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GetWellNetwork continues to gain hospital partners seeking interactive patient care solutions

GetWellNetwork : 28 February, 2008  (New Product)
GetWellNetwork’s client community has continued to grow at record pace throughout the second half of 2007 as hospitals begin using interactive patient care solutions to engage patients while delivering more efficiency for the caregivers.
The community is comprised of healthcare providers that are committed to engaging patients and families actively in the care process so that they are more informed, involved and empowered to participate in their care.

Increasing consumerism, intensifying compliance requirements and the growing importance of patient education in improving outcomes remain the primary drivers for healthcare leaders to implement the GetWellNetwork PatientLife System. In addition, hospitals are finding significant value in the solution's ability to help alleviate the administrative burdens of caregivers while improving the consistency of care delivery throughout their organizations.

'At Florida Hospital Altamonte, the GetWellNetwork solution is an integral component to our ability to serve the needs of our patients,' said Jason Wells, director of the experience network at Florida Hospital Altamonte. 'Our operations team is thrilled that in just the first 45 days, more than 470 non-clinical tasks have been routed to environmental services, nutritional services and engineering, freeing the nurses to do what they do best - deliver whole person care to our patients. Nurse Managers are reporting more than 50 percent fewer requests for nurses from the call system.'

More than a dozen hospitals have recently launched the GetWellNetwork solution in their facilities or committed to implementations in 2008, including:

- Adventist Health System: Florida Hospital Altamonte (Florida)
- Ascension Health: Seton Medical Center Williamson (Texas)
- Beaumont Hospitals: Beaumont Hospital, Troy (Michigan)
- Catholic Health Initiatives: Saint Joseph's Hospital East (Kentucky)
- Children's National Medical Center (Washington, DC)
- Detroit Medical Center: Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital (Michigan)
- Kish Health System: Kishwaukee Community Hospital (Illinois)
- Medical University of South Carolina - Ashley River Tower (South Carolina)
- Saint Luke's Health System: Saint Luke's East-Lee Summit (Montana)
- Valley Medical Center (Washington)
- Virtua Health: Virtua Berlin Hospital (New Jersey)
- Virtua Health: Virtua Marlton Hospital (New Jersey)

'Hospitals today are looking for innovative solutions to a number of very serious challenges. Beyond patient entertainment options, GetWellNetwork is proud of the impact our solution is having on the actual delivery and coordination of patient care,' said Michael O'Neil, Jr, founder and chief executive officer of GetWellNetwork,. 'As our community grows, our focus continues to be on helping hospitals engage patients in their own care and working together to respond to important initiatives such as complying with the timely delivery of pneumonia antibiotics. These are the issues that have the biggest impact for hospitals and ultimately for patients.'

The GetWellNetwork system empowers patients and families by placing them at the centre of their own care experience. The system turns the television in the patient room into an interactive resource during a hospital stay. By using a wireless keyboard, touch screen or handheld device, patients can interact with the system to access valuable education, communication and entertainment tools directly at the bedside.
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