HealthLine Systems’ Clients Are Well Represented Among the Nation’s Most Prosperous Healthcare Organizations

HealthLine Systems’ Clients Are Well Represented Among the Nation’s Most Prosperous Healthcare Organizations












(PRWEB) August 17, 2011

Becker’s Hospital Review has identified the 50 top grossing for-profit hospitals in the United States, according to CMS cost report data analyzed by American Hospital Directory. Twenty-eight percent or 14 of these 50 financially successful healthcare organizations use one or more software solutions from HealthLine Systems.

HealthLine Systems’ CEO Dan Littrell commented: “We’re proud of our clients included among the nation’s most financially prosperous healthcare organizations. HealthLine Systems’ industry-leading software solutions help our clients improve access to care, strengthen relationships with consumers and physicians, move toward paperless provider credentialing, track and trend patient safety incidents, and document improvements in quality.”

HealthLine’s specialized software packages and consulting services assist clients to meet their unique challenges with physician credentialing, quality assurance, contact centers, and managed care. HealthLine Systems is recognized as a leading supplier of provider data management software designed to promote healthcare standards, reduce costs, and enhance patient satisfaction.

About HealthLine Systems

HealthLine Systems offers EchoCredentialing, web-based credentialing and provider management software; EchoQuality, an integrated and comprehensive quality management software solution that supports patient safety and regulatory compliance initiatives and EchoAccess, healthcare’s first fully web-enabled contact center solution with a web-browser user interface. All product lines are offered as either hosted/cloud or as installed solutions.

HealthLine Systems’ client base represents over a thousand distinguished healthcare organizations in 50 states, Canada and Mexico. Incorporated in 1985, HealthLine is committed to provide peerless information management solutions to maximize the quality and delivery of healthcare services through technological innovation. For more information, visit HealthLine Systems’ website at http://www.healthlinesystems.com

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AHIMA Selects Leadtail to Develop Online Marketing and Advertising Programs

AHIMA Selects Leadtail to Develop Online Marketing and Advertising Programs










Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 01, 2011

AHIMA, the premier association for health information management professionals, has selected Leadtail, experts in online marketing and advertising, to develop and implement its online branding and awareness strategy. AHIMA recently launched a major branding and awareness initiative and is now focused on expanding its online marketing and advertising efforts to generate increased awareness among employers of health information management professionals. The Leadtail team will develop and implement online marketing, advertising, and social media programs to build greater awareness of AHIMA within the wide range of industries that rely on health information management professionals.

“We selected Leadtail because they are experts in developing marketing strategies for organizations that are looking to increase awareness online,” says Craig May, Director of Public Relations for AHIMA. “We have over 61,000 members who are the best trained, most qualified and best equipped professionals to help employers develop and implement solutions to vital health information management issues like implementing Electronic Health Records, upgrading to ICD-10, reducing medical errors, improving patient billing and ensuring privacy and security of medical records. Leadtail will help us get the word out to employers that our members are the cream of the HIM crop.”

“We’re very excited to be working with AHIMA”, says Johnathan Robinson, Leadtail’s VP of marketing and sales. “AHIMA, and its membership, is the gold standard in Health Information Management. We are developing an integrated online media plan that will incorporate social media marketing with a broad mix of online advertising methods, including search, email and display. We look forward to helping AHIMA take that message to those who influence the hiring of HIM professionals. We’ll tap into all employer segments, from hospitals and healthcare facilities to providers, pharmacies and private practices.”

About AHIMA

Representing more than 61,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. Visit us at: http://www.ahima.org

About Leadtail

The Leadtail team are marketing and advertising experts, and are also the developers of the world’s first online advertising search engine. Marketers, business owners, and organizations are using Leadtail’s services to succeed with their marketing, advertising, and social media efforts. Based in Burlingame, CA, Leadtail is committed to making marketing and advertising easier for everyone!

Visit http://Marketing.Leadtail.com and follow us at http://twitter.com/Leadtail to learn more about how we can help with your marketing and advertising efforts.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to Offer Health Risk Assessments for Employers and Individuals

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to Offer Health Risk Assessments for Employers and Individuals











Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) March 13, 2007

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina today announced an extensive new program aimed at helping employers and individuals understand and act on their health risks.

