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Several N.J. hospitals, health systems earn Most Wired honors for 2015

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Hospitals & Health Networks has come out with its 2015 Most Wired list, and a number of New Jersey hospitals and health care systems made the grade.

A total of 741 hospitals and health systems completed the survey, covering 2,213 hospitals overall. Hospitals & Health Networks said that put the participation rate at nearly 40 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

Hospitals & Health Networks said 338 organizations earned Most Wired status, down 10 percent from the previous year due to additional requirements in this year’s study.

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“Organizations on the 2015 Most Wired list are extending the use of IT systems outside the hospital’s four walls, including connecting directly with patients,” Hospitals & Health Networks said in its article accompanying the list. “In fact, improvement in patient engagement — in its many forms — stands out in this year’s survey.

“More than two-thirds of the Most Wired extend the care environment to the patient and family via the Internet, providing education about his or her condition and allowing for e-visits with the care team, among other things. This dovetails nicely with efforts to improve population health.”

For its 17th annual survey, the magazine required hospitals to meet requirements in four specific areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety; and clinical integration. In addition, they had to meet additional requirements new for 2015, including identity management and access controls; medication reconciliation; and others.

Some systems were rated as Most Wired as a group, while others saw each individual hospital earning the honor on its own.

The New Jersey hospitals and health systems that were named Most Wired are:

  • Atlantic Health System, Morristown (four hospitals);
  • CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold;
  • Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood;
  • Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack;
  • JFK Medical Center, Edison;
  • Meridian Health, Neptune City (five hospitals);
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark;
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick;
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Hamilton;
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Somerville;
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston;
  • Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick;
  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth;
  • Valley Health System, Ridgewood;
  • Virtua Health, Marlton (four hospitals).

In addition, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, in Plainsboro, made the separate ranking of the Most Improved hospitals.

No New Jersey hospitals made either the Most Wired Advanced list — which had only six members — or the Most Wired — Small and Rural list.

For the complete list of Most Wired hospitals, click here.

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Eric Strauss is the digital content editor for NJBIZ. He has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as for a number of websites. You can contact him at erics@njbiz.com.

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