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Preliminary figures for 2013 Significant progress: Bosch Group increases sales and result Opening up new market segments for connected living

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “The breadth of our technological expertise and our presence in diverse sectors of the economy are crucial advantages in a connected world.”
  • Sales up 2.7 percent to 46.4 billion euros
  • Disregarding extraordinary burdens from photovoltaics, EBIT margin at roughly 6 percent
Stuttgart – According to preliminary figures, the Bosch Group increased its sales by 2.7 percent in 2013, to 46.4 billion euros, and this despite the difficult economic environment (adjusted previous-year figure: 45.2 billion euros). In the form of negative exchange-rate effects to the tune of some 1.5 billion euros, the strong euro places a considerable burden on the sales revenue disclosed by the supplier of technology and services. Earnings have developed fundamentally better, but are once again affected by the situation of the Solar Energy division, which remained difficult in 2013. In early 2013, the company announced its decision to exit its activities in crystalline photovoltaics.

*Note: Due to changes in the law, Bosch no longer includes its fifty-fifty joint ventures in its accounting. This mainly concerns Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH and ZF Lenksysteme, whose consolidated sales comes to some 7 billion euros. Due to these changes, current figures for sales, result, and headcount are only partially comparable with the figures previously published for 2012.
Progress in earnings
According to preliminary figures, and leaving aside the extraordinary burdens caused by photovoltaics, the Bosch Group EBIT margin comes to some 6 percent. This is roughly one percentage point more than in the previous year. Including the extraordinary burdens as a result of photovoltaics, which are likely to total 1.3 billion euros, EBIT margin some 3 percent. “The many measures taken to improve profitability are clearly working. In fact, we have made better progress with result than expected,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. In 2014, Bosch will continue to work without let-up on improving its competitiveness and fitness for the future. As regards the targets for sales growth and margin, Denner said: “We have already made progress. We will continue to focus on profitability, growth, and agility.”

Seizing growth opportunities – opening up new market segments
The company wants to unlock existing potential for growth and open up new market segments. Various future trends are relevant for Bosch here. Apart from energy efficiency and connectivity, there is the high-spending aging population in the industrialized countries and the rapidly growing middle class in the emerging markets of Asia and South America. Bosch is also working intensively on the mobility of the future, which will be electric, automated, and connected. In 2013, Bosch launched many products and services related to these trends. They include highly efficient gasoline and diesel injection systems, driver assistance systems such as motorcycle stability control, mySPIN smartphone integration solution, telematics services for the management of vehicle fleets, and robotics applications such as the “Indego” lawnmower.

Shaping and participating – Bosch in the connected world
Bosch especially wants to open up new market segments with solutions for connected living. “The breadth of our technological expertise and our presence in diverse sectors of the economy are crucial advantages in a connected world. We want to play an active role in shaping that world, and at the same time take advantage of the business opportunities it offers. Bosch’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected world,” Denner said. For many, connectivity is already a reality. By 2015, some 75 percent of global population will be online, along with more than 6 billion devices. In Bosch’s view, however, this only scratches the surface of the potential opportunities. In the future, the company will make all its electronic appliances web-enabled. “Connectivity will open up new possibilities for all our areas of work. This goes for mobility, for industrial technology, and especially for energy and building technology – also in connection with our consumer goods,” Denner said.

Systematic preparation: activities and partnerships
As the world’s leading sensor manufacturer in terms of sales, the web-enabled MEMS sensors supplied by Bosch are a key technical component for connectivity on the internet of things and services. Moreover, at the beginning of the year Bosch set up a subsidiary for the development and sales of connected terminal devices and solutions based on them. Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH is headquartered in Reutlingen, where the electronics competence center is based. The company was originally an innovation cluster. Bosch uses these cross-divisional clusters to develop new business ideas for a connected world. There are further clusters related to connected buildings, connected mobility, and connected energy. For example, Bosch will be working with partner companies to make a software platform available for standardized data exchange in smart homes. “Alliances are key drivers of the trend toward connectivity,” Denner said. Since November 2013, Bosch has been testing technologies that will allow the digital networking of an entire city in the “Monaco 3.0” pilot project. “Our broad footprint and technological expertise, combined with the creativity and motivation of our associates, are absolutely essential for innovation and growth,” Denner said. Apart from exploiting new market opportunities for connected living, Bosch will continue to make use of every opportunity that presents itself for its traditional business.