Your Health Profile, BCBSNC’s confidential health risk assessment (HRA), helps employers quantify the health risks that exist in their employee population. Using an aggregate summary report that comes from the HRA, employers can design and promote programs that target the specific needs of their workers — such as managing diabetes or increasing physical activity.

“Employers tell us they want more information to help them take specific, measurable actions toward containing rising medical costs,” said Bob Greczyn, BCBSNC president and CEO. “Your Health Profile can be one of the first and most important steps to creating a healthy workforce. A healthy workforce not only affects direct health costs such as medical claims, it also cuts down on the indirect costs of absenteeism and disability.”

Your Health Profile helps individuals who fill out the HRA to better understand their own health risks. Upon completion of the confidential questionnaire, BCBSNC members receive personalized assessments of their health status, complete with tips on developing an action plan for maintaining and improving their health.

BCBSNC is offering Your Health Profile through an agreement with Summex Corp., a unit of WebMD Health Corp. that provides comprehensive health and wellness programs to employers. The HRA becomes available to BCBSNC employer groups in early June.

Cook Endoscopy in Winston-Salem offered Your Health Profile to employees in January as part of a pilot program. “The HRA is a big part of our plans to promote workplace wellness,” said Maryann Atkins, Human Resources Benefits Specialist at the maker of medical devices. “It’s giving us some insight into the health issues our workforce is facing that we couldn’t have gained through any other means.”

How It Works

Your Health Profile consists of an online or paper questionnaire designed by Summex and administered by BCBSNC. Questions involve such health behaviors as physical activity, eating habits and tobacco use, as well as self-reporting of height, weight and medical history. The questionnaire takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Upon completion, individuals receive their personalized health report outlining health status and risks. The report may suggest actions to take to improve health. Individuals are encouraged to share their report with their physician.

Individuals whose reports show risks for certain health conditions — and who indicate a willingness to improve their health — will be enrolled in BCBSNC’s Member Health Partnerships. The program offers customized support and education to members with one or more health conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, asthma or unhealthy weight. Also, members taking the HRA may access BCBSNC’s Online Healthy Living program for help with such lifestyle issues as weight loss and stress reduction. These tie-ins with existing BCBSNC programs enhance Your Health Profile, extending its reach beyond information and giving members the support they need to maintain and improve their health.

Employers with 50 or more employees completing the survey receive an aggregate summary report that includes suggested steps for addressing health issues within their employee population. The employer does not receive individual questionnaire results.

Who Is Eligible

Employer groups with coverage from BCBSNC, including self-funded employers who pay a fee to BCBSNC to administer their health plan, may use Your Health Profile. Workers at those employers who have chosen a BCBSNC plan will be given the opportunity to take the HRA. BCBSNC is offering Your Health Profile at no additional charge to employers and individuals when the survey is taken online.

Customers of BCBSNC’s Blue Advantage individual coverage also may take the HRA and receive a confidential health report. Blue Advantage customers should visit http://www.bcbsnc.com and click on “Member” to log into My Member Services, where Your Health Profile is available.

About BCBSNC:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.4 million members, including approximately 749,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 73 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at http://www.bcbsnc.com

Contact: Kyle Marshall or Heidi Deja

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Mobile Health Activity Spreads to Over 4 in 5 Countries, but Remains Limited to Small Scale and Single Issue Projects

Mobile Health Activity Spreads to Over 4 in 5 Countries, but Remains Limited to Small Scale and Single Issue Projects












Cape Town, South Africa (PRWEB) June 07, 2011

Eighty-three per cent of governments surveyed report at least one use of mobile phones to support health activities in their country, yet the majority of mHealth activities are limited in size and scope, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report launched today with support from the mHealth Alliance, the United Nations Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation at the GSMA and mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit.

Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation, a founding member and host of the mHealth Alliance, welcomed the report saying, “Wireless technologies have enormous potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health programs as they grow beyond the pilot programs common in most of the world. This report provides the data that can help accelerate the strategic use and evaluation of mobile technologies as mHealth is taken to scale to help meet health needs.”

