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UI Health Named to ‘HealthCare's Most Wired’ List for 2018

Health Care's Most Wired

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

UI Health has been named a "Most Wired" healthcare organization for 2018 by the College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME). UI Health now has received this designation eight consecutive years and 12 of the last 13.

The "HealthCare's Most Wired" list recognizes hospitals and health systems that are at the forefront of using healthcare IT to improve the delivery of care. The program traditionally tracked the adoption of healthcare IT in hospitals and health systems, but this year, the first under CHIME's direction, survey questions and methodology were revised to reflect leading practices and successful, innovative uses of technology. The goal is to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of healthcare IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world.

"I am proud that we have again been recognized for our investment in healthcare information technology to support our clinicians as they provide care to our patients," said Audrius Polikaitis, chief information officer for the University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics. "With the recent kick-off of our Epic Systems implementation, we are putting connected, integrated, and coordinated patient care at the core of UI Health."

The "Most Wired" report identified two IT trends that emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies — such as integration, interoperability, security, and disaster recovery — and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement, and telehealth. These foundational pieces need to be in place for an organization to leverage tools to effectively transform healthcare, CHIME noted.

"A state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system is the foundation for delivering exceptional patient care," Polikaitis said. "We can't wait to see how these infrastructure enhancements will improve operations and create a better patient experience."

UI Health is one of 254 organizations named to the 2018 "Most Wired" list. A total of 647 organizations representing 2,190 hospitals participated in the survey.