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Mercy Health Named ‘Most Wired’ for Tech Efforts

November 30, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has named Mercy Health as one of the country’s “Most Wired” for the health-care system’s investment in technology.

Our investment in technology can be found in our surgical suites, our physician practices and even at home, through mobile applications such as MyChart,” said, Dr. James Kravec, chief clinical officer at Mercy Health – Youngstown, in a release. “This innovation allows us to help make health care easier in the digital age we live in.” 

The award, now in its 20th year, tracks the adoption of health-care IT, while an associated survey highlights strengths and gaps in the industry. The full report is available at ChimeCentral.org.

 The nationwide survey found two key emerging areas in the field: the use of technology to support population health management, value-based care and telehealth, and the use of foundational technologies including integration, security, disaster recovery and interoperability. 

“Health care 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.”  

The Most Wired recipients were recognized at the Chime Fall CIO Forum in San Diego Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. Among the other area hospitals recognized were Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.