Valley Health is among HealthCare’s Most Wired organizations for
the third year in a row, affirming the regional health system’s
use of information technology (IT) to improve access to patient care,
care delivery, patient outcomes and safety. The College of Healthcare
Information Management Executives, or CHIME, announced the 2018 winners
this week at its Fall CIO Forum in San Diego. Only five Virginia-based
health systems were honored.
“Across Valley Health, we work hard to use information and IT resources
and capability to advance the success of our health system,” said Valley Health President and CEO Mark H. Merrill.
“I applaud our IS teams and our clinical and administrative professionals
who demonstrate a commitment to harnessing information technology and
data to improve patient care, safety, integration and efficiency.”
Now in its 20th year, the Most Wired program is under the management of CHIME for the
first time this year. CHIME revised survey questions and methodology for
2018 in order to identify and recognize organizations that exemplify best
practices through their adoption, implementation and strategic use of IT.
According to CHIME, leading hospitals and health systems not only adopt
new technology, but apply it strategically to achieve great outcomes.
Two key areas emerged from this year’s survey results: the use of
foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery;
and the use of
transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement
and telehealth. The foundational pieces need to be in place for an organization
to leverage tools to transform health care effectively.
“Valley Health continues to demonstrate its strength in both the
foundational and the transformational areas,” says James Burton, Valley Health Chief Information Officer.
“I’m very proud of our team’s ability to stay on top
of the day-to-day clinical and administrative operations at Valley Health
hospitals, clinics and other sites; maintain security across all platforms;
and also help launch innovative programs to better serve our patients
and providers.” Burton says the new survey report offers valuable benchmarking data from
healthcare organizations worldwide.
Valley Health Chief Nursing Information Officer Kelly Boyd, RN, MSN, is
enthusiastic about how interoperability, or sharing information between
providers, can benefit Valley Health patients.
“The EHR (electronic health record) is a necessary tool to protect
and share patient information and extend our interoperability platform,” says Boyd.
“Patient information is available to an Emergency Department provider
across our health care system or across the country. This helps assure
important medical history is available whenever and wherever a patient
may present for care.”
Other initiatives advanced this year include online bill pay, appointment
self-scheduling, electronic prescriptions, positive patient identification
using photos captured at registration, and advanced efforts to interface
data directly into the EHR, which ensures accuracy and improves clinical
Optimization of information technology at Valley Health continues to add
value and save time for patients and care providers, inside and outside
the walls of its six hospitals and dozens of outpatient locations, contributing
to the overall health of the communities it serves.
About Valley Health System
Valley Health is a not-for-profit regional health system employing more than 6,000 and
serving a population of more than 500,000 in the northern Shenandoah Valley
of Virginia, the Eastern Panhandle and Potomac Highlands of West Virginia
and western Maryland. Valley Health includes a 455-bed regional trauma
and referral center in Winchester and community hospitals in
Luray, Va., and
Berkeley Springs and
Romney, W.Va.; more than 50 physician practices; and services including
rehabilitation and fitness centers,
home health, a
retail pharmacy and
Urgent Care centers in six communities.
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, visit