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SEATTLE - (May 18, 2011) — Virginia Mason Medical Center has partnered with Emmi Solutions to provide patients with easy-to-understand, easily accessible medical information. The interactive programs are Web-based and guide patients through an animated overview of appropriate medical information to help them prepare for a procedure or manage a chronic condition.
 
"In today's technologically advanced world, our patients have access to an abundance of medical information that can be difficult to decipher and understand. This can leave them feeling overwhelmed and apprehensive about their medical care," said Michael Glenn, MD, physician-in-chief at Virginia Mason. "With this partnership, our providers can recommend clear, concise programs for our patients and have the assurances they are accessing high-quality, accurate information."
 
Emmi programs educate patients about medical conditions, the risks and benefits of treatment, what to expect before, during and after a procedure, as well as how to manage a chronic illness. The programs use a multimedia approach and conversational voice to make complex medical information easy to understand for patients and their families.
 
Patients can access the programs from their homes, hospitals, physicians' offices or other remote locations through confidential access codes provided by their physicians. The programs are prescribed by a physician and engage patients at their own level in order to prepare them and meet their expectations. All Emmi programs are developed in partnership with board-certified physicians and cover an array of medical procedures and conditions, including cardiology, general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology and others.
 
Hospitals, as well as patients, benefit from using Emmi programs. The programs engage patients in quality and safety initiatives, which can play a critical role in increasing patient satisfaction, managing risks and enhancing operational efficiencies.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.
 
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Virginia Mason Communications, (206) 341-1333

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