The study, mHealth: New Horizons for Health through Mobile Technologies, is the most comprehensive global study of mHealth activity to date. Written by WHO’s Global Observatory for eHealth, the report analyzes data from 112 countries by 14 mHealth activity types, as well as WHO region and World Bank income group. The report also documents the maturity of mHealth activities, and barriers to mHealth adoption and scale.

Although the report shows a groundswell of mHealth activity globally, the majority of these projects are still in pilot phase. Two-thirds of countries surveyed reported between one and three mHealth activities, yet only 12% of reported efforts to evaluate their mHealth activities.

The four most frequently reported mHealth initiatives were health call centres (59%), emergency toll-free telephone services (55%), managing emergencies and disasters (54%), and mobile telemedicine (49%). mHealth initiatives varied by region and income group, with health survey initiatives, for example, being among the most commonly reported mHealth activities in low income countries, yet among the least commonly reported mHealth activities globally.

The 14 mHealth activity types include: appointment reminders, community mobilization and health promotion, decision support systems, emergency toll-free telephone services, health call centers/health care telephone helplines, health surveillance, health surveys, information initiatives, mobile telemedicine, patient monitoring, patient records, public health emergencies, raising awareness, and treatment compliance.

The complete report is available on the WHO website http://www.who.int/goe/publications.

Press contacts:

In Cape Town, South Africa:

Sarah Hiller

shiller(at)unfoundation(dot)org

Mobile: + 1 202-280-5031    

In Washington, D.C.:

Karin Lornsen

klornsen(at)unfoundation(dot)org

Office: + 1 202-887-9040

About the mHealth Alliance

The mHealth Alliance (mHA) mobilizes innovation to deliver quality health at the furthest reaches of wireless networks and mobile devices. Working with diverse partners, the mHA advances mHealth through research, advocacy, and support for the development of interoperable solutions and sustainable deployment models. The mHA sponsors innovation challenges and conferences, leads cross-sector mHealth initiatives, and hosts HUB (Health UnBound), a global online community for resource sharing and collaborative solution generation. Founding partners include the Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation, PEPFAR, the GSM Association, and HP. More information is available at: http://www.mHealthAlliance.org.

About the UN Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

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KePRO Promotes Barbara Knox to Vice President, Product Management

KePRO Promotes Barbara Knox to Vice President, Product Management










Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) July 23, 2011

The Keystone Peer Review Organization, Inc. (KePRO) recently promoted Barbara Knox to the position of Vice President, Product Management. Ms. Knox assumes overall responsibility for directing, planning, and implementing all care management product development objectives.

In her new role, Ms. Knox will develop and implement KePRO’s strategic product development roadmap to maximize the company’s market position and strengthen its growth strategy. “Barbara has proven herself to be a health care market expert during her tenure with KePRO,” said Joseph A. Dougher, chief executive officer. “She will use her expertise to monitor market trends, analyze competitors, and ensure that KePRO’s products help members better manage their health.”

With over 20 years of experience in product development and marketing, Ms. Knox is highly qualified to position KePRO to better meet the needs of health care management clients. “My experience in product development and management, identifying market opportunities, strategic and operational planning, and reengineering and management of operational processes, will help position KePRO to maximize its market presence through innovative fully integrated products that deliver the best return on investment for clients.”

Prior to joining KePRO, Ms. Knox was Vice President of Product Management with SHPS, a health and human resource management company. She was responsible for the implementation of an integrated health management strategy, as well as the development of disease management, utilization management, case management and wellness/health promotion products.

Ms. Knox holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Morgan State University. She has received many awards and recognition, including 100 Leading Black Women, Who’s Who in American Women and 100 Leading Black Professional Women.

About KePRO

KePRO, a leading quality improvement and care management organization, offers innovative and outcomes-focused solutions to reduce the utilization of health care resources and optimize quality of care for public and commercial clients. KePRO’s comprehensive, member centric care management solutions go far beyond traditional utilization and case management by coordinating the care provided to members with acute, chronic and complex conditions across the continuum, and identifying members who are at the highest risk for future services, but have not yet had an acute event. Tailored programs maximize members’ quality of life, and realize greater cost savings for members and clients.

