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Trapollo LLC Teams with Humana Cares for Landmark Telehealth Deployment to 1600 Humana Subscribers

STERLING, Va., April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare Technology Services Provider, Trapollo LLC, announced today that in support of Humana Cares, a division of Humana Inc., the Company has completed the final in-home installation for one of the largest Telehealth "pilot" projects in the United States. Trapollo successfully installed and field tested over 1600 interactive remote monitoring devices nationwide to monitor Humana Medicare members living with congestive heart failure (CHF). The in-home devices enable a registered nurse to track a member's key vital signs daily. Launched in January, 2011, as one of the Telehealth industries' largest and most comprehensive programs, Humana Cares utilized Trapollo's complete managed service offering to substantially increase the members' awareness of their state of health as well as to decrease the likelihood of hospitalization for this group of at-risk patients. 

Statistics tell the tale. It is estimated that there are currently over 90 million Americans living with some form of chronic illness and these individuals account for nearly 80% of annual health care costs in the United States. Additionally, the population is aging. The number of people 65 and over is expected to swell to 70 million in the coming years, dramatically adding to those already living with chronic illnesses. 

"It is great working with Humana Cares and we applaud them for employing advanced Telehealth technologies to help their members with CHF live better, healthier, and more productive lives," said Todd Leto, founder and CEO of Trapollo. "Our already stressed health system needs to find new and innovative ways to provide people with chronic illnesses high quality and cost effective health care alternatives. A video-enabled, in-home remote health monitoring device is being used in the Humana Cares program and it is proving to be an innovative solution with the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for people living with chronic illnesses."

Trapollo provided Humana Cares with a customized turnkey solution that combined equipment and all necessary services to support this program. Trapollo integrated, installed, and field tested the Intel/GE Care Innovations "Health Guide." Each video-enabled system was paired with A & D Medical blood pressure monitor and weight scale peripherals allowing for interactive monitoring of the Humana Cares CHF members' health on a daily basis. 

Further, as part of Trapollo's Managed Service Solution, the Company provided data integration, project management, customer and technical support, asset management, clinician training, program financing, and more, thus allowing Humana to focus on patient care while Trapollo managed all other aspects of the program.

Kate Marcus, program manager for Humana Cares overseeing the national remote monitoring program, stated, "Partnering with Trapollo has allowed our nurses to focus on the important clinical issues while Trapollo managed the logistics of installing the equipment in our members' homes as well as training them and providing technical support to all of us.  We are further delighted that our members have responded so positively when rating their install, and training experiences."

"Many see interactive Telehealth systems as the most promising way to get health care costs under control for the future," said Mr. Leto. "The opportunity to work with Humana Cares on this project has been a learning experience for both of us. Based on this pilot, we have been able to fine tune our remote health monitoring managed services offering and are talking to other large health care providers who face the same challenges as Humana.

"The market is huge. To manage these staggering numbers, technology will have to play a major role. But, the services, knowledge and experience Trapollo provides will be what truly enables these Telehealth technologies to make a game changing difference."

About Trapollo LLC:

Trapollo LLC is the leading service provider of remote health monitoring managed services for chronic disease management, independent living, and employer health and wellness programs.  With offices in Northern Virginia, Trapollo is focused on the explosive field of Telehealth. Trapollo currently supports thousands of video-enabled in-home monitoring devices nationwide for large insurance providers, hospitals and health systems, and government agencies.  Additionally, Trapollo is focused on marketing its services to senior and assisted living communities, and self-insured employers.

Trapollo draws from its broad portfolio of products and services to design and implement programs that cover every stage of the remote health monitoring lifecycle, including but not limited to: product selection and acquisition, program financing, asset and logistics management, in-home installations, user training, monitoring, triage services, customer and technical support, and patient-to-patient transfers of the equipment. For further information, please see our web site at  Contacts:Fern Krauss, Fern Krauss Public Relations

Kristen Tiede, Trapollo301-424-9140 mobile: 301-370-0288

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