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GetWellNetwork Introduces Discharge Planning Tools in Latest Version of PatientLife System

BETHESDA, Md., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- GetWellNetwork, Inc., the leading provider of Interactive Patient Care (IPC) solutions, today announced the release of the PatientLife System(R) 3.5 (PLS 3.5). This latest version of GetWellNetwork's interactive bedside system includes tools focused on accelerating the discharge planning process and reducing average length of stay (ALOS) in hospitals.

"We are excited about the new functionality of PLS 3.5," said Eleanore Wilson, vice president of nursing at Community Hospital North, Indianapolis, Ind. "The latest release of the PatientLife System will enhance our ability to better help patients prepare for discharge. Timely discharge has a direct financial impact on every hospital including our own; the 'Countdown to Discharge' Pathway will enhance our ability to establish and replicate best practices in this key area."

Active engagement of patients in discharge preparation leads to a more efficient process and heightened satisfaction with their hospital experience. New capabilities offered in PLS 3.5 include:

  • "Countdown to Discharge" Pathway -- Designed to engage patients in the discharge planning process throughout their hospital stay, from admission to discharge, the "Countdown to Discharge" Pathway delivers timely information about this important process through the in-room television monitor. A series of automated, interactive messages guide patients through a discharge checklist and readiness assessment, which includes discharge medications, transportation, education completion and the setting of follow-up appointments.

  • Discharge Readiness Dashboard -- The system's new discharge dashboard tool provides nurses and discharge planners with a real-time view of patient and unit progress within a Web-based Management Console. This dashboard view enables staff to easily monitor multiple patients simultaneously, identify next steps, track patient readiness, improve efficiency and ultimately reduce ALOS.

  • Enhanced Usability and Reporting -- Offering improved usability, utilization and reporting capabilities, Pathways in PLS 3.5 now deliver on-screen prompts that are more visually engaging and less intrusive. A new set of custom reports provide staff with a more granular view of the care process, system utilization and operational efficiencies. Additionally, the Fall Prevention Pathway features new components to address key National Patient Safety Goals by engaging patients in fall prevention education and by increasing awareness of the risks and precautions that can be taken to avoid falls.

"Our organization has been impressed with the significant outcomes improvement we have seen since implementation of the PatientLife System," said Susan Clark, RN, MSN, clinical manager of Float Pool and GetWellNetwork at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va. "Our staff is eager to leverage the system's newly enhanced Fall Prevention Pathway to engage patients in their fall prevention safety and to help us achieve key National Patient Safety regulations."

The GetWellNetwork PatientLife System transforms the television in the patient room into an interactive resource during a hospital stay. Using a wireless keyboard, touch screen or handheld device, patients can access a patient education library, entertainment options, surveys, service request menus and more directly at the bedside. Beyond these on-demand features and amenities, the GetWellNetwork solution places powerful, interactive tools at the fingertips of patients and staff to achieve clinical outcomes as part of a fully integrated care approach. The solution is powered by a proprietary workflow engine, Patient Pathways(R), that helps automate patient care processes and guides patients through critical aspects of their stay by inviting them to learn more about their care, condition and safety.

"Effectively and efficiently preparing a patient for discharge is a complex task for hospitals, and the discharge process is one of the most frustrating experiences for patients," said Michael O'Neil, Jr., founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork, Inc. "Our design team consisted of clinical leaders and discharges planners from several client hospitals, and their input led to an innovative tool to better manage patient expectations, increase communication and improve patient preparation for discharge. Successful outcomes in these areas will play a critical role in cost reduction, which has been a crucial focus for hospitals across the U.S."

About GetWellNetwork, Inc.

GetWellNetwork, Inc. is a leading provider of Interactive Patient Care (IPC) solutions. 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. Currently operating live at more than 10,000 hospital beds around the country, the GetWellNetwork(R) PatientLife System(R) empowers patients as active participants in the healthcare process. 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

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