SOURCE: GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork

August 18, 2010 09:00 ET

GetWellNetwork Unveils the First Interactive Patient Care Solution Designed for Senior Patients

New GetWellNetwork for Seniors to Enhance Patient Experience and Improve Outcomes

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - August 18, 2010) - GetWellNetwork, Inc., the leader in interactive patient care solutions, today announced a new solution -- GetWellNetwork for Seniors -- designed to improve senior patients' hospital experience and outcomes. Based upon extensive patient and caregiver research, GetWellNetwork for Seniors addresses the impact of aging and the ability of the senior population to use technology in a hospital setting. Using the bedside TV, GetWellNetwork for Seniors enables elderly patients to easily take part in their care process and to affect their own health outcomes.

"Our hospital participated in the testing of the new GetWellNetwork for Seniors, and I was immediately impressed," said Barb Ochsner, RN, clinical director, Medical Center of the Rockies, "Our patients really get it -- they knew who their care team would be and appreciated having all the information available at their fingertips."

Elderly patients often leave the hospital with incomplete knowledge of their medications, diagnosis, dietary regimens and safety information, all of which impact their overall health and recovery. The GetWellNetwork solution is a proven way to engage patients and to increase learning opportunities by giving patients the option to review medical information at their own pace and return to specific health information as many times as needed throughout their hospital stay. In addition, GetWellNetwork for Seniors supports important patient care priorities by providing easy and reliable access to information on medication, safety, health education, and services right from the patient's bedside TV.

In addition to the vast array of care features, GetWellNetwork for Seniors accommodates the broad range of familiarity seniors have with consumer technology devices. It is specially designed so that little or no knowledge of computing is necessary to interact comfortably with the GetWellNetwork system. Design elements include large, high-contrast text and generous spacing between buttons so that it creates a friendly, comfortable experience for elderly patients. In addition, a subtle, audible tone notifies users when they have made a selection and on-screen messages alert patients when a task is complete.

"Coming off the R&D success of our GetWell Town for children, we took a similarly deep approach to understanding the senior population over the past two years to better meet their needs. We are proud to introduce GetWellNetwork for Seniors, which we believe will make a dramatic improvement in patient outcomes and quality of life for elderly patients," said Michael O'Neil, CEO and founder, GetWellNetwork. "Effective patient education is the first step in ensuring a successful hospital stay and, more importantly, the critical link in promoting a full recovery and a healthy lifestyle when they return home."

About GetWellNetwork, Inc.
GetWellNetwork, Inc. uses the bedside TV to entertain, educate and empower hospital patients and caregivers to be more actively engaged in their care. This patient-centered approach improves both satisfaction and outcomes for patients and hospitals. GetWellNetwork is the leader in interactive patient care solutions and exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association. More information about GetWellNetwork can be found at www.GetWellNetwork.com.

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