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, KePRO also has offices in Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. KePRO is URAC health utilization management and case management accredited. For more information, visit http://www.kepro.com.

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NavigationArts Announces Launch of Redesigned MedEdPORTAL

NavigationArts Announces Launch of Redesigned MedEdPORTAL











A screenshot of AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL.


McLean, Virginia (PRWEB) August 09, 2011

NavigationArts, a strategic web consultancy, is pleased to announce the launch of a dynamic medical education portal for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). MedEdPORTAL is a free, open education resource and was designed to promote educational scholarship and collaboration by facilitating the open exchange of peer-reviewed health education teaching and assessment resources. Currently, more than 10,000 health education institutions are utilizing MedEdPORTAL resources – representing over 190 countries around the globe.

NavigationArts was specifically engaged to redesign and rearchitect the existing site, which was not leveraging the full capabilities of a content management system and provided no opportunity for content reuse. The new information architecture delivers an optimized user experience, creates opportunities to reuse and share content, and lays a foundation for a suite of products that change the traditional way of accessing and utilizing health education materials. MedEdPORTAL’s flexibility provides extraordinary possibilities to customize and promote content through a multi-faceted, socially enabled learning experience.

AAMC Chief Academic Officer, John E. Prescott, MD, notes, “MedEdPORTAL has played an increasingly prominent role in the education of the healthcare provider of tomorrow. I have no doubt that these new enhancements will result in significant benefits to students and educators, and ultimately improve the health of the public.”

In addition, MedEdPORTAL has partnered with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in order to peer review and publish oral health content. The website redesign allows for interface customization while maintaining the full capabilities and accessibility of the MedEdPORTAL website and repository. The ADEA-customized MedEdPORTAL will launch in August. This new structure aims to accommodate partnerships with the remaining allied health professions to further drive inter-professionalism and innovation in health education.

About NavigationArts:

NavigationArts is a full-service web consultancy specializing in web strategy, user experience design, and technology. We help our clients meet their business needs by optimizing their web presence for communication, e-commerce, community building, and more. We help our clients solve challenging problems by bringing together highly experienced cross-functional teams drawn from analytical, creative, and technical backgrounds. At NavigationArts, we believe that user experience is the only sustainable competitive advantage online. Our mission is to create online experiences that are most satisfying for our users and most valuable for our clients. For more information, go to http://www.navigationarts.com.

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San Francisco Chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs, Promotes Health and Chiropractic in the San Francisco Community through Corporate Outreach Program

San Francisco Chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs, Promotes Health and Chiropractic in the San Francisco Community through Corporate Outreach Program











Dr. Jacobs giving a chiropractic health education talk


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 11, 2011

As a chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs is dedicated to increasing and maintaining the health of his patients and his community at large. Traditionally, he works toward this goal in his clinic, SF Custom Chiropractic, combining chiropractic, Active Release Technique and laser therapy. The clinic offers various monthly promotions allowing new patients to come into the office and see for themselves how beneficial his care can be to their health. Beyond this, Dr. Jacobs thought it would be wise to bring his knowledge and practice out into the community as well. He created a corporate outreach program, which offers on site education and/or therapeutic care.

Most recently, Dr. Adam Jacobs teamed up with Regus to bring in free chair massages for client appreciation. Dr. Jacobs and team of massage therapists came to Regus and provide some midday relaxation for their clients in their numerous office buildings throughout the Financial District. This partnership works as a way for Regus to show their clients appreciation and allows the clients to get some much needed stress relief and an introduction to SF Custom Chiropractic.

In the past, Dr. Jacobs has also used his corporate outreach program as a means for community education. Dr. Jacobs has arranged health talks at various offices, gyms, apartment complexes and clubs on topics including ergonomics, repetitive stress injuries, stress reduction, headaches and carpel tunnel syndrome. He educates on proper posture and demonstrates easy and effective stretches that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine to reduce stress and pain.

Next week, Dr. Jacobs will be giving ergonomic health talks at Jumpstart Automotive Group and Nossaman Law offices. Corporate Outreach events are easily set up by contacting SF Custom Chiropractic with a date, time and type of program. If you are interested in setting up a partnership for a corporate outreach program in your office, contact SF Custom Chiropractic at 415-788-8700.

