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Gwinnett Medical Center Employs MedGift, A Unique Patient Gift Registry
Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has recently launched MedGift, an online gift registry designed to provide support for patients. The new resource, powered by RelayHealth, lists patient’s specific Needs, Wants and Wishes during treatment and recovery, similar to any other gift registry.
“GMC leadership sees this technology as another form of patient empowerment, allowing them to draw strength from their community in the healing process and relieve any sense of isolation they might experience,” said Jeffrey D. Nowlin, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Gwinnett Health System and president, GMC-Lawrenceville. “MedGift bridges communities through technology in a safe information platform while promoting goodwill.”
Under Needs, patients can request financial support related to medical expenses and allows supporters to securely make payments. Wants lists items the patient wants like a new wig, magazine subscriptions, medical devices, or family meals. Wishes includes items that provide emotional or practical support, such as prayers or child care.
To provide a caring community, MedGift also provides a robust platform so that patients and loved ones can share updates on their health and care, celebrate victories or meaningful treatment milestones or simply offer comfort.
To set up a Gift Registry on MedGift, a patient must have a GMC patient account number for security purposes. Contributions toward the patient’s medical experiences are handled through a payment card industry compliant web pay portable and go directly to GMC.
MedGift was initially born from the experience of a 23-year old ovarian cancer patient, Diem Brown, a former MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge participant. Following her participation in the reality show, Brown experienced depression and a sense of helplessness as she coped with chemotherapy, expensive medical bills and new challenges such as finding an affordable human hair wig. While many offered to help, Brown didn’t have a way to accept, organize and keep track of the many kind offers of assistance. It was this situation that inspired her to create MedGift.
About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth, Georgia that provide award-winning healthcare services. GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.
RelayHealth, McKesson’s connectivity business, enables the secure exchange of clinical, financial and administrative information between patients, providers, payers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and government agencies. RelayHealth processes nearly 15 billion healthcare transactions annually by integrating the delivery of high-quality care and improving the financial outcomes for its customers. For more information, www.RelayHealth.com.
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