The New Jersey Department of Health has awarded a grant of $1 million to NJSHINE, a new Health Information Organization covering southern New Jersey to improve healthcare delivery through real-time exchange of critical patient information. South Jersey Healthcare is one of several health care organizations in the region to be connected through the new Health Information Organization.
"The creation of this new Health Information Organization for South Jersey marks another step forward in expanding the use of Health Information Technology to better coordinate patient care in our state," said Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd. "NJSHINE will connect seven hospitals, 400 health providers and 22 practices in Southern New Jersey-enabling providers to have accurate and complete patient information such as medical histories, medication allergies and test results."
A Health Information Organization is a group of health stakeholders that come together to facilitate the transfer of healthcare information electronically across providers for the purpose of improving health and delivery of care in a community.
New Jersey currently has four health information organizations:
• Health-e-Citi connects greater Newark area providers
• Jersey Health Connect which covers northern and central New Jersey
• Trenton HIE which connects Trenton area providers
• Camden HIE which connects Camden area providers
With today's announcement, NJSHINE will serve a seven county area including, Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
Hospitals that will be connected through NJSHINE include Shore Medical Center, Underwood Memorial Hospital, South Jersey Healthcare facilities including the South Jersey Regional Medical Center, Bridgeton Health Center, Elmer Hospital, and Vineland Health Center, and Cape Regional Medical Center. NJSHINE will also connect other area health providers like long-term care facilities.
“Since the Health Information Organization has become operational, providers have realized the benefits of secure and timely access to information from the hospital,” said Tom Pacek, vice president of information systems and chief information officer at South Jersey Healthcare. “It allows us to provide them with protected health information in a fast, organized and easy-to-use form. In addition, it serves as a conduit for streamlined interactions with other members of the healthcare community.”
NJSHINE was chosen through a competitive Request for Application process because of their ability to provide a fully connected, secure network in which health care providers can exchange data. Funding to create NJSHINE is provided through a US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT grant to New Jersey.
NJSHINE is a collaborative nonprofit healthcare organization whose primary partners are South Jersey Healthcare, Shore Medical Center and Cape Regional Medical Center.
SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of southern New Jersey residents.