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Most Wired

SEATTLE — (Sept. 19, 2019) — The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced today that Virginia Mason has earned CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition for the eighth straight year.

CHIME also designated the medical center as “certified level 7,” which reflects overall performance in deploying information technology (IT) and strategies to analyze data and achieve meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes. Virginia Mason will receive special recognition at the CHIME CIO Forum Nov. 3-6 in Phoenix.

“To be recognized again as a ‘Most Wired’ organization is a huge honor,” said Ellen Wiegand, vice president and chief information officer. “Virginia Mason is committed to using proven, leading-edge technologies to improve quality, safety and the health care experience for patients and our team members.

“We have a mantra for our IT projects Patient Focused, Clinically Driven, IT Supported,” she added. “This reminds us to focus on doing what is best for our patients, in partnership with our care teams, in a sustainable way.”

Virginia Mason’s sophisticated information technologies include a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient electronic health record with embedded clinical decision support; medical device integration with the electronic health record; a barcode system for safely administering medications; online resources for managing the health of defined populations; industry-leading information security and privacy programs; and a secure online patient portal called MyVirginiaMason.

The portal enables patients to schedule appointments; renew prescriptions; send messages to their providers; view lab results; and review clinic notes. Use of the patient portal continues to grow, with an average of 908,959 page views per month in 2019 compared to a monthly average of 786,669 the previous year.

To determine the Most Wired organizations, CHIME conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively they apply core and advanced technologies in clinical and business programs to improve care delivery and health in their communities. This year, 418 organizations across the nation, including 321 hospitals, are recognized as Most Wired. See the complete list.

CHIME is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers, chief medical information officers, chief nursing information officers, chief innovation officers, chief digital officers and other senior health care IT leaders.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509



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