The health information exchange of New Jersey’s Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is the latest to join the statewide effort, the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN).
The New Jersey Department of Health, working with the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), says that now more than half of New Jersey’s hospitals are connected to the data exchange network.
The Department of Health, in partnership with NJII, is conducting one-on-one meetings with hospitals that are not currently connected to get them on board.
“By the end of next year, our goal is to have all of New Jersey’s hospitals connected to the HIN to make it easier for providers to keep track of patients’ medications and test results, fill in gaps in patients’ health histories and avoid unnecessary procedures,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal, in a prepared statement.
Launched in 2010, the Camden Coalition HIE is a collaborative data-sharing effort to improve care delivery in Camden. Participants include hospitals, primary care practices, laboratory and radiology groups, social service organizations, correctional facilities, and other licensed healthcare facilities and providers. Its hospital members include Cooper University Health Care, Lourdes Health System, Virtua Health and Jefferson Health's three New Jersey hospitals.
"We're delighted to join our partners across the state working to make New Jersey a leader in data-driven healthcare, especially for some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Camden Coalition CEO Kathleen Noonan, in a statement. “Alongside Trenton Health Team and Healthy Greater Newark, we have been using data to bring together partners to drive healthcare innovation within the region. Becoming a part of the NJHIN is the next step in our collaborative journey toward better health throughout New Jersey."
NJHIN is building a collection of services that enable a statewide Master Person Index (MPI) and Health Provider Directory (HPD), according to its website. These services support its primary-use case, which is achieving an automated transitions of care program through which the NJHIN delivers Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) notifications to connected HIE participants, such as providers and long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations. The NJHIN also facilitates connected participants’ queries to the New Jersey Immunization Registry.