CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Participation Grows By 20 Percent, Reflecting Surge in Digital Transformation
The Most Wired survey and certification program serves as a comprehensive “Digital Health Check” for healthcare organizations across the nation. Unique in the industry, the certification reflects a provider’s commitment to the digital transformation necessary to deliver today’s best patient care. The survey criteria go far beyond a typical IT survey or adoption scale to broadly evaluate an organization’s philosophies, programs, processes and outcomes.
As success in digital health increasingly determines the quality of patient care, the scope of the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired survey reflects the progress of leading healthcare providers as they reinvent healthcare for a new century. The award also gives organizations the data and insight needed to strive for improvement and reach for higher levels of impact on an annual basis.
More than 36,000 facilities were represented in the 2021 survey, a 20 percent increase from the number of facilities represented in the previous year’s survey. These impressive gains reflect the ongoing drive toward digital transformation in healthcare during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated to an unprecedented level since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that empowers healthcare consumers and will astound the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes the outstanding digital leaders who have paved the way for this imminent revolution in healthcare. Their trailblazing commitment to rapid transformation has set an example for the entire industry in how to pursue a leadership vision with determination, brilliant planning and courage to overcome all challenges.”
This is the fourth year that CHIME has conducted the Digital Health Most Wired survey and overseen the recognition program. In those few years, CHIME has expanded the survey well beyond its original format, which surveyed only acute care providers. In 2021, the survey includes organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care: acute care, ambulatory care, and long-term/post-acute care (LTPAC).
The Board of Governors for the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired survey is comprised of subject matter experts and health industry experts. Each participating organization receives a customized benchmarking report, an overall score, and scores for individual levels in seven segments: infrastructure; security; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety. The 2021 survey also included an unscored section on digital developments related to COVID-19 to allow for beneficial data-gathering without impact to an organization’s rating. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Each participant also receives certification based on their overall performance on the scored sections, with level 10 being the highest. Organizations earning level 7-10 certification will be honored at the CHIME21 Fall Forum taking place Oct. 27-30.
By the numbers in 2021:
- 7 countries were represented
- 36,674 facilities were represented
- 10 organizations were chosen for Level 10 certification
A list of the highest-achieving healthcare organizations in levels 7-10 presented by category is available here.
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), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 5,000 members in 55 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME and its three associations provide 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 care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.
Editor, Communications & Media Relations, CHIME