Prussia, PA, October, 2, 2000
America's Choice Healthplans, the world's first
online benefits administrator, announced today the launch of a new interactive
health care resource designed to help employers allow employees to better
manage their health over the Internet. ' MyAmericasChoice.com represents a
radical new way for employers to interact with employees--providing them both a
highly-efficient way to monitor their health care programs, as well as the
means for delivering and receiving a range of health care services directly over
the Internet. '' The new online
initiative provides employers
with the online management tools needed to extract
key information that is then used to
encourage and educate employees on how to live
healthier lives. '''
"The Internet provides a
better way to manage care than by simply restricting care," says Clelland
Green, president and CEO of America's Choice Healthplans.
' "The inherent interactivity of the Internet
provides us a means of allowing employers to become proactive partners in the
management of their employees' health--a role that pays dividends to both the
corporation and its employees in terms of improved quality of life, as well as
the efficient deployment of resources across an organization."
as a corporation's virtual health care delivery and monitoring system, which
can be accessed directly by employers and employees alike.
' At its core, the new online resource
automatically data mines health care information from critical points within
the corporation, including employee input, claims data and provider information
and then builds an action plan employees can follow to help manage their own
health. ''' The site includes a number of
key health care delivery mechanisms including:
Online Chronic Disease
Millions of Americans suffer
from a range of chronic diseases--including asthma, diabetes and
coronary heart disease.
' Many of these diseases can be managed by the
individual, thereby improving quality of life while simultaneously reducing the
need for emergency care. '
MyAmericasChoice.com has partnered with the
leading provider of online
chronic disease management resources, New Jersey-based Protocol Driven Health,
Inc., to provide employees with a range of interactive tools they can use to
monitor their own health. '' For
instance, through MyAmericasChoice.com, employees can maintain online health
care diaries to track and record drug protocols and regimens, as well as
disease episodes, in order to more fully understand the cause and effect of
their conditions. '' On-the-fly graphical
analysis allows users to quickly monitor their progress and immediately act
when medical intervention is required. '
believe that the effective management of chronic diseases provides one of the
greatest opportunities to control overall health care costs, freeing resources
to provide improved health care for an entire organization," says Green.
Live Online Chat
Capabilities with MyAmericasChoice.com Representatives.
Through a partnership with !heyInc.com, a leading provider of
contact center technologies, MyAmericasChoice.com allows members to connect
with America's Choice Healthplans representatives
online and have conversations in real time, over
the Internet. ' The live chat feature,
which is accessed by clicking the live help button on the MyAmericasChoice.com
Web site, initiates direct text chat with America's
Choice Healthplans representatives who have access
to key information and data to help instruct, guide and answer any questions
about benefits directly over the Internet, in real time.
wellness tools and content. '''
Through an alliance with ScreamingMedia, an aggregator and e-distributor
of digital content on the Web, MyAmericasChoice.com allows employees to receive
credible medical information that deals specifically with issues affecting
their health. ' By logging on to
MyAmericasChoice.com, members and clients will be updated daily with health and
healthcare-related news articles ranging from the latest industry developments
in employee benefits, health insurance, and pending legislation to articles on
consumer health issues, including new treatments, discoveries, and nutrition.
In the near future, MyAmericasChoice.com will include an e-visit
feature that allows employees to chat live with physicians directly from their
desktops. '' E-Visits will reduce lost
sick days and travel time to and from appointments, as well as allow employees
to receive instant answers to general health care questions.
online benefits management, administration and reporting
provides employees and employers the power to monitor, track, administer and
manage their health care programs live over the Internet.
' This resource
provides employers the comprehensive,
interactive benefits information they need to best manage employee benefits
programs, as well as allow their employees to live healthier lives.
Internet opens an entirely new model for how health plan administrators can
partner with employers to deliver quality health care through immediate and
direct online communications, resources and tools," says Green.
'' "Until now, the Internet has been used
primarily to reduce the inefficiencies of the process.
'' We now have the opportunity to integrate it
into the actual delivery of care. ' No
other company has done as much to pioneer this model than America's
Choice. '' And we're confident that this
new approach will deliver true value to employees--eager for better solutions to
their health care needs, and employers, who are striving to meet these needs
within the current financial landscape of health care."
For more information on America's
Choice Healthplans, contact Greg Matusky at GregoryFCA Communications at (610)
642-8253, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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