Virtua and Alere Form Alliance for Care Coordination

             Virtua and Alere Form Alliance for Care Coordination

New Technology and Services will Benefit Patients

PR Newswire

WALTHAM, Mass., March 4, 2013

WALTHAM, Mass., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Virtua, a healthcare delivery
leader in southern New Jersey, and Alere Inc. (NYSE: ALR), a global leader in
health information solutions, announced today a strategic alliance to provide
health information systems and home-based, biometric monitoring devices to
support care coordination services for Virtua's patients in Camden, Burlington
and Gloucester counties in New Jersey.

Through the alliance, Virtua plans to build upon its existing implementation
of Alere's Health Information Exchange (HIE) and deploy the company's
sophisticated Clinical Decision Support solution, which identifies gaps in
both preventative and critical patient care and predicts when and what level
of medical attention is needed to avoid hospital re-admissions or more costly
types of care. The technology platform includes customizable, evidence-based
care plans intended to assist Virtua's nurse coordinators and physicians with
decision-making and communication. Virtua also plans to engage nurses from
Alere to supplement its care coordination team.

Additionally, Virtua will leverage Alere's care management solutions and
personal health record, integrating data from both into its HIE in order to
engage patients, providers, and care managers in a community-wide
collaborative. The HIE platform already facilitates the secure, electronic
exchange of health information among the region's hospitals, nursing homes and

"Our expanded relationship with Alere and use of its innovative technologies
support Virtua's goal to provide the highest levels of care for our patients,
especially as we coordinate services along the continuum of care," explained
Alfred Campanella, Virtua's Executive Vice President for Strategic Business
Growth and Analytics.

Virtua also plans to deploy 500 home-based, biometric monitoring devices that
electronically transmit patients' blood pressures, weights, and other health
data to the HIE, allowing Virtua and Alere nurses to readily detect adverse
changes in a patient's medical status while at home.

The alliance contemplates the creation of an innovation demonstration site at
Virtua Voorhees Hospital, where the care coordination program will be
showcased for Alere's customers and other interested parties.

"Our expanded alliance with Virtua is a tremendous milestone in our four-year
relationship," says Sumit Nagpal, President and CEO of Alere Accountable Care
Solutions. "Virtua has taken the lead in applying innovative technologies to
solve complex healthcare problems, advancing the state of the art. With this
alliance, we are thrilled to build upon our foundation to deliver safer, more
cost effective care."

About Virtua

As one of New Jersey's largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well,
get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services.
Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three
fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician
practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory
surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation
centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader
in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers almost 8,000 babies a
year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700
businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information
technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its
ground-breaking partnerships with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for
the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been
honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven
consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the
National Research Corporation. For more information, visit or

About Alere

By developing new capabilities in near-patient diagnosis, monitoring and
health information technology, Alere enables individuals to take charge of
improving their health and quality of life at home. Alere's global leading
products and services, as well as its new product development efforts, focus
on cardiology, infectious disease, toxicology and diabetes. Alere is
headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information regarding
Alere, please visit

SOURCE Alere Inc.

Contact: Peggy Leone, Virtua, Director, Media Relations, +1-856-355-0821,
(Cell) +1-856-912-8827; Doug Guarino, Alere, Director, Corporate Relations,
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