PARAMUS, NJ — Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC), a clinical affiliate of Rutgers, has joined the Collective Medical Network as part of a statewide effort led by the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) to combat the opioid epidemic.

Earlier this year, the NJHA partnered with Collective to enable care teams across the state to better monitor opioid prescriptions. The partnership gives NJHA member hospitals, including BNBMC, access to Collective and its ED-specific solution: Collective EDie™ — a real-time, risk-adjusted event notification and care collaboration application.

“We are excited to join Collective to collaborate with other New Jersey care teams and experiment with the limitless possibility of this technology,” says Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “In the middle of an opioid epidemic that BNBMC has played a key role in combatting with 84 medical detox beds and a continuum of care and education, there is no better time for New Jersey to start utilizing Collective for the benefit of our patients and as another tool in this critical focus.”

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Collective’s technology has been proven to significantly impact the opioid epidemic. For example, the Collective Platform™ was used as the technical backbone for Washington State’s “ER Is for Emergencies” initiative. A Brookings Institution review of the program found the initiative saved $34 million in ED costs, ED visits declined by 9.9 percent, and ED opioid prescriptions decreased by 24 percent, all in the program’s first year.

Similarly, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska, utilization of Collective combined with statewide prescribing guidelines resulted in a 61 percent reduction in opioid scripts written between 2015 and 2017 and a 47 percent reduction in opioids administered in the ED.

“Collective enables care teams to identify their most vulnerable patients as they transition across the care continuum and then easily collaborate with peer provider teams to ensure seamless hand-offs and coordination, all supported by high-value content,” says Chris Klomp, CEO of Collective Medical. “We’re grateful to collaborate with enthusiastic facilities like Bergen New Bridge Medical Center to support the larger goal care collaboration in New Jersey, of which opioid management is an essential part.”