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Merck made the rankings at No. 48 in the 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100.
Merck made the rankings at No. 48 in the 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100. - (NJBIZ file)

Eight New Jersey companies are leading the way with digital strategies. And one of them is the only major health insurance company in the U.S. to make the rankings on this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100.

The health insurance company Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, based in Newark, is ranked No. 73 on the list for being one of the nation’s top technology innovators.  This marks the first time that HBCBS has earned a spot in the top 100, the company said in a recent press release.  It has earned a place on InformationWeek’s Masters of Technology 500 for the past 15 years, and was named in the top 250 last year.

“Horizon is focused on using technology in innovative ways to improve the health care experience for our members, so we are honored to be included among the top technology innovators in The InformationWeek Elite 100, which is one of the business technology industry’s top awards,” said Douglas Blackwell, senior vice president and CIO of Horizon BCBSNJ. 

Although HBCBS is the only health insurance provider that made the list, two New Jersey hospitals made the cut as well.  Atlantic Health System, based in Morristown, came in at No. 55 and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, based in New Brunswick, came in at No. 57.

The other N.J. companies that made the list:

ARI (Mount Laurel) is No. 7.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (Teaneck) is No. 40.

Automatic Data Processing Inc. (Roseland) is No. 45.

Merck & Co. Inc. (Whitehouse Station) is No. 48.

Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge) is No. 80.

Horizon won the spot by submitting an application that highlighted its use of IT tools and new technology it developed to help serve its members upon the utilization of the Affordable Care Act.

Pfizer Inc., a biotechnology and pharmaceuticals company based in New York City topped the list.  Capital One Financial Co., based in McLean, Va., came in at No. 2 and The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is No. 3.

 “The digital business movement is a force CIOs can't ignore. Just as Amazon.com transformed the retail industry, Netflix changed the face of movie distribution, and Orbitz and others reinvented travel planning, new digital companies, technologies, and business models will shake up a range of other industries, from healthcare to manufacturing to higher education. The 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100 highlights companies that are leading this digital business revolution, redefining business models and reshaping industries,” Rob Preston, InformationWeek editor in chief, said in a prepared statement.

Too see the entire list, click here.

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Emily Bader

Emily Bader

Emily Bader is the copy and web editor at NJBIZ. She is a Brielle, N.J. native and a Rutgers University alum. You can contact her at emilyb@njbiz.com or @emilybader on Twitter.

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