Alaris Health at The Atrium Celebrates 15 Years of Excellence

15Anniversary(1)Jersey City, NJ, October 3, 2017 – Alaris Health at The Atrium reached a significant milestone in July; July 2, 2017 marked its 15-year anniversary. Throughout the years, The Atrium has provided the highest quality of care to hundreds of residents and their families, all of whom have become a part of a close-knit family.

Since The Atrium opened its doors to the community on July 2, 2002, it has grown tremendously and is the only assisted living facility in Hudson County. It has adapted to the ever-changing health care landscape in many ways, such as implementing new and improved health care programming with the expansion of Bridges, a memory care unit with sensory-based activities that are tailored to residents’ individual needs. The move from a social model to a medical model has enabled The Atrium to meet residents’ changing needs and provide higher levels of care, hospice services, on-site physicians’ visits and physical, occupational and speech therapy programs.

Alaris Health at The Atrium Administrator Marianne Alfano said, “We continue to serve and cherish every person who moves into the community. We are delighted to be celebrating 15 years of assisted living service and will continue to provide quality care with passion and dedication for all who call Alaris Health at The Atrium home.”

Alaris Health at The Atrium resident MaryAnn Taglieri said, “Having lived at The Atrium since July 23, 2002, I feel truly blessed to call it my home, and the staff my family. They are the most caring, compassionate people I know.”

Activity assistant Richard Altomare added, “Every morning I walk through the door, I look forward to being greeted by cheery smiles and ‘Good morning’. We aim to provide our residents as positive and warm of a welcome as possible when they transition to The Atrium. We start off as caregivers and become their family. I’m extremely grateful to work here and wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.”

The Atrium has adapted to change in the health care industry and will continue to provide the highest quality of care possible for the next 15 years and beyond,” said Marianne Alfano.

To commemorate the momentous anniversary, Alaris Health at The Atrium celebrated its 15th anniversary during National Assisted Living Week, which was September 10th through September 16th. On Friday, September 14th, The Atrium hosted a special 15th-Year Celebration Extravaganza with elegant dining, live entertainment, giveaways and a champagne toast. The event was open to the public.

Click to learn more about Alaris Health at The Atrium or the 15th-Year Celebration Extravaganza. For a full list of 2017 National Assisted Living Week events that Alaris Health Member Centers held, visit http://alarishealth.com/past-events/.


About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health at Boulevard East Proudly Announces Laura Crotty as Director of Nursing

(Laura Crotty, DON)

(Laura Crotty, DON)

Jersey City, NJ, September 7, 2017 – Alaris Health is pleased to announce that Laura Crotty has been named Director of Nursing (DON) of Alaris Health at Boulevard East, where she will oversee a team of approximately 50 nurses and staff.

Laura joined Alaris Health in 2008 as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and worked as a floor nurse. It quickly became apparent to everyone who worked and interacted with her that she would rapidly rise to meet her ambitions of being a Registered Nurse (RN). She worked diligently, going to school in the evening to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) while working as a nurse during the day.

Not only did she receive her RN license and BSN, she did so with Honors. Upon graduating, she accepted a position as Unit Manager and again persevered, returning to school to continue her education and receive her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). She was interested in learning the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a federally mandated tool that is used to provide comprehensive assessments of residents in Medicaid or Medicare certified nursing homes.

(Pictured left to right: Jane Almario, RN, Unit Manager; Laura Crotty, DON; Evelyn Lasso, RN; and Lina Restrepo, Business Office Manager)

(Pictured left to right: Jane Almario, RN, Unit Manager; Laura Crotty, DON; Evelyn Lasso, RN; and Lina Restrepo, Business Office Manager)

For the past two years, Laura has assisted the director of nursing and conducted MDS’s. When the DON position became available, there was one person whom everyone knew would smoothly transition into the important role: Laura.

And so it is with great pleasure that Alaris Health at Boulevard East begins a new chapter with Laura leading the nursing team. Laura said, “My goal is to ensure that all residents receive the quality care they deserve and the staff are appreciated and feel supported.”

 

 

To learn more about Alaris Health at Boulevard East, visit www.alarishealth.com/locations/alaris-health-at-boulevard-east.


