13 N.J. hospitals named to CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired list

By Emily Bader
New Jersey | Nov 26, 2018 at 12:56 pm

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives recently released its 2018 HealthCare’s Most Wired list with 254 health care companies making the cut — 13 of them being from New Jersey.

The list is comprised of hospitals and health systems that are at the forefront of using health care information technology to improve care delivery.

The New Jersey hospitals on the list include:

  1. Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville;
  2. Community Medical Center in Toms River;
  3. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood;
  4. Hackensack Meridian Health in Edison;
  5. Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch Campus in Long Branch;
  6. Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood;
  7. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark;
  8. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick;
  9. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville;
  10. RWJ Barnabas Health-Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City;
  11. Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston;
  12. Valley Health System in Ridgewood;
  13. Virtua Health in Marlton;

There were 647 organizations representing 2,190 hospitals from nine countries that submitted to CHIME’s survey. CHIME released the top 254 at the 2018 CHIME Fall CIO Forum in San Diego

The Top 10 “Most Wired” organizations are:

  1. Nicklaus Children’s Health System in Miami, Florida;
  2. Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables, Florida;
  3. Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania;
  4. Altru Health System in Grand Forks, North Dakota;
  5. Avera Health, Sioux Falls, South Dakota;
  6. Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina;
  7. Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Sheridan, Wyoming;
  8. Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California;
  9. Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan;
  10. UCLA Health in Los Angeles, California.

This is the first time that CHIME oversaw the program. CHIME said it revised and updated the questions and methodology behind the survey to reflect present practices, innovations and technology usage.

“At CHIME, we believe that sharing best practices nationally and globally across the healthcare IT industry will improve patient safety and outcomes everywhere,” Russell Branzell, CEO and president of CHIME, said. “Most Wired will help us achieve that goal, and more.”

Robert G. Irwin, chief innovation officer for RWJBarnabas Health, said the health system has worked hard to adopt new technologies and systems to improve care.

“We have worked hard to adopt technologies and implement clinical systems to improve the delivery of care. We are optimizing clinical workflows so that our clinicians receive timely alerts and are able to quickly respond to patient needs and so we are honored to receive this prestigious award for the technology that enables us to provide safe, effective and efficient care to our patients,” Irwin said.

The report found two key areas that organizations need to effectively transform health care: the use of foundational technologies, like security and interoperability, and the use of transformational technologies, like telehealth and value-based care.

“Healthcare IT has the potential to revolutionize care around the world, but to meet that potential it must be used strategically,” Branzell said. “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.”

For the full list, methodology and more, click here.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader