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Riverside Health System Earns 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition for 17th Consecutive Year

October 07, 2021

Riverside is pleased to announce that the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) awarded the health system with its 2021 Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified level 9. The annual survey assesses how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies to their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

“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.”

It is the 17th year in a row that Riverside has received the Most Wired recognition. This year, Riverside received the Performance Excellence Award for earning level 9 certification in the CHIME surveys for acute (hospital), ambulatory and long-term care. Of those who were awarded level 9 certification, Riverside was one of only a hundred hospitals in acute care, one of seventy-two in ambulatory care, and one of six for long-term care.

“We are honored to once again receive CHIME’s Most Wired Performance Excellence Award,” said Ross Younger, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Riverside Health System. “This year’s award reflects efforts from across our system to include mass COVID-19 vaccination, opioid risk models, care gap closure, population health and supply chain. Riverside continues to look for strategic ways to leverage advancements in technology to deliver innovative solutions that benefit and improve the health and outcomes for our patients.”

A total of 36,674 organizations were represented in the 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program, which includes four separate surveys: acute, ambulatory, long-term care and international acute. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration, and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery’ administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinic quality/safety. Participants can use the report and score to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Participants also received certification based on their overall performance, with level 10 being the highest.

This is the fourth year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. In each successive year, CHIME has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.

As in past years, CHIME will publish an industry trends report based on Digital Health Most Wired responses from U.S. participants. The 2021 National Trends Report is scheduled to be released in October during CHIME21 in San Diego.