About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Harrison Fest 2017 Thank Alaris Health For Our Sponsorship

Harrison Fest 2017, a New Jersey statewide multicultural celebration

harrison fest committeeLast year, Harrison Fest had the honor of having United States Senator Robert Menendez join us walking in the Parade and watching the parade from our reviewing stand.  Senator Menendez a huge hug and thank you from the Harrison Fest Committee for accepting the invitation to participate in Harrison Fest 2016.

Harrison Fest 2017 will be held Friday, September 22 through Sunday September 24, 2017.  The Parade will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 with the Street Fair along Harrison Avenue will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 23, 2017 and September 24, 2017 respectively.

This year’s United Nations Queens Gala Pageant will be help on Friday, September 15, 2017.  More information is provided below.  Pictures of Prior Queens Galas are available on this website.

For updates, please visit our News page by clicking here

Harrison Fest wants to express our sincerest Thank You to the following Sponsors of our Harrison Fest 2017 Packages.

J.Supor & Sons, Goya Foods, Jaime Lucero, Chinatown Restaurant, G&S Logistics, Gree Air/Heat/Solar, Berto Construction, Hockmeyer Equipment, Harrison Chinese Association, Lusitania Bank, Pharmacy Plus, Investors Bank, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Red Bulls, Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Silva Construction, Spanish Pavillion Restaurant, Kearny Bank and Alaris Health.  A Special Thank You to the members of the Harrison Fire Department for their assistance throughout the year volunteering to assist all of Harrison Fest’s activities including Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, the December Holiday Party for Children and Parents with Santa Claus, and of course our United Nations Queen Gala, Harrison Fest Parade & Street Festival.  We have added the Logos of these fine sponsors on the footer of our website in recognition of their support.  Please let them know you appreciate their support of Harrison Fest.

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Meet Our Sponsors & Say Thank You

All that is Harrison Fest doesn’t just happen.  It takes a lot of planning, hard work, and financial support.  We updated our web page to recognize the organizations that are supporting Harrison Fest 2017 by committing their support by signing up for our Sponsorship Packages.
Those organizations and individuals are the following:

J.Supor & Sons, Goya Foods, Jaime Lucero, Chinatown Restaurant, G&S Logistics, Gree Air/Heat/Solar, Berto Construction, Hockmeyer Equipment, Lusitania Bank, Pharmacy Plus, Investors Bank, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Red Bulls, Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Silva Construction, Spanish Pavillion, Kearny Bank, Harrison Fire Dept and Alaris Health.

We have added the logos and links to their websites on our website’s footer.  So go take a look. We also produced a video highlighting our sponsors.

By: John Pinho

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Technological Advances in Healthcare – 3 Ways Technology Has Changed Healthcare

healthcare technologyJersey City, August 30, 2017 – Technology is considered to be the driving force behind improvements in healthcare and, when you look at the rate of change and recent innovations, many find it hard not to agree with that observation.

Graduates of health informatics will no doubt agree that technology is impacting many aspects of our lives as breakthroughs in data collection, research and treatments allow medical providers to use new tools and find fresh and innovative ways to practice medicine into the future.

1. Better and More Accessible Treatment

A number of industry analysts have observed that increased accessibility of treatment is one of the most tangible ways that technology has changed healthcare. Health IT opens up many more avenues of exploration and research, which allows experts to make healthcare more driven and effective than it has ever been.

2. Improved Care and Efficiency

Another key area that has grown and continues to do so is patient care. The use of information technology has made patient care safer and more reliable in most applications.

The fact that nurses and doctors who are working on the frontline are now routinely using hand-held computers to record important real-time patient data and then sharing it instantly within their updated medical history is an excellent illustration of the benefits of health IT.

Being able to accumulate lab results, records of vital signs and other critical patient data into one centralized area has transformed the level of care and efficiency a patient can expect to receive when they enter the healthcare system.

An increased level of efficiency in data collection means that a vast online resource of patient history is available to scientists, who are finding new ways to study trends and make medical breakthroughs at a faster rate.

