Proven Accountable Care Informatics In Action

Enterprise Imaging:

Proven Accountable Care Informatics In Action

In response to shifting provider needs and priorities, JHC and Vital Images, Inc. (Vital) have partnered on an innovative solutions package that enhances image access and sharing among JHC members all across New Jersey. Over the past 18 months, Vital has worked closely with Jersey Health Connect leadership and its members, partnering with many of the 32 hospitals and health systems in the network to bring new levels of imaging access. In fact, nearly 85% of the JHC members use Vital’s Advanced Diagnostic technology across radiology and cardiology to diagnose disease.

In conjunction with Vital’s Advanced Diagnostic technology, many healthcare organizations across New Jersey are now advancing their Health IT agenda by selecting Vital as their partner for Enterprise Imaging & Informatics. In December 2015, Hunterdon Healthcare became the inaugural JHC member to participate in the Enterprise Imaging & Informatics package, leading the way in New Jersey for JHC image enablement. In the first quarter of 2016, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack UMC Mountainside, and Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley will join the list. Atlantic Health System, Summit Medical Group and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center are expecting to formally announce their participation as well.

For the first time nationwide, members of a healthcare organization will be able to receive timely statewide access to images directly from their Electronic Health Record, or primary clinical application. The game-changing project comes as value based accountable care, shared saving programs and other accountable care imperatives impact healthcare organizations across the state and nation. Immediate access to key images will streamline clinical content and significantly impact patient care and outcomes in New Jersey.

Jersey Health Connect, its members and Vital plan to embark on a journey focused on reducing excessive radiation and healthcare costs for patients. As we move forward in this new era of value-based healthcare delivery, this will help to align JHC member Population Health Management and Accountable Care Organization strategies.

The proposed solution…

  • Leverages existing infrastructure: Image data stays on existing archives
  • State-of-the Art Federated Streaming Technology
  • Instant access to a longitudinal view of patients images – directly within the members primary clinical application, i.e. members EHR
  • Multi-browser support: Internet Explorer (IE), Safari, Firefox, Chrome
  • Multi-platform support: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
  • Browser based: HTML and JavaScript: no plug-ins/downloads
  • Access multiple DICOM and non-DICOM image archives simultaneously
  • Instant access to a longitudinal view of patients images – directly within the members primary clinical application, i.e. members EHR
  • Simple URL-based integration to HIE Platform (RelayHealth)
  • Email a clinician
  • Smartphone support
  • Vendor agnostic, multi-departmental, enterprise image enablement

Jersey Health Connect will be offering members a hosted VitreaView solution allowing you to view images from other participating members. Jersey Health Connect has secured a cost effective way to provide universal viewing capable from within your own organization, which is referred to as the Hospital Upgrade option.

HIE Members

Clinical Benefits

  • Access to outside images directly from RelayHealth or your Electronic Health Record via contextual launch regardless of source location
  • Increases clinical use of the JHC systems based on the proposed use cases — results and images
  • Allows physicians to make timely decisions with all the latest data available: images and reports immediately available

Use Cases: use-cases

Financial Benefits

  • Cost savings from the reduction of duplicate exams
  • Anticipated savings from uninsured studies across the JHC Membership is $18 million annually
  • Aligns with ACO strategy
  • Group Purchasing Organization provides membership savings, as well as additional savings to be had for future members

Information Benefits

  • Measurement of Utilization for Population Health Management
  • Turnkey solution, fully supported solution


Hospital Upgrade Option

Clinical Benefits

  • Access to local Images from multiple archives through the local EMR(s) via contextual launch or direct query
  • Reduces unnecessary orders thereby lowering patient radiation dosages
  • Current clinical sites: HackensackUMC, Hunterdon Healthcare, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Summit Medical Group, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center
  • Cross-reference capabilities between studies internal and through HIE (future)

Financial Benefits

  • Cuts costs of specialty viewers
  • Future-proof against claim denials
  • Meets the elective option for Meaningful Use 2 and potentially Meaningful Use 3
  • Leverages economies of scale from Group Purchasing Plan significantly lowering costs. Benefits grow even as additional members join.
About Vital

Vital Images, Inc., a Toshiba Company, is a leading provider of health imaging informatics solutions, including: advanced visualization, enterprise image viewing solutions and business intelligence technology designed to help healthcare organizations deliver exceptional care while optimizing resources across multi-facility organizations.