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Houston Methodist Named 2018 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Recipient

Houston Methodist Named 2018 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Recipient

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For the 11th time, Houston Methodist has been named one of the 2018 Most Wired recipients by College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) HealthCare.

CHIME, comprised of 2,700 members in 51 countries, chooses hospitals and health systems at the forefront of using health care IT to improve the delivery of care and adopting technology and applying it strategically to achieve great outcomes. HealthCare’s Most Wired, now in its 20th year, traditionally tracked the adoption of health care IT in hospitals and health systems.

“We’re honored to be recognized by CHIME as one of the nation’s most wired,” said Ken Letkeman, chief information officer at Houston Methodist. “We always put the patient first and we’ve made strong commitments to use information technology to help improve quality of care at Houston Methodist.”

The report findings fell into the two categories of foundational and transformational technologies. Highlights under foundational technologies include:
• 94 percent of participants used integrated clinical application suites and 86 percent used remote published applications.
• About three-fourths send blood glucose, bedside blood pressure, bedside pulse oximetry and EKG data directly to the EHR but only 25 percent send data directly from IV pumps and 10 percent from in-bed scale.
• Almost all physicians have electronic access to the EHR and other resources but only half have access to these resources using mobile applications.
• 94 percent can consume data in some form from a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) and 97 percent can contribute to a CCD but only 60 percent can consume discrete data with a home health agency or a skilled nursing home.
• Only 29 percent report having a comprehensive security program in place.
• Nearly all use firewalls, dispose devices containing personal health information properly and secure mobile devices with passwords but many lack other fundamental authentication and safeguarding procedures.
• 68 percent believe they could restore operations within 24 hours if a disaster caused complete loss of their primary data center.

Highlights under transformational technologies include:
• 76 percent can perform retroactive analysis for care improvement and cost reduction but only 43 percent can manage bundled payments or do real-time identification and tracking of value-based care conditions.
• 57 percent use clinical and billing data as well as health information exchanges to identify gaps in care.
• Most provider organizations’ population health strategies target diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, heart disease and hypertension but few target behavioral health, sickle cell anemia and end-stage renal disease.
• For patient engagement, 81 percent report capabilities like email and more than half offer satisfaction surveys; 67 percent offer secure email exchange with a member of home care team and 38 percent offer virtual patient visits.
• Most offer conveniences such as requesting a prescription renewal or paying a bill through a patient portal; 90 percent offer a mobile patient portal; and nearly all offer access to test results and visit summaries.
• 89 percent offer some form of telehealth service, but few offer focused telehealth services such as genetic counseling or rehabilitation.
About half use ePrescribing for controlled substances and 48 percent have their ePrescribing module connected to a prescription drug monitoring program.

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