A 501c3 organization,
whose mission is to improve
patient health services and care through information sharing, advocacy,
collaboration, technical innovations, and
The Atlantic County
Regional Health Information Initiative Project started as a component of a grant
to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County, awarded by the New Jersey Health
Initiatives Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The grant began
towards the end of 2002. That grant provided case management and care
coordination interventions that addressed the needs of older adults with no
local support following a medical hospitalization. The grant also created a
network of interested parties that included representatives from forty
organizations called the Transition Council, which documented that the absence
of effective care coordination is a core healthcare delivery concern in this
Over the years that
council evolved into EMRX-SJ, with support from the United Way, Assemblyman
Frank Blee and encouragement from Robert Wood Johnson.
Many of the current
board members have contributed to its development and the realization of a
functioning Regional Health Information Organization can be credited to the many
organizations who have participated over the past five years.
The current Board of
EMRX-SJ is comprised of twenty individuals representing the three affiliate
hospital systems (Shore, AtlantiCare, and Cape Regional), two universities, as
well as a broad range of payers, community providers and health care consumers.
The agreement of these health care systems to cooperate provides a unique
opportunity to implement Regional Health Information Systems in New Jersey.