SOURCE: GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork

February 21, 2011 08:00 ET

GetWellNetwork Fills Critical Gap in Health Care With GetWell@Home

New GetWell@Home Solution Gives Patients Seamless Transition of Care From Hospital to Home

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - February 21, 2011) - HIMSS Annual Conference Booth #3635 -- GetWellNetwork, Inc. today announced the availability of GetWell@Home, the industry's first comprehensive interactive patient care platform to address the full spectrum of the patient's journey -- from pre-admission to in-patient hospital stay and extending to home after discharge. For the first time, patients will go home after discharge with the same 24X7 access to personal care plans, medication teaching, and personal health information that they received during their hospital stay.

Used in tandem with the flagship GetWellNetwork in-hospital solution, GetWell@Home provides clinicians with the tools they need to activate their patients and extend care beyond the four walls of the hospital. In addition, because a patient's journey begins before he or she is hospitalized, GetWell@Home is an effective tool for implementing preventative care measures and managing patients with chronic conditions who may need continued support related to their prescription medications, medical devices and other therapies.

Additionally, GetWell@Home is perfectly suited to satisfy Meaningful Use standards, a major challenge facing hospitals today. It is uniquely designed to ease patients home and navigate their health care needs using familiar devices -- whether it's using a home computer, mobile device or cable TV. Accurate compliance to discharge instructions not only leads to better health outcomes, it reduces the rate of readmissions and lowers the cost-per-patient.

"GetWell@Home bridges a critical gap in patient care today. Receiving world-class acute care inside the four walls of the hospital is only one component of patient care. To affect lasting, long-term improvement in health outcomes, hospitals need a systematic way to connect with their patients and engage them personally and compassionately throughout the patient care continuum," said Michael O'Neil, CEO and founder of GetWellNetwork, Inc. "Now with the availability of GetWell@Home, when patients leave the hospital, they do so with a virtual support system that will go home with them and guide them step-by-step through their health care regimen."

"Patients and their families are telling us that they want to be engaged in their care. This is an expectation as an inpatient and at home," said Mark Lorenz, Associate Administrator, Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. "Solutions like GetWell@Home will help engage patients and families in their healthcare, provide tools for home caregivers, and most importantly provide high quality health information in a convenient and meaningful way. GetWell@Home will be a vital component to continuity of care, improving patient satisfaction, meeting Meaningful Use compliance and strengthening patient loyalty."

Satisfy Meaningful Use Standards
Meaningful Use Standards require hospitals to effectively use electronic health records and require them to document and demonstrate consistent compliance with standards in both inpatient and outpatient settings. GetWell@Home can help hospitals satisfy current Stage 1 Standards by equipping hospitals with features that provide electronic copies of hospital discharge instructions and send reminders to patients for preventive and follow-up care. As standards for Stage 2 and 3 become available, GetWell@Home will also assist in satisfying these requirements and others securely and efficiently.

Decrease Cost-Per-Case
GetWell@Home is a digital platform for improving transitions in the patient's care following their hospital stay. Once discharged for home, patients can continue to access their care plan and review education, learn about the specific medications, schedule appointments, view lab results and continue with other self-monitoring activities as prescribed by their physician.

Improve Patient Satisfaction
Similar to all GetWellNetwork interactive patient care solutions, GetWell@Home plays a key role in helping patients stay actively involved in their care. A more involved and informed patient will have a better care experience, which ultimately leads to improved outcomes and overall satisfaction. With the development of ACO, an effective transition from hospital to home is even more critical to the success of provider organizations.

GetWell@HomeTask Force
The development of GetWell@Home is a direct result of clinical and technology leaders across the industry that have provided expert guidance and leadership. The task force consists of leaders from Virtua Health, Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Park Ridge Health, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. This task force is changing the paradigm of patient care through their involvement in leading edge developments such as GetWell@Home.

Availability
GetWell@Home is available today and a live demonstration can be seen at the HIMSS Annual Conference in booth #3635. More information is also available at www.getwellnetwork.com/GetWell@Home.

About GetWellNetwork
GetWellNetwork, Inc. entertains, educates, and empowers patients throughout the patient journey using the bedside TV in the hospital, mobile devices, Web or Cable TV at home. This patient-centered approach improves both satisfaction and outcomes for patients and hospitals. Additionally, the company extends the value of existing IT investments by integrating seamlessly to leading HIT systems including Cerner, McKesson, Epic, Meditech, GE and Siemens.

GetWellNetwork was also recognized by KLAS® as the leader in the new Interactive Patient Systems category and exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association. More information about GetWellNetwork can be found at www.GetWellNetwork.com.

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