ELIZABETH — HealthcareIT News, published by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN), recently announced that in its third annual “Where to Work” Best Hospital IT Departments Program, the Information Technology (IT) Department of Trinitas Regional Medical Center topped its list of 10 Best Hospital IT Departments nationwide among medium-sized hospitals having 26-75 members. This bested the Trinitas IT department’s previous ranking in the 2012 Top 10 list.
The department is a joint collaboration of medical center employees and those of Allscripts Outsourcing which handles IT Managed Services, network, desktop support, clinical and financial analysis functions for Trinitas. Working at Trinitas are 38 team members, 17 from Allscripts who work full-time at Trinitas with support from a team in India.
“It’s always great to be recognized for the improvements we make in healthcare information technology in our own institution and throughout the state,” Judy Comitto, vice president of Information Services and Chief Information Officer, said recently, adding, “All the better when it’s at the national level. The outsourced staff of Allcripts has provided at least 75% of our success. Within our tight-knit group, there is an intense loyalty to Allscripts, the hospital, and the community we serve. That makes our shared success so richly rewarding.”
In 2012, HealthcareIT News named Trinitas a ?Most Wired? hospital, one of nine in the state to achieve that status for commitment and progress in information management. HH&N reports that in 2007 “just 58 percent of ‘Most Wired’ hospitals had systems capable of producing real-time alerts on drug-to-drug interactions.” Less than a decade later, 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.
Comitto explains that Trinitas has made significant investments to assure that its technology infrastructure keeps pace with developments and demands in the field. “Following 2009 ‘meaningful use’ legislation designed to assure patient safety through improved information management, health care institutions revved up with information technology programs for physicians such as electronic order entry and electronic medication information to reduce medication errors. At Trinitas, we easily focused our existing health information technology efforts on electronic data sharing and retrieval to transition to “meaningful use.”
“Trinitas has also been a prime mover in New Jersey Health Connect, a statewide health information exchange initiative. As one of the first health care institutions to recognize its value, Trinitas has helped spur its growth among hospitals and physicians’ offices. Patients in our Emergency Department have benefited immeasurably from New Jersey Health Connect,” Comitto observes.
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