Volatility calls for agility
Driven mainly by internet technologies, the connected world is dynamic, complex, and volatile as well. “The way the internet has risen over the past 20 years, as well as some of its repercussions, could not have been predicted. This will be true of future developments as well. As a result, we have to be fast and agile when dealing with a connected world,” Denner said. Increasingly, therefore, Bosch will be starting up new business activities to test their potential. Here, a key role will be played by Bosch Start-up GmbH, a company recently set up in Ludwigsburg, Germany. It will assume the role of an incubator for new business ideas and models. The team will help Bosch researchers quickly launch products and services. Bosch Start-up GmbH will make things such as infrastructure and business economics know-how available to new units with potential for growth. “An entrepreneurial mindset on the part of all associates and a culture that sees failure as part of the learning process are key factors for success. We want to further encourage and strengthen these factors,” Denner said. “We have to boldly venture into new territory and push back boundaries.

Business developments by business sector and region in 2013
The sales developments of the business sectors are also affected by significant exchange-rate effects. The Automotive Technology and Consumer Goods business sectors are especially hard hit by these effects. Regardless of this, the Automotive Technology business sector developed extremely positively in 2013. Its business with gasoline direct injection and diesel injection systems grew significantly. The Car Multimedia division was very successful with display instruments and infotainment systems. In Industrial Technology, the packaging machinery business was able to record good growth. By contrast, the global weakness of the mechanical engineering sector caused a considerable slump in the Drive and Control Technology division. In Consumer Goods, Bosch was once again successful with power tools in 2013, both for professional and DIY users. Developments in the Energy and Building Technology business sector were overshadowed by the situation in the Solar Energy division, which was again difficult in 2013. The Security Systems division was able to generate strong growth with communications services, while the Thermotechnology division was successful with energy efficient condensing appliances.

Significant sales growth outside Europe
The strong euro had significant negative effects on the development of regional sales. Nonetheless, nominal Asia Pacific sales exceeded their previous-year level by some 5 percent. After adjusting for exchange-rate effects, sales growth even reached double digits. In North America, nominal growth was more than 3 percent according to preliminary figures. At roughly minus 3 percent in nominal terms, sales developed negatively in South America. When adjusted for exchange-rate effects, however, sales grew by a high single-digit figure. Despite an economy that remained very weak, nominal sales in Europe grew slightly, by some 2 percent.

Slight increase in headcount in Asia and North America
Worldwide, the Bosch Group had a total of some 281,000 associates at the beginning of 2014 (adjusted previous-year figure: 273,000 associates). In current business, headcount increased by roughly 1,000. Most of these new jobs were in Asia and North America.

Moderate economic prospects for 2014
According to current forecasts, Bosch expects the economy to develop moderately in 2014. As things stand at present, global GDP is expected to grow by 2.8 percent. The company sees risks in the further development of the countries affected by the euro crisis, as well as in a further appreciation of the euro. Against this background, the Bosch Group expects sales to grow slightly in 2014, with its earnings situation continuing to improve.

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Telehealth cooperation Successful launch of care provision program for COPD patients in Germany High patient acceptance

  • Bosch Healthcare, Techniker Krankenkasse and Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus aim to enhance patients‘ quality of life
  • High patient and physician engagement
Stuttgart/Hamburg – In April 2012 Bosch Healthcare, Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) and the Robert Bosch Hospital (RBK – Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus) in Stuttgart launched the „Alltag mit Telemedizin erfolgreich meistern“ (A.T.e.m.) care provision program („Coping with everyday life with telehealth support“). The program provides Germany-wide support for 171 critically ill TK patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Patients participating in the program use the Bosch Telehealth system to answer questions about their respiratory condition, vital signs such as oxygen saturation and information about their general state of health on a daily basis. This information is sent daily to the telehealth center at the Robert Bosch Hospital, where it is evaluated by qualified medical professionals in order to identify relevant changes in the patients’ health and, where necessary, contact the patient or attending physician. With the Telehealth system, which is simple and intuitive to use, patients also receive specially prepared information about coping with their medical condition, avoiding relapses and enhancing their quality of life. Support for patients in the one-year program is written into an integrated medical service contract in accordance with Section 140 SGB V (Book Five of the German Social Insurance Code).

