The annual Healthcare’s Most Wired survey, now overseen by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), was recently released and RWJBarnabas Health facilities topped the list for Most Wired Hospitals. RWJBarnabas Health facilities named to the 2018 Most Wired Hospitals list include: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville; Community Medical Center in Toms River; Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City; Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch; Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark; RWJUH- New Brunswick; RWJUH-Somerset; and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.
HealthCare’s Most Wired traditionally tracked the adoption of healthcare IT in hospitals and health systems. CHIME took over the Most Wired program and revised the survey questions and methodology this year to highlight strengths and gaps in the industry. The goal is to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of healthcare IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world.
Hospitals and health systems at the forefront of using healthcare IT to improve the delivery of care have maximized the benefits of foundational technologies and are embracing new technologies that support population management and value-based care. The most successful organizations not only adopt technology but apply it strategically to achieve great outcomes.
The report found two key areas that emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth. These foundational pieces need to be in place for an organization to leverage tools to effectively transform healthcare.