NJII’s Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab reached a great milestone in September when it signed up its 71st… and final… hospital to the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN). “Getting 100% of the acute care facilities onboard has been our goal ever since the New Jersey Department of Health partnered with us on this project in 2017,” said Healthcare Division Senior Vice President Tom Gregorio. The New Jersey Department of Health created the NJHIN to provide a secure infrastructure for these hospitals to exchange patient data on 9.5 million people amongst themselves and with other participating health systems, physicians groups, and health information networks. This improves patient care, reduces unnecessary testing and lowers costs.
The Healthcare iLab had an especially busy August working with the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (the State Medicaid Agency) as well as the New Jersey Department of Health. They secured a $25 million grant to continue the expansion of New Jersey State’s Medicaid Health Information Technology Projects for coordinating and increasing access to care. The funding will help integrate state registries; and aid other projects geared towards expanding the use of technology to improve the health of the state’s most vulnerable residents
On October 19, the iLab will host its second pop-up health clinic at Barringer High School at 90 Parker Street, Newark. This event marks the launch of a monthly clinic series that will be hosted for the community from now until May of 2020. The clinic screens for height, weight, blood pressure and glucose level, and also provides information and referrals to services that help with housing, domestic violence and other community services.