Hospitals focus on patient engagement as core strategy for performance improvement

By Industry News Release
10:39 AM

GetWellNetwork, Inc. today announced its fifth annual users conference, GetConnected2012, will be held from April 30 - May 2, 2012 at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Florida. GetConnected2012 is designed to advance the role and impact of Interactive Patient Care (IPC) as a strategic business imperative for hospitals nationwide, and attendees will leave with the tools to hardwire IPC into their facilities. Some conference sessions have been CEAC approved.

GetConnected will help prepare hospital leaders and clinicians to meet the challenge of moving from volume-based to value-based health care delivery. For attendees the users conference offers renowned speakers, client-led sessions, poster presentations and workshops to identify and assemble the strategy and the tools necessary to implement best practices in interactive patient care in their facility.

"GetConnected2012 is an important time to celebrate the successes our community has realized," said Michael O'Neil, founder and CEO, GetWellNetwork, Inc. "It also provides a tremendous opportunity to renew and advance the journey we have begun to transform the way patient care is delivered in our nation's hospitals. This year's conference will provide an interactive experience that will provoke new thinking, challenge traditions, engage attendees in clinical practice redesign, and advance our collective ability to lead the change needed to transform patient care."

The GetConnected conference will have a three-part focus that will help facilities:

  • Design a blueprint for hardwiring IPC into the care they provide,
  • Focus on sharing success stories and "what works" best practices, and
  • Gather the tools that they will need to build their action plan and move forward.

Attendees will visit Florida Hospital Celebration Health, a recognized leader in IPC innovation on April 30th. Celebration Health has effectively integrated IPC into the daily delivery of care using the GetWellNetwork solution.

"GetConnected is essential in advancing our delivery of IPC," said Mark Lorenz, associate administrator, Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. "It brings together a growing community committed to transforming the patient experience."

Featured speakers at the conference will include:

Erik Wahl Artist and Consultant on The Creative Process
Session Title: The Art of Vision in Healthcare
Erik Wahl is a recognized artist and speaker who inspires professionals to achieve greater levels of performance, and who challenges organizations to transcend mediocrity through creativity. His success as a speaker and unique understanding of vision trace back to his training as an artist.
Bryan Williams Service Consultant, Trainer, and Author
Session Title: Work Like You Own It!
Dr. Bryan Williams' specialty areas include service excellence, employee engagement, and quality improvement. He has travelled worldwide to work with more than 100 companies in diverse industries such as hospitality, healthcare, spa, banking and real estate.
Michael O'Neil Founder and CEO, GetWellNetwork, Inc.
Michael O'Neil will speak on the power of patient engagement and how it's transforming patient care today and in the future. He is a Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor who has spent the last 12 years working with hospitals across the country to improve performance and outcomes.

CEAC Approved

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
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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