ELIZABETH — New Jersey Trinitas Regional Medical Center, which provides health care to those who live and work in Central New Jersey, has again received accolades for its commitment and progress in information management from Hospitals & Health Networks’ (H&HN) 15th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. The medical center has been named one of nine health care institutions in the state to achieve “Most Wired” status.
According to H&HN, many more hospitals now use technologies that improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage. That’s much improved from a few short years ago, when in 2007, HH&N reports that “just 58 percent of Most Wired hospitals had systems capable of producing real-time alerts on drug-to-drug interactions.”
Trinitas has been on the crest of this technology tsunami. Judy Comitto, Vice President of Information Services/Chief Information Officer at Trinitas, notes: “When legislation was enacted in 2009 to spur a greater use of technology in information management, we easily focused our existing health information technology efforts in electronic data sharing and retrieval to transition to ‘meaningful use’ in order to assure patient safety.” This has meant such changes as electronic order entry for physician use that makes physician directives easier to read and the creation of electronic medication information that helps reduce medication errors.
“Moreover, Trinitas has been one of the ‘prime movers’ in the establishment of New Jersey Health Connect. As one of the early adopters of this health information exchange initiative, Trinitas has had a significant influence in the growth of this program of sharing clinical information statewide among hospitals and physicians’ offices. Our Emergency Department is heavily involved in this sharing program and our emergency patients have benefitted immeasurably from this sharing.”
In order to qualify for consideration as a “Most Wired” hospital, Comitto reports that Trinitas’ Information Technology Department completed a multi-page survey that provided thorough details on its technology infrastructure, how wireless technology is used in business and administrative management, how such technology influences and ensures clinical quality and safety measures for inpatient and outpatient services, and the importance of wireless technology in the continuum of care as it involves ambulatory care, physicians and the community.
“To receive this ‘Most Wired’ designation again attests to our commitment to making electronic information management part of doing the business of healthcare effectively and compassionately every day at Trinitas,” Comitto sums up. “Trinitas understands that integrated systems help caregivers give the highest level of patient care in a safe and secure environment.”
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