SIOUX FALLS, S.D., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As hospitals scramble to adopt the patient-centered focus that is at the heart of federal regulations and legislation aimed at improving healthcare in the U.S., LodgeNet Healthcare today announced the expansion of its interactive patient engagement solution that encourages patients to become educated, active members of their care teams. eSUITE™ now allows hospitals to interact with patients throughout the entire continuum of care – and across multiple technology platforms – using evidence-based engagement principles proven to improve clinical outcomes.
"eSUITE is a robust solution that hospitals can use to prepare for, and address, the sweeping health reform requirements such as meaningful use of electronic health records, the creation of accountable care organizations, value-based purchasing, and quality-enhancing initiatives that include reducing avoidable readmissions and hospital-acquired infections," stated Gary Kolbeck, General Manager of LodgeNet Healthcare, a division of LodgeNet Interactive Corporation and the leader in clinically integrated patient engagement solutions.
"Over the next four years, these new regulations will significantly impact reimbursement rates and will dramatically transform the way organizations treat and interact with patients," Kolbeck continued. "Our powerful, easy to use, affordable and comprehensive solution is a joint decision-making tool designed to help hospitals enlist patients as partners in their own care by making them more informed, engaged and active in managing their health before, during and after discharge."
eSUITE facilitates two-way communications with patients, making it significantly more effective th