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UCI Health among most wired health systems in America

October 10, 2019

UCI Health has earned the Quality Award as one of America’s Most Wired health systems in America, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Healthcare’s Most Wired survey.

According to CHIME, “HealthCare’s Most Wired” Quality Award winners are organizations that have deployed technologies and strategies, such as population health/cost-of-care analytics, HIEs/integration engines and patient portals, to help them analyze their data and achieve meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes. The award puts UCI Health among the 90th percentile of U.S. health systems and will be formally recognized at next month’s at the CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum. This is the second consecutive year UCI Health is on the Most Wired list.

“At UCI Health, the informational technology team is a key part of elevating the quality of life for patients with the most complex care needs, teaching the next generation of health leaders and identifying new treatments through clinical innovation and research," said Sri Bharadwaj, Sr. Director, Information Services and Chief Information Security Officer, UCI Health.

The mission of the CHIME “HealthCare’s Most Wired” program is to elevate the health and care of communities around the world by encouraging the optimal use of information technology. The program does this by conducting an annual survey to identify, recognize, and certify the adoption, implementation, and use of information technology by healthcare provider organizations. The results are intended to improve patient safety and outcomes by driving change in the healthcare IT industry.

“The healthcare industry is evolving at lightning speed, with many exciting innovations that can truly transform how we deliver care,” said CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell. “Most Wired gives us a way to gauge where we are, identify best practices that can elevate care everywhere and recognize those leaders whose pursuit of excellence is driving change in our in our industry. We are honored to have so many healthcare organizations from around the world participate in this year’s program and show that they, like CHIME, are committed to nothing less than excellence.”

Examples of the wired culture at UCI Health during 2019 include:

  • Completion of a double upgrade to the latest version of the Epic electronic medical records system.
  • Introduction of a new MyUCIHealth mobile platform for assisting patients with easy access to UCI Health services.
  • Deployment of a robust instance of MyChart patient portal and mobile app with new features such as e-checkin, appointment self-scheduling and questionnaire completion to improve patient engagement.
  • Expansion in the use of Epic across outpatient centers, including the new Newport Beach sleep center and Yorba Linda multispecialty center for seamless availability of patient data for our physicians.


About CHIME: 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), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,900 members in 56 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 care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

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