CHRISTUS Health System Named 2015 “Most Wired”

Most Wired Hospitals Focus on Security and Patient Engagement CHRISTUS Health System has been named a 2015 Most Wired health system by Health & Hospital Network magazine, the American Hospital Association, and the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The award recognizes hospitals and health systems for excellence in IT. IT projects are evaluated on achievement of business objective, creativity and uniqueness of concept, scope of solution and impact on the organization. The survey that determines the winners represents more than 2,213 hospitals and examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. “We commend and congratulate this year’s Most Wired hospitals and their CIOs for improving care delivery and outcomes in our nation’s hospitals through their creative and revolutionary uses of technology,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME CHCIO. “These Most Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of healthcare transformation.” To achieve Most Wired status, CHRISTUS Health System implemented and refined both internal and external programs that addressed: patient safety via automated clinical alerts, web-based access to patient medical records, population health management for chronically-ill patients, and telehealth for remote patient monitoring in addition to many other initiatives and programs. “These innovative programs that are bringing life-saving technology and processes to the patients across our system would not be possible without the dedication and expertise of the Associates in our Information Management and Health Informatics departments,” said George Conklin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, CHRISTUS Health System.   HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2015, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals. Last October, the AHA/Health Forum and CHIME announced the formation of a Most Wired partnership to enhance collaboration between the two organizations in the development and sustainability of the survey, and to collectively help meet the growing demand for useful data on health IT integration. Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners visit www.hhnmag.com.