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Virtua receives national health technology recognition

All four Virtua acute care hospitals – Voorhees, Memorial, Marlton and Berlin -- have achieved the Stage 6 designation of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Adoption Model™. This designation recognizes Virtua for its implementation of technology solutions that improve patient safety and quality of care.

HIMSS Analytics is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society that collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, Information Systems department composition and costs.

“Achieving the Stage 6 designation is a tremendous accomplishment that would not have been possible without the enthusiastic commitment of Virtua’s patient care teams to implement an Electronic Medical Record,” said Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. “The work related to this achievement enhances patient safety and quality of care and reinforces our commitment to the communities we serve.”

Virtua CIO Tom Gordon explained that Virtua is now automating data collection of vital signs and sending that information into digital patient records. Physicians at all four Virtua Hospitals are entering clinical orders electronically. Using this process, computerized records are less likely to be misunderstood, increasing efficiency and patient safety.

“Virtua has instituted a "closed-loop" medication administration process,” said Gordon. “The process uses electronic -prescribing and barcode checking to make sure patients are getting the correct medication, and that information travels with the patient through the health care system. The program also notifies providers of any drug reactions or allergies patients may have before submitting electronic prescriptions.”

To achieve Stage 6 designation, hospitals need to be very advanced on their journey to implement an electronic patient record. The significant projects and implementations that enabled Virtua to meet this designation included clinical, technical and operational programs to make the system work.

“During the past six years, Virtua has made significant investments in technology to support clinical excellence,” said James Gamble, MD, Virtua Medical Director of Informatics. “Increased operational efficiency, in collaboration with Patient Care teams has led to new models of accountable care.” With Health Information Exchange (HIE) and various analytical and care-coordination technologies, Virtua is implementing the technological capabilities needed in the future as the healthcare industry is restructured to meet the emerging requirements of national health care reform.

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.