Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, November 2, 2018 - Western Reserve Hospital has been named one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the nation, recognizing the use of technology to improve care delivery efficiency and create a new dynamic in patient interactions.
Hospitals and health systems at the forefront of using healthcare IT to improve the delivery of care have maximized the benefits of foundational technologies and are embracing new technologies that support population management and value-based care. The most successful organizations adopt and strategically apply technology to achieve great outcomes, according to an analysis of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) HealthCare’s Most Wired survey results.
HealthCare’s Most Wired, now in its 20th year, traditionally tracked the adoption of healthcare IT in hospitals and health systems. CHIME took over the Most Wired program and revised the survey questions and methodology this year to highlight strengths and gaps in the industry. The goal is to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of healthcare IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world.
CHIME designated Western Reserve Hospital for 2018 Most Wired recognition at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum in San Diego. CHIME made a report based on an analysis of survey results available today as well.
"I am proud of the team that has worked so hard to achieve this award for the third year in a row, and especially so as the criteria and requirements for achievement have been elevated from previous years," said Pamela Banchy, chief information officer and vice president of clinical informatics at Western Reserve Hospital.
The report found two key areas that emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth. These foundational pieces need to be in place for an organization to leverage tools to effectively transform healthcare.
“Healthcare IT has the potential to revolutionize care around the world, but to meet that potential it must be used strategically,” said Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME. “The technology is important, but leadership and a strategic vision are equally important. The diversity of the organizations that earned Most Wired status this year shows quality care can be achieved almost anywhere under the right leadership. By sharing the best practices in Most Wired, we hope quality care will one day be available everywhere.”
The report findings fell into the two categories of foundational and transformational technologies. Highlights under foundational technologies include:
Highlights under transformational technologies include: