WEST ORANGE, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston was recently among the RWJBarnabas Health facilities named to the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Hospitals list, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. 

Other RWJBarnabas Health facilities named to the list include: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville; Community Medical Center in Toms River; Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch; Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark; RWJUH- New Brunswick; RWJUH-Somerset; RWJUH-Hamilton; RWJUH-Rahway; and Children’s Specialized Hospital. 

HealthCare’s Most Wired survey is published annually by “Health & Hospitals Networks” (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. 

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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. 

“We are honored to again receive this prestigious designation for so many of our care facilities,” says Robert G. Irwin, Chief Information Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “RWJBarnabas Health is improving the efficiency of care delivery through advances in technology and IT systems across a multitude of platforms. We are optimizing clinical workflows so that our clinicians receive timely alerts and are able to quickly respond to patient needs.”

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and expand access to medical specialists.

“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.”

Some examples of IT Advancements at RWJBarnabas Health include:

  • Further expansion of Clinical Decision Support for quality and patient safety including automated early warning systems for Sepsis, resulting in a reduction in Sepsis mortality in our health system.
  • Improved adoption of clinical communication platforms with enhanced security, including secure text messaging and a more robust Health Information Exchange.
  • Use of analytics gaining more capability to assist in promoting value-based care.
  • Expanded use of Remote Patient Monitoring kits, enabling contact and monitoring of patients post-discharge from the convenience and comfort of home.
  • Addition of the ability for RWJBarnabas Health Connect users to schedule appointments from mobile app.
  • Significantly upgraded security to protect patient privacy.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com