New Jersey has numerous regional health information organizations (HIOs) and integrated delivery networks (IDNs) that are all operating to support health information exchange in the state (last updated February 2014).
- Camden HIE
The Camden Health Information Exchange (HIE) was launched in 2010 by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and is the result of a collaborative data sharing effort to improve care delivery in Camden. The original founders of the HIE are Cooper Health System, Virtua, and Our Lady of Lourdes Health System. The HIE is currently used by over 100 healthcare providers in Camden.
The HIE's web-based technology offers Camden and regional healthcare providers real-time access to important medical information for Camden patients. It also facilitates sharing of detailed clinical data among primary hospitals, physician practices, laboratory and radiology groups, along with regional hospitals and healthcare institutions. In order to protect the privacy of the patients, the HIE is built and governed to ensure that only patients' healthcare providers can access personal health information.
The Camden HIE is currently completing Phase I of its technology platform release and moving towards implementing Phase II objectives. These include, but are not limited to, connecting Kennedy Health System to the existing network, as well as developing agreements and interfaces with LabCorp and Quest Laboratories. Camden HIE also continues to train existing users in the new platform and expand its user base to primary care offices and other care settings in Camden County and the surrounding areas.
The Highlander community-wide electronic exchange provides comprehensive, accurate, and cost-effective access to health care information across partnering entities such area health care providers, patients, pharmacies, and labs. Transmission of information is safe and secure - allowing patients to issue consent allowing only authorized parties to view and manage information.
In 2013, all member hospitals ‘went live’ sharing information in real-time, with 250,000+ available for search within the community. Highlander also provided enhanced reporting capabilities for physicians to help identify hospital readmissions, ED utilization and basic clinical trending. Lastly, Highlander established a connectivity model with NJ-HITEC to leverage single portal access to patient data for our HIE affiliated physicians.
- Jersey Health Connect
Jersey Health Connect is New Jersey's largest HIO. In 2013, Jersey Health Connect built on a successful foundation and established itself as not only sustainable, but thriving despite the many obstacles that challenge health information exchange nationwide. By almost any metric, Jersey Heath Connect is a leader in number of connection points, patients included in the exchange, and financial status. Significant milestones achieved in 2013 include:
- Hiring a dedicated Executive Director with a proven track record in health IT.
- Growing from 9 member hospitals to 18 fully affiliated and actively contributing patient data.
- 97% growth in connected providers (850 to 1600)
- Increased patient count by over 30,000 (88,000 - 118,268)
- Monthly transactions increased by average of 500,000 (1.3M - 1.8M)
- Over 500+ cumulative interfaces delivered
- 25% of record locator searches occurring by providers.
The mission of NJSHINE is to facilitate health information exchange for the diverse populations of a seven-county region in South Jersey to improve the quality of care, support patient safety, facilitate care coordination across the continuum of care, reduce cost, and improve patient outcomes. Hospitals to be connected through NJSHINE include Shore Medical Center, Underwood Memorial Hospital, Cape Regional Medical Center and Inspira Medical and Health Centers. NJSHINE will also connect other area health providers like long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers.
- Trenton HIE
The Trenton Health Team is a community health improvement collaborative serving Trenton, N.J. The collaborative is an innovative partnership among St. Francis Medical Center, Capital Health, Henry J. Austin Federally Qualified Health Center and the Department of Health and Human Services of the City of Trenton. The vision of the Trenton Health Team is to make Trenton the healthiest city in the state, with a mission to transform healthcare for the city by forming a committed partnership with the community to expand access to high quality, coordinated healthcare, while being ever mindful of the necessity of containing costs.
Trenton Health Team launched the Trenton HIE launched to users in January 2014. Funded in part by a grant from The Nicholson Foundation, the Trenton HIE currently connects Trenton's two acute care hospitals (Capital Health Regional Medical Center and Hopewell Campus, and St. Francis Medical Center), the City's FQHC (Henry J. Austin Health Center, Inc.), and the City of Trenton's Department of Health and Human Services Clinics. The Trenton HIE also connects to Quest Diagnostics for laboratory results.
- Virtua HIE
The Virtua HIE is operated by Virtua Health, Inc. and serves Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, with free membership to any healthcare organizations therein, thereby making it a community service activity. The Virtua HIE strives to offer a comprehensive set of health records, presented in a longitudinal, patient-centric manner. Such records may be viewed via a web-based portal, or members may elect to have the records interfaced directly into their electronic health records. The Virtua HIE’s strategy includes close adherence to national interoperability standards (as published periodically by ONC and the non-profit standards organization called Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), and it has sophisticated mechanisms to meet Federal and State regulations on the release of “sensitive” data.
In 2013 the Virtua HIE platform was expanded to also offer a patient portal, home monitoring device integration, DIRECT secure messaging, and analytics to aid in clinical decision support. With the shift in healthcare towards Accountable Care with a focus on care coordination, the Virtua HIE is well positioned to provide its participants with the technology tools necessary to successfully care for their patients. Most recently the Virtua HIE launched its Flow Sheet Portal which presents the longitudinal record to the clinician in a visually meaningful manner by displaying the care received across the continuum on a community wide timeline.