SOURCE: GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork

October 25, 2010 09:00 ET

All Children's Hospital Wins Praise From Kids and Caregivers Using GetWellNetwork

Breakthrough Point-of-Care Solution GetWell Town Implemented Throughout New Hospital

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - October 25, 2010) -  GetWellNetwork, Inc. today announced that All Children's Hospital, a premiere children's hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, is giving each of its young patients access to an interactive bedside TV system that will not only entertain them, but educate and encourage them to take an active role in their health recovery. All Children's Hospital is using GetWellNetwork's pediatric solution called GetWell Town™ to provide its patients and families with the tools they need to become knowledgeable and engaged in their health care. 

Key features of GetWell Town are the clinical tools that help nurses and doctors deliver better patient-centered care. For instance, important messages about prescribed medications can be sent to patients even while they're enjoying a movie or playing a game. The GetWell Town system can be programmed to interrupt entertainment content with actionable messages from their caregivers. In this way, although GetWell Town entertains its patients with superior internet browsing capabilities, e-mail, games and movies, it is always running clinical applications in the background that lead to better patient outcomes. 

"Using the bedside TV as a mechanism to engage young patients in their health care is a smart approach because we know kids will turn it on as soon as they're in their rooms. We're particularly impressed with the unique, kid-friendly design that really takes into account how today's kids learn and absorb information," said David Gardner, director of eHealth, All Children's Hospital. "GetWellNetwork has worked with us every step of the way to ensure a smooth transition to our new facility; they've been a great partner."

All Children's is also leveraging GetWell Town in other areas of the hospital in addition to patient rooms. For children who come to the hospital for periodic blood transfusions or dialysis treatment for kidneys, the hospital has set up GetWell Town in treatment rooms to help make that time productive yet, fun. 

"The new hospital building is a tremendous expression of All Children's dedication to the young patients and families they serve and we are honored to be a part of this," said Shannon O'Neil, MSW, Director of Pediatrics, GetWellNetwork, Inc. "As children become better informed about their health, we believe better patient outcomes will result -- which is why this partnership is so important."

About GetWell Town
GetWell Town was developed in collaboration with GetWellNetwork's National Children's Hospital Task Force, comprised of 15 pediatric facilities across the U.S. as well as direct input from pediatric patients and their families. GetWell Town is designed to complement the kid-friendly spaces that children's hospitals have worked hard to create and features exclusive content in partnership with KidsHealth® from Nemours.

About GetWellNetwork
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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