PHILADELPHIA – Every year for a decade now, Penn Medicine has made CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) Healthcare’s “Most Wired” list for its use of information technology in supporting care delivery. It is the 18th time overall that Penn Medicine has achieved “Most Wired” status on the list recognizing hospitals and health systems for their technological prowess.
The CHIME list is broken down into different categories of care, and Penn Medicine once again placed in the Digital Health Certified Ambulatory and Certified Acute categories, reaching Level 8 (of 10) in both. Penn Medicine also received the Quality Award for both the Ambulatory and Acute categories.
“This year’s CHIME survey highlighted advances in mobility and data analytics capabilities, areas in which Penn Medicine has established high achievement. We clearly have a very solid foundation to leverage and build upon as we meet the inpatient, ambulatory and homecare needs of our patients,” said Michael Restuccia, senior vice president and chief information officer and head of Penn Medicine Information Services (IS). “I’ve always said that there is something very special here at Penn Medicine, where open discussion and collaboration takes place among care providers and members of the information services team in order to deploy advanced technologies that enable the best clinical outcomes for our community.”
Organizations like Penn Medicine that attain CHIME’s Digital Health Certified Ambulatory Level 8 status – the Quality Award – have deployed technologies and strategies to analyze data and begin achieving meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes, according to the official designation. Telemedicine remains a strong example of this type of care in the health system, with the use of Penn Medicine OnDemand, a virtual urgent care service available system-wide. While the program began as an option for Penn Medicine employees and had been in place for years, it expanded to the public at the start of 2020, and was widely utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $9.9 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $546 million awarded in the 2021 fiscal year.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center—which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.
Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 47,000 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2021, Penn Medicine provided more than $619 million to benefit our community.