ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Genesis HealthCare System has been named one of the Most Wired® hospitals of 2021 by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Genesis HealthCare System has earned CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition for the 6th consecutive year, according to a news release from the company. Genesis has been certified level 9 for ambulatory care, and certified level 9 for acute care for 2021. These certifications place Genesis in the top 10% of all hospitals in the country utilizing integrated technology. The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

“Utilizing leading edge information technology has long been one of Genesis’s key strategic priorities,” said Ed Romito, chief information officer at Genesis HealthCare System. “We have a very talented team of IT professionals who are dedicated to delivering IT solutions that enable safer, faster, better health care. We’re pleased to be recognized as one of the top organizations in the country using state of the art information technology to improve patient safety and health outcomes for our patients.”

Most Wired validates that Genesis has integrated technology in every facet of the health care delivery system. Using the best-in-class electronic medical record system from Epic, Genesis provides a single comprehensive medical record for each patient that includes all information, even for those who receive care from outside Genesis HealthCare System.

The Genesis Epic system allows each patient to be an active member in their care through MyChart which is available on the patients’ phone or computer. More than 65,000 patients currently use the free Genesis MyChart application. Patients can schedule appointments, see a provider via a video visit, message their doctor, request prescription refills, review test results and make payments. All these features are protected by a robust, comprehensive cybersecurity system implemented by the Genesis IT department.

A total of 36,674 organizations were represented in the 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program, which this year included four separate surveys: acute, 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 those leading in the industry. Genesis was one of only 100 organizations to achieve Level 9 Ambulatory certification, and one of only 72 organizations to achieve Level 9 Acute Care certification.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Participants also received certification based on their overall performance, with level 10 being the highest. Only nine of the 36,674 participating organizations achieved a level 10 certification.

More information about Genesis HealthCare System can be found at genesishcs.org.

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