BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., May 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Authentidate Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:ADAT), a provider of secure web-based software applications and telehealth products and services for healthcare organizations, today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has exercised their second option to extend the term of the contract for Home Telehealth Devices and Services with Authentidate. The term of this option year begins May 15, 2013 and extends the contract to May 31, 2014. The base contract also includes two additional one-year options to extend the contract beyond this term. VA facilities throughout the country can utilize Authentidate's Electronic House Call™ (EHC) vital signs monitoring device and service and its Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to remotely monitor patients and enhance patient care for Veterans on the Care Coordination Home Telehealth (CCHT) program. The program is designed to improve overall patient health outcomes, reduce hospital readmissions and emergency hospital and doctor visits. Clinicians use the EHC or the IVR solution to remotely monitor their patients' vital signs and gather qualitative information about their patients' health to supplement in-person visits and help improve patient compliance with their care plans. Clinicians can review their patients' remote monitoring session results securely using Authentidate's web-based application and remotely manage or adjust their patients' care plans, medication reminders and related information. Clinicians can also use the web-based application to provide disease-specific education to their patients in real-time through the EHC or IVR solutions. Ben Benjamin, Chief Executive Officer at Authentidate commented, "We are pleased that the VA has extended the term of our contract and we continue to work closely with the VA to support their efforts to provide the best possible care for our Veterans and their families. We believe that the increasing use of our EHC and IVR solutions at a growing number of VA locations along with this contract extension reflect positively on our progress in the CCHT program. We believe that Authentidate is one of only two vendors contracted to provide IVR in the CCHT program and we are gratified to see the increasing use of our product by the VA. We are proud to provide our services to this important customer and we look forward to serving their needs with our innovative telehealth solutions."