The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has named Adventist Health System (AHS), which includes Shawnee Mission Health, a recipient of its 2018 Most Wired award, based on the results of HealthCare’s Most Wired survey. The award, in its 20th year, identifies and recognizes health care organizations that exemplify best practices through their adoption, implementation and use of information technology.
“Leveraging technology and innovation is a part of our commitment to delivering best-practice, high-quality care,” said Mike Allen, chief information officer for the Mid-America Region of AHS. “Receiving the Most Wired award is an honor for our organization and we are thankful for the talented, mission-focused team members who help develop, support and maintain the systems that enable us to deliver on our promise of wholeness through exceptional patient care.”
This marks the sixth consecutive time that AHS has earned the Most Wired distinction. And this year, only the top 25 percent of respondents were recipients of the award due to a more rigorous selection process. Adventist Information Technology, the organization’s IT department, manages and oversees its business systems and information technology solutions across its hospitals, home health and hospice agencies, skilled nursing facilities, physician practices and business offices.
According to the survey, two key areas 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.
“Health care 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.”
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