|SAN DIEGO -- GetWellNetwork, Inc., the leading provider of interactive patient care solutions, announced today that it has recently signed 12 new agreements with leading healthcare systems and hospital facilities across the United States. Through the GetWellNetwork PatientLife:)System(TM), the company provides hospital patients, caregivers and administrators valuable tools that enhance the patient experience, increase communication within care teams, and inform patients about their condition during their hospital stay -- all through a bedside monitor. The announcement was made at the HIMSS 2006 conference in San Diego, CA (Booth 3414).
New Client Hospitals
GetWellNetwork has signed agreements with five hospitals that are new to the GetWellNetwork community and is expanding into another Sentara Healthcare facility as part of a long-term, growing relationship. Among the newest hospitals to begin implementing the PatientLife:)System are Alliance Community Hospital (OH), King's Daughters Medical Center (KY), Martha Jefferson Hospital (VA), Orange Regional Medical Center (NY), Sentara Heart Hospital (VA), and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (MD).
Existing Client Expansions
In addition, GetWellNetwork has also signed agreements to expand services with six of its current clients: Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (VA), Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian (NY), Parker Adventist Hospital (CO), The Heart Center of Indiana (IN), University of Chicago Hospitals (IL) and Winchester Medical Center (VA).
"Sentara Healthcare has had a long-standing relationship with GetWellNetwork which initially began at Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital in 1999. Since this time, we have found the results to be tremendous and patient feedback to be strong. We are proud to now have the GetWellNetwork system in four of our hospitals -- enabling further integration with our existing HIS systems as well as our care processes. This integration, over time, is aimed at helping us drive consistency of care throughout our system while engaging patients into our service and quality initiatives," said Bert Reese, CIO/Vice President, Sentara Healthcare.
A desire to coordinate multiple service and quality initiatives is driving many hospitals and healthcare organizations to the GetWellNetwork PatientLife:)System. "There is a powerful convergence happening in the market where leading healthcare providers are seeking to connect their service excellence efforts to their quality improvement initiatives -- by engaging patients directly throughout the care process. We fundamentally believe that the key to outcomes improvement lies in the codependence of service and quality and placing patients at the center of care delivery."
The GetWellNetwork PatientLife:)System is uniquely designed to integrate into a hospital's existing care process. GetWellNetwork has built its system on PatientPathway:)Architecture(TM), a patent-pending technology that automates clinical and non-clinical processes, including patient satisfaction surveys, service management processes, patient education, patient safety education, among others. The tangible result of deploying Patient Pathways is to literally invite patients to be active participants in their own care processes -- via their bedside hospital monitor -- while giving hospitals superior operational performance, enhanced regulatory compliance, and greater patient and caregiver satisfaction.