Published on October 07, 2021

MidMichigan Named to ‘Most Wired’ List for Third Year in a Row

CIO Named 2021 Michigan CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award Nominee

Photo of Dan Waltz, vice president and chief information officer at MidMichigan Health.

Dan Waltz, Vice President and Chief Information Offier
MidMichigan Health

For the third year in a row, MidMichigan Health earned two honors by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) HealthCare’s Most Wired survey. MidMichigan received the 2021 Most Wired Certified Level 7 Acute Award, as well as the 2021 Most Wired Certified Level 7 Ambulatory Award. The CHIME Digital Health 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 their communities.

“Digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated to an unprecedented level since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that empowers healthcare consumers and will astound the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes the outstanding digital leaders who have paved the way for this imminent revolution in healthcare. Their trailblazing commitment to rapid transformation has set an example for the entire industry in how to pursue a leadership vision with determination, brilliant planning and courage to overcome all challenges.”

“The past 18 months have been extraordinary, but our team has not given up, working harder than ever before to meet the needs of our patients and demands COVID has placed on our health care system. I am very proud of each person in our IT Department,” said Dan Waltz, vice president and chief information officer, MidMichigan Health, who was recently named a 2021 Michigan CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards nominee. This awards program honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. Winners in the Global, Large Enterprise, Enterprise, Large Corporate, Corporate, and Healthcare categories will be announced on October 8 at the virtual MichiganCIO ORBIE Awards.

Waltz continued, “The ‘Most Wired’ achievement is a testament to MidMichigan’s dedication to doing what’s best for our patients. In fact, our virtual medicine program has grown tremendously during this time and the service it has provided our patients and health care providers has been well received. We strive for our information technology program to be benchmark for other health care systems to look to and we’re deeply honored our efforts have been recognized.”

A total of 36,674 organizations were represented in the 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program, which includes four separate surveys: acute, ambulatory, long-term care and international acute. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare 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; and 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.

This is the fourth year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. In each successive year, CHIME has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.

As in past years, CHIME will publish an industry trends report based on Digital Health Most Wired responses from U.S. participants. The 2021 National Trends Report is scheduled to be released in October during CHIME21 in San Diego.  Those interested in more information about the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program, www.chimecentral.org.

Those interested in more information on the CIO ORBIE Awards may visit www.michigancio.org/awards.

About CHIME
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. www.chimecentral.org

About CIO ORBIE Awards
For over 20 years, the CIO ORBIE Awards have recognized technology executives for leadership, innovation and excellence in this rapidly growing, CIO-led national professional association. The Michigan CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards will honor chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. CIOs are typically recognized in multiple categories, based on the size and scope of their organization and responsibilities. www.michigancio.org/awards