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Most Wired Award Acute Care

SEATTLE — (Oct. 7, 2020) — Virginia Mason has received the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired recognition from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). This is the ninth straight year Virginia Mason has earned this prestigious title.

The 2020 recognition is based on the annual CHIME survey that assesses how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies in clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

Most Wired Award Ambulatory Care

“This honor reflects the value Virginia Mason places on digital and information technologies in supporting care quality, patient safety and innovation across the organization,” said Ellen Wiegand, vice president and chief information officer. “This understanding of technology as a critical resource has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic as we’ve flexed quickly to meet ever-changing needs.”

A total of 30,135 organizations are represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, which evaluates the adoption, integration and impact of technologies at all stages, from early development to industry leading. Results are intended to improve patient safety and outcomes by driving change in information technology. Survey participants receive certification based on overall performance, with Level 10 being the highest.

CHIME designates Virginia Mason as a certified Level 7 organization for its use of technology in the hospital (acute) and clinic (ambulatory) settings. See the lists of award winners.

“Digital technology has been a driver of innovation in health care for many years, but never to the degree that we saw in 2020 with the pandemic,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program underscores why health care organizations keep pushing themselves to be digital leaders and shows what amazing feats they can achieve.”

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 clinical quality/safety.

CHIME is a professional membership organization representing 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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