North Country Hospital earns “Most Wired Recognition” for fifth consecutive year

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NEWPORT — The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently announced that North Country Hospital has earned the 2020 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 7 again for the fifth consecutive year.

The 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 our communities.

North Country earned this achievement in the acute care hospital category as well as the ambulatory services category.

“North Country Hospital continues to leverage Information Technology to meet the needs of our community,” said North Country Hospital Executive Director of Informatics/IT, Kate Pierce. “This year, we’ve been increasingly dependent on technology advancements that enable us to provide telehealth services that are safe and convenient for our patients. We are so honored to receive this award for the fifth consecutive year in recognition of the hard work that our staff has accomplished.”

More than 30,000 organizations were represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, which this year included four separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory, long-term care, and international.

North Country Hospital was one of two hospitals in Vermont to receive the domestic (acute) award and the only hospital in Vermont to receive the ambulatory award.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score, and scores for individual levels in eight segments, including infrastructure, security, business/disaster recovery, administrative/supply chain, analytics/data management, interoperability/population health, patient engagement, and clinical quality/safety.

“I am so grateful to have a premier Information Technology and Clinical Informatics team here, and their coordination and hard work with all of our healthcare leaders and staff have made this achievement possible, North Country Hospital CEO Brian Nall said. “Most importantly, it translates directly to the positive approach and delivery of care to our patients.”

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