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Western Reserve Hospital Earns 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition

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Ann Arbor, MI, October 6, 2020 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce that Western Reserve Hospital has earned 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified level 7.

Through this program, CHIME conducts an annual survey to assess the effectiveness of healthcare organizations’ core and advanced technologies applied within their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

 “Western Reserve Hospital has strategically installed technologies to support the delivery of high-value patient care, achieve meaningful efficiency and effectively analyze data to continually improve performance across our organization,” said Pam S. Banchy, RN-C, PMP, CHCIO, FCHIME, CIO/VP of Clinical Informatics at Western Reserve Hospital. “I am grateful for our team of technology specialists dedicated to improving our systems each and every day.”

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Participants also received certification based on their overall performance, with level 10 being the highest.

 “Digital technology has been a driver of innovation in healthcare for many years now, but never to the degree that we saw in 2020 with the pandemic,” said Russell P. Branzell, CHIME President and CEO. “The Digital Health Most Wired program underscores why healthcare organizations keep pushing themselves to be digital leaders and shows what amazing feats they can achieve. This certification recognizes their exemplary performance in 2020.”   

A total of 30,135 organizations were represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, which this year included four separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory, long-term care and international. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

This is the third year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. In each successive year, CHIME has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.

As in past years, CHIME will publish an industry trends report based on Digital Health Most Wired responses from U.S. participants. The 2020 National Trends Report is scheduled to be released in November during CHIME20 Digital. 

For more information about the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program, please click here.