CAMDEN, NJ— The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is the latest to join a statewide healthcare information network that has connected more than half of the state's hospitals.

Cooper University Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes [Burlington and Camden], Virtua Health System [Camden, Marlton, Voorhees, Berlin and Memorial] and Jefferson Health System [Stratford, Cherry Hill and Washington Township] are now participating in the New Jersey Health Information Network [NJHIN].

This a data exchange network that makes it easier for healthcare providers to have electronic access to patient information such as medical histories, medication allergies and lab test results at the point of care, even if they were previously seen at a different healthcare provider in New Jersey.

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"We're delighted to join our partners across the state working to make New Jersey a leader in data-driven healthcare, especially for some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Camden Coalition CEO Kathleen Noonan. “Alongside Trenton Health Team and Healthy Greater Newark, we have been using data to bring together partners to drive healthcare innovation within the region. Becoming a part of the NJHIN is the next step in our collaborative journey toward better health throughout New Jersey."

The network, started at the beginning of the Murphy administration, is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s New Jersey Innovation Institute [NJII].

“By the end of next year, our goal is to have all of New Jersey’s hospitals connected to the HIN to make it easier for providers to keep track of patients’ medications and test results, fill in gaps in patients’ health histories and avoid unnecessary procedures,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal in a statement. “This secure, statewide network fuels an innovation economy that Gov. Murphy supports with health information that is building the state’s public health infrastructure.”
 
The state health department, in partnership with NJII, is actively conducting one-on-one meetings with hospitals that are not currently connected to get them on board.
 
“With the help of our partners currently signed on and those who will be in the future, we look forward to ensuring interoperability in electronic records results in improved healthcare,” Commissioner Elnahal said. “The successful exchange of patient data through NJHIN means improved care coordination between providers and better outcomes for patients,” said Tomas Gregorio, Senior Executive Director, Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab, NJII. “With the data superhighway created by NJHIN, physicians have timely and accurate medical information to make the best possible clinical decisions.”

 
In the past, family members, caregivers and friends relied on handwritten paper notes to monitor medications, vitals, procedures and treatment and discharge plans. The HIN connects trusted data sharing organizations such as the Camden Coalition throughout the state, ensuring the right medical information is available throughout the healthcare continuum.
 
In addition, NJHIN has the potential to bring healthcare information to consumers’ fingertips, through innovative applications that allow patients to access their health data seamlessly for their own health care needs. In this manner, the Department plans to work with other state agencies to allow NJHIN to be a major driver of entrepreneurship in the state, fueling the governor’s vision to build an innovation economy in New Jersey.