July 6, 2016 - Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that both of its academic medical centers, including Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center, as well as six of its community hospitals, including Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Bayshore Community Hospital and Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, were named to the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. The survey measures IT adoption of operational, financial and clinical performance in health care delivery networks in U.S. hospitals and designates those who have made strides in laying the foundation for robust clinical information systems.HackensackUMC has made the list 15 times, and Meridian Health was named among the nation’s Most Wired health networks for the 17th year in a row—more than any other existing health network in the state of New Jersey.
HackensackUMC is distinguished with this honor highlighting the technology that is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions.
“Congratulations to our co-CIOs Drs. Shafiq Rab, Joseph Mannion, and the entire Hackensack Meridian Health Information Technology team for receiving this prestigious award,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “By enhancing our patient engagement, clinical workflows, and providing the utmost data security throughout our network, we have greatly improved our quality of patient care.”
“We are proud of the Hackensack Meridian Health facilities that have achieved this Most Wired designation,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our team is constantly improving the efficiency of care delivery through the creation of new technology, ultimately improving our patients’ experiences.”
The survey examined four specific areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital); and clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community). Each hospital needed to excel in all of these categories to be named Most Wired. The methodology for the survey sets specific requirements for each category and if any one requirement is not met, a Most Wired designation is not given.
According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care and are redefining the way that they provide care in their communities. Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.
“Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies.”
Most Wired hospitals are utilizing population health management tools and partnering with other health care providers to share critical clinical information used in analyzing interventions aimed at key patient groups, such as those with diabetes. To get patients the right care, hospitals are using predictive modeling to eliminate preventable problems.
HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, 2016, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 680 participants, representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.—examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.
About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.
About Health Forum
Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, visit www.healthforum.com
About Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.
The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers - HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.
To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.