3. Software Improves Healthcare and Disease Control

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The development of specific software programs means that, for example, the World Health Organization has been able to classify illnesses, their causes and symptoms into a massive database that encompasses more than 14,000 individual codes.

This resource allows medical professionals and researchers to track, retrieve and utilize valuable data in the fight to control disease and provide better healthcare outcomes in general.

Software also plays a pivotal role in tracking procedures and using billing methods that not only reduce paperwork levels, but also allow practitioners to use this data to improve quality of care and all around efficiency.

Doctors report that they are deriving enormous benefits from the drive toward a total system of electronic medical records; patients enjoy the fact that software has created a greater degree of transparency in the healthcare system.

We have seen many positive changes in health IT and expect to continue witnessing more exciting developments in the future!

Resources:
http://www.who.int/about/licensing/Internettext_FAQ.pdf

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Technological Advances in Healthcare – Humanoid Robots in Assistive Healthcare Roles

Jersey City, August 23, 2017  – While many are aware of the uses of advanced surgical robots that perform precise roles during surgery, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight and share some of the other currently active roles that humanoid robots are taking in healthcare today! Words cannot express the joy experienced when a robot can become a distraction, educator, and a friend to children in frightening hospital corridors. In addition, witnessing a robot bring seniors to their feet and smiles to their faces during what started as just another day in a senior living community is powerfully meaningful and illustrative of the amazing world of technological innovation that we live in.  I invite you to take a look at some of the exciting things that are happening in the world of humanoid robotics!

Pediatric Healthcare & Dentistry

Humanoid Robot KidsHumanoid Robots equipped with proprietary RxApplicationsTM are clinically proven to reduce children’s pain by 50% and increase vaccination rates by 10%. The humanoid robot in pediatric care settings acts as a pain coach, physical companion, and motivator. RxApplicationsTM control the humanoid robots behaviors during a specific medical procedure. These behaviors are sequenced to work at the same pace as the healthcare professional who is conducting the medical procedure. The humanoid robot coaches, educates and provides companionship before, during, and after procedures using research-based cognitive-behavioral interventions. RxApplicationsTM are customized for each hospital and allow the hospital to innovate their use of the humanoid robot. Templates are used to create RxApplicationsTM when available, otherwise it is possible to develop new medical and dental procedures from scratch.

Current RxApplicationsTM in use include: Blood Test, Breathing Coaching, Dental Cleaning, Dental Local Anesthetic, Dental Nitrous Oxide, Dressing Changes, EEG, Foley Catheter Removal, Induction, IV Start, Medical Play, Orthodontist Greeting, Oxygen Tube Insertion, Port Access, Vaccination, and Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study. The Robot is also a friend to a child while waiting – play games, singing, and telling stories. NAO can even accompany a child and walk with him or her to a procedure room.

In the Pediatric Healthcare setting, the humanoid robot provides benefit to every clinic as well as for hospice care. The robot was able to increase vaccination rates by 10% during a clinical study by calming children that were kicking, punching, and biting the nurses beforehand. The robot provides relief to children as young as two and as old as sixteen years old. Older children can even use their time in the hospital to design apps for the robot and get certified as ‘robot developers’!

Senior Living

Humanoid RobotNAO, the humanoid robot developed and designed by Aldebaran Robotics, is currently located in over 200 assisted living communities around the world. Its first purpose to was demonstrate some exercises to the residents and have the residents imitate NAO doing the same movement to help them move and stretch. This enabled caregivers to really be by the resident’s side and help those who needed movement correction or assistance, while NAO led the show. With this great success, more and more caregivers are asking for other behaviors and applications. The elderly see NAO as a little child and often, when NAO is introduced to them, they take him in their arms like a baby and start to baby him.

One day, during the presentation, one resident named Marcel, began to talk with NAO. Using the ZORA platform, it was possible to answer through the robot to Marcel. They spoke together nearly 20 minutes. This was awesome because Marcel typically was a withdrawn resident and during these 20 minutes he spoke more than what he had done for 4 years during his life at the retirement home.

