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New Jersey HIE Recognized for CHIME Collaboration Award

October 28, 2011

Eighteen hospitals in Northern and Central New Jersey are setting aside competitive differences to exchange patient data, building a platform for better care coordination and enhanced efficiency in healthcare delivery.

The project, called Jersey Health Connect, involves the hospitals and RelayHealth, which is supplying the technology to support the health information exchange initiative.

The collaborative effort between providers and vendor was honored with the 2011 CHIME Collaboration Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The award was presented this week at the CHIME11 Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio.

Started as The Northern and Central New Jersey Health Information Exchange Collaborative, Jersey Health Connect (JHC) is an ad-hoc collaboration of multiple hospital systems, provider organizations and long-term care facilities. JHC is leveraging existing, self-sustaining Health Information Exchange capabilities to serve as an example that holds promise for New Jersey’s statewide HIE strategy.

The Collaborative incorporated as Jersey Health Connect, a not-for-profit organization in 2010 with the goals of building on connectivity in the region to accelerate members health information exchange activity; improve care coordination through real-time data exchange; build on an already financially stable model; and ensure ongoing compliance with national standards, and privacy and security considerations.

In 2007, Atlantic Health wanted to find a way to facilitate electronic collaboration between its hospitals and affiliated physicians without regard to whether or not a physician had implemented an electronic health record system. Working with RelayHealth allowed Atlantic Health to provide EMR functionality to physicians that were concerned about the complexities a full EMR would add to their practices.

“Each of Jersey Health Connect’s participating CIOs deserves kudos for the success of this initiative. The leadership exhibited by these professionals ensured that competitors could come together for the good of the healthcare of our communities,” said Linda Reed, RN, MBA, president of Jersey Health Connect and vice president and CIO at Atlantic Health. “Every CIO knows that the partners you choose for a high-profile project can make or break the project’s success. From the beginning, RelayHealth was committed to Jersey Health Connect’s success, and this commitment continues to this day.”

CHIME members participating in the collaboration, in addition to Reed, include Lou Hermans, JFK Health System; Frank DiSanzo, Saint Peter’s University Hospital Health System; Judy Comitto, Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Ben Bordonaro, Hackensack University Medical Center; Glenn Mamary, Hunterdon Healthcare System; Michael McTigue, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Neal Ganguly, CentraState Healthcare System; and Craig Edwards, Summit Medical Group.

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