Success factors for targeted support of high-risk patients
“Our goal is to respond to a worsening in COPD patients’ condition early on and spare them avoidable stays in hospital wherever possible,” explained Thomas Heilmann, responsible for the program at TK. He added that this was also relevant from a cost point of view, given that each of these hospitalizations entails an average cost of 4,000 euros.
“To ensure the program’s success we specifically target critically ill patients whose potential for a worsening of their condition, also called an exacerbation of COPD, is assessed as being particularly high,” Heilmann said. This is based on a specially developed predictive modeling to identify patients at risk of requiring acute hospital treatment in the near future.
“The cooperation partners consciously build on working closely with general practitioners and respiratory physicians across Germany. Without the support of local doctors, who know the patients personally and monitor their progress, a decisive component of the telehealth program would be lacking“, said Prof. Dr. Mark Dominik Alscher, Medical Director of the RBK. The program therefore supports medical practitioners in recognizing trends in the phases of the disease and provides opportunities to optimize care processes.

High patient and physician engagement
“The acceptance and engagement of the participating policyholders is very high and initial feedback from those registered in the scheme is broadly positive,” says Thomas Heilmann. “We therefore anticipate that we will quickly reach the 300 patients required for the evaluation. It is then planned to assess the benefits of the program compared to a randomized control group.”
To be able to participate in the program patients need the approval of their doctor. The high engagement of 81 percent of healthcare providers exceeds our expectations,” Dr. Ralf von Baer, managing director of Robert Bosch Healthcare GmbH, adds. He sees this as pointing to a growing acceptance of telehealth solutions among the medical profession.
Medical Director Alscher on first experiences with direct patient care through the thelehealth center: “Patients participating in the program appreciate the targeted approach and information. They place a high level of trust in the staff from the telehealth center, show high adherence and as a result feel more confident in their familiar home surroundings. First results show that intensive telehealth care helps stabilize patients’ condition.”

COPD third most frequent cause of death in Europe by 2030
Surveys conducted by the Federal Statistical Office indicate that 80 patients die from COPD every day in Germany alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) anticipates that by 2030 COPD will be the third most frequent cause of death in Europe after heart failure and stroke (World Health Statistics). According to estimates, more than six million people in Germany are currently suffering from COPD (based on the BOLD study, Geldmacher 2008). However, only around 1.5 million of these have been diagnosed (Chapman 2006).
Approximately 100,000 COPD patients are currently registered with the Techniker Krankenkasse alone (of a total of around eight million policyholders).

Successfully implemented in the USA for over a decade
This program builds on the Bosch Healthcare Telehealth system that has been implemented internationally for over a decade. As well as COPD the Bosch Healthcare system is also used to successfully monitor other chronic diseases such as heart failure and diabetes. “Here we go a long way towards living up to Bosch’s vision of “Invented for life”,” explains Dr. Jasper zu Putlitz, president of Robert Bosch Healthcare. Referring to the further rollout in Germany zu Putlitz says: “We are expecting other health insurance companies and insurers – also for other chronic diseases – to participate in our telehealth infrastructure in the near future.”

Further information is available online at: www.A-T-em.de

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Bosch Healthcare is a pioneer and global market leader of telehealth solutions and a leading provider of telecare systems in Europe. The Telehealth division offers payers and healthcare providers a broad portfolio of telehealth products and services aimed at supporting patients with chronic diseases in their home environment and contributing to an efficient and sustainable healthcare system. The Bosch Telehealth System delivers educational content, records health data (incl. symptoms and vital signs), transmits the processed data to the respective healthcare provider and provides the patient with feedback. The Bosch telehealth system currently monitors over 50,000 patients with chronic diseases worldwide in order to support their care. The success of the system - documented in over 30 publications - results from the timely identification of patients at risk of their condition worsening, and from support of improved patient self-management. The Bosch Telecare division offers a range of personal emergency response systems that allow people to live securely and independently in their own homes while having access to assistance 24/7 at the touch of a button. Personal alert systems allow those living in retirement homes and other assisted living facilities to have direct access to a call button which they can press if they need to alert staff.
Bosch Healthcare has a staff of 320 and, in addition to its headquarters in Palo Alto (USA), is represented worldwide at locations in Grasbrunn near Munich, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) and Waiblingen near Stuttgart.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

Further information is available online at www.bosch-telemedizin.de, www.bosch.com, www.bosch-presse.de.

The Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (RBK - Robert-Bosch-Hospital) is a hospital supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation which provides secondary and tertiary care at three locations. With 935 beds, the RBK and its Klinik Charlottenhaus and Klinik Schillerhöhe locations admit some 39,000 inpatients a year. A number of certified medical centers in 17 specialized departments, a center for further education and an internationally renowned research institute, the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch-Institut for clinical pharmacology, are associated with the hospital, which has a staff of over 2,000.