NAO can be remotely controlled by the staff; this way the robot can walk into a room “by itself” instead of being carried in by a caregiver. This way, the resident can naturally discuss with NAO and have the feeling of being “alone” with him. Of course, the whole situation is monitored thanks to video and audio streaming and the caregivers can supervise and interact through NAO. NAO helps the caregivers support residents, alleviate loneliness, and make them interact in a natural way.

In addition, NAO is able to assist the caregivers. There are a lot of “cold tasks” meaning that there are some duties such as answering to frequent questions of the residents, that take a lot of time and aren’t ‘as important’ as other tasks. So the caregivers often neglect them. For instance, every day, every resident asks (and sometimes more than once): “What are we eating today?”. The caregivers haven’t enough time to answer to everyone. So, they had the idea of using NAO to do it. The robot stays on a table each morning and tells the daily menu when a resident pushes one of its foot’s bumpers. The other foot allows the resident to hear the main news of the day. This simple application makes both the residents and the caregivers very happy.

Autism Special Education

The humanoid robot can engage children with applications designed for special education. The NAO robot is especially suited to interact with autistic children because the NAO robot is interactive and fun, engaging and captivating, and adaptive to the needs of the classroom from individuals to groups. It is a great help for teachers that really appreciate eliminating monotonous tasks. The NAO robot has a pack of applications inspired by commonly practiced special education teaching methods (ABA, PECS, TEACCH, DENVER, SCERTS) to unlock deeper learning in the classroom. The applications are multi-educational and focus on educational lessons, communication skills, and daily life knowledge. The applications are structured to make children with disabilities comfortable and confident and they can be adapted to individual motivators, internal states, and personality to create the perfect match.

The NAO robot is very predictable and reduces natural anxiety, its tireless features repeat until a child understands, and it is judgment free which increases a child’s confidence. NAO is able to bridge the human and technological worlds, linking autistic children by encouraging social interaction, learning, confidence, and self-esteem. The NAO robot is able to build the following skills: time perception, imitation, theory of mind empathy, join attention, turn-taking, academic skills, body awareness, verbal communication object labeling, nonverbal communication, and eye contact.

Physical Therapy

Within the Department of Rehabilitation at the University Hospital Ghent, the robot is used to show what exercises a patient has to do, and with what number of repetitions. The NAO robot installed with the ZORA solution, is a small and very mobile robot with a high feel-good factor, the robot gives repeated and verbal instructions, supported by music and sound. It is just this combination that encourages children and seniors to move and exercise. Custom exercise routines for Parkinson’s Physical Therapy and Pediatric Cerebral Palsy Physical Therapy are two applications that are currently being developed.

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It is exciting to be able to share some of these current use cases with you all. Humanoid robots are already assisting in healthcare roles today!

By: Lauryn Schimmel

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Technological Advances in Healthcare – 750,000 Remote Clinical Encounters Through InTouch Health

Jersey City, August 16, 2017 – Imagine you are at home with your dad and he suddenly feels strong headache, starts to feel dizzy and has such a speech disorder which he has never experienced before. Of course you would immediately call an ambulance. But what if you live in a rural area or frontier town where it takes ages until the doctor and the nurses arrive?

InTouch Health and its telehealth network could help in such situations. Through the waste network patients in remote areas have access to high-quality emergency consultations for stroke, cardiovascular, and burn services in the exact time they need it. Moreover with telehealth, medical professionals in such towns and rural areas also have access to specialty services and patients can be treated in their own communities.

Through this network, a “telemedical robot” has already established over 750,000 clinical encounters where it was not possible before.

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InTouch Health products and services can help you build your telehealth programs across the entire continuum of care. Learn more about how we can help you build your programs for:

  • Community Based Care
  • Acute Care
  • Post-Acute Care
  • The Complete Enterprise

Post-Acute Care

As healthcare shifts from pay-for-service to pay-for-value, health systems are becoming more responsible for patients after leaving the hospital. Reducing readmissions and tracking patient outcomes are the highest priority for healthcare administrators. InTouch Health has worked to provide comprehensive solutions that allow health systems to address these challenges through telehealth. Health systems are considering key clinical uses case in the post-acute space, including:

  • Post-Acute Follow Up
  • Skilled Nursing Readmission Management
  • At-Home Monitoring

InTouch Health works with customers throughout the world and has helped customers develop more than 30 different types of clinical programs, across the care continuum.

