One of the primary objectives of the New Jersey Health IT Program is to ensure that all healthcare providers in the State have the opportunity to demonstrate Meaningful Use. To this end, the New Jersey Health IT Coordinator's Office is actively working to promote and measure the ability of New Jersey's:
- Healthcare providers to send prescription orders electronically (e-prescribe)
- Pharmacies to receive and fill e-prescriptions
- Healthcare providers to send laboratory orders and receive lab results electronically
- Clinical laboratories to receive electronic lab orders and send electronic lab results
The following sections provide details on New Jersey's e-prescribing and electronic laboratory capabilities.
New Jersey's healthcare providers are adopting e-prescribing at a high rate. In the month of Feb. 2012, a total of 9,880 healthcare providers in the State sent 1,377,271 prescriptions electronically (Surescripts).
The overwhelming majority of New Jersey's pharmacies are able to receive e-prescriptions (92.3%). The following table shows the State's known e-prescribing capabilities, based on data made available by Surescripts (Feb. 2012).
New Jersey's hospitals and physicians are electronically ordering, receiving/viewing, and sharing lab results at increasing rates. The tables below illustrate (1) hospitalel ectronic lab results sharing, and (2) physician ordering/viewing of labs.
The New Jersey Health IT Coordinator’s Office is also conducting a survey of clinical laboratories to better understand the current capacity among the State's labs to receive and transmit health data in an electronic format. If you operate a clinical laboratory and received an invitation for this survey, click here to begin the New Jersey Assessment of Health IT in Clinical Laboratories.
NJ-HITEC is the federally designated Regional Extension Center (REC) for New Jersey established by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator. NJ-HITEC is one of 62 RECs throughout the country established through the Health Information Technology for Economic Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 to improve American health care delivery and patient care through investment in health information technology.
NJ-HITEC is the primary care provider's trusted advisor in the timely delivery of high quality healthcare through the selection, implementation and achievement of Meaningful Use of an accredited Electronic Health Record system.