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Chronic care IT

Joint initiative targets diabetes management

TORONTO and ISLANDIA, N.Y. – CA, Inc., the world’s leading independent IT management software company, and Healthscreen Solutions Inc., a leading Canadian provider of physician practice enhancement services and EMR software, have announced a joint initiative to develop technology and services aimed at helping doctors offer chronic disease management programs to their patients.

Based on CA software technology, the services will be designed to help individuals with a range of chronic diseases to record and monitor their health data on a realtime basis, allowing for more precise tracking and trending of the impact of behavior such as diet and activity that affect their condition.

Healthscreen will leverage its distribution network of over 8,000 Canadian physicians and seven million Canadian patients to implement these services. Under the terms of the agreement, CA will work exclusively with Healthscreen in Canada.

In the first phase of the initiative, the companies have agreed to focus on developing a service aimed at managing health information for individuals with diabetes. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than two million Canadians live with diabetes. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications, including, heart, kidney, and eye disease, or nerve damage.

Health Canada reports an annual spend of over $9 billion on diabetes. In the United States, there are more than 17.5 million diabetics, according to the American Diabetes Association, with associated healthcare costs of $175 billion.

“IT plays a critical role in supporting the efforts of governments and organizations around the world as they work to adopt more efficient means of delivering better healthcare while controlling costs,” said Chris Stakutis, vice president of emerging technologies at CA. “We look forward to working with Healthscreen to develop and offer these unique services to healthcare organizations and patients. By combining CA technologies and Healthscreen industry expertise, we hope to help physicians and patients better manage and care for chronic diseases such as diabetes.”

“We have always believed in the opportunity that exists for Healthscreen to leverage its expansive national network of Canadian doctors, to introduce new, innovative services that are aimed at improving patient care,” said Justin Belobaba, president and CEO of Healthscreen. “This is a watershed moment in Healthscreen’s history, as we partner with a global IT company that has the resources and the capability to deploy groundbreaking chronic disease management services to doctors and patients.”

About CA
CA is the world’s leading independent IT management software company. With CA’s Enterprise IT Management (EITM) vision and expertise, organizations can more effectively govern, manage and secure IT to optimize business performance and sustain competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.ca.com.

About Healthscreen Solutions
Healthscreen Solutions (www.healthscreen.com) provides a comprehensive suite of practice enhancement products and services to increase physician productivity and revenue while reducing costs and improving patient care. The Company’s portfolio includes billing and scheduling software, electronic medical records software, CallerMD which assists physicians in managing a range of uninsured medical services, PrevCareMD which helps physicians earn supplemental income by achieving governmentset preventive care targets, and HealthAlert which allows physicians to help their patients in managing complex healthcare issues. Healthscreen’s and its partners’ services and software are used by over 8,000 fulltime physicians who are responsible for the health care of more seven million Canadian patients. For more information, visit www.healthscreen.com.

 

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