This week, Washington Hospital Healthcare System launched a new and improved
patient education system called ExitCare, with important advantages for
patients and the community. This is the first of two articles about ExitCare,
which is designed to give you the power to become more informed about
health and wellness topics affecting you and your family.
What is ExitCare?
As part of its Mission, Washington Hospital Healthcare System is committed
to providing patients and the public with educational resources to improve
patient care and promote better health throughout the community. Now,
Washington Hospital has expanded and upgraded its library of educational
resources through the new online ExitCare program, which replaces Krames Online.
ExitCare is a more comprehensive and higher quality system that gives patients
and the community direct access to over 4,000 evidence-based documents
in the best format for patient learning. You can access the material on
the Hospital’s website at whhs.com, the same as with its previous
patient education system. ExitCare’s extensive library of current,
reader-friendly articles and references is updated and expanded on a regular basis.
Now, using your mobile or desktop device, you have direct access to a
vast, searchable library of educational materials whenever and wherever
you need them. As a patient being discharged from the Hospital or having
a consultation at any Washington Township Medical Foundation (WTMF) clinic,
your printed Post Discharge or After Visit Summary will be available in
13 different languages. Your doctor or nurse can also do a customized
search of the ExitCare library to print out and give you more in-depth
information about your specific condition. Educational materials on the
Hospital’s website are available in English and Spanish.
As a Washington Hospital patient, you can also get information about your
condition through the MyChart online patient portal, which is part of
the Hospital’s electronic health record. MyChart gives you safe,
secure access to important portions of your personal medical record.
“As physicians, we need to provide health education each time we
consult with a patient in the clinic or discharge them from the Hospital,”
explained general surgeon Kranthi Achanta, MD, chief of Washington Hospital’s
medical staff. “The ExitCare system is a trusted resource that gives
our patients a wider array of current and readable information they can
take home or access online to answer most, if not all, of their questions.”
Many hospitals and health care systems in the U.S. provide online health
education materials for patients. Dr. Achanta recommends the ExitCare
system from Washington Hospital because it also gives local patients and
residents information about resources available in this community to help
meet their individual health care needs.
Dr. Achanta is on the Hospital team that researched and identified the
new patient education system. Doctors from the Hospital’s medical
staff collaborated with nurse managers and WTMF site managers to ensure
that the patient information library includes materials that are peer-reviewed,
evidence-based, and consistent with current medical practice and guidelines.
By the end of this year, Washington Hospital will add video-based patient
education to ExitCare with the release of more than 1,000 evidence-based
video titles. The video library will include short clips that tailor the
information to meet your personal needs. If you are a patient in Washington
Hospital, you will be able to access the video library on the TV monitor
in your Hospital room or using your mobile device. The Hospital is in
the process of upgrading its TV system to support the new video-based library.
“ExitCare helps raise the quality of health care in our community
by offering patients and residents a better resource for health education,”
observed Dr. Achanta. “It gives people the power to participate
more actively in their own health care, and this means improved outcomes
for our patients.”
To access the ExitCare library of patient education materials or for more
information about Washington Hospital Healthcare System, go to whhs.com.
For more information about Washington Township Medical Foundation, visit
mywtmf.com. And, watch for the next Tri-City Voice article about the interactive
inpatient function of ExitCare coming soon to patient rooms at Washington Hospital.