Tampa General Hospital Earns 9th Consecutive Digital Health “Most Wired” Award

Published: Oct 21, 2021

The award reaffirms Tampa General’s vision to be the most innovative academic health system in America.

Tampa, FL (Oct. 21, 2021) –The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) named Tampa General Hospital among its 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recipients. Tampa General was recognized as Certified Level 9 (out of 10) in both the Acute and Ambulatory levels.

In the Acute Recognized Organizations, Tampa General was one of only five hospitals in Florida, and the only one in Tampa, to get Level 9 recognition. TGH was also one of five Florida Hospitals to earn a Level 9 in Ambulatory Recognized Organizations. To be recognized at this level, organizations must show they have embraced advanced technologies and adopted them system-wide. Meaningful outcomes can include:

  • Improved quality of care

  • Improved patient experience

  • Reduced costs

  • Broader patient access to health care services

“The Most Wired recognition is an exceptional mark of distinction for TGH Information Technologies,” said Scott Arnold, Executive Vice President and Chief of Innovation with Tampa General Hospital. “It is a genuine team effort to support our team members, patients, providers, and partners with modern technologies. I am delighted and grateful for the entire IT team doing their part to support outstanding patient care.”

To arrive at their selections, the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities. 

“Digital transformation in health care has accelerated to an unprecedented level since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that empowers health care consumers and will astound the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. 

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

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score, and scores for individual levels in eight segments:

  • Infrastructure

  • Security

  • Business/disaster recovery

  • Administrative/supply chain

  • Analytics/data management

  • Interoperability/population health

  • Patient engagement

  • Clinical quality/safety

Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Participants also received certification based on their overall performance, with level 10 being the highest. 

Tampa General Hospital, a 1,041-bed non-profit academic medical center, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in
U.S. News & World Report's 2021-22 Best Hospitals, and one of the top 4 hospitals in Florida, with five specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. The academic medical center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious 2021 Forbes magazine rankings – America’s Best Employers by State, third out of 100 Florida companies and first among health care and social organizations and 13th nationally in America’s Best Employers for Women. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and in fiscal 2020 provided a net community benefit worth more than $182.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With five medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center and its 32-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of FloridaIt also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health and 19 outpatient Radiology Centers. Tampa Bay residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track.  As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost.  For more information, go to www.tgh.org.

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 nearly 3,400 members in 55 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.