Skilled Nursing

What is Skilled Nursing Management?

Skilled Nursing Care is for those who need ongoing long-term nursing care or for those who need short-term concentrated rehabilitation while recovering from surgery or an illness. Often times, these patients require re-hospitalization and must be sent back to the hospital for additional care. CMS has instituted a Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program that measures 30-Day Readmissions rates to determine prospective payments for skilled nursing facilities. With this in mind, facilities are looking for effective ways to reduce readmissions, and telehealth has been shown to help achieve these results

“Transition from the hospital to home is complicated, and for those who go to a SNF, we are adding another set of doctors and nurses with new instructions. Good communication between the SNF clinicians, the patient’s community doctors and the patient and caregiver are key.

– Alexia Torke, M.D., IU Center for Aging Research and Regenstrief Institute”

InTouch Skilled Nursing Management Solution

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Our skilled nursing management telehealth solution provides a combination of medical devices for two-way communication and access to documentation through electronic health records, along with a proven clinical workflow to create continuity of care for patients and providers. By leveraging the InTouch Health Network, hospitals and health systems can easily connect their providers to skilled nursing facilities throughout their geography, to ensure access to specialists and routine care are delivered in a timely and effective fashion.

Results / Benefits

Telehealth has been shown to be a cost-effective practice based on savings gained from reduced readmissions. InTouch Customers have experienced between five and 10 percent reduction in readmissions in less than one year after implementing telehealth services.

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  • Better Continuity
  • Faster Care
  • Less Disruption
  • Reduced Costs Of Care

Hospital Benefits

  • Fewer Readmissions
  • High Patient Satisfaction
  • Better ED Throughput
  • Gap Coverage

SNF Benefits

  • More Timely Intervention
  • Improved Continuity Of Care
  • Fewer Transfers Back To Acute Care
  • Access To Specialists When Needed

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Cedar Grove Police Thank Alaris Health For Supporting National Night Out


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By CHIEF JOSEPH CIRASA
August 8, 2017 at 5:02 PM


Dear Editor,

On Tuesday, August 1st. the Cedar Grove Police Department and Municipal Alliance hosted the 2017 National Night Out Event in Community Park. The event could not have been the success it was without
the help and support of the many different groups and individuals that participated.

We would like to thank the following: The Cedar Grove Township Manager, the Township Council, the Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works, our fine Rescue Squad and Fire Department, the Cedar Grove Chamber of Commerce, West Caldwell Fire Department, the Verona Police Department, FBI Newark Division, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Essex County Sheriff Dept., Newark Police Mounted Division, the Mountainside Hospital-Atlantic Paramedics and the Atlantic Corporation, the Cedar Grove Elks, Knights of Columbus Little Falls and of Verona & Cedar Grove, Cedar Grove Garden Center, Coca-Cola Products, Nicholas Markets Foodtown, Kings of Verona, Arctic Falls, David’s Cookies, CG Rotary, Florham Park AAA, Rainbow Catering, Holsman Physical Therapy, Alaris Health, Alpine Entertainment, Horizon Entertainment, Mountainside Stables, The Mad Hatters, Rare Steak House, P.F.G. Food Service, Hunts, Sabrett’s, Nathan’s, Golds and Gulden’s, Cedar Grove Public Library, Cedar Grove Unico and Esposito’s Pizza & Deli for the zeppolies, Il Tulipano for the hamburgers, Two Guys Tee’s, and Jacqueline Wolfstirn of Sinful Sweets for the cookie decorating table.

We would also like to thank the many residents that came out for NNO, helping to make it a great success and a true ‘Community Event‘.  Finally, I would like to thank our NNO Coordinator Officer Carolyn Zajack for her hard work in bringing the event together along with the rank and file of the Cedar Grove Police Department. An event such as National Night Out demonstrates what a dedicated group of men and women we have serving the residents of Cedar Grove 365 days a year.

