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VitalHealth Software Launches Patient Engagement Solution in US market

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Dec 5, 2013 – VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management established by Mayo Clinic and the Noaber Foundation, today announces the availability of VitalHealth QuestLink, a cloud-based software solution to stimulate patient engagement through the use of online questionnaires.

VitalHealth QuestLink was designed to give care providers a flexible solution to drive the design, deployment and monitoring of online questionnaires for the purpose of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in for instance pre- and post-operative patient engagement, as well as Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM) in mental and behavioral health settings.

Blair Butterfield, President of VitalHealth Software USA comments: “With a successful launch of our Specialty Practice EHR platform earlier this year, the underlying VitalHealth Platform has proven to be a perfect fit for the creation of cloud-based healthcare software solutions.” The VitalHealth Platform is the common denominator for VitalHealth Solutions, and enables the creation and deployment of healthcare solutions that can be accessed remotely through a browser on both workstations as well as mobile devices. “With government regulations putting increased emphasis on preventive care and reduction of costs associated with preventable hospital readmissions, we see patient engagement as the next logical focus area beyond the deployment of EHRs. Patients have adopted mobile technologies en-masse, and it is only a natural progression to use that medium for new patient engagement solutions.”

VitalHealth QuestLink was launched in the Netherlands several years ago, and has been successfully deployed for both ROM and PROM based scenarios. “With patients leading busy lives and often located far from their providers, it is a challenge for providers to monitor and ensure patient adherence to for instance pre- and post-operative instructions, or to routinely monitor their mental well-being”, says Lester Wold, MD, Chief Medical Officer of VitalHealth Software. “Our existing customer base has seen the proof that QuestLink helps avoid costly readmissions and provides early alerts when behavioral health monitoring uncovers alarming developments. We see the same need in the US market, for instance for hospitals and health systems, ACOs, Ambulatory Surgical Centers as well as mental and behavioral health institutes.”

While customers are free to design and deploy their own questionnaires, VitalHealth QuestLink also includes an extensive library of standardized questionnaires, enabling providers to get off to a quick start with improving quality of care and driving down costs. Many questionnaires embed published and proven formulas for calculating measurable results with visual indicators to depict the progress of patient care. Besides that, data can be aggregated at the practice level for population level research projects.

For additional information about VitalHealth QuestLink, or to register for a webinar, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com/questlink.

About VitalHealth Software:
VitalHealth Software delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  The model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India.  For more information, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.

December 6, 2013 I Written By

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KLAS Ranks GetWellNetwork #1 for Third Consecutive Year in Interactive Patient Systems Category

GetWellNetwork extends leadership position in helping health care providers drive patient engagement and improved performance

BETHESDA, Md., December 19, 2012 – GetWellNetwork® Inc., the leader in Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) solutions, today announced that it has been named the category leader for Interactive Patient Systems (IPS) for the third consecutive year by KLAS®. Published in December, the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report celebrates vendors that received the highest customer satisfaction scores for software and professional services, and serves as a guide to enable health care providers make informed technology decisions.

“Providers recognize the critical role that vendors play in improving health care delivery,” says Adam Gale, KLAS president. “Thus, a growing number of providers are weighing in on vendor performance. It speaks volumes that providers want to be heard and be counted. And vendors are listening.”

GetWellNetwork’s innovative technology and services are helping leading health care providers advance their patient engagement initiatives across the care continuum through patient education and activation. GetWellNetwork’s patient engagement platform enables hospitals to implement and extend the IPC delivery model using mobile devices, computers and televisions to improve performance and outcomes. In addition, the solution extends the value of existing IT systems by integrating with electronic medical records and patient portal systems.

“We are excited and energized by the continued commitment and support of our growing client community that has put us on top of the Interactive Patient Systems category for the third consecutive year,” said Michael O’Neil, founder and chief executive officer of GetWellNetwork, Inc. “As the reality of Meaningful Use and the Affordable Care Act sinks in, patient engagement has become a strategic imperative for health care providers. After twelve years of focusing exclusively on IPC, our model is evidence-based and it works. Through our technology, tools and change management process, our provider partners are consistently experiencing performance improvement in service and quality.”

With patient engagement as a central component of recent regulatory and reimbursement changes, IPS solutions are being adopted at their fastest rate since their introduction more than 10 years ago. Today, GetWellNetwork’s annual patient interactions number more than five million, and the company remains the only provider to deliver Patient Pathways® that drive higher levels of patient engagement at the point-of-care.

GetWellNetwork works beside some of the foremost providers of health care in U.S., including:

·         Large IDNs like Adventist Health System, Ascension Health, Catholic Health Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente and Trinity Health

  • Military medical centers in the U.S. Department of Defense, Military Health System and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Academic medical centers, such as the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System, Stanford School of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina
  • Independent hospitals such as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Nationwide Children’s Hospital

GetWellNetwork is also running in more than 30 of the top children’s hospitals in the U.S. and in four Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winners –Sharp Healthcare, Poudre Valley Hospital, Saint Luke’s East-Lee’s Summit and Henry Ford Health System.

