SOURCE: GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork

January 10, 2011 09:00 ET

GetWellNetwork Integrates Clinical Workflows to Epic EMR at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Renews GetWellNetwork Multi-Year Contract

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - January 10, 2011) - GetWellNetwork, Inc. today announced that OSF St. Joseph Medical Center renewed a multi-year contract and has gone live with a GetWellNetwork bi-directional data integration to the Epic® electronic medical record system (EMR). OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, a Magnet™ designated hospital, is part of the OSF HealthCare System. The facility recently received the prestigious Outstanding Patient Experience Award for its placement among top 5% in patient satisfaction by HealthGrades, the nation's leading healthcare ratings organization.

With the GetWellNetwork system integration to Epic EMR, OSF St. Joseph is automating clinical workflows that enable timely, consistent delivery and completion of patient education programs that improve patient safety, outcomes and satisfaction. 

"GetWellNetwork helps bring compliance and standardization of care to our patients so that they experience consistent high quality of care throughout their stay," said Deb Smith, CNO and vice president at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. "Since integrating our EMR system with GetWellNetwork, we're able to comply with Illinois state laws around patient education for new mothers without adding additional administrative work on our nursing staff."

One of the unique clinical process automations launched by OSF St. Joseph is the patient education program for new mothers. Using the GetWellNetwork solution, the hospital's birthing center created an education order set comprised of videos that instruct new mothers on infant CPR, shaken baby syndrome and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The automated workflow begins with an education order set for new mothers -- activated in Epic EMR -- which communicates with the GetWellNetwork system to engage new mothers in reviewing their patient education materials. Upon completion, patients' charts are updated to document education completion through the Epic interface. 

The integration with Epic provides broader benefits to the hospital as well by streamlining and standardizing routine care tasks such as patient safety education, discharge planning and more. Similar to the "new mothers" education program, OSF St. Joseph will automate other clinical workflows and continue to drive more efficient and effective patient care throughout the hospital.

OSF St. Joseph is also currently participating in both the Heart Failure Readmissions and the Falls Reduction research projects through the Institute for Interactive Patient Care. The research will measure the effectiveness of patient engagement and education as an intervention tool in improving patient outcomes.

"OSF St. Joseph, a true leader in health care, is embracing innovative new technologies to affect patient care improvements that make a lasting impact on the patient's journey," said Michael O'Neil, CEO and founder of GetWellNetwork, Inc. "Working closely together, we're using the best in interactive patient care tools to deliver a more personal and compassionate experience that ultimately leads to better patient outcomes."

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. The company is also recognized by KLAS® as the leader in the new Interactive Patient Systems category. More information about GetWellNetwork can be found at www.GetWellNetwork.com.

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