At Reading Hospital, we recognize that patients are healthiest when they are engaged in — and knowledgeable about — their medical care. That’s why we offer the GetWellNetwork, an interactive patient-education system that is available through bedside TVs in patients’ rooms.
During your stay, the network uses educational videos to provide you with information about your disease or condition, health needs, medications, hospital discharge, and more. You may access your health information once you’ve left the hospital as well. The GetWellNetwork also provides entertainment options such as television programming, movies, video games, music and Internet access.
Patients and families like the easy-to-use GetWellNetwork because it helps them better understand their conditions, enhances their communication with nurses and staff, and empowers them to make decisions that are best for their health and well-being.
Q. What is the GetWellNetwork?
A. GetWellNetwork is an interactive patient education system that is available through bedside TVs in patients’ rooms.
Q. Who can use the GetWellNetwork?
A. GetWellNetwork is available in patient rooms at Reading Hospital and Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing.
The network also is available in Emergency Department pods, and it will be available in the new Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care when patient rooms open in early 2017.
Q. Why does Reading Hospital offer this service?
A. Research shows that people are healthier and recover more quickly from illness when they are engaged in — and knowledgeable about — their medical care. The network helps educate patients and empowers them to be active participants in their care.
Q. What does the GetWellNetwork offer?
A. GetWellNetwork offers videos and online articles to provide patients with information about their disease or condition, health needs, medications, hospital discharge and more. Patients may access their health information through MyTowerHealth once they’ve left the hospital as well.
The GetWellNetwork also provides entertainment options such as television programming, movies, video games, music and Internet access.
Q. Can patients communicate with the hospital through the GetWellNetwork?
A. Yes, patients can use the network to make special requests. For example, they can ask for a patient advocate or chaplain through the network. They also can use the network to rate their pain or see what is planned for their day.
Q. How do patients use the network?
A. The network is available through bedside TVs in patients’ rooms. Staff members who enter patient rooms are trained to use the system and also to help patients who need assistance.
Q. Do patients benefit from having the GetWellNetwork in their rooms?
A. The GetWellNetwork enhances patients’ and family members’ knowledge, which empowers them to make more-informed decisions and to be more engaged in their care. Patients have better health outcomes when they actively participate in their care.
Q. How do patients access their learning videos when they leave the hospital?
A. Videos and other information are accessible through MyTowerHealth, so patients can access that information at home as well as in the hospital.
Q. How long has Reading Hospital had the GetWellNetwork?
A. Reading Hospital has had this technology since 2014. With the transition into the Reading HealthPlex, this is the first time that all nursing units and patients will have access to this technology.
Q. Do patients who have used the GetWellNetwork like it?
A. Yes. Patients and their families like the network, because it is easy to use, helps them better understand their condition, makes it easier to communicate with nurses and staff about their health and empowers them to be active participants in their care plan.
Q. Have staff members been trained to use the GetWellNetwork?
A. All staff members who enter patient rooms are receiving updated training on the network so they can use it with patients.