Further information is available online at www.rbk.de

With more than eight million policyholders, the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) is one of the largest health insurance companies in Germany. Around 12,000 full-time and 11,000 voluntary employees provide 24/7 service, 365 days a year and deliver innovative solutions and healthcare offerings all over Germany. Independent institutes affirm the TK's high level of service and performance quality. In a test conducted by the business magazine Focus Money, the TK secured the title "Germany's best health insurance provider" for the sixth time running.

Further information is available online at www.tk.de, www.presse.tk.de

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New telehealth cooperation Extended care for COPD patients in Germany Enhanced quality of life for high-risk patients

  • Cooperation between Bosch Healthcare, Süddeutscher Krankenversicherung and Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus
  • Telehealth program with SDK policyholders
Stuttgart/Fellbach – In October, Bosch Healthcare, Süddeutsche Krankenversicherung (SDK) and the Robert Bosch Hospital (RBK – Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus) in Stuttgart are launching the telehealth care program for SDK policyholders. The program will permit Germany-wide provision of support for around 100 critically ill patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Patients participating in the program use the Bosch Telehealth system to answer questions about their respiratory condition, measure vital signs such as oxygen saturation and receive information about their general state of health on a daily basis. This information is sent daily to the telehealth center at the RBK, where it is evaluated by qualified medical professionals in order to identify potential changes in the patient's health early on and, where necessary, contact the patient or attending physician. With the Telehealth system patients also receive information about coping with their medical condition, avoiding relapses and enhancing their quality of life.

Cooperation builds on working closely with general practitioners
Dr. Ralf von Baer, managing director of Robert Bosch Healthcare GmbH on the existing telehealth infrastructure: “Within the scope of the “Alltag mit Telemedizin erfolgreich meistern” (A.T.e.m.) project (“Coping with everyday life with telehealth support”) launched for COPD patients in April of this year we are already supporting a large number of Techniker Krankenkasse policyholders. Now patients insured by SDK can also benefit from the program.”

“SDK offers high-risk patients individual care and exceptional quality of treatment. With a healthcare day in September, SDK already put the topic of COPD on its agenda. With this program we hope to contribute significantly to enhancing patients' quality of life,” explains Klaus Henkel, Chairman of SDK's Board of Management. SDK is currently contacting COPD patients with an invitation to participate in the program.
“Continuous monitoring of their medical condition together with intensive patient care and education can prevent an acute worsening of patients' condition, also called an exacerbation of COPD. This can spare them one or more stays in hospital, which would otherwise be inevitable,” stresses Professor Mark Dominik Alscher, Medical Director of the RBK. “The program helps patients to feel more confident in their familiar home surroundings, which in turn improves their quality of life.”
“The collaboration between the health insurance fund, the hospital and the company is built on a strong cooperation with the patients' medical providers,” Ullrich Hipp, managing director of Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus GmbH stressed. “That's why it's important to win the support of attending general practitioners,” Medical Director Alscher adds. Without the support of local doctors, who know the patients personally and monitor their progress, a decisive component of the telehealth program would be lacking.

COPD third most frequent cause of death in Europe by 2030
Surveys conducted by the Federal Statistical Office indicate that 80 patients die from COPD every day in Germany alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) anticipates that by 2030 COPD will be the third most frequent cause of death in Europe after heart failure and stroke (World Health Statistics). According to estimates, more than six million people in Germany are currently suffering from COPD (based on the BOLD study, Geldmacher 2008). However, only around 1.5 million of these have been diagnosed (Chapman 2006).

System successfully implemented in the USA for over a decade
This program builds on the Bosch Healthcare Telehealth system that has been implemented internationally for over a decade. As well as COPD the Bosch Healthcare system is also used to successfully monitor other chronic diseases such as heart failure and diabetes. “Here we go a long way towards living up to Bosch's vision of “Invented for life”,” explains Dr. Jasper zu Putlitz, president of Robert Bosch Healthcare. Referring to the further rollout in Germany zu Putlitz says: “We are expecting other health insurance companies and insurers – also for other chronic diseases – to participate in our telehealth infrastructure in the near future.”

