Central Jersey Health Information Exchange Project (CJHIEP) Chooses EHR Vendors in Preparation for Establishing Uniquely Designed Regional HIE

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Central New Jersey doctors on board with efforts to advance into the digital realm.

"...getting doctors to work together is problematic, but who better to succeed than doctors caring for the same patients in the community alongside them?"

Central New Jersey doctors, under the guidance of CJHIEP are poised to embark on the electronic medical record (EMR) journey. Whereas until recently, only a few doctors ventured into the full electronic office arena, now the time has come for all physicians to go electronic amid the promises of many benefits for both patients and physicians.

In February 2009 when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law, it established the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act that will provide financial incentives for doctors to fully adopt EMR systems. New Jersey has joined in with the New Jersey Plan for Health Information Technology that provides for "…the acquisition and deployment of health information technology and the creation of health information exchange throughout the healthcare systems…”. Recognizing a need for physician input and guidance in the establishment of an electronic medical office, CJHIEP was formed by local practicing physicians to undertake the monumental task of engaging doctors in a co-operative self-governed group to deploy EMR systems into their offices and connect those systems together.

Board members of CJHIEP cite a range of reasons for the creation of CJHIEP. According to Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician, Andrea Harangozo M.D. Co-Managing Director of CJHIEP, "Though it is about our patients ultimately, getting doctors to work together is problematic, but who better to succeed than doctors caring for the same patients in the community alongside them". According to James Boudwin, M.D. a family medicine primary care physician and CJHIEP board member, “Currently very few physicians utilize any electronic tools like electronic prescriptions. Has someone you know ever received the wrong medication or the wrong strength or quantity of that medication? Electronic prescribing reduces the risk of errors while alerting the doctor to potential drug interactions or allergies making for safer care”. Andrew B. Covit M.D. a Nephrologist and Co-Managing Director of CJHIEP notes that "the majority of medical office staff time is wasted looking for charts and lab reports delaying medical decision-making, while the proper electronic exchange of clinical data will eliminate the need to make medical decisions with inadequate available data". Howard Waksman, M.D., a pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician and Regional Vice President for CJHIEP asserts that, “ this will be a tough, time consuming journey for the doctors, but it is one investment that must be taken in order to provide top notch care for our patients in the future”. Deepak Jain, M.D., an internist, CJHIEP board member and the CMIO at St. Peter’s University Hospital, acknowledges the importance of a coordinated effort with others in New Jersey through the NJHITEC organization, “Our physician group champions the clinical importance of thoughtful implementation of IT into the doctor’s office and the key requirement to share secure information with other necessary providers in the community and, in turn, throughout the state; we are especially proud to be included in the state’s health IT plan and look forward to coordinating with all New Jersey state efforts.”

After reviewing more than 23 vendors, CJHIEP has chosen three, Advanced Data Systems’ Medics DocAssistant, Greenway Medical Systems’ Prime Suite, and MDTablet’s EMR, each a certified system with unique strengths, to be offered to the over 300 doctors interested in working together to adopt EMRs through CJHIEP.

About Central Jersey Health Information Exchange Project
Founded in May 2009 as a New Jersey 501c3 corporation, CJHIEP (http://www.cjhiep.org) is an enterprise “by physicians, for physicians” formed by private practicing doctors in the central New Jersey region. Governed by a physician dominated board, the CJHIEP mission is to engage physicians in the establishment of an electronic environment for the generation and secure exchange of clinical data that will lead to more efficient, safer, better quality healthcare for the community and provide a platform for enhancements in public health, care access and consumer engagement by deploying electronic health record technology to the local community physician offices and then connecting those offices with each other and with the various regional healthcare entities including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and St. Peter’s University Hospital along with the regional nursing homes, walk-in clinics and other freestanding facilities.

For Information Contact:
Andrew B. Covit, M.D.
acovit(at)CJHIEP(dot)org

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