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Bosch Healthcare announces technology licensing deal with Waldo Health

By Eric Wicklund, Editor, ATA 2012 Show Dailies

SAN JOSE, CA – Robert Bosch Healthcare, whose home-based telehealth technology has seen success in projects managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and in Alaska, is marketing its patent portfolio in an effort to branch out into more markets.

Officials of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company announced Monday that they'd entered into a licensing agreement with Waldo Networks, an Austin, Texas-based chronic disease management company known as Waldo Health, to sell products and services using Bosch technology. Bosch has more than 145 U.S. patents and more than 60 patent applications and foreign equivalents on technologies including devices, transmission systems for physiological and psychological data, communication systems between patients and providers, recording and analysis systems for health-related physiological data, and systems that measure patient compliance with a care plan.

The agreement was signed on April 24 and announced Monday morning at the ATA 2012 Convention and Exposition.

Bosch Healthcare launched an active technology licensing program last year.

"Bosch Healthcare is pleased to work with Waldo Health as a licensee of our telehealth technology," said Jasper zu Putlitz, president of Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, in a press release "This is an important step in giving innovative start-up companies like Waldo Health the opportunity to advance the telehealth market. Our ultimate goal is patient-focused – we all want to improve patient health outcomes and lower healthcare costs by leveraging technology to provide premium care at home. Licensing our technology helps Waldo Health to fulfill these common goals and we wish them great success in continuing to enhance patient care."

"Waldo Health is excited to be one of the first companies to license the Bosch portfolio. It provides our team with the ability to focus on larger strategic initiatives and create the most meaningful customer experiences in the telehealth space," said Vincent Salvo, Waldo Health's new CEO. "Our competitors do not have rights to the Bosch technology. This, combined with the launch of our next generation of innovative products and services, makes Waldo the clear choice when it comes to collaboratively improving people's lives."

Bosch Healthcare's two primary products are the Health Buddy System, which allows patients to take a more active role in monitoring their health and symptoms while at home, and the ViTel Care T400 Home Health Monitor, an interactive device that collects and transmits patient data collected at home. The Health Buddy has been used by the VA since 2000, while the ViTel Care T400, also known as the "Turtle," is part of an ongoing program overseen by the Alaska Federal Healthcare Partnership (AFCHP).  

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