Three Health System Hospitals Among Nation's Most Wired

Albany Medical Center, Glens Falls Hospital, and Saratoga Hospital have been recognized among the Most Wired hospitals in the nation by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The three hospitals are members of the Albany Med Health System.

The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program assesses how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies to their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

“Our connections through the Albany Med Health System have allowed us to strengthen our commitment to serve patients, care providers, and employees in all our communities with the highest level of safety and quality,” said Kristopher Kusche, chief information officer of the Albany Med Health System. “This recognition highlights our team’s effort to leverage sophisticated technology that helps maximize every patient’s experience and enhance our distinction as the region’s most advanced and only locally run health care system.”

As part of CHIME’s annual survey, more than 36,000 organizations across the country were certified at levels ranging from 1-10. Each institution was evaluated on their use of information technology in eight areas: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety.

The hospitals were among only 10 hospitals in New York to make the Acute Care list and only nine hospitals in the state to make the Ambulatory Care list, indicating that they have deployed technologies and strategies to help them analyze their data, resulting in meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes. These levels also recognize the use of more advanced technologies, including telehealth, that expand access to care.