VRI and Robert Bosch Healthcare Partner to Expand Telehealth Access

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VRI and Robert Bosch Healthcare, Inc. to extend access to telehealth technology to help treat patients with chronic illnesses.

VRI , one of the largest providers of in-home health monitoring solutions in the United States, announced today a new partnership with Robert Bosch Healthcare, Inc., a leader in the telehealth industry. Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly offer customers access to VRI’s remote monitoring, equipment logistics, adherence, and alert stratification services along with Bosch Healthcare’s telehealth systems, including the Bosch Health Buddy® Telehealth System. The partnership will extend access to healthcare technology that empowers patients to be more involved in their care and enables providers to better monitor and treat patients living with complex chronic disease.

“The use of telehealth in America’s health care system continues to increase, and there is a growing body of evidence that supports the use of technologies like the Health Buddy System, allowing patients to take a more active role in their disease management,” said Derek Newell, president of Robert Bosch Healthcare. “By leveraging VRI’s extensive experience, installer network, and monitoring center capabilities, we will be able to extend the reach of Bosch Healthcare’s telehealth solutions to more patients and further our mission of transforming the current system of care.”

Bosch Healthcare and VRI’s joint services are designed to increase patients’ health awareness and accountability by giving them access to information and feedback that allows them to play a more active role in their care. Specifically, the Health Buddy system will be integrated with VRI’s feature rich remote monitoring platform that serves as a daily interface between individuals with chronic illnesses, care coordinators and healthcare providers. As care providers access user data via VRI’s Care Platform, they are alerted to warning signs if a user’s health is deteriorating and can actively address gaps in care before that individual’s condition becomes critical.

“Bosch Healthcare shares our dedication to providing high-quality care to people living with severe and complex chronic diseases,” said Andy Schoonover, CEO of VRI. “We have heard our Managed Care, Home Health, and Hospital partners loud and clear. They have asked for a fully integrated system where they are relieved of the burden to install, finance, and provide the alert stratification required for effective deployment of telehealth solutions. We are proud to add the Health Buddy system to our portfolio of integrated devices and are excited to partner with Bosch Healthcare to provide telehealth solutions to patients that will benefit most from these services.”

Over the past two decades, VRI has served hundreds of thousands of seniors and at-risk persons with industry leading health monitoring solutions. The company is committed to being a partner with healthcare organizations to assess, deploy and manage remote monitoring technologies.

About VRI
VRI is a healthcare services company with over 20 years of experience in health monitoring and is one of the largest providers of telemonitoring, medication adherence and medical alert systems in the country. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, VRI's services enable seniors, the chronically ill, and persons with disabilities to maintain their independence and avoid long term care facilities and hospitalization. The company's service portfolio includes Telehealth and Vitals Monitoring, Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS), Electronic Medication Reminder Devices and other specialized health monitoring solutions. The company currently serves over 50,000 active clients across the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.monitoringcare.com.

About The Bosch Group
Robert Bosch Healthcare, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative telehealth systems. Bosch’s spectrum of system offerings ranges from patient terminals to comprehensive evaluation software allowing healthcare professionals to efficiently evaluate the data coming from the patient terminals and other connected devices. Bosch Telehealth strives to improve diagnosis and treatment through systematic patient monitoring and involvement. The result is that health professionals are able to provide a higher quality of care for patients with chronic conditions, patients lead happier and healthier lives, and the cost of healthcare is reduced for funders. Robert Bosch Healthcare, Inc. is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group. For more information, go to http://www.bosch-telehealth.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 275,000 associates generated sales of 38.2 billion euros (roughly $53 billion) in fiscal 2009. The Bosch group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network are the foundation for growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros ($5 billion) for research and development, and applies for some 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch works to enhance the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. For more information, visit http://www.bosch.com.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy and healthcare products. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 20,000 associates in more than 70 locations, with reported sales of $7.3 billion in fiscal 2009. For more information, visit http://www.boschusa.com.

Media Contact:
Edie DeVine
GCI Health for Robert Bosch Healthcare, Inc.
415-365-8543
edie(dot)devine(at)gcihealth(dot)com

Media Contact:
Jennifer McElroy
VRI
800-860-4230 ext, 137
jmcelroy(at)monitoringcare(dot)com

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