Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jul 29, 2010
Contact : Elizabeth Dobis  
732-751-7537
edobis@meridianhealth.com

Meridian Health Abuzz After Receiving 2010 Most Wired

11th consecutive year Meridian Health is named in the top 100 by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine  

Neptune, NJ - The 2010 Most Wired Survey, released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, placed Meridian Health among the nation's top 100 Most Wired health care providers for the 11th consecutive year—the most out of any New Jersey health system. Meridian, which encompassed Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank at the time of the survey, has been recognized for its consistent and innovative use of technology in improving the quality of patient care, reducing the likelihood of medical errors, and improving communication and information access.

"There are countless technology possibilities available to health care providers, however, it's the effective use of these technologies that makes the difference in delivering quality and efficient patient care," says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. "Recognition as one of the nation's Most Wired for the past 11 years, is a reflection of the collaborative efforts of our physicians, nurses, and team at Meridian."

The results of the national survey indicate continued progress for hospitals in patient safety initiatives and include:″

  • 51 percent of medication orders were done electronically by physicians at Most Wired hospitals, up from 49 percent last year. ″
  • Over half of Most Wired hospitals match medication orders at the bedside through bar coding or radio-frequency identification, up from 49 percent in 2009″
  • Additionally, Most Wired hospitals have made improvements when it comes to sharing information during care transitions. For example, new medication lists are electronically delivered to caregivers and patients 94 percent of the time when a patient is transferred within the hospital, 98 percent at discharge and 86 percent when transferred to another care setting.

"Meridian has embraced technology as a core element of our commitment to patient safety and quality, as best illustrated through our nationally-recognized, pioneering efforts in computerized physician order entry, which has been proven to increase safety and reduce potential errors," says Rebecca Weber, senior vice president and chief information officer for Meridian Health. "Hospitals across the country continue to learn from Meridian, and we are proud of the continued recognition of the care we provide our community every day."

Conducted annually, the Most Wired Survey measures how hospitals and health care systems use technology to connect with five key constituent groups, including patients, doctors and nurses, employees, suppliers and insurers. The survey is compiled by rating hospitals utilization of technology in various areas.

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

About Meridian Health Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, 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.

About Hospitals & Health Networks Hospitals & Health Networks is a monthly magazine of the American Hospital Association. It illustrates how specific health care organizations are resolving issues and working to improve patient safety, clinical quality and outcomes, workforce shortages and Federal regulations. The magazine uses the database of the annual Most Wired Survey to identify the best Information Technology practices in the industry; Meridian has been showcased in several issues of the magazine.