I have recently become aware of this company thru my reseach into companies involved with telemedicine, a somewhat promising emerging technology that's being touted as an effective method to reduce health care costs. Gentiva has allied with American Telecare and the HCFA which contributed 28 mil in grant money to use telemedicine to monitor diabetics. GTIV additionally has some contract with Agilent involving telemedicine and patients with congestive heart failure. I sent the following Email to GTIV, so far no response:"Gentlemen, According to your 3rd Q PR, you announced a contract with Agilent to provide telemedicine services in treatment of congestive heart failure. I wonder if you could elaborate as to what equipment Agilent (model if possible) is supplying and a little more as to the nature of the contract terms-for instance, is Agilent a subcontractor, or are they selling equipment to Gentiva. I am an avid investor in the fledgling telemedicine industry, and I've just become aware of Gentiva's involvement. Thank you for any consideration you can give this request."The 28 million HCFA grant suggests to me a powerful political connectedness other telemedicine companies don't share. From what I have read, telemedicine is perhaps a "break even" event, and IMO, is going to require governmental funding to get its usage started and accepted (as an effective cost saver) by the private sector. My main point is telemedicine is going to happen regardless of acceptance, I'm trying to pinpoint those companies that look to be the likely candidates for investment purposes, be they hardware manufacturers, network providers, or end users. If you know more specifics about GTIV's involvement, lets talk.
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