COVID-19 Report Highlights Challenges and Implications for Digital Health
ANN ARBOR, MI, March 26, 2021 –Whether it was rolling out telehealth initiatives in the spring of 2020 or providing data support to COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the spring of 2021, digital healthcare executives and their teams have worked behind the scenes for more than a year to ease the burdens that COVID-19 has placed on their healthcare organizations. A report based on two surveys conducted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) chronicles digital health’s challenges and contributions in 2020 with insights for 2021.
The report, which is free and available to the public, was published online this month, one year after COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic globally and a national emergency in the U.S.
“With each phase of the pandemic, our members and their teams have turned challenges into opportunities to learn and improve,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The surveys show how quickly their organizations adapted and innovated using technology to address COVID issues. Their responses shed light on the human side, too, including concerns about burnout and wanting to help their team members adjust to remote work.”
CHIME surveyed members in the spring and fall of 2020 using a qualitative and quantitative questionnaire. A total of 348 responses were collected and analyzed: 202 in the spring and 146 in the fall. The report, which combines text, graphics and selected comments from respondents, includes:
  • Reopening strategies
  • Dual systems of care to serve COVID and non-COVID patients
  • Telehealth usage, with changes over time
  • Telehealth successes and problems
  • The financial impact of the pandemic
  • Budgeting trends
  • Expected technology investments in 2021
The report, titled “A Year in Review: COVID-19 Impact – Challenges and Implications for Digital Health,” can be accessed through CHIME’s website here.
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 more than 5,000 members in 56 countries plus two U.S. territories and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME and its three associations provide 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
Candace Stuart
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME

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