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Newton Medical Center is First New Jersey Hospital to Adopt Patient Safety Tool

October 25, 2016

PeraHealth’s Rothman Index Predicts When a Patient’s Health May Decline

October 25, 2016, Newton, NJ – Newton Medical Center, in the northwestern part of the state, announced today that it is the first New Jersey hospital to adopt an early warning system that alerts medical staff when a patient’s health may decline. PeraHealth’s Rothman Index, a leading patient safety tool, is being applied for inpatient cases throughout the 148-bed facility and already showing results. Newton Medical Center is part of Atlantic Health System, a leading non-profit health care delivery system in New Jersey. PeraHealth’s suite of clinical surveillance solutions, powered by the Rothman Index, uses the electronic health record (EHR) system at Newton Medical Center with the goal of improving care quality for patients. The Rothman Index will provide an extra level of support for critical care doctors and nurses who use the graphically displayed 0-100 score to detect patient problems in advance using the science of predictive analytics."

As a community hospital, we are the first line for health care delivery in our local communities. We take that responsibility seriously and look to employ the latest technologies and best practices from across the industry," said Joe DiPaolo, president of Newton Medical Center. “

Adopting the Rothman Index will allow Newton Medical Center to be more focused than ever on our patients’ health.”

“The Rothman Index’s easy-to-view indicators will allow our nurses and doctors to more quickly assess the progress of a patient’s healing and adjust care sooner,” said Denise Fochesto, chief nursing and operations officer for Newton Medical Center. “This is going to help us stay one step ahead in keeping our patients healthy.”

“Every day, doctors are confronted with processing an enormous amount of data to assess their patients’ health, and then they are challenged to communicate this to patients and their caregivers” said Paul Owens, MD, chief medical officer for Newton Medical Center. “This software gives physicians a tool to better communicate to people both short and longer term expectations about their conditions.”

Clinicians also use PeraHealth solutions to:

  • Remotely monitor patients across multiple care settings
  • Help determine when to discharge patients
  • Prioritize patient bedside visits, nursing assignments
  • Improve documentation accuracy, timeliness
  • Maximize capacity management (bed management, ICU optimization)
  • Identify opportunities for palliative care consults

“Newton Medical Center’s use of the Rothman Index provides a medical safety net for its nurses and physicians so they can more precisely predict when a patient’s health is about to decline,” said PeraHealth CEO Stephanie Alexander. “Their clinical teams can now integrate nursing assessments with vitals and lab data into a single score and act before a patient’s condition worsens,” Alexander added.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey. Atlantic Health System has created a Trusted Network of Caring™.  Our promise to our communities is that anyone who enters our system will receive the right care, at the right quality, at the right time, at the right place and at the right cost. Our network includes Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ; Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ; Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ; Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System comprises 1,599 licensed beds, more than 14,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians. Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; a Major Clinical Affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.
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