Bosch Healthcare is a pioneer and global market leader of telehealth solutions and a leading provider of telecare systems in Europe. The Telehealth division offers payers and healthcare providers a broad portfolio of telehealth products and services aimed at supporting patients with chronic diseases in their home environment and contributing to an efficient and sustainable healthcare system. The Bosch Telehealth System delivers educational content, records health data (incl. symptoms and vital signs), transmits the processed data to the respective healthcare provider and provides the patient with feedback. The Bosch telehealth system currently monitors over 50,000 patients with chronic diseases worldwide in order to support their care. The success of the system – documented in over 30 publications – results from the timely identification of patients at risk of their condition worsening, and from support of improved patient self-management. The Bosch Telecare division offers a range of personal emergency response systems that allow people to live securely and independently in their own homes while having access to assistance 24/7 at the touch of a button. Personal alert systems allow those living in retirement homes and other assisted living facilities to have direct access to a call button which they can press if they need to alert staff.
Bosch Healthcare has a staff of 320 and, in addition to its headquarters in Palo Alto (USA), is represented worldwide at locations in Grasbrunn near Munich, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) and Waiblingen near Stuttgart.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

Further information is available online at www.bosch-telemedizin.de, www.bosch.com, www.bosch-presse.de

The Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (RBK - Robert-Bosch-Hospital) is a hospital supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation which provides secondary and tertiary care at three locations. With 935 beds, the RBK and its Klinik Charlottenhaus and Klinik Schillerhöhe locations admit some 39,000 inpatients a year. A number of certified medical centers in 17 specialized departments, a center for further education and an internationally renowned research institute, the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch-Institut for clinical pharmacology, are associated with the hospital, which has a staff of over 2,000.

Further information is available online at www.rbk.de

Based in Fellbach, SDK is the health insurance specialist of the Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken cooperative banks in southern Germany. With premium income in excess of 700 million euros; SDK is one of the region’s biggest private health insurers. Over 590,000 policyholders rely on SDK for healthcare provision. Around 800 office staff and agents provide competent advice and support. With its cooperation partner, mhplus Krankenkasse, a statutory health insurance fund, SDK provides care solutions from a single source. Renowned business magazines and leading rating agencies rank SDK among the best companies in the sector. Süddeutsche Lebensversicherung with a sum insured in the region of 1.4 billion euros is one of the smaller companies. It combines highest customer satisfaction with excellent investment results. Süddeutsche Allgemeine Versicherung covers against accidents and rounds off the offering as a life and health insurer.

Further information is available online at www.sdk.de

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Telehealth cooperation First nationwide provision of support for high risk COPD patients in Germany For improved health

  • Bosch Healthcare, Techniker Krankenkasse and Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus aim to enhance patients’ quality of life
  • A.T.e.m. program kicks in with very high-risk patients
  • Bosch Telehealth system successfully implemented in the USA for over a decade
Stuttgart/Hamburg – Bosch Healthcare, Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) and the Robert-Bosch-Hospital (RBK- Robert-Bosch-Hospital) in Stuttgart have initiated the “Alltag mit Telemedizin erfolgreich meistern” (A.T.e.m.) project (“Coping with everyday life with telehealth support”), which will for the first time permit Germany-wide provision of support for critically ill patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Patients participating in the program use the Bosch Telehealth system to answer questions about their respiratory condition, measure vital signs such as oxygen saturation and receive information about their medical condition, its risk factors and their general state of health on a daily basis. This information is sent daily to the telehealth center at the RBK, where it is evaluated by qualified medical professionals in order to identify potential changes in the patient's health early on and, where necessary, contact the patient or attending physician.

“Our goal is to respond to a worsening of patients' condition early on and to avoid stays in hospital wherever possible. That is not only good for patients, but also good for us as a statutory health insurer,” explained Dr. Jens Baas, Deputy Chairman of TK's Board of Management. “For the first time a Bosch Healthcare solution is being introduced Germany-wide that, on a daily basis, already supports 50,000 patients in the USA,” Dr. Siegfried Dais, Deputy Chairman of the Robert Bosch GmbH Board of Management with responsibility among other things for the Healthcare division, added. “The intensive care of patients with complex chronic conditions helps to stabilize their state of health and, consequently, make them feel better,” stressed Prof. Dr. Mark Dominik Alscher, Medical Director of the RBK.

