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GetWellNetwork Hits Milestone with Patient Pathways Technology
Date:12/9/2008

More than Two Million Patient Pathways Deployed to Help Hospitals Engage Patients in Care Process and Drive Performance Improvement; Receives U.S. Trademark

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- IHI National Forum, Booth #528 -- GetWellNetwork, Inc., the leading provider of Interactive Patient Care (IPC) solutions, today announced its Patient Pathways(R) workflow engine has reached an industry milestone with more than two million pathway instances launched for individual patients. A central aspect of the GetWellNetwork(R) PatientLife System(R), Patient Pathways leverage interactive bedside technology to help customize the patient's hospital experience while automating many patient care processes and ensuring compliance of core performance measures.

Additionally, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted an official trademark registration for Patient Pathways. This important milestone underscores the growing recognition for the unique technology.

"GetWellNetwork is a critical element behind Catholic Health Initiatives - St. Joseph Hospital East's efforts to provide an unparalleled hospital experience to our patients," said Eric Gilliam, administrator at St. Joseph Hospital East. "The Patient Pathways have helped us advance hospital performance in target areas. For example, the use of GetWellNetwork's Pneumonia Antibiotic Pathway was a factor in our 86 percent increase in our core measures performance regarding administration of the Pneumonia Antibiotic over the past year."

Designed to help hospitals engage patients and families in the care process, the PatientLife System transforms in-room televisions into an interactive resource that delivers personalized information, education and communications tools at the bedside.

Patient Pathways enable hospital staff to send a variety of coordinated, automated prompts that appear on the patient's television monitor to proactively invite each patient, at the appropriate time, to learn more about his/her care, condition and safety. This helps hospitals ensure compliance of core measures requirements and provide a more coordinated, efficient care experience from admission through discharge. The PatientLife System can also interface with the hospital's clinical information system, automatically triggering the customized pathway without manual intervention by hospital staff. The result is first felt by patients, then measured in improved outcomes in satisfaction, quality compliance and operational performance.

"Touching over two million patients through our Patient Pathways engine reinforces the significant impact the technology has on the patient care and the commitment of our client community to actively engage patients to improve outcomes," said Michael O'Neil, Jr., founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork, Inc. "2008 has been a breakthrough year throughout as our hospitals have experienced remarkable outcomes in patient satisfaction and hospital performance."

Patient Pathways currently include the ability to automate patient safety education, hand hygiene education, smoking cessation education, pain assessment, patient satisfaction feedback, service recovery and premium entertainment options.

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 www.getwellnetwork.com.

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