Optimum Lightpath, GetWellNetwork team for patient care at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

April 12, 2010
APRIL 12, 2010 -- Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), has announced that, through its exclusive relationship with GetWellNetwork Inc., it will supply interactive patient care (IPC) to The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM).

APRIL 12, 2010 -- Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), has announced that, through its exclusive relationship with GetWellNetwork Inc., it will supply interactive patient care (IPC) to The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM).

CHAM will implement IPC in all 130 beds throughout the hospital at no cost to patients. The advanced patient care service, which will be deployed for the first time in the New York metropolitan area, will enable the children’s hospital to improve entertainment, education, patient safety, clinical care outcomes, and bed turnover rates while creating new workflow efficiencies for hospital staff, Optimum Lightpath says.

CHAM will roll out GetWell Town, a pediatric version of GetWellNetwork’s flagship IPC offering. GetWell Town will be powered by Optimum Lightpath's 100% fiber-optic network and is designed to transform the hospital’s in-room televisions into tools for clinical teaching and entertainment. Using GetWell Town, patients and families will be able to learn more about their diagnosis, connect with friends using email and IM, and find out more about their caregivers, the companies say. GetWell Town, which is designed for children, delivers exclusive health education content from KidsHealth using interactive videos.

The deal expands Montefiore Medical Center’s existing relationship with Optimum Lightpath, which has provided its communication services since 2001.

“CHAM currently delivers the most advanced medical care to its pediatric patients in metro New York. Interactive patient care will further distinguish Montefiore by dramatically enhancing the child’s and family’s experience of entertainment, education, and clinical engagement,” said Jack Wolf, vice president and chief information officer at Montefiore. “Optimum Lightpath has always offered Montefiore tremendous value and the most advanced technology. This is yet another example of how this longstanding relationship helps us keep our network and services on the cutting edge, delivering a significant positive impact on our ability to administer premium patient care.”

Automated patient education is an integral component of the new service, and nurses will be able to order education programs specific to each patient and track its completion from their current Electronic Health Record system. IPC will be deployed throughout CHAM over a six-month period.

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