Lakeland Regional Health Earns Most Wired Status for the Seventh Time

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is one of 2021’s Digital Health Most Wired hospital and
health systems, as announced by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
(CHIME). This is the seventh time that Lakeland Regional Health has earned Most Wired recognition.
Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center achieved Level 7 Acute, one of only 15 hospitals and health
systems in Florida recognized as Most Wired.


“We are honored that our use of leading-edge technology continues to receive national recognition,”
said Ana Kalman, Lakeland Regional Health Vice President, Chief Information Officer/Chief
Application Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. “This is not
just an IT achievement. This is an organizational achievement that reflects our culture of innovation,
sophistication and successful adoption of technology to deliver the best care to our patients.”
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.”


Lakeland Regional Health was ranked in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster
recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population
health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety. Level 10 is the highest tier achievable.
Among the advanced technologies that Lakeland Regional Health now employs:
• User-friendly Telehealth options for Primary, Specialty and Behavioral Health visits
• Comprehensive adoption of electronic health record workflows
• Extensive cybersecurity technology to safeguard patient and team member records
• Comprehensive analytics and data management services to support inpatient care quality, population
health activities and financial outcomes


“At Lakeland Regional Health, our goal is to ensure patients and families have a positive healthcare
experience, and making access to healthcare easy and convenient through technology is part of
making that happen,” said Stacy Bolton, Lakeland Regional Health Vice President and Chief
Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer.


About Lakeland Regional Health


Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness,
education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and
outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care
locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status seven times
since 2013 and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its
864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates
the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma
Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.


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. For more
information, please visit chimecentral.org.

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