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Accordant Receives e-Healthcare Leadership Awards

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Industry Leader in Tele-Web Disease Management Receives Top Honors From e-Healthcare Strategy & Trends for Consumer Disease-focused Portal

GREENSBORO, N.C., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Accordant Health Services, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled disease management programs, received both a Platinum and Gold Leadership Award at the e-healthcare 2000 Internet and Healthcare Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, the leading Internet publication and online resource, sponsored this first annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards Program to recognize leading Web sites from a wide range of healthcare organizations.

Accordant's patient Web site (http://www.accordant.com) received the Platinum Award for best health/healthcare content and the Gold Award for best care/disease management site. Both awards were the highest offered in their respective categories. Judged on a standard of Internet excellence, winners were selected from nearly 400 entries in fifteen classifications.

"This recognition by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends with both Gold and Platinum Awards corroborates our internal survey results. These surveys consistently indicate high patient satisfaction with Accordant's Web site content," asserts Steven Schelhammer, founder and CEO of Accordant. "In fact, our most recent third party survey found that, of the patients who utilize our Web site, 92% are satisfied or very satisfied with their experience on the site."

"From the onset, our goal was to design and implement our Web site so that highly relevant disease-specific content could be accessed and personalized by the patient.  The interactive use of Internet services complements our efforts to facilitate better patient-physician management of complex, chronic diseases.  Accordant will continue to support access to thorough and trusted disease-specific knowledge through its state-of-the-art Tele-Web platform that integrates Internet and clinical call center communication options, thus offering choice and flexibility for the consumer."

Accordant addresses 15 different chronic diseases that tend to be progressive and uncommon.  These diseases include conditions such as Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, where adverse events are both predictable and preventable and are the focal point of the company's systematic preventive interventions. Health plans sponsor Accordant's specific services to provide individualized education for patients and their families, in support of their physicians' care plans.  On a proactive basis, Accordant monitors the health status of patients, educates them about their condition and enhances the communication between patients and their physicians. Patients also have the ability to interact with disease experts via Accordant.com if they choose. This strategy results in enhanced patient/physician interactions and consistently leads to the reduction of the overall cost of care associated with these diseases.

"We are gratified that our Web site was recognized by this prestigious group and anticipate that our consumer disease-focused portal will continue to benefit patients, their caregivers, providers and payers by improving outcomes, reducing healthcare costs and increasing patient satisfaction," concludes Schelhammer.

About Accordant

Accordant Health Services, Inc., based in Greensboro, N.C., focuses on managing complex, chronic diseases with the goal of improving clinical, patient satisfaction and cost-of-care outcomes. The company relies on its expert "Tele-Web" system that integrates Internet and call center technologies to enable flexible, intelligent and customized information-sharing among patients, providers and health plans. At present, Accordant offers programs for 15 complex, chronic diseases in the areas of neurology, rheumatology, pulmonology and hematology and serves approximately 10,000 chronic patients from 9 million health-plan members. Accordant's Medical Advisory Board is comprised of national medical experts who participate in the development and continuous quality improvement of the company's programs.

For more information about Accordant, visit http://www.accordant.com or call 1-800-948-2497.

SOURCE Accordant Health Services, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.accordant.com