Working together with executives from more than 4,500 hospitals and 3,000 doctor offices and clinics, KLAS delivers timely and impartial reports, trends and statistics that provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry. KLAS measures the performance of software, professional services and medical equipment vendors.

For a full copy of the most recent KLAS report, please visit: http://www.KLASresearch.com/klasreports/all/?productid=771&PR_GWN

About GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork, Inc.® provides patient engagement solutions that help health care providers engage, educate and empower patients along the care continuum.  Our patient-centered platform, delivered across multiple technology platforms including mobile devices, computers and televisions, enables providers to implement a revolutionary care delivery model called Interactive Patient Care™ to improve performance and patient outcomes.  The company further extends the value of existing IT investments by integrating seamlessly with electronic medical record and patient portal applications.

December 19, 2012 I Written By

National eHealth Collaborative Releases the Patient Engagement Framework

Culmination of a collaborative project of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth

Washington, DC (November 19, 2012) – National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today hosted a webinar to release the much-anticipated Patient Engagement Framework, a model created to guide healthcare organizations in developing and strengthening their patient engagement strategies through the use of eHealth tools and resources. The Framework is the result of several months of collaboration and iteration with many interested stakeholders.

“We hope this Patient Engagement Framework will be a useful resource for healthcare organizations,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry. “We are at a critical moment when patient engagement is becoming increasingly important given the movement toward meaningful use and accountable care. We as individuals should be more engaged in managing and improving our own health. This Framework is intended as a guide organizations can aspire to as they move in this direction.”

The Patient Engagement Framework outlines several attributes of organizations that successfully engage and support patients, and ultimately their communities, in their care. The Framework provides a series of phases to show the progression from a provider-centric model to one that is truly patient-centered. The phases of the Framework include inform me, engage me, empower me, partner with me, and support my community. Within these phases, the Framework is organized to build on an organization’s capabilities including information and way-finding, e-tools, forms and patient education, patient access to their information, patient role in generating their information, and patient role in the care team.

“The patient is the point of health information, and a framework for systematically keeping the patient’s interests at the center of health information technology helps us move toward higher-performance, higher-value healthcare,” said Dr. Jon Perlin, CMO and President of Clinical Services at the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). “This is a great way for healthcare to measure how prepared they are for patient engagement.”

The Framework took into consideration several existing resources and patient engagement measures, including those required by meaningful use Stage 1 and Stage 2.  More than 100 individuals from across the healthcare, patient engagement, and behavioral science fields reviewed and provided input on the Framework. Since January, the Framework has circulated among several groups, including the Partnership for Women and Families, The Foundation for Informed Decision Making, Healthwise employees and advisors, the Long Term Post Acute Care Association, members of HL7, members of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Health IT Standards and Policy Committees, and members of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth. NeHC thanks Leslie Kelly Hall, Senior Vice President of Policy at Healthwise and a member of the Consumer Consortium Steering Committee for her extraordinary leadership in this effort.

“It was important that we create a tool that could be adapted to a variety of care settings and be a practical guide for organizations really trying to strengthen their patient engagement strategies,” said Leslie Kelly Hall, SVP of Policy for Healthwise and NeHC Board member. “Each time we reviewed the Framework with a group we incorporated feedback and refined our final product. The entire process was a great learning experience and brought us closer to understanding the needs of many communities in trying to effectively engage patients by using health IT.  We recognize that the Framework will continue to be refined.”

The Patient Engagement Framework is available for download at www.nationalehealth.org/patient-engagement-framework. To view the slides or download the recording from the release webinar, visit www.nationalehealth.org/frameworkrelease (recording will be posted within 24 hours of this release).

To provide a concrete tool for organizations to assess their status of consumer engagement efforts and to make progress on implementing the Patient Engagement Framework, NeHC in partnership with HealthCAWS® will soon be releasing an online assessment and supporting tools. The NeHC eHealth Consumer Engagement Organizational Assessment is a business intelligence tool mapped to the concepts and recommendations of the Framework. The Consumer Engagement Organizational Assessment is designed to provide customized progress reports and guidance for improving consumer engagement strategies. In addition to progress reports to help organizations assess where they are along the Framework and opportunities for improvement, the online tool provides a directory of consumer engagement resources and eHealth solutions.

To learn more about the NeHC eHealth Consumer Engagement Organizational Assessment, please contact Jenna Bramble at jbramble@nationalehealth.org.

About National eHealth Collaborative

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership focused on accelerating progress toward widespread, secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to improve health and healthcare.  NeHC’s neutrality and diverse multi-stakeholder participation provides a unique platform for collaboration.  NeHC educates, connects, and encourages healthcare stakeholders to advance health information technology and health information exchange (HIE) nationwide through its NeHC University web-based education program, its Consumer Consortium on eHealth and its HIE Learning Network.

National eHealth Collaborative is a cooperative agreement partner of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

November 27, 2012 I Written By

GetWellNetwork Unveils the Future of Patient Engagement

As healthcare providers become more accountable and assume more risk across the care continuum, interactive patient care (IPC) will be essential in moving patient engagement well beyond the hospital walls in order to improve outcomes.  This video from GetWellNetwork illustrates how innovations in IPC will improve outcomes for patients and hospitals by becoming a part of everyday life.

