeks after returning home so it s important that we continue to seek new and innovative solutions to help them better manage their health. We are pleased by the early success of the pilot program and excited to implement it statewide to help more of our customers take control of their health with the convenience of virtual yet personalized medicine at home.

Under the expanded program, participating Cigna-HealthSpring customers will be given a blood pressure cuff, scale and interactive tablet for a minimum of 90 days which will enable them to interact virtually with their Cigna-HealthSpring nurse practitioner, track their daily biometrics and complete an educational program to help them manage their CHF at home. Once they achieve specific milestones, participants will transition away from the tablet to a less intensive program where they will continue to monitor and log their weight and blood pressure with the help of a case manager. At the end of the program, customers should be able to recognize symptoms of CHF exacerbation and understand the impact of diet, education and medication on their condition. To participate in the program, customers must have received a CHF diagnosis and a previous ER visit or hospital admission. There is no cost to the customer to participate in the program but using the tablet requires a landline or internet connectivity.

We have seen dramatic reductions in the need for hospitalization in our first year of the program pilot with Cigna-HealthSpring. We also recently worked with many hospitals across the country to create successful remote care management programs and have seen as high as a 75 percent reduction in hospital readmissions, said Sean Slovenski, CEO of Intel-GE Care Innovations. We ve learned that a successful program is as much about the logistical details as it is about the technology.

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