For the fifth straight year, a national group has recognized Virtua for its leadership in the use of information technology (IT) to improve healthcare. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has named Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua a ‘Most Wired’ health system for 2018.
“Having the right information at the right time is increasingly essential in healthcare,” said Tom Gordon, Virtua’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “Virtua’s continuing designation as a Most Wired health organization shows another important way we’re committed to enhancing patient care, and to supporting our clinicians in the vital work they do each day.”
Tom Gordon, Virtua’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. (Image provided)
For instance, Virtua recently launched an enhanced electronic medical record (EMR) system — called ONEVirtua – that is furthering the organization’s goals for quality and patient satisfaction. And Virtua’s new Innovation Center is developing technology-based products and services to improve patients’ well-being.
The goal of the CHIME Most Wired program is to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of healthcare IT to elevate the health and care of communities worldwide, according to CHIME.
“Healthcare 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,” he continued. “By sharing the best practices in Most Wired, we hope quality care will one day be available everywhere.”
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,700 members in 51 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please click here.
As one of New Jersey’s largest, non-profit health systems, Virtua provides comprehensive health care services to achieve its mission to help people be well, get well and stay well. Virtua provides services through Virtua Medical Group with 500 physicians and other clinicians, and at its urgent care centers, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health and wellness centers, fitness centers, home health services, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and paramedic program.
A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers nearly 8,000 babies a year. It provides health services to 1,500 businesses, and participates in Virtua Physician Partners, a clinically integrated network of 1,000 physicians and other clinicians. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for pediatrics. It employs over 9,000 and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley many times since 2007.
It is the recipient of a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of care. U.S. News and World Report ranked Virtua’s Mount Holly and Voorhees hospitals as High Performing Hospitals and Voorhees as a Best Regional Hospital. Virtua is also a Magnet-recognized health system and the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, click here.