Premier Health Earns 2020 Most Wired Recognition

Premier Pulse     October 2020

Only Health System in Dayton To Make the List

Chime-Mostwired_350x350Premier Health has been recognized as a “Most Wired” health system for 2020 by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

Premier Health is the only health system in the Dayton area named to the list, and one of only 20 in Ohio. In recent years, it has rolled out several “wired” applications, including telehealth in various applications such as e-visits and virtual visits, electronic medical records, and the MyChart app. 

“Investments in our digital front door positioned us well to be able to quickly respond to COVID-19 and our patients’ needs for telehealth,” said Gary Ginter, vice president and chief information officer, Premier Health. “Premier Health has been developing digital touchpoints with our consumers for some time, and therefore, we were able to rapidly shift to telehealth. Prior to COVID-19, we averaged a hundred visits a week and now as things are normalizing, we are averaging more than 1,000 visits a week.”

Video visits are now available across the more than 700 Premier Physician Network providers, which includes both primary care and specialty care access. Premier Health also offers video visits for its urgent cares, as well as behavioral health.

A total of 29,135 organizations were represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in health care organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Each participating organization received 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 clinical quality/safety. Participants received certification based on their overall performance, with level 10 being the highest. Premier Health is certified at Level 7.

“Digital technology has been a driver of innovation in health care for many years now, but never to the degree that we saw in 2020 with the pandemic,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell.

This is the third year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program.

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