Saint Barnabas Medical Center Earns 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce that Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) and the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center have each earned 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognitions, both as a certified level 9. 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 Most Wired Award is so important because it really speaks to how our clinical and support staff use technology to produce the best possible outcome for the communities we serve,” says Michael McTigue, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at SBMC. “2020 was an unprecedented year with the pandemic, the survey really concentrated on how we supported our healthcare heroes taking care of our patients. We are honored to share this Performance Excellence with the entire SBMC family.”

“Digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated to an unprecedented level since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that empowers healthcare consumers and will astound the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes the outstanding digital leaders who have paved the way for this imminent revolution in healthcare. Their trailblazing commitment to rapid transformation has set an example for the entire industry in how to pursue a leadership vision with determination, brilliant planning and courage to overcome all challenges.”

A total of 36,674 organizations were represented in the 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program, which includes four separate surveys: acute, ambulatory, long-term care and international acute. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

“Setting up command centers, tents, remote access, communications, turning rooms into ICU type settings were all a part of using technology during this traumatic time. Security was also a major focus area, seeing how we protect our infrastructure and systems from cyber-attacks was extremely important,” says Mr. McTigue.

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