Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology for a Better Patient Experience

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston was one of eight RWJBarnabas Health facilities named to the “2018 Most Wired Hospitals” list.

The annual Healthcare’s Most Wired survey, overseen by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), is now in its 20th year. Since CHIME has taken over, the “Most Wired” the survey questions and methodology have been revised to highlight strengths and gaps in the industry with a goal of identifying best practices and promoting the strategic use of healthcare IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world. 

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“We have worked hard to adopt technologies and implement clinical systems to improve the delivery of care,” said Robert Irwin, chief information officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “We are optimizing clinical workflows so that our clinicians receive timely alerts and are able to quickly respond to patient needs and so we are honored to receive this prestigious award for the technology that enables us to provide safe, effective and efficient care to our patients.”

According to CHIME, hospitals and health systems at the forefront of using healthcare IT to improve the delivery of care have maximized the benefits of foundational technologies and are embracing new technologies that support population management and value-based care. According to an analysis of CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired survey results, the most successful organizations not only adopt technology, but also apply it strategically to achieve great outcomes.

The report found two key areas that emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth.

These foundational pieces need to be in place for an organization to leverage tools to effectively transform healthcare, according to CHIME. 

“Healthcare IT has the potential to revolutionize care around the world, but to meet that potential it must be used strategically,” said Russell Branzell, president and chief executive officer of CHIME. “The technology is important, but leadership and a strategic vision are equally important. The diversity of the organizations that earned Most Wired status this year shows quality care can be achieved almost anywhere under the right leadership. By sharing the best practices in Most Wired, we hope quality care will one day be available everywhere.”      

Other RWJBarnabas Health facilities named to the 2018 Most Wired Hospitals list include: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville; Community Medical Center in Toms River; Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City; Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch; Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark; Robert Wood Johnson University Health (RWJUH) New Brunswick; and RWJUH-Somerset.

These eight hospitals, including SBMC, make up the majority of the 13 total facilities named from New Jersey. There were 250 hospitals named out of the nine participating countries.

Click HERE for a full list of winners and detailed results of the survey and study.