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Bosch Healthcare Receives Certification of Its Health Management Programs by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. (Bosch Healthcare), the market leader in evidence-based telehealth solutions, today announced the that it has received certification for program design in Disease Management for 16 Health Management Programs (HMPs) that it submitted to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The certifications include 14 single medical and mental health conditions: asthma, bipolar disorder, coronary artery disease, cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obsessive compulsive disorder, pediatric asthma, post traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. The certifications also include two comorbid HMPs: diabetes mellitus and hypertension, and heart failure and diabetes. The certifications covered programs that contained 60, 180, and 360 sessions.

“NCQA certification of program design for our HMPs is unique in the telehealth industry and represents an enormous commitment by our company to rigor and excellence in the development of our telehealth-based disease management programs which have been demonstrated to improve the health of people with chronic conditions,” said Micha Kirchhoff, president of Bosch Healthcare.

NCQA’s Disease Management certification standards are intended to help organizations achieve the highest level of performance possible, reduce patient risk, and create an environment of continuous improvement.

Karen Gilberg, M.D., chief medical officer of Bosch Healthcare stated: “We are very proud that Bosch Healthcare achieved perfect scores in each category reviewed by NCQA. Our Health Management Programs are the heart and soul of our integrated telehealth solutions and, together with care coordination, are responsible for the positive clinical and quality outcomes that our Health Buddy System has consistently demonstrated in more than 60 publications. Earning NCQA certification speaks to our commitment to effectively engage patients in managing their conditions, which leads to higher satisfaction with their care and ultimately better outcomes.”

“Disease management offers tremendous promise for improving the care received by the chronically ill. By achieving NCQA Disease Management Certification, an organization is showing that it is ready to provide specific services that can help fulfill that promise,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.

About NCQA:

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

About Robert Bosch Healthcare:

Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc., is a leading provider of innovative telehealth systems. Bosch’s product spectrum ranges from patient interfaces to comprehensive health management and patient evaluation software allowing healthcare professionals to efficiently evaluate the patient’s health status. Bosch Healthcare strives to help 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 payers. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group. For more information, go to www.bosch-telehealth.com.

About Bosch:

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros ($61.6 billion) in 2013*. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” Additional information on the global organization is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. For more information, please visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

*Due to a change in legal rules governing consolidation, 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with 2012 figures. Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32812 (or 16.96406 MXN or $1.36837 CAD).

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