New Jersey Health Information Network

Also known as NJHIN

The New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN) is the only information network that enables the electronic exchange of patient health information among trusted data sources across the entire state of New Jersey.

It is also the only network that can connect to state health databases, and it eventually will exchange health information nationally with the eHealth Exchange.

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) partnered with The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) as the state designated entity to advance interoperable health information technology services and support health information exchange by developing and managing the NJHIN shared services platform.

Who does the NJHIN benefit?

The following type of health information organization and healthcare providers are currently connected to the NJHIN.

  • Hospitals

  • Clinicians

  • Medical Practices

  • Long-term care providers

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

  • Substance Use Disorder (SUD) providers

  • Regional Health Hubs

  • Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)

  • Health Information Organizations

  • Clinically Integrated Networks (CINS)

  • Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNS)

As of 2019, all 71 hospitals in New Jersey are connected to the NJHIN.

What is involved?

Many hospitals and large medical practices are connected to the NJHIN through their HIE (Health Information Network), including state designated Regional Health Hubs.

Others are connected directly. Most healthcare providers, behavioral health organizations, FQHCs and long-term post-acute care facilities access the NJHIN when they sign on to receive Admission Discharge and Transfer (ADT) hospital event alerts for their patients. There are incentives for some types of qualifying providers who participate in interoperability milestone programs.

Currently, there is no cost for eligible providers to connect to the NJHIN and/or receive ADT alerts.

Where are we in the process?

The NJHIN is open for participation.

Anyone interested in connecting to the NJHIN to send or receive patient information is encouraged to contact njhin@njii.com to learn more about their eligibility for participation, and how to get connected to the network and its services.

When did the program launch and what is its timeline?

The NJHIN has several use cases and helps healthcare providers improve care coordination and thus, patient outcomes.

Master Person Index

NJHIN’s use of a common key service provides a consistent and reliable way to match patients across multiple organizations, applications, and services, thereby improving patient safety and data integrity.

Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) Alerts

A statewide service that sends alerts to providers and care management teams about their patients’ hospital events. ADTs improve post-discharge outcomes, prompt follow up care, and encourage better communication among providers.

Active Care Relationship Service (ACRS)

A documented workflow that allows the NJHIN to attribute patients to providers in the Health Providers Directory Service maintained in the NJHIN. It documents the organizations and providers in the Health Providers Directory Services maintained in the NJHIN. It documents the organizations and providers connected and the providers preferences for receiving information. In other words, the ACRS is a tool through which the NJHIN assigns patients to providers and documents how providers prefer to receive patient information.

Future use cases and services are in development.

Why participate?

  • Required for anyone receiving charity care funding

  • Receive alerts on patient hospital events

  • Improve patient outcomes

  • Reduce hospital readmissions

  • Improve care coordination

  • Reach miletone 3 in the SUD PIP program

How can I participate?

We have reached the objectives in our current grant for connecting physicians and hospitals, and are now on-boarding long-term care providers and other non-acute facilities such as Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs) and qualifying behavioral health organizations that want access to the real-time admission, discharge and transfer alerts NJHIN makes available.

Please contact njhin@njii.com to find out if you are eligible.

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