New Jersey Plan for Health IT, HIE Application to ONC Published

New Jersey Plan for Health IT, HIE Application to ONC
Published Oct 27, 2009

On October 27, New Jersey joined the list of states publishing their State HIE application to ONC. The New Jersey Plan for Health Information Technology recognized the readiness of four out of ten regional projects within the state as the foundation of the statewide proposal.

The four regional HIE projects, expected to be the “centerpieces for North, Central, and South Jersey,” are:
1. Camden HIE
2. Health-e-cITI-NJ
3. Northern and Central New Jersey HIE Collaborative
4. South Jersey HIE

Regional HIE Highlights:
1. Camden HIE
The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers has built a Citywide Health Database with 8 years of claims data from the three main hospitals within the city: Cooper, Lourdes, and Virtua.
2. Health-e-cITI-NJ
The Health Systems Workgroup of Newark comprised of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel, St. Michael’s and the regional FQHC have adopted the HIE effort of Newwark Beth Israel. This will be opened up to inclooude East Orange, Elizabeth and Jersey City.
3. Northern and Central New Jersey HIE Collaborative
The Collaborative is to-date an ad-hoc collaboration of many hospital systems, provider organizations, and long term care facilities, and has come together to leverage existing Health Information Exchange capabilities used by Atlantic Health System. Members represent 29 facilities within health systems which include Atlantic Health, Saint Barnabas, Robert Wood Johnson, Hunterdon, Solaris, St. Clare’s, Somerset, VISTA IPA, Summit Medical Group, Trinitas, , and Aristacare.
4. South Jersey HIE
The South Jersey HIE is the collaboration between InfoShare, which is the  implementing RHIO and the Electronic Medical Record Exchange of South Jersey. Participing care systems include AtlantiCare, Shore Memorial, Cape Regional and South Jersey Health System hospitals, and Crestview and Seashore Gardnes Nursing Homes.

A state-wide HIE will be established in Phase Two to integrate the regional HIEs and cover the whole state. The plan projects a need for 8,500 additional health IT workers over the next five years to implement planned roll out of EHRs and HIEs in the state. The plan estimates $30 million will be required to implement the first phase of regional HIEs, $15 million to integrate hospital organizations not included initially, plus $8 million as startup costs for the state-wide HIE. The office of the governor has committed to put up to $4 million in the calendar year to get the plan moving.

NJ Plan for HIT Download Page (NJ HIT Commission Page)
NJ Plan for Health IT (785 page–pdf)

Additional notes/analysis to come later.

For other State HIE Plans and Applications to ONC, see this post on e-Healthcare Marketing.

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