WVU Medicine hospitals recognized as Most Wired

PARKERSBURG — Nine WVU Medicine hospitals, including Camden Clark Medical Center, have earned the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives 2019 HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 9, the second highest achievable recognition, on the domestic and ambulatory surveys.

The 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.

“The WVU Medicine family has experienced significant growth over the last several years, and we have worked diligently to ensure that patients at each new member hospital has access to the same cutting-edge technology no matter where or how they come into WVU Medicine — from hospitals to outpatient clinics,” Jim Venturella, WVU Medicine vice president and chief information officer, said. “It is very gratifying to be recognized for those efforts by industry leaders.”

More than 16,000 organizations were represented in the 2019 Most Wired program, which this year included three separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory, and international. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration, and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

The nine WVU Medicine hospitals are Camden Clark, Berkeley Medical Center, Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Jefferson Medical Center, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, Potomac Valley Hospital, Reynolds Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and United Hospital Center. Summersville Regional Medical Center was not a full member of the West Virginia University Health System when the survey materials were submitted in May, but will be included in next year’s survey.

Each participating organization received a benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in infrastructure, security, business and disaster recovery, administrative and supply chain, analytics and data management, interoperability and population health, patient engagement and clinical quality add safety. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.

“With WVU Medicine’s commitment to the cutting edge information technology it offers us greater capabilities to better serve the health care needs of our community,” said Bairava Kuppuswamy, MD, and Camden Clark’s Chief Medical Information Officer. “It provides an opportunity for our patients wherever they are to get the same level of access and care to their records through MyWVUChart electronic health records both in Ambulatory clinics and Hospital settings. It is a great honor to be recognized locally for the efforts of our dedicated IT team as ‘Most Wired” for yet another year.'”

This is the second year that the organization has conducted the survey and overseen the program. Last year, numerous improvements were made to the survey, governance and scoring methodology, officials said.

This year, the organzation added an ambulatory survey in addition to the domestic survey, expanded international outreach, and incorporated an improved system that allows participating organizations to better benchmark their level of adoption and outcomes achieved.

The system includes Most Wired certification at a level that reflects an organization’s overall performance. The organization also revised the customized benchmarking report for ease of use and will again publish a report based on Most Wired responses to identify industry trends in 2019.

“Health care organizations across the globe are continually striving to raise the standard of care, pushing themselves and their peers to do better,” Russ Branzell, organization president and CEO, said. “We designed Most Wired to identify and share those leading practices so everyone can benefit. It is an honor to be among those that perform at the highest levels, knowing that the excellence they achieve will impact patients for years to come.”

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is an executive organization serving chief information officers, chief medical information officers, chief nursing information officers, chief innovation officers, chief digital officers and other senior health care information technology leaders.