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CHIME to Take Over Annual Healthcare Most Wired Study

CHIME will now be responsible for conducting healthcare’s Most Wired hospitals survey.

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By Kate Monica

- The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) will now be in charge of conducting the annual healthcare Most Wired hospitals study.

CHIME will take over all aspects of the survey and benchmarking program starting next year.

CHIME has been an avid supporter of Most Wired since its inception in 1999, according to a press release issued by the American Hospital Association (AHA).

 “With a membership of nearly 2,400 CIOs, CHIME provides an ideal home for Most Wired,” said AHA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Health Forum President and CEO Maryjane Wurth. “CHIME has direct access to the healthcare IT leaders who participate in the survey and who benefit from knowing the trends that emerge in the results.”

In addition to the nearly 2,400 CIOs part of CHIME’s membership, the executive organization also consists of more than 150 health IT vendors and professional service firms.

The Most Wired Survey tracks the ways hospitals use health IT to improve patient care delivery and reduce costs.

After being a longtime sponsor of Most Wired, CHIME became a partner with AHA in 2015 to publicize the accomplishments and merits of the healthcare IT community and distribute the results among healthcare organizations and providers across the industry.

“Most Wired is a valuable resource for CHIME’s members, and for their hospitals and healthcare systems,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell. “CHIME is honored to have the opportunity to continue this tradition of acknowledging exceptional healthcare IT leadership and, through the survey results, identifying and sharing best practices.”

Health Forum—a branch of AHA—is currently the entity in charge of collecting, distributing, and analyzing Most Wired data. The benchmarks the Health Forum has developed for Most Wired have become the industry standard for health IT measures.

Organizations participating in Most Wired receive a Most Wired survey dashboard and a detailed results report consisting of comprehensive feedback regarding the status of their own health IT processes and an industry-wide marketing report, respectively.

Earlier this month, Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) and its eHospital platform designed by Epic Systems became the first health organization outside the United States to receive a nod as a Most Wired hospital.

“A key part of the eHospital programme is the Epic electronic patient record system which is used concurrently by 3,200 clinical staff, at peak times,” said Chief Medical Information Officer and Renal Consultant Dr. Afzal Chaudhry.

Healthcare’s Most Wired measures the rate of IT adoption in US hospitals and health systems and serves as a resource for hospital leadership to develop their own health IT strategy plans.

“Epic brings together all clinical and administrative information about each of our patients, in one electronic system, recorded in real-time on mobile and handheld devices,” Chaudhry continued. “So when a patient arrives for an appointment, as an emergency, or is admitted, the team caring for that patient can see their medical record in its entirety, wherever and whenever they need to.”

CUH’s Epic EHR has been in operation for three years since completing its implementation process in 2014. The hospital also plans to go live soon with the Epic patient portal, MyChart, as well as health data exchange platforms Care Everywhere and EpicCareLink.

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