Brigham and Women’s Hospital Signs With LodgeNet Healthcare to Provide Patient Education and on Demand Entertainment Solutions

2008-07-17 10:54:00

Customized Interactive Solution Increases Patient Satisfaction and Provides

                Joint Commission-Compliant Patient Education



    BOSTON and SIOUX FALLS, S.D., July 17 /EMWPresswire/ -- Brigham

and Women's Hospital and LodgeNet Healthcare, a division of LodgeNet

Interactive Corporation (Nasdaq: LNET), announced an agreement that brings

the LodgeNetRX(TM) Interactive Patient Television System to more than 700

patient beds at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Brigham and Women's

Hospital, an internationally renowned teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical

School, launched the system this July to provide patients with access to on

demand entertainment and patient specific education.



    



    In support of this agreement, LodgeNet completely re-designed the

hospital's patient TV network and installed the company's video on demand

(VOD) movies, music, and its patient education management solution (which,

when fully implemented, will be provided in conjunction with Patient Edu,

LLC).



    "We did a thorough evaluation of interactive system options in the

market and selected the most reliable, proven and scalable system to

support our goals of better educating and empowering patients," said

Jennifer Nadelson, MBA, administrative director, Brigham and Women's

Hospital. "LodgeNet's track record and expertise in planning, managing, and

implementing their solutions assured us that the project would be handled

professionally and efficiently."



    "The LodgeNet installation crew was professional and handled our cable

plant and infrastructure project seamlessly," added Nadelson. "We look

forward to enhancing our patient experiences in the future with the

features of this new system."



    A growing number of hospitals now offer hotel-like amenities to ease

the stress of hospital stays, and a recent survey conducted by LodgeNet

showed that hospitals with interactive patient television systems enjoyed

greater patient satisfaction ratings and other benefits than hospitals

without such systems. The research supported a key theme that is well

recognized by hospital employees: when patients have easy access to rich

interactive media, entertainment content and medical information, they feel

more empowered and satisfied with their experiences. In addition, U.S.

hospitals see some five million re-admissions a year, and experts cite

better patient education as one potential opportunity to reduce this

number.



    Ann Furey, RN, Patient Education Program manager, said, "LodgeNet

Healthcare and Patient Edu, LLC are working with my team to better

understand our Patient Education Program principles. Brigham and Women's

Hospital strives for excellence in all aspects of patient care, and patient

education is no exception. We intend to advance our efforts toward this

goal through the application of this solution in our patient interactions."



    "To have such a prestigious hospital rely on LodgeNet for their patient

education and entertainment needs speaks volumes about the service they

know we can deliver," said Gary Kolbeck, vice president of Healthcare

Business Development for LodgeNet. "Our system can benefit not only the

patient but the hospital as well with improved operational efficiencies."



    Brigham and Women's Hospital is consistently ranked among the top

American hospitals and has been ranked on US News and World Report's Honor

Roll of America's best hospitals for 11 consecutive years. It is the only

hospital in the nation to be named for eight consecutive years to

Solucient's list of Top 100 Hospitals. In 2008, it was recognized by the

University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) for being one of five top

performing academic medical centers in the country in a quality and safety

benchmarking study.



    The LodgeNetRX Interactive Patient Television System is a leading

solution supporting a growing trend in which more hospitals and healthcare

facilities are seeking to deploy interactive TV systems as a way of better

informing and empowering patients throughout the continuum of care.

LodgeNet Healthcare has sold its interactive systems to 31 healthcare

facilities to date. The company will be demonstrating its LodgeNetRX

solution at the 45th Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition of the

American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital

Association (AHA), July 20-23 in Washington, DC. For more information,

please visit the LodgeNet Healthcare Website at http://www.lodgenetrx.com/.



    About Brigham and Women's Hospital



    Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 757-bed nonprofit teaching

affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners

HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery network. In July of 2008,

the hospital opened the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, the

most advanced center of its kind. BWH is committed to excellence in patient

care with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery.

The BWH medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history

in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in quality

improvement and patient safety initiatives and its dedication to educating

and training the next generation of health care professionals. Through

investigation and discovery conducted at its Biomedical Research Institute

(BRI), BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational

research on human diseases, involving more than 860 physician-investigators

and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by more than $416

M in funding. BWH is also home to major landmark epidemiologic population

studies, including the Nurses' and Physicians' Health Studies and the

Women's Health Initiative. For more information about BWH, please visit

http://www.brighamandwomens.org.



    About LodgeNet Interactive



    LodgeNet Interactive Corporation is the leading provider of media and

connectivity solutions designed to meet the unique needs of hospitality,

healthcare and other guest-based businesses. LodgeNet Interactive serves

more than 1.9 million hotel rooms representing 10,000 hotel properties

worldwide in addition to healthcare facilities throughout the United

States. The company's services include: Interactive Television Solutions,

Broadband Internet Solutions, Content Solutions, Professional Solutions and

Advertising Media Solutions. LodgeNet Interactive Corporation owns and

operates businesses under the industry leading brands: LodgeNet,

LodgeNetRX, and The Hotel Networks. LodgeNet Interactive is listed on

NASDAQ and trades under the symbol LNET. For more information, please visit

http://www.lodgenet.com.



    LodgeNet and LodgeNetRX are trademarks or registered trademarks of

LodgeNet Interactive Corporation. Other trademarks are the property of

their respective owners.





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