Children's Hospital Colorado

Children’s Colorado Named 2018 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Recipient

Children's Hospital Colorado | December 11, 2018
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Children’s Colorado has been named among the hospitals and health systems at the forefront of technology use that improves delivery of care. It is the sixth year in a row we've received this honor from CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired®. Now in its 20th year, the survey’s 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. According to an analysis of CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired survey results, the most successful organizations adopt technology and apply it strategically to achieve exceptional outcomes.

The CHIME report found two key areas that emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies that promote infrastructure; and the use of transformational technologies that support patient engagement. This award continues to be a benchmark for how technology is leveraged throughout Children's Colorado to ensure we are providing the best care possible while remaining strategic with emerging technologies.

A message from Dana Moore

“Children’s Colorado is proud to be recognized for exemplifying best practices through rapid and efficient adoption, implementation and use of technologies that measurably improves the experience of our patients, families and clinicians,” said Dana Moore, senior vice president and chief information officer. “We are proud to have maximized the benefits of foundational technologies and are embracing new technologies that support population management and value-based care.”

The report findings fell into the two categories of foundational and transformational technologies.

Highlights under foundational technologies

  • 94% of participants used integrated clinical application suites and 86% used remote published applications.
  • About three-fourths send blood glucose, bedside blood pressure, bedside pulse oximetry and EKG data directly to the EHR with only 25% sending data directly from IV pumps and 10% from in-bed scale.
  • Almost all physicians have electronic access to the EHR and other resources.
  • 29% report having a comprehensive security program in place. 
  • Nearly all use firewalls, dispose of devices containing personal health information properly and secure mobile devices with passwords and continue to focus on safeguarding procedures. 
  • 68% believe they could restore operations within 24 hours if a disaster caused complete loss of their primary data center.

Highlights under transformational technologies 

  • 76% can perform retroactive analysis for care improvement and cost reduction.
  • Most identified continued opportunity to manage bundled payments or do real-time identification and tracking of value-based care conditions.
  • 57% use clinical and billing data as well as health information exchanges to identify gaps in care.
  • Most provider organizations' population health strategies target diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, heart disease and hypertension.
  • For patient engagement, 81% report capabilities like email and more than half offer satisfaction surveys; 67% offer secure email exchange with a member of the home care team and 38% offer virtual patient visits.
  • Most offer conveniences such as requesting a prescription renewal or paying a bill through a patient portal; 90% offer a mobile patient portal; and nearly all offer access to test results and visit summaries.
  • 89% offer some form of telehealth service.
  • About half use ePrescribing for controlled substances and 48% have their ePrescribing module connected to a prescription drug monitoring program.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)

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.

“Healthcare IT has the potential to revolutionize care around the world, but to meet that potential it must be used strategically,” said Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME. “The technology is important, but leadership and a strategic vision are equally important. The diversity of the organizations that earned Most Wired status this year shows quality care can be achieved almost anywhere under the right leadership. By sharing the best practices in Most Wired, we hope quality care will one day be available everywhere.”      

For more information about CHIME, please visit chimecentral.org.

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