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Health Integrated Unifies Care Community to Improve Physical, Psychological and Social Health of the Chronically Ill
Date:1/13/2009

Groundbreaking Synergy Connect(TM) links health plan, physicians and community to assist individuals with chronic illness

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Integrated, a pioneer in population health management, is actively helping people with chronic illnesses get the most medical and psychosocial support from their communities. Health Integrated's groundbreaking Synergy Connect(TM) service actively connects people to their physicians, their health plan, and support organizations in their community. Synergy Connect is a key component of Health Integrated's leading Synergy Targeted Population Management(TM) (Synergy) offering.

Chronic illness continues to rise with over 40% of the U.S. population (over 140 million people) expected to have at least one chronic illness by 2010. Typically, 10-15% of chronically ill patients also struggle with psychological issues such as depression and face social challenges such as lack of family support or transportation to the doctor. Left unattended, these psychosocial challenges can undermine best efforts of physicians, family members, and even patients in managing chronic diseases.

Health Integrated's Synergy program aims to lower avoidable healthcare utilization and associated costs by providing chronically ill individuals with coaching, education, and support to help them better manage and improve their health. Unlike any other service, Synergy Connect interweaves community-based resources, health plan programs and local physicians to meet the psychosocial and medical needs of patients.

Synergy Connect has two main components that work in concert, Outreach Coordination and Care Coordination. Outreach Coordination includes feet-on-the-street Synergy team members working locally to identify helpful community-based programs and to develop relationships with key physician practices. Outreach Coordinators work with physician practices to iden
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