GetWellNetwork’s O’Neil Center to Host Patient Engagement Curriculum Development Summit With Robert Wood Johnson Seed Grant

National Health Care Experts and Patients Gather to Define Role of Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in Patient and Family Engagement

Bethesda, Md., Apr. 30, 2015 – GetWellNetwork®, Inc., the leader in Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) solutions, announced that the O’Neil Center, established to advance the science of patient and family engagement, will host the first-ever Patient Engagement Curriculum Development Summit on Friday, May 1, 2015, at GetWellNetwork headquarters in Bethesda, Md. The purpose of the event is to develop clinical competencies and a comprehensive curriculum for the role of nurses and health care professionals in patient and family engagement.

The summit, organized by the O’Neil Center and partially funded by a seed grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows (RWJ-ENF) Alumni Association, will gather RWJF-ENF alumni and other experts in the field of patient engagement. Nationally recognized nursing executives, patient and family advisory council members, and other health care professionals will discuss the clinician competencies needed to foster patient activation and self-care management.

Organizations represented include the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered CarePatient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)American Association of Colleges of NursingUniversity of Colorado College of NursingAnne Arundel Health SystemAccreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)Emory HealthcareUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and more.

“The role of the clinician in developing an egalitarian partnership is critical to foster patient and family engagement,” said GetWellNetwork’s SVP, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Nurse Karen Drenkard, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and director of the O’Neil Center. “We are grateful to the RWJF-ENF Alumni Association for helping us bring together patient and family engagement experts who are committed to the advancement of professional nursing practice.”