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March 13, 2013

GetWellNetwork Establishes Portal to Educate Patients and Adopt Healthier Lifestyles

GetWellNetwork, Inc. recently announced the release of the myGetWellNetwork portal, which allows patients to become better educated on preventive care and make healthier choices in their lifestyle.

The Bethesda, MD-based company was founded in 1999 by Michael O'Neil, who suffered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the time. Based on his experiences throughout his recovery, O'Neil developed the educational processes that the myGetWellNetwork portal provides today.

Patients can access myGetWellNetwork through any Web-enabled device. It can also be integrated with a provider's existing portal.

During a hospital stay, patients are introduced to the portal through the in-room television set. After discharge, patients receive follow-up content by logging in through their personal computers or mobile devices.

With myGetWellNetwork, patients will be able to keep a journal and track their progress as it relates to the treatment of chronic conditions. The portal will deliver custom content to the patient, including educational information and reminders.

One of the goals of the portal is to get patients in the habit of paying attention to their health on a daily basis.

Much of the information patients get comes from workflows created by GetWellNetwork, known as Patient Pathways. These workflows help patients follow a step-by-step process for managing their particular health issues and reaching their goals for successful treatment.

Another objective of myGetWellNetwork is to reduce readmissions. By ensuring that a patient gets thorough treatment, follow-up and does not to be readmitted, hospitals avoid penalties for readmissions levied by Medicare.

In an effort to deal with rising healthcare costs, providers have turned to solutions that defy conventions like telehealth and educational video content. This helps patients play a bigger role in their treatment.

Another company, dailyRx News Network, provides educational content similar to myGetWellNetwork with the same objective in mind: more educated patients. More educated patients usually mean more successful treatments, fewer readmissions and lower healthcare costs. It’s part of a growing trend to use a doctor’s time only for direct treatment, and shifting all other tasks doctors previously performed somewhere else.

Edited by Braden Becker

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