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WE CLAIM: 

1. A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the 
steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality 
of specific programme areas; 

associating each of the plurality of general programme areas 
with each of the diseases managed by the programme; 

associating each of the plurality of specific programme areas 
only with those diseases managed by the programme to which 
the specific programme area is determined to be of particular 
benefit to a member afflicted with the disease; 

awarding points to a member for each of the programme areas 
in which the member participates, only if the member is afflicted 
with a disease which is associated with that particular 
programme area; and 

allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the 
member accumulate to a predetermined amount. 

I A method according to claim 1, wherein points are only awarded to the 
member if the member participates in all of the programme areas which 
are associated with the disease or diseases with which the member is 
afflicted. 



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3. A method according to claim 1, wherein additional points are awarded 
to the member if the member participates in all of the programme areas 
which are associated with the disease or diseases with which the 
member is afflicted. 

4. A method according to claim 1 wherein the general programme areas 
are one or more of diet, exercise, smoking and education. 

5. A method according to claim 1 wherein the specific programme areas 
are one or more of blood pressure, flow volume loop measurement, 
influenza vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, cholesterol and long term 
glucose control. 

6. A method according claim 1 further including the steps of: 

defining a measurable within at least one of the general or 
specific programme areas so that a members performance 
within said programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a minimum level of the measurable, which minimum 
level indicates a minimum required level of member 
performance within the at least one programme area; and 

awarding points to a member if the member obtains the defined 
minimum level of a measurable for the at least one programme 
area only if the member is afflicted with a disease which is 
associated with that particular programme area. 

7. A method according to claim 6 further comprising the step of awarding 
additional points to the member if the member obtains the minimum 



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level of a measurable for all of the programme areas which are 
associated with the disease with which the member is afflicted. 

A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the 
steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality 
of specific programme areas; 

associating each of the plurality of general programme areas 
with each of the diseases managed by the programme; 

associating each of the plurality of specific programme areas 
only with those diseases managed by the programme to which 
the specific programme area is determined to be of particular 
benefit to a member afflicted with the disease; 

defining a measurable within each of the general and specific 
programme areas so that a member's performance within said 
programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a minimum level for each measurable, which minimum 
level indicates a minimum required level of member 
performance within each of the programme areas; 

awarding points to a member if the member obtains the 
minimum level of a measurable for a particular programme area 
only if the member is afflicted with a disease which is associated 
with that particular programme area; and 



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allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the 
member accumulate to a predetermined amount. 

9. A method according to claim 8 wherein, additional points are awarded 
to the member if they obtain the minimum level of a measurable for all 
of the programme areas which are associated with the disease with 
which the member is afflicted. 

10. A method according to claim 8 wherein the general programme areas 
are one or more of diet, exercise, smoking and education. 

11. A method according to claim 8 wherein the specific programme areas 
are one or more of blood pressure, flow volume, loop measurement, 
influenza vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, cholesterol and long term 
glucose control. 

12. A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the 
steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality 
of specific programme areas; 

associating each of the plurality of general programme areas 
with each of the diseases managed by the programme; 

associating each of the plurality of specific programme areas 
only with those diseases managed by the programme to which 
the specific programme area is determined to be of particular 
benefit to a member who is predisposed to being afflicted with 
the disease; 



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awarding points to a member for each of the programme areas 
in which the member participates, only if the member is 
predisposed to being afflicted with a disease which is 
associated with that particular programme area; and 

allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the 
member accumulate to a predetermined amount. 

A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the 
steps of. 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality 
of specific programme areas; 

associating each of the plurality of general programme areas 
with each of the diseases managed by the programme; 

associating each of the plurality of specific programme areas 
only with those diseases managed by the programme to which 
the specific programme area is determined to be of particular 
benefit to a member who is predisposed to being afflicted with 
the disease; 

defining a measurable within each of the general and specific 
programme areas so that a member's performance within said 
programme area can be ascertained; 



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defining a minimum level for each measurable, which minimum 
level indicates a minimum required level of member 
performance within each of the programme areas; 

awarding points to a member if the member obtains the 
minimum level of a measurable for a particular programme area 
only if the member is predisposed to being afflicted with a 
disease which is associated with that particular programme 
area; and 

allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the 
member accumulate to a predetermined amount.