Research & Technology

Spectrum Health Earns 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Recognition

October 8, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 8, 2019 – Spectrum Health is proud to be recognized as a 2019 College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Most Wired health care organization at a certified level nine. The 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 and ranks organizations from a level 1 to level 10.

“Spectrum Health is honored to be included on the list of Most Wired hospitals and is proud to be one of the few included from the state of Michigan as this reflects our commitment to thinking and acting digitally,” said Jason Joseph, Spectrum Health Chief Information Officer. “Technology is vital to creating a consumer-first experience and is directly tied to our vision of personalized health made simple, affordable and exceptional. Technology drives better health through the digital tools designed for our patients and health plan members and the advanced technology applications used by our teams.”

A total of 16,168 organizations were represented in the 2019 Most Wired program, which included three separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory and international. The surveys 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 in Grand Rapids was recognized as a certified level 9 in both inpatient and ambulatory categories. Spectrum Health Lakeland was recognized as a certified level 7 for inpatient and level 8 for ambulatory.

Overall, 42 hospitals and 18 outpatient facilities received level 9 certification with only three being considered for level 10 certification. Spectrum Health is one of only two organizations in this top-tier based in the State of Michigan.

Each participating organization was assessed in eight categories: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety. Participants can use the report and scores to benchmark their performance, identify strengths and find opportunities for improvement.

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,500 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 155 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Rick Jensen
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