Emmi Solutions and Healthwise Set New Standard for Collaborative Communication with Patient - Emmi

January 6, 2009

Emmi Solutions and Healthwise Set New Standard for Collaborative Communication with Patient

Leaders in prescriptive-quality health information announce strategic alliance that helps hospitals engage patients across the care continuum while improving clinical and financial outcomes

CHICAGO, IL – Jan 6, 2009 Emmi Solutions, the leading provider of technology-based healthcare communication solutions, and Healthwise, an award-winning provider of consumer health information and programs, today announced a strategic alliance. This collaboration combines two best-in-class products and brings an unrivaled solution to the hospital market. The new product offering, called Emmi® + Healthwise®, gives hospitals and clinicians more in-depth and a wider range of information and tools they can prescribe to patients to empower them to take an active role in their care and help them make better health decisions throughout their lives.

Emmi + Healthwise takes Emmi Solutions content and a vast selection of Healthwise Information Therapy (Ix®) Solutions products—including information on medical procedures, wellness, discharge instructions and chronic disease self-management—and builds them into the Emmi Solutions communications platform. This combination creates an engaging and interactive multimedia experience that allows clinicians to prescribe and manage the delivery of consistent, vital health information. The platform also allows for the tracking of information received by patients, which can help hospitals meet quality and regulatory requirements and mitigate risk.

“We are extremely excited about our new agreement with Healthwise, which will create a best-in-class healthcare communication solution that offers prescriptive-quality information on virtually every specialty, condition and healthcare topic,” said Ron Rooth, CEO of Emmi Solutions. “By creating information pathways at every point of care and beyond—including pre-admission, in-patient, out-patient and post-discharge—this solution enables a more meaningful and efficient provider-patient relationship.”

Emmi + Healthwise has set the new standard for collaborative healthcare communication, enabling clinicians and hospitals to connect with patients across the continuum of care and throughout their lives—both in the clinical setting and at home. Emmi + Healthwise will be accessible anywhere there is an Internet connection. That’s important because statistics show the best time for patients to receive information is often outside the doctor’s office, where they are much more likely to retain, and act upon, the information. Plus, it enables patients to share the information with family and friends and revisit it as often as they like.

“Emmi + Healthwise will empower patients and support the broad effort to improve our healthcare system,” said Don Kemper, founder and CEO of Healthwise. “By providing a three-way collaborative communication solution—between consumers, their hospitals and their physicians—we are engaging and motivating the most underutilized resource in this healthcare crisis: patients.”

By extending the reach of clinicians, tracking the delivery of information and impacting patient behavior, Emmi + Healthwise can help hospitals mitigate and manage risk, increase patient and physician satisfaction, improve quality and patient safety and enhance operational efficiencies.