GetWellNetwork Appoints Ellen Swartwout as VP, Research and Analytics

Company continues to invest in the science behind Interactive Patient Care, strengthening evidence-based practices and outcomes surrounding patient engagement

Bethesda, Md., March 20, 2014 – GetWellNetwork®, Inc., the leader in Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) solutions, today announced that Ellen Swartwout, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC has joined the company as vice president of research and analytics. In this new role, Swartwout will be responsible for integrating evidence-based nursing and care theory into the company’s IPC delivery model. She will also be working with the Institute for Interactive Patient Careto develop a national agenda for research in patient engagement.

“GetWellNetwork is making a committed investment in intellectual capital to further the research and evidence surrounding patient engagement and IPC,” said GetWellNetwork Chief Clinical/Nursing Officer Karen Drenkard, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “We are delighted that Dr. Swartwout is joining GetWellNetwork to enhance our research capacity. Her expertise as a clinician and scholar will help us advance patient care as we work with leading health care organizations around the country and the world.”

Swartwout is the immediate past senior director of certification and measurement services at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and has over 27 years of experience in nursing as a clinician leaders and researcher, having served in numerous leadership roles. Prior to her role at ANCC, she was senior director of professional practice at Inova Health System in Virginia. She has also been an adjunct professor of biostatistics at George Mason University.

“I look forward to serving as a leader in driving a national research agenda about patient engagement and using my clinical background in critical care and nursing to help GetWellNetwork continue to provide innovative, evidence-based products and services that meet the needs of patients,” said Swartwout. “Patient engagement is a critical factor in improving patient care and satisfaction, clinical outcomes and operational performance. I am excited to join GetWellNetwork where helping patients and their families take an active role in their health journey is our number one priority.”