Spectrum Health earned some of the highest marks in the state for acute and ambulatory care from the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Program.
Spectrum Health was awarded the highest possible mark for acute care, making it the only level 10 recipient in Michigan and one of nine who received the highest mark worldwide. For ambulatory care, the organization was awarded a level nine mark, one of only four awarded in the state.
The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Program surveys health care organizations annually, assessing how well they apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs as they look to improve health care in their respective communities.
“The Most Wired level 10 designation, while never a goal in itself, is great recognition of our continued focus on digital transformation and technology modernization. Our goal is to make care better and more efficient, and we know technology is a key enabler to that end,” said Jason Joseph, senior vice president and chief digital and information officer at Spectrum Health. “To achieve this level of digital enablement, even in a pandemic, is really a testament to the resolve, commitment, collaboration and focus of our exceptional team.”
The 2021 CHIME program surveyed four areas in health care: acute, ambulatory, international acute and long-term care and intended to assess the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in health care organizations, from those in early development stages to industry-leading organizations.
All surveyed organizations receive a custom benchmarking report, an overall score and are assessed in eight segments, including infrastructure, security, business/disaster recovery, administrative/supply chain, analytics/data management, interoperability/population health, patient engagement and clinical quality/safety. Participants also receive an overall performance report, with a level 10 mark being the highest possible score.
“The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes the outstanding digital leaders who have paved the way for this imminent revolution in health care,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “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.”
CHIME has conducted surveys and overseen the program for three years and continues to expand the survey annually to include a wider variety of organizations and types of care. The program is hosted internationally to give a global overview of digital health advancements.
CHIME plans to publish its 2021 National Trends Report for the U.S. this month during CHIME21 in San Diego.
Additional information on the program can be found online.