CDH Becomes First Community Hospital in the Nation to Offer EMMI™
Co-branded EMMI programs will be used to help educate, improve patient satisfaction and manage risk
CHICAGO, March 28, 2005 – Noting the many benefits to be gained from improving patient education, nationally recognized Central DuPage Hospital, located in suburban Chicago, is the first community hospital in the nation to offer Emmi™, Expectation Management and Medical Information, to all of its affiliated physicians and surgeons. Developed by Rightfield Solutions, LLC, Emmi is a unique patient education and risk management tool that combines clinical and legal best practices into a web-based, interactive tool for healthcare providers and their patients.
“We work with a number of hospitals and medical groups that offer Emmi to their physicians as a strategy to help the organization manage risk” said Jordan Dolin, CEO of Rightfield Solutions. “Central DuPage is the first Community Hospital to offer Emmi to its affiliated physicians, even those it doesn’t directly employ. We are honored to work with a hospital that has the vision and commitment to recognize that educating patients is the first step toward better outcomes, higher patient, physician and nurse satisfaction, as well as reduced malpractice risk.”
Emmi programs educate the patient about their medical condition, the risks and benefits of treatment, and what to expect before and after their procedure. Central DuPage Hospital patients can access a co-branded version of Emmi from their home, the hospital, physician’s office or other remote locations through a confidential access code provided by their physician. All Emmi programs are developed by board-certified physicians in their respective fields. Currently, Emmi programs are available for a wide range of surgical and medical procedures, including Orthopedic, Cardiovascular, Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Surgery, Bariatric, Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery, as well as many others.
“Emmi programs help answer a lot of questions and concerns my patients have,” said David Mochel, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates of DuPage and on staff at Central DuPage. “I find that when patients come in for an office visit, they are much more knowledgeable, which means I’m able to spend more time addressing specific questions or areas of concern. It makes the visit more meaningful for my patients and more productive for both me and my staff.”
As a leading provider of cardiac surgery, and a nationally recognized innovator in hospital wireless technology, Central DuPage Hospital will also become the first to offer a “bedside” Emmi for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. This procedure is one that is often conducted at the hospital following an unexpected cardiac event. The ability to access Emmi at the hospital means that patients and their loved ones can have convenient access to important information before undergoing the procedure.
“This agreement will help our physicians, nurses, hospital, and most importantly our patients,” said Liz Rosenberg, vice president of Strategy Planning and Marketing Communication for Central DuPage Hospital. “The more knowledge patients have, the better their outcome, which makes things easier for our physicians and nurses and ultimately helps to improve all touch points along the continuum of care.”
The agreement with Central DuPage Hospital marks the latest in a series of leading hospitals, insurers, medical groups, medical device manufacturers and associations such as the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, to have signed agreements to offer Emmi to patients. Emmi programs have now been provided to more than 30,000 patients nationwide.
Emmi™, Expectation Management and Medical Information, is a powerful risk management and patient satisfaction tool developed by Chicago-based Rightfield Solutions, LLC. Emmi combines clinical and legal best practices into a web-based, interactive tool for healthcare providers who want to manage risk by developing better relationships with patients and by increasing their satisfaction with the care provided. Introduced in 2002, Emmi is available to more than 30,000 patients, 425 surgeons and a growing number of hospitals, medical groups, leading healthcare industry associations and malpractice insurance carriers. There are currently, Emmi programs available for a wide range of surgical and medical procedures, including Orthopedic, Cardiovascular, Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Surgery, Bariatric, Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery, as well as many others. All Emmi programs are developed by board-certified surgeons in their respective fields. For additional information on Emmi, visit www.rightfield.net, or contact Jordan Dolin at 312-236-3650, ext. 14. For an Emmi demo, please visit www.emmidemo.com.
About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The hospital is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, as well as a new procedure for back surgeries that uses bio-engineered bone protein. Central DuPage Hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including, convenient care centers, occupational health services, and a full range of options for senior living, home health, and hospice care. For additional information, please visit www.cdh.org.