SAN DIEGO, June 17, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Skylight Healthcare Systems(r) and Interactive Care Network (ICN) announced today that five leading hospitals are providing their hospital discharge information and planning resource for post-hospital care. Delivered to patients and their families’ right at the bedside, this resource provides comprehensive information on over 165,000 post-hospital services. As the first interactive discharge planning tool of its kind, early-adopting hospitals have shown increases in discharge process improvements and patient satisfaction. “Our ability to engage patients and family members in the hospital discharge process through the Skylight ACCESS System is simplifying communication efforts for hospital staff while empowering patients to get more involved in their own healthcare decisions,” said Andy Figallo, Co-Founder of ICN. With an additional ten hospitals scheduled to “go-live” this year, the hospitals offering this application includes:
* Banner Estrella Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ * Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI * Adventist Bolingbrook Medical Center, Bolingbrook, IL * Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando, FL * Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Skylight and ICN were the first companies to provide an automated discharge resource designed specifically for patients, families, and healthcare professionals. This interactive tool enables all parties the ability to work together to successfully determine the patient’s care options after the hospital stay. The Skylight/ICN offering provides select choices at every level of post-discharge services from inpatient nursing and rehabilitation services to outpatient and home care providers including hospice, mental health, durable medical equipment and transportation services.
“Fundamental to patient satisfaction and loyalty, we believe that our integrated discharge planning tool can help ease the strain on patients and their families as they navigate their care choices when they go home,” said David Schofield, President and CEO of Skylight. “The fact that many of our hospital clients are quickly adopting this unique service is a testament of their commitment to providing their patients a faster and more effective discharge process.”
About Skylight Health Systems
Skylight Healthcare Systems is the industry pioneer in interactive patient care technology. With patient communication as the cornerstone of a safe, comfortable and clinically optimal hospital experience, the Skylight ACCESS(r) Interactive Patient System encourages patient and family to actively participate in their health care, improves communication between staff and patient/family members, and can provide a faster recovery and smoother discharge plan. Skylight’s vision is to provide hospitals with a robust tool which will allow them to greatly enhance interactive communication along the entire patient care continuum. With nearly 12,000 installable locations under contract, leading hospital administrators have confidently selected Skylight Healthcare Systems as the proven choice for their interactive patient care technology. Skylight Healthcare Systems is headquartered in San Diego, California. For more information about Skylight Healthcare Systems, please visit: www.skylight.com.
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About Interactive Care Network
The Interactive Care Network is comprised of health care professionals with more than 75 years of combined experience in the nursing and rehabilitation industry. ICN provides up to date, accurate information for over 165,000 facilities and post hospital care services directly to the patient’s room. Their partnerships have established ICN as the premier interactive resource for extended care needs. Our Mission is to ease the decision making process for hospital patients and families during their transition toward recovery. This is achieved by providing participating hospitals with an interactive search tool of post hospital care providers that is quick, simple, and tailored to meet the patient’s needs. To see an online demo of the integrated solution, please visit http://www.interactivecarenetwork.com/tv-search.html.
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CONTACT: Skylight Health Systems Darrell Atkin, Director of Marketing 858.523.3750 [email protected] Interactive Care Network Andrew Figallo, Co-founder 614.942.0240 [email protected]