About SF Custom Chiropractic: SF Custom Chiropractic opened in January 2011. Head treating doctor, Dr. Adam Jacobs received his doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer West College of Chiropractic (known for being the leader of sports chiropractic). He has a master’s degree and a full body and long nerve entrapment certification in Active Release Technique.

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ApplesforHealth.com Brings Health and Awareness to the Internet Public

ApplesforHealth.com Brings Health and Awareness to the Internet Public










(PRWEB) February 16, 2005

In today’s age of health and fitness, people are continuously looking for the best resources for information. Often, men and women find themselves bouncing from one site to another and performing search after search in order to locate the news and information they desire. ApplesforHealth.com (http://www.applesforhealth.com) was founded with these people in mind. The goal at Applesforhealth.com is to be the premier global provider of information to the readership regarding breaking medical technology news and disease research that is important to men, women, and children of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

ApplesforHealth.com has grown into a player in the online health industry by staying on top of current health events. The ApplesforHealth.com e-zine is published each week with over 60 fresh articles and links for healthy living and nutritious recipes. These articles are scattered throughout 20 channels of health information. For instance, readers can visit the Global Health Channel to find the latest on health issues affecting the world as well as global health breakthroughs. Recently, ApplesforHealth.com published articles regarding a breakthrough in the treatment of Hepatitis C as well as the effects of Hyperbaric treatments on coma patients. Readers can also access the ApplesforHealth.com search engine, which contains well over 25,000 articles, recipes and resources. ApplesforHealth.com has even made the site accessible for people of different nationalities by adding a translator service that enables readers to view the site in 8 different languages, thus enhancing the goal to be a global provider of health information.

However, the bread and butter for AppleforHealth.com is the extensive database of recipes. Readers visiting the Healthy Recipes channel will find a plethora of recipes like Family Favorites, Low Calorie Recipes, and Vegetarian Recipes just to name a few. Recipe hunters will also find many helpful links to other recipe and diet websites, which is what makes ApplesforHealth.com so useful. All of this recipe information has enabled the company to climb its way up the Google rankings for healthy recipe related keywords.

ApplesforHealth.com was started in 1999 with a small budget and a 1-person workforce, which is what makes its story so unique. With virtually no advertising or promotion, ApplesforHealth.com has grown organically by constant addition of useful content and a careful selection of links. Today, the website sees approximately 230,000 visitors a month and growing and is ranked in the top 8% of all websites on the Internet.

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Health Insurance Provider Florida Health Care Plans Launches One of a Kind Wellness Solution

Health Insurance Provider Florida Health Care Plans Launches One of a Kind Wellness Solution













National Start Walking Day FHCP Employee Wellness Event


Daytona Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

As a leader in healthcare delivery and wellness in Volusia and Flagler Counties of East Central Florida since 1974, Florida Health Care Plans (FHCP) is pleased to announce the launch and state approval of its new wellness rider.

“We are a local company with the goal of improving the health of our members and our community by promoting an employee/employer culture of wellness education, focusing on healthy habits, preventive care, easier access to wellness programs and educational resources,” says Dr. Wendy Myers, CEO of Florida Health Care Plans.

This new approach is a collaborative effort between employers, employees and FHCP, to team together and work with health data to assist employees in addressing unhealthy habits with the goal of a healthier lifestyle. This employee/employer collaboration can also help control the zooming costs of healthcare, and create a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

The rider has an attractive price tag, costing only 1%-2% of the group plan premium, for increased focus on employees’ health habits that could see a healthy return on investment (ROI). According to the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit industry advisory group, “Employers can realize as much as $ 3.27 in financial benefits for every $ 1.00 invested in workplace wellness programs.”

Another study, done by Sarasota County says, “A review of 32 studies of corporate wellness programs found claims costs were reduced by 27.8%,” and there were also significant declines shown in the number of physician visits, hospital admissions and incidence of injury.

