CMS may be the source of the definitive numbers about which hospitals, healthcare systems and physicians are attesting to meaningful use, but the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) knows which providers are “most wired.”
CHIME, in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum, has opened the two groups’ “2015 Most Wired” survey and benchmarking study.
Last year, 1,901 hospitals were represented among 680 people who responded to the survey – roughly 33% of U.S. hospitals.
This industry barometer looks at how well hospitals use IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare and helps survey participants map strategic IT plans.
Participating providers answer questions about their progress in adoption, rollout and use in four key areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety in inpatient and outpatient settings; and clinical integration.
In October, CHIME and the AHA announced that they would work together to further develop the survey, begin recognizing IT use in hospitals, and encourage IT use and performance improvements with results from the survey.
As a result, the groups say they have made changes, including:
- Stricter verification and checks of whether organizations have successfully met meaningful use criteria
- New questions about security measures
- Additions to the survey involving patient engagement, telemedicine and integrated networks
Hospitals and healthcare systems taking part in the survey can be named among the Most Wired, Most Improved, or Most Wired among small or rural hospitals. Hospitals with unusual IT projects can compete for the Innovator Award.
A panel of hospital and IT Ieaders will evaluate the submissions, which are due March 15.
The annual survey link and Innovator award application can be found here.