New York, January 20, 2016 — The Wellness Network (TWN), and the American College of Physicians (ACP) are partnering to deliver new patient education programming that will be available via The Wellness Network’s Patient Channel, an in-hospital TV network and online portal. The patients and caregivers at Patient Channel hospitals will have immediate access to a library of education resources developed by the ACP to help manage chronic conditions. ACP member physicians will have access to the Patient Channel library of disease and medication management, wellness and patient safety videos that can be viewed by patients during an office visit or at home.
The new collaboration offers enhanced engagement between patients and physicians across the continuum of care, using the power of video as an educational and motivational tool. From outpatient visits to in-hospital stays, education can be “prescribed” by physicians and delivered at a time when patients are most in need of key information and highly motivated to take action to improve their health.
“We are pleased to partner with the American College of Physicians to enhance patient understanding and self-care in a way that responds to a patient’s individual learning style and pace,” noted Dave Ross, CEO of TWN. “This partnership immediately provides access to ACP’s videos to over 12 million patients and caregivers at Patient Channel facilities. And just as importantly, will encourage increased use outside the acute care setting, when patients and their families have more time to learn about their condition and how to manage it. ”
The Patient Channel delivers preventive health and condition-specific programming proven to drive patient and care-provider dialogue and action. Programming topics include heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, joint replacement, hospital safety, and more.
The partnership with TWN supports ACP’s mission to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care. Educational content from ACP features an ACP member physician interacting with patients — focusing on key, how-to steps for managing atrial fibrillation, COPD, heart failure, diabetes, and asthma.
”We are excited to offer this new resource to our members to support them in their educational discussions with patients,” said ACP President Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP. “This represents an opportunity to improve patient and physician partnership through enhanced education and communication.”
The mission of TWN is to provide solutions to health care providers to motivate patients to take action in their own care, thereby improving health outcomes. Research has shown that patients who viewed the Patient Channel have felt it helped them make decisions about their health, and that programming is a good reinforcement to the information provided by their doctor about their condition.
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About The Wellness Network
The Wellness Network (TWN) is dedicated to delivering life-enhancing wellness information to motivate patients to take action, aid hospitals in meeting accreditation, and improve overall quality of healthcare. The company owns and operates the largest and most comprehensive in-hospital health TV networks in the US, with over 2300 hospital relationships. Patient education resources include the Patient Channel, Newborn Channel, Your NICU Baby, HeartCare Channel, MedSerenity Channel and LOGICARE Patient Instructions. The Wellness Network is a partner in Joint Commission Resources Quality & Safety Network, featuring continuing medical education programs and other products for healthcare professionals. TWN also offers integrated hardware and software solutions for patient engagement and compliance.
More information about The Wellness Network can be found at www.thewellnessnetwork.net.
About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 143,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.