Meridian Health in New Jersey Upgrades to CareAlign® 3.0

ICA’s CareAlign HIE Platform Expands Functionality, Usability for Improved Care Coordination among 95 locations including six hospitals along the Jersey Shore

NEPTUNE, N.J. & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ICA (www.icainformatics.com) and Meridian Health (www.meridianhealth.com) announced that Meridian has upgraded to CareAlign® 3.0 to take advantage of a set of more robust features and to enable the flow of continuity of care documents (CCD) both in and out of the health information exchange (HIE). This new release offers numerous benefits and strengths designed to deliver a smoother exchange of clinical information between clinicians, patients and hospitals in this multi-county regional HIE that serves over 250,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean counties, and includes 12,000 staff, 2,100 physicians, six hospitals with over 1,700 beds, five post-acute care facilities, 12 ambulatory care facilities, 18 physician practices, six occupational health centers, nine rehabilitation facilities and seven behavioral health facilities.

Margaret Quinn, M.D., chief medical information officer at Meridian Health, said, “CareAlign 3.0’s sophisticated and powerful programming helps Meridian Health move closer to its goal of being able to share clinical data with all our physicians, hospitals, clinics and ambulatory units. CareAlign fits our patient-centric approach to delivering HIE to our regional facilities, improves our ability to integrate with our multiple systems across our facilities and geographies, and streamlines our ability to access, review, analyze and distribute patient data, both on an individual basis and in the aggregate.”

“Since going live with CareAlign last spring, Meridian Health has made great strides in connecting its hospitals and physicians enabling patient data to be sent, retrieved and analyzed across a densely populated two-county region,” said Rebecca Weber, chief information officer of Meridian Health. “The many improvements of CareAlign 3.0 will further add to our capability and efficiency by allowing physician electronic medical records (EMR) to send CCDs bi-directionally throughout the system,” she added.

“Of particular value to Meridian at this point in our implementation is an expanded capability that enables the sending and receiving of CCDs,” added Bob Radvanski, director of information technology at Meridian. “This feature will allow Meridian physicians to gain more complete and meaningful use of their EMRs through access to this universally recognized medical records document.”

ICA Chief Executive Officer, Gary Zegiestowsky, added, “This update to CareAlign gives our clients more features and more power to accomplish their goals with HIE. In addition to CCD transfer, significant improvements in the screen display for lab results, medications and diagnoses can now be viewed simultaneously through the Clinical and Patient Portals. Additional support for flow sheet configuration, a built-in audit trail, more robust visit summaries, improved clinical communications, as well as a cleaner, clearer patient demographics display is now part of the CareAlign upgrade. Overall, 3.0 strengthens and streamlines CareAlign’s already robust features while adding valuable new ones. All of these features enhance the solution’s ability to improve care and reduce costs.”

Meridian Health is one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare providers offering a wide-range of healthcare services, including home care and hospice, skilled nursing and sub-acute care facilities, physician practices, rehabilitation and fitness centers, occupational health, home medical equipment and in-home safety technology, ambulance and medical transportation, as well as outpatient laboratory, imaging, and surgery centers. Meridian has six primary hospital locations: Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin and Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel.

About Meridian Health

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit healthcare organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing. Most recently, Meridian was named one of the Top 100 Integrated Health System in the country. For more information, visit www.meridianhealth.com

About ICA

ICA was established to take innovative technology developed by Vanderbilt Medical Center to the broader healthcare market and now delivers a comprehensive HIE solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states. Unmatched in its ability to yield cost effectiveness, improved patient care, and better outcomes, ICA’s CareAlign care management solution captures complete data to enhance the decision making process. ICA’s CareAlign intelligence engine empowers HIEs to leverage existing core systems to construct a longitudinal patient record. CareAlign also features provider/patient portals, secure clinical communication, NHIN compliant interoperability, EHR-lite and population management tools. Visit www.icainformatics.com; follow us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/icainformatics; and Facebook: www.facebook.com



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Media Contacts:
Elisabeth Deckon, 770-576-2550
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