Covenant Health and Covenant Medical Group Receive Level 8 Designations on CHIME’s “Most Wired” 2019 List
Covenant Health and Covenant Medical Group (Covenant Health’s affiliated physician practices) received 2019 “Most Wired” designations from CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. CHIME’s annual “Most Wired” list recognizes organizations at the forefront of the healthcare IT industry. Both Covenant Health and Covenant Medical Group received Level 8 designations for 2019, indicating they significantly exceed national averages in using information technology effectively to support patient care.
“Most Wired” accolades are given to healthcare organizations that exemplify best practices in the adoption, implementation and use of information technology. To determine the 2019 recipients, CHIME conducted three surveys – domestic, ambulatory and international – with more than 16,000 healthcare organizations participating.
Covenant Health was named in the “Most Wired” Hospitals category, a distinction the health system has received more than a dozen times since the surveys began. Covenant Medical Group was named in the “Most Wired” Ambulatory category, which was new in 2019.
“Our IT department delivers Covenant Health’s technology solutions, infrastructure and network access to achieve the greatest outcomes and efficiencies for our health system,” said Mike Ward, senior vice president and chief information officer for Covenant Health. “Through innovative collaboration and best practices in information technology, we enable care providers in our hospitals, clinics and physician practices to fulfill our pledge to put our patients first and strive for excellence in everything we do. The Level 8 designations from CHIME are affirmations of our investments, teamwork and accomplishments.”
The CHIME surveys examined adoption, integration and impact of healthcare technologies in areas such as:
- Electronic Health Record data, imaging data and patient communication
- Technology to integrate clinicial applications at the desktop, as well as through wireless and remote communications
- Outcomes for patient care, clinician support and business/financial operations
- Security processes, safeguarding information, adoption of security frameworks and other cybersecurity measures
Based on survey responses, each organization received an overall score plus scores for specific IT capabilities including interaoperability, infrastructure, disaster recovery and security. Organizations were designated at levels from 1-10, allowing them to benchmark against a defined worldwide industry standard.
According to CHIME, healthcare organizations that use technologies and strategies such as cost-of-care analytics, patient portals and other integrations to help analyze data are achieving meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes. Some organizations, including Covenant Health, are using advanced technologies like telehealth to expand access to care for patients and clinicians.