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Shands HealthCare Selects Micromedex CareNotes System from Thomson Reuters to Improve Patient Education
Date:3/17/2009

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Shands HealthCare has selected the Micromedex(R) CareNotes(R) System from Thomson Reuters as a key component of its ongoing effort to improve patient education.

Shands HealthCare is a private, not-for-profit healthcare system affiliated with the University of Florida and its Health Science Center campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville. It includes eight Shands hospitals and two home health agencies.

Shands will use CareNotes to provide patients with easy-to-understand information about all aspects of their care and health - and to meet patient education guidelines of the Joint Commission and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990.

"After a comprehensive review of the available options in the market, we determined that CareNotes provided the most comprehensive solution - in terms of features, functionality and support - to meet our strict criteria as well as those required by the Joint Commission," said Mary Coons, RN, MSN, Shands at University of Florida nurse specialist. "CareNotes is the tool our clinicians need to ensure that patients understand their conditions, treatment, medication, and follow-up care."

CareNotes provides more than 6,000 customizable documents covering general care, pre- and after- care, inpatient care, drug notes, and hospital discharge instructions. The documents are available in English and Spanish and are written for a sixth- to eighth-grade reading level.

Irene Alexaitis, Shands at University of Florida vice president and chief nursing officer, said: "We chose CareNotes over other vendors because of the breadth of content and the specialty topics that were included, such as transplants. Having a consistent system to provide education to our patients across the continuum of care is a tremendous resource for our staff."

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