With its interactive patient care technology (IPC) implemented in more than 20,000 hospital beds across the U.S., GetWellNetwork has been leading the charge in IPC.  This video provides a glimpse into how it has been successful in incorporating it into the healthcare landscape.

Moving Beyond the Hospital Walls to Just About Anywhere, Children to Adults Will Have the Capability to Better Manage Their Health

BETHESDA, MD–(Marketwire – Aug 2, 2012) –  Committed to keeping patients focused on their health long after their hospital stay, GetWellNetwork®, Inc., the leader in interactive patient care (IPC) solutions, is helping to define how patient engagement will take hold as a crucial element in the future of healthcare. The company has launched a video to illustrate improvements in healthcare outcomes for hospitals and patients through innovations in IPC that extend far beyond the walls of the hospital to everyday lives. Because of changing regulations in an increasingly challenging healthcare environment, new technologies are needed to engage patients and enable them to more readily and proactively manage their health conditions.

Patient engagement is now included throughout every significant healthcare law from Meaningful Use to the America Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and from the National Patient Safety Initiative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Because of its ability to engage, educate and empower patients and families throughout the patient journey, IPC is recognized as a driving force behind strategic and actionable change needed in the face of today’s healthcare challenges and changing regulations.

With its interactive patient care technology implemented in more than 20,000 hospital beds across the U.S., and, as the only IPC vendor to provide a specific pathway for pediatrics and exclusive education content from KidsHealth®, GetWellNetwork has been leading the charge in IPC. Now the company is building on its platform to extend the technology beyond the hospital and integrate IPC into any place people’s lives take them, whether it’s at home, on the soccer field, in the grocery store or at the doctor. GetWellNetwork’s goal is to engage individuals in their care and encourage positive healthcare transformation.

“Along with our hospital partners, we are beginning an exciting new chapter in the interactive patient care journey,” said Michael O’Neil, founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork. “As healthcare providers take on accountability and risk across the care continuum, we are moving our patient engagement solutions well beyond the hospital walls to improve outcomes. It’s a dynamic time for our growing GetWellNetwork community, and we are confident of the profound impact we will have on healthcare delivery for years to come.”

This video provides a sneak peek into how GetWellNetwork is succeeding at incorporating interactive patient care into the healthcare landscape.

About GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork, Inc. entertains, educates, and empowers patients throughout the patient journey using the bedside TV and iPad in the hospital, mobile devices, Web or Cable TV at home. This patient-centered approach improves both satisfaction and outcomes for patients and hospitals. Additionally, the company extends the value of existing IT investments by integrating seamlessly to leading HIT systems including Cerner, McKesson, Epic, Meditech, GE and Siemens.

GetWellNetwork is recognized by KLAS® as the leader in the Interactive Patient Systems category and exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association. More information about GetWellNetwork can be found at www.GetWellNetwork.com.

August 15, 2012 I Written By

SRS Partners with Omedix to Offer a Patient Portal as a Key Part of Its Unified Desktop™

Integrated Solution Transforms Practice Operations and Empowers Patients

MONTVALE, NJ – October 4, 2011 – SRS, the leading provider of productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, today announced a partnership with Omedix, a leading provider of government-certified, leading-edge patient-portal systems. SRS will offer its clients a next-generation patient portal that is fully integrated with the SRS EHR.

Capitalizing on its OpenPath™ technology, SRS will incorporate the patient portal so that it interfaces seamlessly with the EHR. Branded as the SRS Patient Portal, the product will be available in the first quarter of 2012 and will be fully serviced by the top-rated SRS support team.

“The patient portal fundamentally changes the way patients engage in their care and the way practices operate,” says SRS CEO Evan Steele. “We spent over a year vetting potential partners—as we always do—and know that in Omedix, we have a partner that is innovative and forward thinking. Our two companies share a commitment to providing technology that enhances productivity and frees physicians and clinical staff to focus their resources on patient care.”

“Patient engagement is the future of healthcare. Patients today want the convenience of online self-service, and practices must reduce costs by empowering their patients to communicate in more efficient ways,” says Josh Padnick, President & CEO, Omedix. “In SRS we found an ideal partner. The SRS EHR delivers high performance by making providers more efficient. Now with the SRS Patient Portal, practices can continue the trend by making patients more efficient, too.”

About SRS
SRS is the leading provider of productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance specialty physicians—with a successful adoption rate unparalleled in the industry. Offered via the Unified Desktop™, the robust EHR, SRS CareTracker PM, SRS PACS, and SRS Patient Portal increase speed, boost revenue, free physicians’ time, and heighten patient care and satisfaction. For more information on SRS, visit www.srssoft.com, e-mail info@srssoft.com, fax 201.802.1301, or call 800.288.8369.

About Omedix
Omedix empowers clinics to manage all aspects of their patient engagement through one secure integrated platform hosted in the cloud. Over 1,200 providers use Omedix software to harness the power of patient self-service, leading to dramatically streamlined workflows, a superior patient experience, and an efficient means of meeting meaningful use. Visit www.omedix.com for more information.

October 8, 2011 I Written By