2015 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study Now Open


The 2015 Most Wired Survey is now open, the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced. Published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, Health Care’s Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study is a leading industry barometer that measures information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide.

The 2015 Most Wired Survey will examine how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare and provide respondents the ability to map their IT strategic plans.

Participating U.S. hospitals and health systems are assessed based on progress in adoption, implementation and use of IT in four critical areas:

  • Infrastructure
  • Business and Administrative Management
  • Clinical Quality and Safety (Inpatient/Outpatient Hospital)
  • Clinical Integration (Ambulatory/Physician/Community)

In October, CHIME and the AHA announced a deeper survey partnership to further develop the survey, build a program to recognize IT use in hospitals, and encourage IT adoption and performance improvement with results from survey findings. Changes to this year’s survey include:

  • Stricter verification procedures and checks on whether organizations have successfully met Meaningful Use criteria
  • New questions on security measures in the area of infrastructure
  • Additions to clinical integration area surrounding patient engagement, telemedicine and integrated networks.

User ID codes and passwords have been emailed to all hospital CEOs and chief information officers. Hospitals in search of their ID and password or that experience problems accessing the survey can send an email to mostwired@healthforum.com with the hospital’s name, city and state.

Participating hospitals and health systems may be named among the Most Wired, Most Improved and/or Most Wired—Small and Rural lists. Hospitals that have unique IT projects may also compete for the Innovator Award application. A panel of hospital and information technology leaders will evaluate submissions based upon achievement of the business objective, innovation and uniqueness of concept, scope of solution and impact on the organization.

“As the industry continues to evolve, maintaining constructive data on how IT integration has impacted operational, financial and clinical performance serves as an invaluable resource for hospitals nationwide,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FHCIME, CHCIO. “CHIME and the AHA are dedicated to ensuring the Most Wired Survey remains a valuable tool for our members, their organizations, and the industry at-large, and underscores our commitment to health information technology as a differentiator in improving care coordination, quality and outcomes.”

The annual survey link and the Innovator Award application are available at www.hhnmostwired.com. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2015.


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 140 healthcare IT vendors 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 healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org.

About the American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, please visit www.aha.org.

About Health Forum

Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability.