Press Release
Newton Medical Center is First New Jersey Hospital to Adopt Patient Safety Tool

PeraHealth’s Rothman Index predicts when a patient’s health may decline

NEWTON, NJ – OCTOBER 2016 – Newton Medical Center, in the northwestern part of the state, announced today that it is the first New Jersey hospital to adopt an early warning system that alerts medical staff when a patient’s health may decline.

PeraHealth’s Rothman Index, a leading patient safety tool, is being applied for inpatient cases throughout the 148-bed facility and already showing results. Newton Medical Center is part of Atlantic Health System, a leading non-profit health care delivery system in New Jersey.

PeraHealth’s suite of clinical surveillance solutions, powered by the Rothman Index, uses the electronic health record (EHR) system at Newton Medical Center with the goal of improving care quality for patients. The Rothman Index will provide an extra level of support for critical care doctors and nurses who use the graphically displayed 0-100 score to detect patient problems in advance using the science of predictive analytics.

"As a community hospital, we are the first line for health care delivery in our local communities. We take that responsibility seriously and look to employ the latest technologies and best practices from across the industry," said Joe DiPaolo, President of Newton Medical Center. “Adopting the Rothman Index will allow Newton Medical Center to be more focused than ever on our patients’ health.”

“The Rothman Index’s easy-to-view indicators will allow our nurses and doctors to more quickly assess the progress of a patient’s healing and adjust care sooner,” said Denise Fochesto, Chief Nursing and Operations Officer for Newton Medical Center. “This is going to help us stay one step ahead in keeping our patients healthy.”

“Every day, doctors are confronted with processing an enormous amount of data to assess their patients’ health, and then they are challenged to communicate this to patients and their caregivers” said Paul Owens, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Newton Medical Center. “This software gives physicians a tool to better communicate to people both short and longer term expectations about their conditions.”

Clinicians use PeraHealth solutions to:

  • Remotely monitor patients across multiple care settings
  • Help determine when to discharge patients
  • Prioritize patient bedside visits, nursing assignments
  • Maximize capacity management (bed management, ICU optimization)

“Newton Medical Center’s clinical care teams can now quickly visualize their patient's condition in the electronic medical record and can intervene prior to deterioration,” said PeraHealth CEO Stephanie Alexander.

About Atlantic Health System 

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is a leading non-profit health care delivery system in New Jersey. Our network includes Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ; Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ; Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ; Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ; Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System comprises 1,747 licensed beds, more than 14,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians. Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; is part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.

About PeraHealth

PeraHealth is transforming healthcare through the intelligent use of data. By leveraging the Rothman Index, a validated patient acuity score, PeraHealth software solutions enable healthcare providers to identify at-risk patients sooner for earlier intervention. Leading hospitals and health systems utilize PeraHealth’s real-time, predictive analytics to improve quality and reduce costs. Clinical results include lowering mortality rates as much as 30%. For more information, visit PeraHealth.com and @PeraHealth.