Sarasota Memorial Hospital named among world’s most “wired” hospitals

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital was listed by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as one of the most “wired” global hospital systems  The report serves as a measure of hospitals with digital health systems that promote safer care and more secure hospital systems Some of the CHIME-highlighted technologies utilized […]


  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital was listed by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as one of the most “wired” global hospital systems 
  • The report serves as a measure of hospitals with digital health systems that promote safer care and more secure hospital systems
  • Some of the CHIME-highlighted technologies utilized by SMH include mobile applications and telehealth solutions, price-transparency models, and cost-analysis tools
  • Patient safety technology also scored well in various CHIME metrics such as secure digital access to data at the point of care, security technology to safeguard clinical systems, and protected health information

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has been named by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as one of the most “wired” hospitals globally in a measure of hospitals with digital health systems that promote safer care and more secure hospital systems.

Some of the CHIME-highlighted technologies utilized by SMH include mobile applications and telehealth solutions, price-transparency models, and cost-analysis tools.

Patient safety technology also scored well in various CHIME metrics such as secure digital access to data at the point of care, security technology to safeguard clinical systems, and protected health information.

“The last 3 years have been a period of remarkable disruption and challenge for healthcare organizations. As healthcare organizations, large and small, work to reinforce and reinvent solutions to fissures exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to recognize the incredible role digital health is playing in the healthcare ecosystem’s regeneration,” reads the report.

CHIME conducts the annual survey to identify and recognize the adoption of best practices in information technology by healthcare provider organizations, with the goal of improving patient safety and outcomes by driving change in healthcare IT.

This year, the survey grew by 20 percent, despite the pandemic, and represents over 38,000 facilities from 10 countries.

The survey covers multiple categories to assess how effectively healthcare organizations are utilizing digital health platforms and technologies

“This award is a testament to SMH’s ongoing commitment to invest in advanced and innovative technology that enhances patient care, communication, and connectivity,” said SMH Chief Information Officer Pam Ramhofer.

In a past press release, Sarasota Memorial highlighted that its inpatient volumes have increased by more than 30 percent over the last five years.

The hospital system’s Sarasota campus was regularly at capacity before the onset of COVID-19, and faced workforce limitations during pandemic-related patient surges.

Further, the healthcare provider reported a record number of patients during and following the landfall of Hurricane Ian.

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