Hackensack Meridian Health to Improve Experiences for Employees, Patients with Solutions on Microsoft Azure

February 12, 2019

Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest health network, today announced a collaboration with Microsoft to advance the network’s health care information technology transformation and deliver solutions that improve experiences for their patients and team members. Using Microsoft Azure, the Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Hackensack Meridian Health will improve efficiency, strengthen security and provide flexibility, enabling team members to provide the highest quality care.

“We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Microsoft today, which will further strengthen our culture of innovation,” said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Microsoft Azure will ensure our growing network and dedicated team members have the flexibility, efficiency and security they need to focus on what we do best: providing high-quality care to our patients.”

Microsoft Azure provides cloud service offerings to help organizations meet business objectives and tackle technology challenges. Hackensack Meridian Health, which has grown exponentially in recent years, will use Microsoft Azure to advance its hybrid-cloud strategy. A hybrid-cloud platform combines public and private clouds to allow organizations to scale their resources securely from on-premises to the cloud in a secure way.

“Healthcare is undergoing a significant transformation powered by cloud and AI,” said Chris Sakalosky, Vice President, US Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft. “With solutions powered by Microsoft Azure, Hackensack Meridian Health will be able to provide better experiences for their patients and team members.”

Microsoft’s innovative cloud service offerings will give Hackensack Meridian Health’s growing network the capacity and flexibility it needs to scale up and down. This cloud approach is cost-effective and allows the network to take advantage of resources when needed. Hackensack Meridian Health will use Microsoft Azure as part of a multi-cloud strategy.

“Microsoft Azure will help Hackensack Meridian Health advance our cloud strategy,” said David Reis, Ph.D., executive vice president and CIO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our collaboration with Microsoft will help us deliver secure, agile innovation while driving down fixed costs, strengthening security and increasing flexibility.”

With 17 hospitals and 500 locations across New Jersey, coordination is critical across the network. Microsoft Azure will play a large part in Hackensack Meridian Health’s approach to effectively take advantage of a consolidated source for identity management across multiple domains.

“Implementing identity management across hospitals will not only strengthen Hackensack Meridian Health’s culture of excellence, it will improve efficiency and create a consistent user experience for our team members,” added Dr. Reis.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick; and a behavioral health hospital, Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare/2018 by Becker’s Healthcare.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the only private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org