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Monica Buchanan, Director of Communications
Hartford, CT– Connecticut Children’s has been named to the Digital Health Most Wired list of hospitals for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, Connecticut Children’s specialty clinics received the Ambulatory Digital Health Most Wired Award for the second year. Hospital winners are recognized for making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships.
According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth, and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access healthcare services, and to capture important patient health information. Digital technology is a driver of innovation and was heavily emphasized in this year’s assessment.
“Connecticut Children’s team members are working together to ensure that our systems not only work efficiently but that they are used effectively, appropriately and safely in support of our patients and families. Our organizations’ pivot to adapt and adopt new digital platforms to engage patients and families during the pandemic epitomizes this,” said Jung Park, Interim Chief Information Officer. “This award is a true reflection of our expertise and collaboration across the organization.”
Connecticut Children’s Information Solutions team is further refining use of technology to manage population health. Analytic tools help identify patients with chronic illness to promote preventive care and help patients manage their condition. Connecticut Children’s was also the first hospital in the state to connect electronically to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, a key tool in an attempt to curb the opioid crisis. The hospital also uses telehealth technology to offer virtual visits in our NICUs and 30+ specialties and has successful held 36,000 video visits since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, and also improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools like MyChart and the Connecticut Children’s app are helping patients and families be more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health.
A total of 30,135 organizations were represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, which this year included four separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory, long-term care 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.
“Digital technology has been a driver of innovation in healthcare for many years now, but never to the degree that we saw in 2020 with the pandemic,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program underscores why healthcare organizations keep pushing themselves to be digital leaders and shows what amazing feats they can achieve. This certification recognizes their exemplary performance in 2020.”
Connecticut Children’s continues to seek new ways to use technology to improve patient care and strengthen communication between providers in its clinically integrated network.
For more information about the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program, please go here.
About Connecticut Children’s
Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a Magnet® designated hospital. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.