BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwired - September 09, 2015) - GetWellNetwork®, Inc. and Skylight® Healthcare Systems, Inc., ranked #1 and #2 respectively for the past five years by KLAS, have joined forces to create the leading Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) company in the United States.
As the early pioneers in IPC, each company brings more than 15 years of patient and family engagement experience to the newly formed entity. The company plans to leverage this expertise to accelerate product development and expand its renowned clinical transformation services to continue driving better patient outcomes and inspire individuals to improve their own health.
"The combination of the industry's most experienced IPC providers will have a profound impact on the health care landscape," said Michael O'Neil, GetWellNetwork's founder and chief executive officer. "Effective patient engagement -- the kind of engagement that actually leads to better outcomes -- is a science that requires years of expertise to cultivate. Skylight's employees and clients share that vision with us. We are thrilled to welcome them to the GetWellNetwork team."
"Coming together with GetWellNetwork will serve to strengthen our relentless commitment to enhancing the patient experience at every point along their journey of care," commented Tom Klopack, Skylight's chief executive officer. "Our commitment to our customers and product innovation has enabled us to build a thriving and dynamic client community of progressive health care thought leaders. Going forward, our larger integrated community will have even more impact on the industry. We will all benefit from new levels of clinical collaboration, technology integration, and the growing commitment to transform and improve care quality and outcomes."
Patient engagement has become a central focus as American consumers take a more active role in their health, and the health care industry adopts a value-based delivery model. Research confirms that IPC effectively improves patient engagement and helps providers achieve the Triple Aim of better care and better outcomes at lower cost.
Financial details of the transaction, which closed on September 1, 2015, were not disclosed. Michael O'Neil will remain as chief executive officer of the combined company, which will continue to be headquartered in Bethesda, Md. The San Diego office will become a full-service, West Coast innovation hub for GetWellNetwork.
GetWellNetwork®, Inc. provides patient engagement solutions that help health care providers engage, educate and empower patients along the care continuum. Our patient-centered platform, delivered across multiple technology platforms including mobile devices, computers and televisions, enables providers to implement a revolutionary care delivery model called Interactive Patient Care™ to improve performance and patient outcomes. The company further extends the value of existing IT investments by integrating seamlessly with electronic medical record and patient portal applications.
About Skylight Healthcare Systems
Skylight® Healthcare Systems, Inc. provides a technology platform, Skylight Interactive®, which engages and empowers both patients and providers while addressing a hospital's needs in clinical efficiency, information technology integration and patient experience. Skylight Interactive uses common technologies including televisions, computers, and mobile devices to seamlessly connect with patients across the continuum -- pre-admission, inpatient, and post-discharge. The platform addresses patient and family needs in health education and care services, eases communication with clinicians and enables better outcome tracking. By engaging patients throughout the continuum of care, Skylight Interactive® effectively bridges care transitions, empowers healing and optimizes outcomes.