Electronic health records (EHRs) are now an integral part of life for health care providers. As these systems continue to amass ever-larger stores of patient information, technology-forward health systems are increasingly using the data they contain to make smarter choices and improve patient care.

Work in this field is among the reasons that Mercy has been named to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ (CHIME) annual “HealthCare’s Most Wired” listings for the 16th time. Mercy has earned a level 9 ranking in the program, indicating performance in the top 9% of the 16,000+ surveyed health systems. Mercy leaders will be honored at this year’s CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum.

“Innovation is built deep in our foundations here at Mercy,” said Scott Richert, Chief Technology Officer for Mercy’s IT division Mercy Technology Services. “Our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, built new traditions by leaving the convent to care for people where they lived. Today, we use technology to do the same, improving the care we offer and extending that care to populations outside our traditional service area.”

Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 45,000 co-workers and 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROI, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.

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