Valley Children’s receives national recognition for digital health


MADERA – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is happy to share that Valley Children’s Health Care has received the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired 2021 award. Valley Children’s is Level 8 certified and has excellence in technology infrastructure, security, and data management – all of which help improve patient safety and outcomes.

“Valley Children’s is committed to ensuring that we provide the best possible care for children – and is committed to supporting our patients and families throughout their care – and technology is certainly an essential element in both of these goals,” said the President and CEO of Valley Children Todd Suntrapak. “This recognition shows that we continue to make great strides in an important technology shift for our children, their families and our teams.”

The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to evaluate how effectively health organizations are using core and advanced technologies in their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

“The digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated to unprecedented levels since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that will empower healthcare consumers and amaze the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes outstanding digital leaders who paved the way for this upcoming healthcare revolution. Their pioneering commitment to rapid transformation has set an example for the entire industry of how to pursue a leadership vision with determination, brilliant planning, and the courage to face any challenge. “

In 2020, Valley Children’s moved from seven different electronic medical records (EMR) systems to one integrated platform, Epic. This introduction reflects the efforts of hundreds of people who worked over the years before going live with Epic. Due to the pandemic, the entire changeover took place virtually, a first for a health organization in the country. Valley Children’s technology teams continue to build new programs within Epic and execute new processes within the platform to improve overall efficiency across the network.

“This national recognition confirms that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to digital health,” says Kevin Shimamoto, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Valley Children. “In the past year and a half, the way our information services are delivered has changed, with a necessary new focus on virtual technology, including work-from-home systems, telehealth services and other new tools. The pandemic has changed the way we work and our best connection not only with one another, but also with our patients and families. “

“Safe and effective patient care is the focus of everything we do,” adds Dr. Joel Brownell, Valley Children’s Chief Medical Information Officer. “Leveraging the technology and all the tools we have, our doctors, nurses, and other members of the care team can keep our eyes on the children in our care.”

This is the second time Valley Children’s has been named a Most Wired Organization. As in previous years, CHIME will publish an industry trend report based on responses from US participants from Digital Health Most Wired. The full National Trends Report 2021 will be announced later this month during CHIME21 in San Diego.

For more information on the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program, visit here.


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