Multiple Arizona hospitals recognized as leaders in healthcare IT

Three Arizona healthcare systems and two individual Arizona hospitals were recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as “HealthCare’s Most Wired” this year. The distinction is given to healthcare organizations that “exemplify best practices through their adoption, implementation and use of information technology.”

Arizona’s “HealthCare’s Most Wired” designees:

  • Banner Health*
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital
  • Northern Arizona Healthcare*
  • TMC Healthcare
  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center*

*more than one hospital represented

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CHIME, an executive organization that serves senior healthcare IT leaders, took over the Most Wired program just this year. The American Hospital Association had run the program for 19 years before CHIME acquired it.

“The mission of the CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired program is to elevate the health and healthcare of communities around the world through the optimal use of information technology.”

To compete for a “Most Wired” designation, hospitals and healthcare systems respond to an annual survey. In the 2017 survey, which was facilitated by the American Hospital Association, Arizona’s lineup of awardees looked similar. There was one change: Yuma Regional Medical Center received an award last year, and Northern Arizona Healthcare did not.

Northern Arizona Healthcare’s chief nursing informatics officer, David White, celebrated the new recognition in a press release.

“Being named a Most Wired healthcare system means we are seeing a strong positive shift in the way NAH is viewing and leveraging technology … By focusing on infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and clinical integration, we aim to drive efficiencies and improve performance and quality of care for our patients.”

This year, CHIME updated the survey, scoring, and award methodology. Survey respondents who were representing multiple hospitals were asked to answer questions using the average of all the hospitals they were representing.

As for what was asked, the survey questions aren’t public; however, the FAQ page of the survey website does give one example:

“For what percentage of pharmaceutical supplies is an electronic order generated when they reach a predetermined par level with appropriate internal controls?”

Each survey participant received a bench-marking report to use in “planning and developing future IT projects.” CHIME also used the survey results to produce a broad, national report, which identifies trends in healthcare IT and areas for improvement.