Spectrum Health Lakeland continues to rack up high scores for advanced technologies in national rankings, placing them once again among the nation’s Most Wired health organizations as recognized by the 2020 College of Healthcare Information Management Executives — or simply CHIME — in that organization’s Digital Health Most Wired recognition.
The local hospital system has earned level eight certifications in acute and ambulatory care in the 2020 recognition. The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
According to CHIME, organizations in level eight have deployed technologies and strategies to help them analyze their data and achieve meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes. Level eight organizations are experimenting with more advanced technologies, like telehealth, that expand access to care.
Robin Sarkar, Vice President of Information Services at Spectrum Health Lakeland, says, “Spectrum Health Lakeland is honored to be recognized on the Most Wired list which reflects our continued commitment to thinking and acting digitally.” Sarkar adds, “The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to rethink our approach to digital technologies and how we can better use them to connect with our patients in new and innovative ways through platforms such as virtual visits and Lakeland MyChart.”
A total of 29,135 organizations were represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, which this year included four separate surveys:
- Long-term care
They assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in health care organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading. Spectrum Health West Michigan was also recognized, earning level nine certifications in acute, ambulatory, and continuing care areas.
CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell says, “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,” adding, “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.”
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. For more information about the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program, visit this link: http://chimecentral.org
Spectrum Health Lakeland is a not-for-profit, community-owned health system serving Southwest Michigan and northern Indiana with a full continuum of care and wellness services including three hospitals, an outpatient center, a cancer center, and 48 physician practices. Lakeland is a division of Spectrum Health with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving one million members. Lakeland was named a 15 Top Health System and 100 Top Hospital by IBM Watson Health in 2019.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers chief medical information officers, chief nursing information officers, chief innovation officers, chief digital officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With nearly 3,400 members in 55 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides 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.