Third most frequent cause of death
According to estimates, more than six million people in Germany are currently suffering from COPD (based on the BOLD study, Geldmacher 2008). However, only around 1.5 million of these have been diagnosed (Chapman 2006). Surveys conducted by the Federal Statistical Office indicate that 80 patients die from the disease every day in Germany alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) anticipates that by 2030 COPD will be the third most frequent cause of death in Europe after heart failure and stroke (World Health Statistics). Approximately 100,000 COPD patients are currently registered with the Techniker Krankenkasse alone (of a total of around eight million policyholders). And this trend is on the rise: “If telehealth can help us to improve or at least stabilize the health of these patients we can spare them one or more stays in hospital, which a worsening of their respiratory problems would otherwise make inevitable,” Baas said. He added that this was also relevant from a cost point of view, given that each of these hospitalizations entails an average cost of 4,000 euros.

As a first step, it is planned to include at least 300 patients in the program, Germany-wide, whose potential for a worsening of their condition, also called an exacerbation of COPD, is assessed as being particularly high and who are at risk of requiring acute hospital treatment in the near future. “The intensive medical care helps patients to feel more confident in their familiar home surroundings, which in turn improves their quality of life,” said Medical Director Alscher. The Techniker Krankenkasse has already contacted the first patients with an invitation to participate in the program. Participation will not involve any additional costs for the patients.

System successfully implemented in the USA for over a decade
This program builds on the Bosch Telehealth system that has been implemented in the USA for over a decade. In addition to the daily transmission of health data, patients receive detailed information about their disease within their own home via their in-home device. This helps them to cope with their situation better and consequently avoid relapses over the long term. As well as COPD, the Bosch Telehealth system is also used successfully to monitor other chronic diseases such as heart failure and diabetes. “Here we go a long way towards living up to Bosch's vision of “Invented for life”,” explained Dr. Jasper zu Putlitz, president of Bosch Healthcare.

“The collaboration between the health insurance fund, the hospital and the company is built on a strong cooperation with the patients' medical providers,” Ullrich Hipp, managing director of Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus GmbH stressed. Without the support of local doctors, who know the patients personally and monitor their progress, a decisive component of the telehealth program would be lacking. The care of patients is governed within the scope of an integrated medical services contract pursuant to Section 140 SGB V (German Social Insurance Code, Statute Book V). Other clinics are expected to collaborate in this telehealth infrastructure in the coming years. “We hope other health insurance companies will also participate in the near future,” zu Putlitz said.

Bosch Healthcare is a pioneer and global market leader of telehealth solutions and a leading provider of telecare systems in Europe. The Telehealth division offers payers and healthcare providers a broad portfolio of telehealth products and services aimed at supporting patients with chronic diseases in the home environment and contributing to an efficient and sustainable healthcare system. The Bosch Telehealth System delivers educational content, records health data (incl. symptoms and vital signs), transmits the processed data to the respective healthcare provider and provides the patient with feedback. The Bosch telehealth system currently monitors over 50,000 patients with chronic diseases worldwide in order to support their care. The success of the system - documented in over 30 publications - results from the timely identification of patients at risk of their condition worsening, and from support of improved patient self-management. The Bosch Care Solutions division offers a range of home service call solutions that allow people to live securely and independently in their own homes while having access to assistance 24/7 at the touch of a button. NurseCall systems allow those living in retirement homes, nursing homes and other assisted living facilities to have direct access to an emergency call button which they can press if they need to alert nursing staff.

Bosch Healthcare has a staff of 320 and, in addition to its headquarters in Palo Alto (USA,) is represented worldwide at locations in Grasbrunn near Munich, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) and Waiblingen near Stuttgart.

DThe Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

Further information is available online at www.bosch-telemedizin.de, www.bosch.com, www.bosch-presse.de.

The Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus Robert Bosch Hospital (RBK -Robert-Bosch-Hospital) is a hospital supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation which provides secondary and tertiary care at three locations. With 935 beds, the RBK and its Klinik Charlottenhaus and Klinik Schillerhöhe locations admit some 39,000 inpatients a year. A number of certified medical centers in 17 specialized departments, a center for further education and an internationally renowned research institute, the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch-Institut for clinical pharmacology, are associated with the hospital, which has a staff of over 2,000.

Further information is available online at www.rbk.de

With more than eight million policyholders, the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) is one of the largest health insurance companies in Germany. Around 12,000 full-time and 11,000 voluntary employees provide 24/7 service, 365 days a year and deliver innovative solutions and healthcare offerings all over Germany. Independent institutes affirm the TK's high level of service and performance quality. In a test conducted by the business magazine Focus Money, the TK secured the title "Germany's best health insurance provider" for the sixth time running.

Further information is available online at www.tk.de, www.presse.tk.de.

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