The Department of Veterans Affairs Approves National Deployment of Authentidate's Interactive Voice Response Solution for Weight Management
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., Oct. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Authentidate Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:ADAT), a provider of secure web-based software applications and telehealth products and services for healthcare organizations, today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has successfully completed the test-in phase for Authentidate's Interactive Voice Response (IVR) vital signs monitoring solution and web service for use with the VA's weight management protocol (TeleMOVE). The VA has given its approval for VA facilities throughout the country to order and use the IVR solution for TeleMOVE patients. VA facilities can use the IVR solution on a stand-alone basis or in combination with Authentidate's Electronic House Call™ (EHC) device to help patients that require a flexible, mobile solution to manage their weight according to VA TeleMOVE care program guidelines. The IVR solution provides VA Clinicians with an additional way to remotely monitor their mobile patients and enhance patient care in their national Care Coordination Home Telehealth program. As a new vendor to the VA, Authentidate was required to test its IVR solution in a limited deployment, before a national rollout, to ensure VA implementation criteria was met. A summary of Authentidate's telehealth program status with the VA for its IVR solution is as follows:
- The VA tested the IVR solution using the most current VA approved Disease Management Protocol (DMP) for weight management (TeleMOVE) in a pilot program in several field locations and approved the IVR solution with TeleMOVE for VA field deployment and use in their national telehealth program throughout the United States and its territories.
- Additional DMPs for the IVR solution are currently undergoing pilot testing and are being refined by the VA. These DMPs will be deployed for the VA's national telehealth program as they become available.
- Both the IVR solution and the EHC solution use the same web service and can be used with all the peripherals presently used in the VA telehealth program which allows patients to be monitored using both solutions or to be easily switched between the EHC and the IVR solutions as their conditions or travel requirements change.
Clinicians use the IVR solution to remotely monitor their patients' vital signs and gather qualitative information about their patients' health to supplement in-person visits and help improve patient compliance with their care plans. Clinicians can review their patients' remote monitoring session results securely using Authentidate's web-based application and remotely manage or adjust their patients' care plans, medication reminders and related information. Clinicians can also use the web-based application to provide disease-specific education to their patients in real-time through the IVR solution.
Clinicians can easily switch their patients between the EHC and IVR solutions if the patient is travelling or has to go back to a short- or long-term rehabilitation care unit. The IVR solution provides a flexible, mobile alternative for those patients who have to travel for a period of time without their EHC home-based unit. Because all of the information is retained on the same web-based application, there is no break in continuity of care for those veterans switching between solutions.
Gavin Stewart, Vice President Business Development at Authentidate said, "Authentidate is very pleased that the VA has approved the national rollout of our IVR solution with TeleMOVE. We believe that the other DMPs which are currently being pilot tested will be approved for national deployment in the near future and that our IVR solution provides a significant growth opportunity for our company. We continue to work closely with the VA to provide cost-effective solutions to help support their efforts to deliver the best health care for our veterans."
About Authentidate Holding Corp.
Authentidate Holding Corp. is a provider of secure web-based software applications and telehealth products and services that enable healthcare organizations to coordinate care for patients and enhance related administrative and clinical workflows. Authentidate's products and services enable healthcare organizations to increase revenues, reduce costs and enhance patient care by eliminating paper and manual work steps from clinical and administrative processes. Authentidate's telehealth solutions combine Electronic House Call, an FDA 510(k) cleared in-home patient vital signs monitoring system, or the Interactive Voice Response system with a web application that streamlines patient monitoring. Delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS), customers only require an Internet connection and web browser to access our web-based applications thereby utilizing previous investments in systems and technology. The company's healthcare customers and users include leading homecare companies, health systems, physician groups and governmental entities. These organizations utilize the company's products and services to coordinate care for patients outside of acute-care.
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