Technology is vital to accessing information to help case management professionals like Corinda Ross, BSN, RN, (seated) and Alberta Smith, BSN, RN, review and remain current on care being delivered to each patient. Individual electronic records also improve the efficient creation of easily understandable post-hospitalization instructions for patients upon their discharge from Trinitas.

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Also noted for maintaining leadership in Electronic Records Adoption

In the 17th annual Health Care's Most Wired Survey published by Hospitals & Health Networks' (H&HN), Trinitas Regional Medical Center was named a "Most Wired" Hospital for its commitment and progress in information management. The Most Wired Survey recognizes how crucial health data security and patient engagement are to health care today. Both are driving forces behind performance improvement in infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

Trinitas is among 16 healthcare institutions in New Jersey to achieve "Most Wired" status. Judy Comitto, Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer at Trinitas, reports that "Trinitas is recognized as a state leader in information management. We know that quality patient care and safety is directly tied to processing health information quickly and efficiently.

The success of our patient care and overall information management is based on seamless integration of platforms over the past decade. We have created an environment that makes it possible for our doctors, other health care professionals, and groups throughout the organization to access and use vital information extremely effectively."

Like its Most Wired counterparts, Trinitas has been moving forward in sharing and exchanging information to achieve a greater alignment between physicians and hospitals through so-called physician portals. The latest H&HN survey reports that in 84% of Most Wired hospitals, physicians can view and exchange information with other medical centers and hospitals compared with 63% of hospitals surveyed. In addition, 76% use the portal and electronic health record (EHR) to exchange results with other EHRs and health information exchanges compared to 56% of those surveyed overall. Finally, 81% of Most Wired hospitals can communicate with patients via email or alerts in contrast to 63% of all respondents.

In related information technology news, Trinitas was recognized for reaching Stage 6 in the adoption of electronic records (EMR) as reported by HIMSS Analytics which tracks more than 5,400 US hospitals. Trinitas is among just 16.5%, or 940 hospitals, to have reached this level. The EMR Adoption Model evaluates the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals within its database. The model helps hospitals review progress toward attaining Stage 7, defined as an advanced electronic patient record environment.


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: July 14, 2015

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