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GetWellNetwork Announces GetConnected2009

2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient & Magnet Recognition Program Director to Keynote Best Practices for Leveraging Patient Engagement to Improve Hospital Performance

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- GetConnected2009, the second annual users conference hosted by GetWellNetwork, Inc., the leading provider of Interactive Patient Care (IPC) solution, will bring together physicians, nurses, educators and administrators from leading hospitals and health systems nationwide to discuss and share their strategies and success in improving outcomes through patient engagement.

The conference will take place on March 29-31, 2009 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. Leaders and clinicians from academic medical centers, large health systems and community hospitals within the GetWellNetwork client community will present case studies and share outcomes data that demonstrate the impact of patient engagement through Interactive Patient Care on hospital performance.

"This is an important, changing time in healthcare. With healthcare reform at the forefront of our nation's agenda, a growing nursing shortage and a movement towards value-based purchasing by employers and insurers, hospitals must find new and innovative ways to improve overall performance. This conference provides an invaluable opportunity to network with other hospital executives within the GetWellNetwork community to learn and discuss new ideas in leveraging Interactive Patient Care to improve performance measures at our hospital," said Kay Miller, vice president/chief nursing officer at Medical Center of the Rockies.

Conference keynote speakers include:

  • George E. Hayes, FACHE, president and CEO of Medical Center of the Rockies, part of Poudre Valley Health System, the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award
  • Karen N. Drenkard, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, director of the Magnet Recognition Program for the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highly sought after recognition for nursing excellence
  • Michael O'Neil, Jr., founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork, Inc.

Mr. Hayes will share his insights and experience on becoming a Malcolm Baldrige Award winner and the role that patient engagement plays in achieving top quality in hospital organizations.

Dr. Drenkard will discuss the role of setting high standards for excellence, how nurses can reach them by working together in a multi-disciplinary team and how technology can facilitate that connection with patients.

GetWellNetwork will also be launching the industry's first annual IPC Awards at the event, recognizing outstanding and innovative achievement in Interactive Patient Care. Award winners will be announced at the conference.

"The breadth and depth of presentations submitted for this year's event signify the growing impact that patient engagement is having in changing patient outcomes and hospital performance," said Michael O'Neil, Jr., founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork, Inc. "We are excited to bring the GetWellNetwork community together once again at GetConnected2009. With today's pressure, it's energizing and inspiring to hear from our community how their commitment to patient engagement is being felt by patients, and measured through critical service, quality and operations metrics."

For more information about GetConnected2009 and to register or submit a proposal, please visit

About GetWellNetwork, Inc.

GetWellNetwork, Inc. is a leading provider of Interactive Patient Care (IPC) solutions. In partnership with leading hospitals and healthcare systems across the country, the company delivers innovative technology and services to drive optimal patient outcomes. Empowering patients as active participants in the healthcare process, IPC solutions are patient-centric applications delivered at the point-of-care to ensure the completion of service and quality requirements, while driving new revenue opportunities and operational efficiencies for healthcare providers. GetWellNetwork and its clients have been widely acknowledged for their IPC innovations by the healthcare community. In 2007, the GetWellNetwork solution received the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association (AHA). GetWellNetwork, Inc. headquarters are in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information, please call 877.MEET.GWN or visit

    Pauline Louie

SOURCE GetWellNetwork, Inc.
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