UCLA Health earns 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Health received the 2021 College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Digital Health Most Wired recognition in two areas – Level 9 in the Acute category and Level 10 in the Ambulatory category, one of only 9 hospitals in the nation to reach that designation. This is the ninth consecutive year that UCLA Health has been recognized.

Certification levels are based on overall performance, with 10 being the highest. According to CHIME definitions, “organizations in levels 7 and 8 meet the criteria for being designated Most Wired.” Those in levels 9 and 10 “are often leaders in healthcare technology who actively push the industry forward.”

The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

A total of 36,674 organizations were represented in the 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program, which includes four separate surveys: acute, ambulatory, long-term care and international acute. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

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
  • Clinical quality/safety

Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Since CHIME began overseeing the program several years ago, it has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.

As in past years, CHIME will publish an industry trends report based on Digital Health Most Wired responses from U.S. participants. The 2021 National Trends Report is scheduled to be released in October during CHIME21 in San Diego.

UCLA Health is among the world's most comprehensive academic health systems, with a mission to provide state-of-the-art patient care, train top medical professionals and support pioneering research and discovery. It includes four hospitals on two campuses — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical CenterUCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, and UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center – and more than 200 medical practices throughout Southern California. UCLA Health also includes the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. UCLA Health hospitals ranked #1 in Los Angeles, #1 in California and #3 in the nation in the 2021-22 assessment by U.S. News & World Report.

For more information about the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program, please visit ChimeCentral.

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