One reason AtlantiCare attracts medical practitioners who want to lead the change in healthcare is our history of early adoption of innovative technologies. We were among New Jersey’s first hospitals to meaningfully use computers in a healthcare setting. Today, AtlantiCare remains on the forefront of health information technologies with meaningful utilization of the Health Information Exchange, which allows our providers to log on and have computer or iPad access to an individual’s complete health records, including outpatient or inpatient procedures, lab work, radiology, hospital history, medications and more. That’s patient-centered care at its technological best.
All ER and OR equipment, including our da Vinci minimally invasive surgical and CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery systems, can be accessed remotely. Our Radiation Oncology department features two multifunctional linear accelerators with CT image guidance systems that deliver a precise dose of radiation in less than two minutes. All of our practitioners can also link directly to their AtlantiCare email via iPads, Blackberries, Droids and other devices. We even keep track of our physicians’ satisfaction using electronic surveys.
Keeping AtlantiCare at the vanguard of it all are more than 150 technology professionals in our Health Information, Health Engagement and Health Services groups supporting our clinical, financial and administrative systems. We have already achieved Stage 1 Electronic Health Records (EHR) certification for meaningful use throughout our hospitals. We invest an average of $12 to $14 million annually in technology. IT systems hardware is routinely replaced or upgraded every four years, software upgrades are continuous, and our disaster recovery plans and resources are among the most robust in national healthcare. In addition, our physician advisory board participates in our constantly evolving technology strategy. Just a few reasons why AtlantiCare is one of the top-ranked healthcare systems for investment in IT advancement and maintenance.
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