6.x to Expanse: Lessons Learned

When:  Aug 25, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (ET)

Presenters:  Eric Carey and Michael Burke
Organization:  Valley Health System, Ridgewood, New Jersey

The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed community hospital in northern New Jersey, upgraded to Expanse in 2019 after five years on 6.x. Join us for a review of everything we wished we'd known before the upgrade, lessons learned, and where we still are tweaking Expanse.

Presenters: Eric Carey and Michael Burke
Organization: Valley Health System, Ridgewood, New Jersey

The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed community hospital in northern New Jersey, upgraded to Expanse in 2019 after five years on 6.x. Join us for a review of everything we wished we'd known before the upgrade, lessons learned, and where we still are tweaking Expanse.

Eric CareyAs Vice President and CIO, Eric Carey is responsible for the Information Systems and Telecommunications services for the Valley Health System. This includes all services from infrastructure through to end-user customer service, via a 24x7 Service Desk. The department supports all buildings (over 60 locations), including all of the physician practice locations of the Valley Medical Group. The Valley Health System is a $700 million health system in northern New Jersey that includes The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed facility located in Ridgewood NJ, Valley Home Care and Hospice, and The Valley Medical Group, a 300+ member physician organization with locations throughout northern New Jersey and southern New York State.

Mr. Carey began at Valley in 1994 as the Manager of Application Development. He was later promoted to Director of Information Systems, and ultimately became VP/CIO in 2010. He has been a leader of the development the Information Systems department from a small group to a full service department of about 110 staff and leaders. Mr. Carey has been an active participant in many company-wide initiatives in order to make sure that the Information Systems and Telecommunications departments maintain high quality relationships with all of the customers throughout the Valley Health System.

Valley is part of the Jersey Health Connect regional Health Information Exchange and routinely partners with affiliated organizations to share data. Valley Information Systems has been recognized as a Most Wired health system for 16 consecutive years and earned HIMSS Stage 6 recognition in 2011. With the implementation of MEDITECH 6.x the team is now working on attaining HIMSS Stage 7 recognition. 

Michael BurkeMichael P. Burke RN, PMP, MS, HCM, is the Assistant Vice President and Chief Application Officer at Valley Health System in Ridgewood, NJ, a community health system which provides acute, ambulatory and home care services to Bergen County. Michael has been in health care for over 26 years, in health care IT for over 20 years and is a member of HIMSS and PMI. Michael has worked at several health care institutions and implemented multiple clinical systems, and most recently led the transition from MEDITECH 5.67 Magic to MEDITECH 6.15.

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