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Alere's Dr. Gordon Norman Highlights Challenges and Promising Solutions to U.S. Healthcare System to International Health Insurance Executives
Date:4/29/2009

as poor lifestyle choices increasingly prevalent among Americans, are only a few of the challenges facing the healthcare system. Poor care coordination, inadequate adherence to recognized clinical guidelines, greater health disparities between socio-economic groups and shortages of primary care physicians and nurses are also leading to lower levels of care and poorer outcomes.

"There is now universal recognition that the U.S. gets the worst value for its healthcare investment," said Norman. "What is equally troubling is that within a few short years, we may be unable to meet the healthcare needs of many of our sickest and neediest citizens."

According to Norman, Americans and the U.S. government appear to have a new sense of urgency with regards to reforming healthcare. He also noted that while it may take time to make changes, promising solutions are being implemented by many of the nation's health plans and employers.

Some of these changes include more effective and efficient management of chronic conditions, closely linking sites of care, expanding each person's care team and integrating technology with individual care plans. "We must also use personal health and electronic medical records to better connect people and providers, with a much greater emphasis on "person centric" healthcare models," said Norman.

For a copy of Norman's presentation or additional information, please contact Alere at alereinfo@alere.com.

Alere (www.alere.com) is a member of the Inverness Medical Innovations (

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