UC Health Again Receives CHIME “HealthCare’s Most Wired” Award

CINCINNATI (Nov. 2, 2018) — For the second year in a row, UC Health has been named among the nation’s top healthcare organizations for information technology by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

CHIME designated UC Health for 2018 Most Wired recognition at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum in San Diego on Friday. The organization also ranked UC Health top among Ohio health systems for interoperability.

“At UC Health, we use cutting-edge technology every day to advance science and the delivery of care for our patients and employees,” said Jay Brown, senior vice president and chief information officer for UC Health. “This includes protecting our patients’ data, improving connections among our employees and providers, and using advances such as telehealth and virtual visits to help improve patients’ care and quality of life. We are proud that these efforts have again been recognized by CHIME.”

The most successful healthcare organizations not only adopt technology but apply it strategically to achieve great outcomes, according to an analysis of this year’s CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired survey results.

The organization’s annual survey evaluates hospitals and health systems in eight categories, from IT infrastructure to patient engagement. Among the criteria: whether medications are tracked and administered using a RFID or barcode system; whether mobile apps, telehealth services and/or remote visits are available to patients; the steps taken to make the health system’s technological infrastructure secure; and the level of integration of electronic health records.

“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 Most Wired 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, CHIME found.

CHIME 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.

 

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About UC Health

UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving the Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky region. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching – a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: University of Cincinnati Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians (includes nearly 900 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes including: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute; UC Cancer Institute; and UC Heart, Lung & Vascular Institute. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at UCHealth.com.

About CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,700 members in 51 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

 

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