Verge Health Boosts RWJBarnabas Health’s Approach to Patient Safety

Provider Adds Credentialing and other Services to Achieve Full Value of Verge Health’s GRC Platform

Verge Health, the industry’s leading risk management software company for hospitals and health systems, will support RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest integrated health care delivery system, in moving closer to becoming a high-reliability health system with the full implementation of Verge’s Governance, Risk and Compliance solutions onto a single, data-driven platform.

“We’ve understood that credentialing and patient safety go hand-in-hand for years and are excited that it can all be on a single platform with Verge Health,” says John F. Bonamo MD, MS, FACOG, FACPE Executive Vice President / Chief Medical and Quality Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “The addition of credentialing services is a key component of our Governance, Risk, and Compliance for Healthcare maturity and evolution towards becoming a high-reliability health system.”

Since 2016, Verge has provided the accreditation and regulatory, patient and employee safety, and peer review components of its enterprise software solution, the Converge Platform, to RWJBarnabas Health. With the addition of credentialing services, compliance rounding and advanced tools for the reporting of events directly through the EMR, the provider will utilize nearly the full range of the Converge Platform solution so that it can proactively manage GRC.

“While we are certainly grateful for the continued confidence RWJBarnabas Health has shown in Verge Health with an expanded view of discovery and the integration of our practitioner management platform, we’re also pleased to see them take a leadership role in looking at GRC in a more holistic way,” says Mark Crockett, MD., Chief Executive Officer for Verge Health. “The healthcare industry will not make it to the same level of high reliability as the nuclear power or airline industry until it stops organizing around the survey and starts organizing around the patient.”

Terms of the expanded contract were not disclosed. The two organizations have already begun work on integrating the additional components of the Converge platform into RWJ Barnabas, and expect completion in early 2019.

About Verge Health

Founded in 2001, Verge Health is a risk management software company. Verge Health’s software solutions enable healthcare organizations to proactively protect and defend patients, caregivers, and frontline staff, against errors, adverse events, and policy violations. With over 900 facilities and 500,000 active users, the company’s Converge Platform provides hospital organizations with a cross-functional, proactive surveillance tool enabling optimal quality and safety results. https://www.vergehealth.com

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, with a service area covering five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH Hamilton, RWJUHP Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization. RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety.

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