Sarasota Memorial among world’s ‘Most Wired’ hospitals

Recognition comes from College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

With the past three years having been “a period of marked disruption and challenge for healthcare organizations,” the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has put a spotlight on “hospitals with digital health systems that promote safer care and more security,” Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) pointed out in a recent news release.

Once again, SMH noted, it has been named to CHIME’s global list of Most Wired hospitals. The latest honor is for 2022.

Among the advanced technologies that SMH uses are mobile applications and telehealth solutions, “price-transparency and cost-analysis tools, secure digital access to data at the point of care, and security technology to safeguard clinical systems, protected health information and business operations,” SMH explains in the release.

“This award is a testament to SMH’s ongoing commitment to invest in advanced and innovative technology that enhances patient care, communication and connectivity,” said SMH Chief Information Officer Pam Ramhofer in the release.

“CHIME conducts the annual survey to identify and recognize the adoption of best practices in information technology [IT] by healthcare provider organizations, with the goal of improving patient safety and outcomes by driving change in healthcare IT,” the release adds. “This year, the survey grew by 20%, despite the pandemic”; it represents more than 38,000 facilities in 10 countries, the release points out.

“Innovation in the healthcare industry is accelerating at a never-before-seen pace, kicked into an overdrive by the pandemic, forcing organizations to either adapt or be left behind,” said CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell in the release. “The survey covers multiple categories to assess how effectively and where healthcare organizations are advancing on their digital health journeys.”

Branzell added in the release, “Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, 60% of our survey respondents this year report being right on schedule with their digital transformation efforts, which is nothing short of amazing considering the adversity they faced.”