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Opelousas General Health System is Honored For Digital Excellence As A 2023 Digital Health Most Wired Survey Recipient

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Opelousas General Health System is Honored For Digital Excellence As A 2023 Digital Health Most Wired Survey Recipient

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), has released their coveted Digital Health Most Wired Survey results for the 2023 data collection period. Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) is proud to announce our Level 9 achievement for the Acute survey selection.

Among the more than 55,000 facilities represented, Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) ranked above its peers in categories like analytics and data management, population health, infrastructure, and patient engagement. The survey assessed the adoption, integration, and impact of technologies in health care organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

“We are proud to recognize your organization’s exceptional dedication to digital health excellence,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell.  “Your pioneering performance in the industry not only inspires other organizations by example, but also provides patients around the world with better care.”

Amid escalating challenges posed by growing cybersecurity threats, evolving care models, staffing shortages, and budget constraints, the call for revolutionizing healthcare through technology is moving forward at a rapid pace. The future of health and care that we envision over the next 30 years will be a world apart from what we have now. Driven by emerging technology, we should expect that digital innovation—enabled by fully interoperable data, artificial intelligence, and open, secure platforms—will drive much of this change. A strategic roadmap will be more critical than ever to navigate this myriad of change.

“To support your planning for the future, we have designed the Digital Health Most Wired program to deliver valuable insights into best practices, HIT adoption patterns, and digital health market trends, “said Branzell. The Digital Health Most Wired survey and recognition program serves as a comprehensive “Digital Health Check-up” for healthcare organizations across the world.  As success in digital health increasingly determines the quality of patient care, the scope of the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired survey reflects the progress of leading healthcare providers as they reinvent healthcare for a new century. This remarkable achievement stretches far beyond information technology and reflects an entire organization’s commitment to improve healthcare through the advancement of digital health strategies.

Jesse Folds, the Chief Information Officer of Opelousas General Health System, shared, "I am proud that we are being recognized for the highest score among health care organizations in the Small Health Care Organizations (HCO) category in the 2023 Digital Health Most Wired survey. This recognition isn't just about our achievements as an organization; it underlines our commitment to bringing the best healthcare innovations to our community.  I want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the members of our OGHS family. This accolade emphasizes our shared dedication, our collective pursuit of excellence, and our steadfast commitment to the well-being of our community.”

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 58 countries plus two U.S. territories and over 190 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

About Opelousas General Health System

Since 1957, Opelousas General Health System has been dedicated to the provision of quality health care through its strong commitment and high standards.  Central to the success of OGHS's commitment for excellence is the presence of an outstanding and highly qualified staff of physicians, nurses, technologists and other personnel who provide professional treatment in a caring environment.  Serving as the region's referral medical center, OGHS is a 197-bed, full service medical center, and the area's most comprehensive community health care facility offering a wide range of medical specialties and state-of-the-art technology. Visit us at

Seated from left - Gerand Fontenot, Michelle Lindsly, Penny Stermer, Jesse Folds, Chief Information Officer, Angelic Andrepont and Bryan Courville
Standing from left – Brandon Vidrine, Justin Thomas, Dylan Finley, Tony Aex and Ronald Dejean