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Our Epic Journey Begins

After an extensive evaluation, Meridian Health has selected Epic as the vendor of choice for our enterprise information system. Meridian signed a contract with Epic in September to implement a completely integrated suite of clinical, financial, and administrative products across the enterprise, replacing our core systems such as Soarian, Invision, GE Centricity and many others.

“The health system's decision to implement EPIC systems enterprise-wide is another step in our journey towards full interoperability throughout the continuum of care to meet our vision of one record, one patient at Meridian,” says Rebecca Weber, senior vice president of Information Technology.

“There is no doubt that Epic will provide a strong foundation that will better position Meridian for future growth,” says Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, executive vice president of Meridian Health. “The implementation of one integrated system will ensure efficiencies and improve the sharing of information across the organization, while reducing the room for patient errors and moving us one step closer to creating our desired culture of high reliability.”

We are currently in the initial planning stages of assembling project teams, a steering committee, and a governance structure.

“This is truly an exciting time for Meridian and this decision is an important milestone in our journey,” says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president and CEO of Meridian Health. “A heartfelt thank you to our physicians, nurses, clinical, financial, and administrative staffs for the time you dedicated to this important decision that will support our efforts in delivering seamless, high quality care to our communities.”

Stay tuned for updates and the latest information.
 

Jersey Health Connect Update

Meridian continues its successful adoption and integration with Jersey Health Connect.  To date, Meridian has over 30,000 patients who have signed up for their Personal Health Record via Jersey Health Connect to access their information online.  In an average week, more than 500 Meridian patients enroll  online and over 5,000 patients access their online PHR. Having records from many of New Jersey’s largest health care providers in a central place enables patients to stay connected and engaged in their care. There are more than 450,000 patients online across the broader Jersey Health Connect community. Relay Health organizes the information from all of these sources into a consolidated clinical chart so providers and patients can see the origination of the information from across contributing sources.


Multiple Allscripts Pro, GE Centricity,  and eClinicalWorks practices have begun exchanging summary of care records (also commonly known as CCD or continuity of care documents) between their EMR and Jersey Health Connect. Work continues to add other EMR vendors including Greenway, Practice Fusion, Athena, and Vitera.  Our first Greenway EMR practice is targeted to “go live” in the coming weeks. Summary of care records follow the requirements specified in CMS’ Meaningful Use Program and include allergies, problems, medications, results, procedures, vital signs, past medical history, family history, social history, advance directives, and insurance information. Our medical staff is invited and encouraged to request access to the Jersey Health Connect HIE. Simply select the Physician Access Request link available on the Meridian HIE tab on MeridianHealth.com/EHR.

HealtheIntent Platform Aggregates Population Health Data Across Multiple EHRs

Information Technology continues to make good progress in the rollout of the Cerner HealtheIntent Disease Registry system. The system is used to ensure patients receive the evidence-based care needed to drive optimal health at a population level. HealtheIntent currently contains information on over one million patients and has integrated over 100 million records from numerous Meridian systems containing information on medications, procedures, results, encounters, and claims. We have trained over 11 practices to use the system and are coordinating with another 25 practices to schedule their training. In addition, Information Technology is working with Geisinger, AmeriHealth, Horizon, Lab Corp, and Quest to load claims and lab results from those organizations into the system and make it available to Meridian clinicians.

Accessing Meridian’s Network through VMWare Horizon View Client

VMWare Horizon View Client is the remote tool Meridian physicians and their office staff can use to access the Meridian Health network. It replaces tools that physicians have used in the past such as Portal and the Citrix Program Neighborhood. Depending on the hardware you are using, you will see either one of these icons:

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VMWare Horizon View Client can easily be downloaded either from the app store for Mac, the Play Store for Android, or for PC’s from the Internet browser.  Complete instructions for downloading the VMWare application can be found on the IT Support page on the Meridian Intranet, or from outside of the Meridian Network at http://support.meridianhealth.com.

If you need information or assistance with installing VMWare, please feel free to contact our IT Service Desk at 732.776.3333. You may also reach out to your Campus Physician Application Liaisons (PALs). We have PALs located on each hospital campus as well as Traveling PALs that can assist on site at a physician practice within Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties.