Stamford Health Named 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Recipient
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recognized Stamford Health as one of HealthCare’s Most Wired 2019 hospitals and systems, signifying the independent healthcare system as a leader in information technology (IT). Stamford Health is one of only 169 hospitals nationally to achieve level eight or better and one of five hospitals in Connecticut to receive this recognition.
CHIME, the professional organization for chief information officers and other healthcare IT leaders, awards the Most Wired recognition to hospitals and health systems that use healthcare information technology to improve the delivery of care to patients. A total of 16,138 organizations across the country were represented in this year’s Most Wired program.
“This award affirms our commitment to incorporating the latest and leading technological advances in the medical community in order to deliver transparent and high-quality care for our patients,” said Steven Sakovits, Vice President, Information Services & Chief Information Officer at Stamford Health. “Information Services works closely with our physicians, nurses and leadership teams to expand our IT capabilities and to support the patient experience, such as our mobile apps, online appointment scheduling, patient portals and patient kiosks.”
HealthCare’s Most Wired, now in its 21st year, traditionally tracked the adoption of healthcare IT in hospitals and health systems. CHIME took over the Most Wired program from the American Hospital Association (AHA) in 2018 and revised the survey questions and methodology to highlight strengths and gaps in the industry. The goal was to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of healthcare IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world. CHIME looked closely at key emerging technology trends: a focus on integration, security, and recovery; and the use of technology to support health management, value-based care, patient engagement, and telehealth.
“The healthcare industry is evolving at lightning speed, with many exciting innovations that can truly transform how we deliver care,” said CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell. “Most Wired gives us a way to gauge where we are, identify best practices that can elevate care everywhere and recognize those leaders whose pursuit of excellence is driving change in our in our industry. We are honored to have so many healthcare organizations from around the world participate in this year’s program and show that they, like CHIME, are committed to nothing less than excellence.”
This is the second year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. Last year CHIME made numerous improvements to the survey, governance and scoring methodology. This year CHIME added an ambulatory survey in addition to the domestic survey, expanded international outreach and incorporated an improved system that allows participating organizations to better benchmark their level of adoption and outcomes achieved. The system includes Most Wired certification at a level that reflects an organization’s overall performance. CHIME also revised the customized benchmark reports for ease of use and will again publish a report based on Most Wired responses to identify industry trends in 2019.
This is Stamford Health’s third consecutive year being honored with CHIME’s Most Wired award.