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Joseph Cirasa
Chief of Police

 

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Technologial Advances in Healthcare – Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)

Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit bannerJersey City, August 9, 2017 – More than 1,700 healthcare stakeholders gathered in Cleveland, October 24–26, 2016, to discuss the latest medical breakthroughs and make new connections to spark future awe-inspiring innovations.

Now in its 14th year, Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit is the oldest and largest meeting of its kind in healthcare. The perennial highlight? The unveiling of the top 10 medical advancements for the coming year — those that Cleveland Clinic experts predict will change patient care forever.

FHIR LogoOne of the ten picks for 2017 was Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR).

It has become increasingly difficult to safely and efficiently share patient data between healthcare providers. In-house information technology (IT) systems have become so diverse, that it’s hard for them to communicate with each other.

Digital interoperability is complex in healthcare, which must weigh privacy, security and accuracy concerns. But in-house systems have become so diverse and convoluted, it’s hard for different systems to communicate and nearly impossible for new software companies to penetrate the industry.

2017 marks the year we finally make sense of the tangled web healthcare has woven. FHIR is a new tool soon to be released by an international committee called Health Level Seven (HL7). It will essentially function as an interpreter between two healthcare systems or offices that have developed their own languages. The first release will focus on clinical data, like images and medications, while the second will focus on administrative data, like billing and demographics.

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There are huge implications for healthcare beyond the interoperability of their systems. Innovators and entrepreneurs everywhere can finally take a crack at building smart, data-driven technologies that can be built to a FHIR standard, allowing new technologies to be adopted anywhere.

FHIR not only marks a potential end of the frustration, it paves the way for a surge of life-saving health information technology.

Click here to see the other 9 picks from the Cleveland Clinic experts for 2017.

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Care Connection Rahway Receives Five-Star Overall Quality Rating

5 star cms logoRahway, NJ, July 26, 2017Alaris Health is proud to announce that Care Connection Rahway was awarded a five-star rating by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The five-star rating comes nearly a year after Care Connection Rahway was awarded a four-star quality rating in the area of quality measures, which is one of three measurement sources that CMS takes into consideration when determining a nursing home’s overall rating.

Administrator Jeanne Leus said of the rating, “When I joined Care Connection Rahway in 2016, it was rated a two-star facility. That year, we had our CMS evaluation survey, and with the help of our staff’s hard work and dedication, we were able to bring it up to four stars by the end of the year. That in itself was a great accomplishment. To see it now become a five-star overall quality facility is incredibly rewarding and a testament to the team’s commitment to providing our residents the highest level of care possible.”

Care Connection Rahway Dr. Kamran Tasharofi said, “At Care Connection, it is not how much we do, but how much LOVE we put into providing excellent care, which is something that has helped us earn this rating.” Dr. Kevin Lukenda added, “As a medical director here for the past two years, it has been a pleasure working with this most professional, dedicated and courteous staff. We take pride in every aspect of care, like our second-to-none therapy department, which is dedicated to enabling residents to return home and resume their daily lives as quickly as possible.”

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(The Care Connection Rahway staff celebrates receiving the Five-Star Overall Quality Rating)

About the Five-Star Quality Rating System:

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and help identify areas in which people may want to ask questions.

The Nursing Home Compare website features a quality rating system that rates each nursing home a range of one to five stars. Nursing homes with five stars are considered to offer significantly above-average quality, while nursing homes with one star are considered to offer significantly below-average quality. CMS gives a star rating to each of the following three sources of information, which are then combined to calculate an overall rating:

  • Health inspections: The health inspection rating contains information from the last three years of onsite inspections, including both standard surveys and any complaint surveys. This information is gathered by trained, objective inspectors who go on site to the nursing home and follow a specific process to determine the extent to which a nursing home has met Medicaid and Medicare’s minimum quality requirements. The most recent survey findings are weighted more than the prior two years. More than 180,000 onsite reviews are used in the health inspection scoring nationally.
  • Staffing: The staffing rating has information about the number of hours of care provided on average to each resident each day by nursing staff. This rating considers differences in the levels of residents’ care needs in each nursing home. For example, a nursing home with residents with more severe needs would be expected to have more nursing staff than a nursing home where residents’ needs were not as high.
  • Quality measures (QMs): The quality measure rating has information on 11 different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents. The rating now includes information about nursing homes’ use of antipsychotic medications for both long-stay and short-stay residents, and the information is collected by the nursing home for all residents. The QMs offer information about how well nursing homes are caring for their residents’ physical and clinical needs. More than 12 million assessments of the conditions of nursing home residents are used in the Five-Star Quality Rating System.

For more information about the CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System, visit https://www.cms.gov/medicare/provider-enrollment-and-certification/certificationandcomplianc/fsqrs.html.

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health at St. Mary’s Celebrates Resident’s 107th Birthday with Mayor Dwayne Warren

(From left to right: Mr. Morris Momo, president of the Liberian Community in North America, presenting a birthday banner to Mr. MacFoy; Mr. Samuel George MacFoy)

(From left to right: Mr. Morris Momo, president of the Liberian Community in North America, presenting a birthday banner to Mr. MacFoy; Mr. Samuel George MacFoy)

Jersey City, NJ, June 19, 2017 − It isn’t every day that an Alaris Health Member Center resident turns 100 years young, let alone 107. For such a momentous occasion, Alaris Health at St. Mary’s pulled out all the stops to make this birthday unforgettable.

Alaris Health at St. Mary’s resident Samuel George MacFoy was born on May 1, 1917, in Greenville, Liberia at a time when Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States, James Fairman Fielder was Governor of New Jersey and a dozen eggs cost a mere 34 cents. Mr. MacFoy grew up in Liberia and began his public service career by entering the civil service as a bookkeeper in the Ministry of Justice, rising through the ranks to chief accountant, director of finance and operations and finally assistant minister for finance and operations until he retired in 1980. He settled in Newark with his beloved wife of more than 50 years, Mrs. Gladys MacFoy, and has been an active member of St. Philip’s Cathedral and very involved with the local Liberian community.

(Left to right: George MacFoy Jr., Mr. MacFoy’s son; Alaris Health at St. Mary's Administrator Gerry Nwabueze; Mr. Morris Momo, president of the Liberian Community in North America; Mr. MacFoy; MacFoy family friends)

(Left to right: George MacFoy Jr., Mr. MacFoy’s son; Alaris Health at St. Mary’s Administrator Gerry Nwabueze; Mr. Morris Momo, president of the Liberian Community in North America; Mr. MacFoy; MacFoy family friends)

MacFoy has seen a lifetime of changes, from steam trains and horse-drawn carriages to high-speed trains, planes and automobiles. He lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Liberian coup d’ėtat, the Civil Rights Era and is the oldest known living member of the Liberian Justice Ministry. He is a pioneer, role model and mentor, and was honored by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2010 on the nation’s 163rd independence day for a lifetime’s worth of achievements and dedication.

Amidst a room full of Mr. MacFoy’s beloved friends, family, staff and residents, Alaris Health at St. Mary’s hosted a birthday celebration for him on May 1st. To make the day even more memorable, City of Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren came to present him with a special tribute, a mayoral proclamation honoring his life and achievements. Mayor Warren then declared May 6th as Samuel MacFoy Day in Orange and joked, “Mr. MacFoy can do 100 miles an hour in his

(Left to right: Mayor of the City of Orange Dwayne Warren; Mr. MacFoy; MacFoy family friend)

(Left to right: Mayor of the City of Orange Dwayne Warren; Mr. MacFoy; MacFoy family friend)

wheelchair on every 6th of May without worrying about getting a speeding ticket”. Residents of the Liberian community also came to commemorate Mr. MacFoy.

It is with great honor that Alaris Health at St. Mary’s has the pleasure of having Mr. MacFoy as a resident. Alaris Health at St. Mary’s Administrator Gerry Nwabueze said in closing remarks, “longevity could be attributable to DNA or destiny, but we ensure that our residents get the best care and treatment by providing programs, conditions and care that optimize our residents’ psychological, mental and physical well-being. We respect their dignity and privacy as we would want ours respected.”

Proclamation of S. MacFoy-City of Newark The Year you were born..Samuel G. MacFoy


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