Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology for a Better Patient Experience
West Orange, NJ, July 7, 2016— The 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, including the list
of Most Wired Hospitals, was released by the American Hospital Association’s
(AHA) Health Forum. Eight out of eleven of RWJBarnabas Health hospitals
were named to the 2016 Most Wired list including: Clara Maass Medical
Center in Belleville; Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch; Monmouth
Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood; Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center in Newark; RWJUH- New Brunswick; RWJUH-Somerset; RWJUH-Hamilton;
and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.
HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and
March 15, 2016, is published annually by
Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry
barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among
hospitals nationwide. The survey of 680 participants, representing an
estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 percent of all hospitals
in the U.S.—examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve
performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure,
business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical
“We are honored to again receive this prestigious designation for
so many of our care facilities. RWJBarnabas Health is improving the efficiency
of care delivery through advances in technology and IT systems across
a multitude of platforms,” says Robert G. Irwin, Chief Information
Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “We are optimizing clinical workflows
so that our clinicians receive timely alerts and are able to quickly respond
to patient needs.”
According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill
gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand
access to medical specialists.
“Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing
care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president
and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation
by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely.
And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even
faster adoption of these amazing technologies.”
Some examples of IT Advancements at RWJBarnabas Health include:
- Added logic to Clinical Decision Support so that clinicians can quickly
respond to patients based on relevant data in the Electronic Record. This
includes Sepsis send alerts.
- Deployed Health Connect app for managing personal health records, searching
for a specialist, and managing medications and appointments.
- Ongoing enhancements to our Electronic Medical Record Systems to protect
patient data and increase capabilities.
Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue
of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit
About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system
in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes
eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville,
Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in
Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical
Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH-
Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care
children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital
(Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral
health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s
largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice
programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical
group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations.
RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer
– with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents
and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding
quality and safety.