WellSpan Health is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the nation’s “Digital Health Most Wired” health systems by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). WellSpan is honored with the Quality Award in two categories: domestic ambulatory and acute care settings.
The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations use advanced technologies in their clinical and business programs to improve the health of their communities. More than 36,674 organizations completed the survey this year to assess the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in health care at all stages of development.
“WellSpan Health puts the power of data into the hands of its leaders and caregivers every day to ensure that our patients are receiving the best care possible,” said Dr. R. Hal Baker, WellSpan’s senior vice president and chief digital and information officer. “We are honored to receive this recognition for our dedicated IT team that continues to innovate our care delivery processes, which we know can make things easier for our patients while also increasing access to high-quality care in our communities.”
In 2020, WellSpan’s digital information teams played a key role in increasing access to telehealth from 155,000 to 325,000 patients when they needed it most during the pandemic. Digital advances also led to allowing our caregivers more access to data at the bedside to assist them in delivering exceptional patient care.
To achieve this recognition from CHIME, WellSpan and others in this group implemented advanced technologies, including telemedicine, access to data at the bedside and cost analysis tools, and leveraged them to improve care, patient experience and access to services, while reducing costs.
“Digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated to an unprecedented level since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that empowers healthcare consumers and will astound the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes the outstanding digital leaders who have paved the way for this imminent revolution in healthcare. 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.”
This is the fourth year that CHIME has conducted the surveys and overseen the Most Wired program. Each participating organization received an overall score, as well as scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization includes a clinically integrated network of approximately 2,600 physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs), including more than 1,600 employed physicians and APPs; a regional behavioral health organization; a home care organization; eight respected hospitals; approximately 20,000 employees; and more than 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. Visit WellSpan.org.