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Sanofi-aventis US Chairman Tim Rothwell Addresses CMSA's Collaborative Practice Summit
Date:10/9/2007

Rothwell Shared Personal Experiences and sanofi-aventis' Goal to be Part of

the Solution for Improving Collaboration Among Stakeholders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tim Rothwell, Chairman, Group Pharmaceutical Activities, sanofi-aventis, U.S., delivered an address at the Collaborative Practice Summit (CPS) hosted by the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and held October 3-5 in Uncasville, Conn.

CPS brought together a focused group of more than 125 healthcare professionals to discuss leading-edge collaboration models that explored benchmarks for measurement. Rothwell shared personal experiences regarding transitions-of-care issues with CPS attendees and discussed sanofi-aventis' commitment to be part of the solution for improving collaboration among all healthcare stakeholders.

Rothwell complimented the group for tackling a difficult, yet extremely important, issue. "We talk a lot about 'breaking down silos' in healthcare," Rothwell said. "At this Collaborative Practice Summit, you've assembled a group of healthcare leaders who are committed to doing exactly that. The very name of the event - the 'Collaborative Practice Summit' - has the ring of possibility in it. It suggests many perspectives coming together as one to solve a problem."

The issues and challenges of poor transitions of care, said Rothwell, are critically important to him personally and to sanofi-aventis as a company. "The problem, of course, is a healthcare system that, for many - particularly those who get bounced around within it - is fragmented and sometimes even frightening," Rothwell observed. "For those who have family members or friends who have experienced repeated encounters with the healthcare system, the only consistent thing they believe it delivers is confusion and, sometimes, flawed outcomes."

According to Rothwell, a root cause of the problem is the way today's current healthcare system encourages and builds silo
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