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Technology and Health Care Paper: Barnabas Health
Ely Mabeza
Health Care Organizations and Delivery Systems/HCS-531
August 5, 2013
Jody Sklar

Technology and Health Paper: Barnabas Health
Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated healthcare delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, caring for more than two million patients and delivering 17,600 babies annually. The system includes six acute-care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a free-standing behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network and comprehensive homecare and hospice programs. Five Barnabas Health hospitals received “A’s”, and one received a ‘B’ for Hospital Safety in 2013 by Leapfrog, a nationally recognized rating organization. U.S. News & World Report named Barnabas Health hospitals and medical specialties top in the region. Becker’s Hospital Review named Barnabas Health as one of the “Top 100 Places to Work in Healthcare in the United States.” Barnabas Health includes 18,500 employees, making it the second largest private employer in New Jersey. They employee 4,600 physicians, which constitutes one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey.
On May 16, 2013 Barnabas Health and Jersey City Medical Center signed a definitive agreement for Jersey City Medical Center to become a member of the Barnabas Health system. Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) is a modern 316-bed teaching hospital located on a 14-acre campus overlooking the Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor. JCMC is the largest provider of healthcare services in Hudson County, with over 18,000 admissions and 80,000 ER visits per year. It is a regional trauma center, a state-designated stroke center, the regional comprehensive cardiac center, the perinatal intensive care center, and the regional level 3 neonatal intensive care unit for the most critically ill newborns. Jersey City Medical Center also is a major provider of behavioral health services, including 24/7 psychiatric emergency / crisis screening programs. The hospital has been recognized: as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence; as a top performer in quality and safety by the Joint Commission; three consecutive “A” ratings for safety by the Leapfrog Group; as a “top hospital” for its size for two consecutive years by Castle Connelly; and recognition by U.S. News and World Report as a top regional hospital. In addition, in the past two years both Modern Healthcare Magazine and Becker’s Hospital Review chose Jersey City Medical Center as one of the “Top 100 Places to Work in Healthcare in the United States.
Barnabas Health was selected to consult in the management of University Hospital in Newark , NJ. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and University Hospital announced today that, following a competitive contracting process, Barnabas Health has been selected to provide consultation in the management of the hospital.

The selection of Barnabas Health, New Jersey's largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, will now be subject to a 60-day review process, which includes a review by the New Jersey Commissioner of Health.

The New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, effective July 1, 2013, establishes University Hospital as an instrumentality of the state and a separate, standalone entity. Under the Act, most schools and units of UMDNJ will integrate with Rutgers University and will become part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
The Barnabas Health organization has hired ABC Consultants to provide their system with an innovative and technological approach that will help them run a more efficient health care system. The product being introduced is a “smart card” that will be utilized throughout their whole health care system. Smart cards are credit-card like cards that store encrypted medical and demographic information, creating a…