Beebe Healthcare earns ‘Most Wired’ recognition for use of healthcare tech
LEWES – Beebe Healthcare was recently recognized with the 2020 “Most Wired” designation by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
The annual survey assesses how healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
“Technology for healthcare and patient experience has always been a priority for Beebe, but we really have taken the next step during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mike Maksymow, Vice President, Chief Information Office, Beebe Healthcar in a statemente. “We developed our first app, the Beebe Healthcare COVID-19 Screening and Education Tool. We implemented a telemedicine platform so patients who choose to stay home can see their providers, as well as enhancing our telemonitoring system at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus while treating COVID positive patients.”
Safe Care, Right at Home
Beebe quickly put together a telemedicine platform in early April as the COVID-19 pandemic surged in Delaware and Sussex County. Beebe had been building the platform prior to the pandemic, but leaders decided it needed to begin immediately. In its first week, more than 1,000 patients were seen from their homes. Patients having face-to-face time with their provider is a key component of clinical care as well as mental wellbeing of a patient. They will see the provider, be able to ask questions, and all perform any tasks with regular household items so the provider can create an assessment and plan – just like an in-office visit.
Beebe also received nearly a $400,000 grant to continue to continue expanding telehealth platforms from the FCC.
Beebe’s First App
Recognizing the pandemic was here to stay, Beebe leadership developed a screening app and released it in July, knowing the importance that the community would need fast access to COVID-19 education, screening, and testing.
“At Beebe, we realize technology can play a vital role in healthcare,” said David A. Tam, MD, MBA, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare in a statement. “In addition to our commitment to bringing new providers, we are investing in technologies that will provide more access to healthcare services right here in Sussex County.”