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Morristown, NJ, September 2012 – Atlantic Health System has been named for a fourth consecutive year as one of the top 250 innovative business technology organizations throughout the country by InformationWeek magazine, in its annual InformationWeek 500 list.
InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology (IT) with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America's best-known companies.
Atlantic Health System, the parent organization of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, was listed at No. 194, placing it in the prestigious InformationWeek 250, a ranked selection of the top companies from the larger 500 list. Atlantic Health System was the only hospital system in New Jersey to be ranked among the Top 250 and one of only three included in the full 500 list.
To make the list, a company must demonstrate a pattern of technological, procedural and organizational innovation. The magazine recognized Atlantic Health System for the innovation and implementation of technology by the organization to make health care more efficient.
Atlantic Health System's greatest innovative feat in the last year involved the very heart of its IT infrastructure, a move that reduced the operation’s physical and energy footprint, as well as costs.
Between 2011 and 2012, the organization relocated its primary data center from its longtime location in Morris Plains to a new site in Piscataway. This occurred amid other monumental tasks – a 6-month project to upgrade and replace the majority of Newton Medical Center’s IT systems, following the merger that brought the hospital into the Atlantic Health System family in 2011; and meeting the requirements for state and federal health care IT initiatives such as “meaningful use” implementation of electronic health records.
By utilizing two new products, VMware, which allowed Atlantic Health System to virtualize its servers, and data de-duplication technology provided by EMC, the organization was not only able to relocate the data center with minimal disruption, but also reduced the need for physical servers, as well as the amount of physical floor space by nearly 3,500 square feet, and a reduction in power usage from 275 to 150 kilowatts, both of which led to estimated financial savings.
“The most challenging situations can sometimes offer the perfect opportunity to innovate and improve, and in the last year, our team met each task head-on and brought IT operations to a higher level throughout Atlantic Health System,” said Linda Reed, RN, Vice President, Information Systems and Chief Information Officer, Atlantic Health System.
For this year’s rankings, InformationWeek also asked companies whether they were pursuing social networking strategies and implementing mobile technologies. In 2011, Atlantic Health System re-launched Facebook and YouTube pages for each of its hospitals, featuring the new “medical center” names unveiled last year. Atlantic Health System also launched the “Well Aware – Your Way” blog, an open forum for patients, employees and friends of its hospitals to foster a discussion about issues related to hospital experiences and current health topics. In addition, the company redesigned its entire website, which now displays mobile-friendly. The organization also developed a mobile site to allow smart phone and tablet users to more easily connect to pertinent information about Atlantic Health System.
Atlantic Health System is among a small number of health care organizations that appear on the list, which is largely dominated by for-profit, multi-national companies. Companies in the “Healthcare and Medical” industry comprise only 12 percent of the Top 250 and 13 percent of the total list.
“The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek editor in chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches – new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.”
InformationWeek magazine, one of the premier information technology publications, examines the technology strategies and initiatives of companies from 21 industries, excluding government and education.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.
Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.