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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:34 a.m., Friday, May 4, 2007

Ho'okele Personal Health Planners offers new service

Advertiser Staff

Ho'okele Personal Health Planners said it is offering new technology that allows diabetes and other chronic disease patients to more easily track and control their health problems.

The system makes use of mobile telephones and other wireless technology to automatically transmit health readings to healthcare providers and then receive feedback. "The introduction of this new, innovative technology gives us a creative way to help patients modify their behavior and gain control of their disease," said Dew-Anne Langcaon, Ho'okele Personal Health Planners chief executive officer.

The firm is offering a system developed by Confidant Inc., a Durham, North Carolina-based company. Confidant is one of several companies developing wireless monitoring systems to collect and transmit medical measurements outside of hospitals and doctor's offices.

The Confidant's system, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, costs $500 for Cingular customers for the first three months and includes materials and consultations with a nurse. After that the price drops to $40 monthly. Other pricing is available for long term contracts.

Part of Confidant's funding comes from Honolulu-based Pacificap Group.