Top of the line technology makes FHCP’s wellness plans accessible and user friendly. The company provides a 24 hour nurse advice line, a self-paced program for those who want to quit smoking, a weight management program and many other educational programs to encourage preventive healthy habits in addition to regular preventive care. Members also have access to an exclusive member portal, providing an easy way to make appointments with FHCP staff physicians, refill prescriptions at FHCP pharmacies and access “Welcome to Wellness” a state of the art health risk assessment with access to articles and multimedia content personalized for each member. There are also programs for members who have heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure and COPD for no extra charge. All of these programs focus on preventive treatment that helps to ward off serious health problems before they happen.

Dr. Mikelle Streicher PhD, RN Chief Marketing and Sales Officer says, “Workplace Wellness programs are not a passing trend. It is about investing in people and in good health so that good business and a healthy bottom line are all the more possible to obtain.”

For more information about FHCP’s health and wellness plans please visit http://www.fhcp.com.

About Florida Health Care Plans:

FHCP is a health maintenance organization in East Central Florida. Being an HMO, the company brings a strong emphasis on preventive care and health and wellness resources and education. As a local organization, they have been living among their clients for thirty years, working to bring better health care to the residents of Florida. Approximately 2,000 employers have trusted FHCP to take care of their employees with a wide selection of services and health solution products. In January 2009, they joined Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida as an independent licensee, which provides FHCP members with nationwide and global access to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s highly regarded and accessible Blue Card network. Their latest response to the needs of the community was in 2011, with the development of an Individual Health Plan product.

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Health Care Quality Leaders Announce 2011 International Health Promotion Awards

Health Care Quality Leaders Announce 2011 International Health Promotion Awards










Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

The 2011 International Health Promotion Awards Symposium, which recognizes and promotes innovative programs from around the world that significantly improve health, will be in Rome, Italy, December 5-6, 2011. Nominations are being accepted now at http://www.aihpa.org and will be accepted until September 16, 2011.

URAC and the Care Continuum Alliance, two leaders in health care quality and innovation, have partnered to present this global awards program. These awards will find, promote and share real solutions that can be replicated worldwide and put into action immediately.

The awards support the understanding that pressing health problems cannot be addressed by one country or one group alone. By bringing successful programs to wider attention, the International Health Promotion Awards will empower organizations globally to take action and save lives.

“The International Health Promotion Awards fill an important need in global health efforts. By bringing together workplace and corporate-based programs with the community efforts that are meeting local health needs, we can help create partnerships and synergies,” said Alan P. Spielman, President and CEO of URAC. “We want to be the voice of best practices across the health care spectrum and share them with the world.”

This event will be attended by delegates from internationally recognized health care organizations, governmental agencies, charitable foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), health care associations and corporations.

“These awards recognize the importance of reaching people where they live and work to promote better health and reduce disease risk, especially at the population level,” said Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of the Care Continuum Alliance. “They also recognize the global nature of the challenges we face in health care and the benefits of sharing our experiences broadly to foster innovation and best practices.”

A panel of expert judges comprising health care professionals and policymakers from around the world will evaluate nominee submissions. Awards will be given in two categories:


    International Community Health Awards honor organizations whose ideas in health promotion and disease prevention have made significant contributions to improving individuals’ lives and well being in local communities. To help continue these efforts, the chosen program will also receive a $ 5,000 award.
    International Workplace Health Awards honor health promotion programs that optimize and maintain overall health and mitigate disease risk in the workplace.

Twelve finalists (six from each category) will receive a complimentary trip to Rome to present their programs at the Symposium where final award winners will be announced.

The IHPA program was established in 2010 and presented its first awards to a distinguished group of organizations including:

    IBM (United States)
    Intel Corporation (Ireland)
    MOL Group (Hungary)
    Basic Health International (United States and El Salvador)
    Centene Corporation (United States)
    Naankuse Clinic (Namibia)

For more information, please contact Jessica Lutz, URAC at +1-202-326-3967 (USA ET) or communications(at)urac(dot)org; or the Care Continuum Alliance, at +1-202-737-5980 (USA ET) or info(at)carecontinuum(dot)org.

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit http://www.urac.org.

About the Care Continuum Alliance

The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 organizations and individuals and aligns all stakeholders in the care continuum toward improving population health. Through advocacy, research and education, the Care Continuum Alliance advances strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for the well and those with and at risk of chronic conditions. Learn more at http://www.carecontinuum.org.

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