Clarity Principal Adam Pannell Co-Authors Clinical Study On Disease Management; Study Uses Telemetric Monitoring Of Blood Pressure In Commercial Pilots

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Clarity Benefit Consulting's Adam Pannell, leader of Clarity's Health and Productivity Management practice, has co-authored a clinical study on disease management.

We are definitely pleased with the results of the study and hope to expand the program to a broader segment of the population in the future

Clarity Benefit Consulting principal and Health Management practice leader, Adam Pannell, recently co-authored a clinical study on disease management that was presented at the Aerospace Medical Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans in May 2007. The study, co-authored with Dr. Thomas Bettes of American Airlines and Sukhwant Khanuja of Carematix Inc., was designed to explore the uses of telemetric monitoring of blood pressure in commercial pilots. The first phase of the study focused on morbidity associated with hypertension using several web-based remote monitoring solutions. The program helped raise patient awareness of hypertension and facilitated clinical monitoring and intervention.

Clarity, ( a national leader in employee benefit consulting, is pleased to support Mr. Pannell's role in this important study.

"We believe that our study presents data which support the efficacy of wellness monitoring solutions for patients at high risk for hypertension," stated Pannell. "Our participants had a positive experience and clearly noticed the benefits of the program. Even in a small sample size such as this study, a decrease in medical claims and improved pharmacy utilization was observed. The results of the study are important to all of us in the industry and we strongly believe that patients, and their employers, will benefit as these types of technology-driven health and productivity solutions continue to evolve," concluded Pannell.

"We are definitely pleased with the results of the study and hope to expand the program to a broader segment of the population in the future," observed Dr. Bettes, Medical Director at American Airlines. "Moreover, we are pleased with the work Adam Pannell devoted to this project. We have had a relationship with Adam for several years and were not surprised when he brought us this creative idea. But as many large employers know, ideas from consultants and vendors abound, and what is often missing is the implementation and execution of those ideas. That was what was so refreshing about this project. Not only did Adam proactively bring us the idea after learning about some of the challenges we face keeping our pilots FAA certified, he managed the project, coordinating resources from American Airlines, WebMD, Carematix and our data warehouse vendor, Ingenix, ensuring that the idea became a reality," explained Dr. Bettes.    

Adam Pannell joined Clarity in March 2007, bringing a wealth of experience to the Clarity team gained in various roles in the employee benefits industry over the past fifteen years. Prior to joining Clarity, Mr. Pannell was Director of Strategic Accounts with WebMD, where he assisted large employers with strategy, design and implementation of WebMD's integrated health and benefits platform. Prior to Mr. Pannell's experience at WebMD, he held the position of principal with Mercer Human Resource Consulting. Mr. Pannell has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Sacramento and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Clarity Benefit Consulting is a privately held firm providing fee-based employee benefit consulting services to large employers throughout North America. It specializes in helping its clients enhance business performance by providing innovative consulting services in the area of Health and Productivity Management.

To view the PowerPoint presentation co-authored by Adam Pannell, please visit Clarity's News section and click on the clinical study. Mr. Pannell may be reached in his Atlanta office at (770) 261.6611.


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