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SEATTLE — (Nov. 2, 2018) — Virginia Mason has received the 2018 Most Wired award, which goes to hospitals and health systems across the nation that are on the forefront of using foundational and new information technology (IT) to improve the delivery of care.

This marks the seventh straight year Virginia Mason has received the award, announced today by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

“We are honored to again be designated as a Most Wired medical center,” said Ellen Dowling, vice president and chief information officer, Virginia Mason. “The award recognizes the excellent work of the IT and operations teams and their collaborative support of our clinicians and their patients.”

Virginia Mason’s strategic IT applications 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 their lab results; and review clinic notes. The online portal logged more than 7.7 million page views between Jan. 1 and Oct. 28 this year alone.

The Most Wired survey identified two key areas that emerged nationally this year: the use of foundational technologies that facilitate integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth. The most successful organizations not only adopt technology but apply it strategically to achieve great outcomes, according to an analysis of Most Wired survey results by CHIME.

“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.”      

CHIME is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior health care IT leaders. With more than 2,800 members in 51 countries and over 150 health care IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve health and health care in the communities they serve.

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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