Posted on October 06, 2020
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce that TidalHealth Peninsula Regional and TidalHealth Nanticoke have again earned 2020 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition. TidalHealth has been honored with a Most Wired Award or Most Improved Hospital Award a total of 13 times in the 22 years of the survey — 11 of those consecutively — for the use of information technology (IT) in support of medication and patient safety, information exchange and data protection.
“Digital technology has been a driver of innovation in healthcare for many years now, but never to the degree that we saw in 2020 with the pandemic,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program underscores why healthcare organizations keep pushing themselves to be digital leaders and shows what amazing feats they can achieve. This certification recognizes their exemplary performance in 2020.”
29,135 organizations were represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, which this year included four separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory, long-term care and international. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.
“As TidalHealth continues our transition to more integrated and patient-centered care away from the traditional hospital setting, the use of information technology to better connect patient with provider is essential in providing each the knowledge and information necessary to make informed healthcare decisions about treatment and care options,” said Ray Adkins, TidalHealth’s Chief Information Officer. “Delivering the highest quality and safest care, both at our hospitals and across our region, is a cornerstone of our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve.”
The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to identify, recognize and certify the adoption, implementation and use of information technology by healthcare provider organizations. The most successful, including TidalHealth, not only adopt technology but also apply it strategically to achieve improved outcomes.
This is the third year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. In each successive year, CHIME has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.