Sanford Health Rated One of the 100 Most Highly Integrated Healthcare Networks

Sanford Health was recently named one of the most highly integrated healthcare networks in the United States.

Sanford Health was recently named one of the most highly integrated healthcare networks in the United States
Verispan Releases 2008 IHN 100®

(Sioux Falls, SD) — Sanford Health was recently named one of the most highly integrated healthcare networks in the United States.

In February, Verispan released the 2008 Verispan Independent Healthcare Networks 100®, the 11th edition of its annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated healthcare networks (IHNs). Verispan’s report, regarded as the nation’s premier rating system, evaluates IHNs on their performance and degree of integration.

Verispan evaluates 570 integrated health networks in the United States. Sanford Health is the only integrated system in South Dakota to make the top 100.

The ratings are based on Verispan’s IHN Rating Systemâ„¢, which evaluates each network’s ability to operate as a unified organization in each of eight categories: integration, integrated technology, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, services and access, hospital utilization and physicians.

Sanford Health received a perfect score in the integrated technology category. Sanford Health scored in the top 10% in the nation for integration, outpatient utilization and financial stability.

To see the top 100 networks, visit the IHN information page at www.verispan.com.

About Verispan
Verispan, a healthcare informatics joint venture of Quintiles Transnational Corp. and McKesson Corp., provides a broad array of information products and services to the healthcare industry, including sales targeting and compensation products; market research audits; healthcare profiles; comprehensive managed care offerings; data integration, warehousing and mining; data analysis and consulting; direct mail; list services; disease management studies; clinical trial investigator targeting and protocol recruitment evaluation; healthcare outcomes; and cost/benefit analyses, among many others. Verispan is also the nation's leading provider of patient-centric longitudinal data, with dozens of products used by clients spanning the industry. Headquartered in Yardley, Pa., Verispan employs over 500 dedicated healthcare information professionals. The company's Web site is www.verispan.com.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health’s comprehensive, integrated system includes nearly 370 physicians in 115 clinics, 23 hospitals, 13 nursing homes, 17 assisted living facilities and congregate living locations, 27 home health services and 19 pharmacies. With approximately 12,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the region. Its primary 500-bed nonprofit tertiary care hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, serves an average of more than 30,000 inpatients annually. With more than a million outpatient visits each year, Sanford Health has served the 80,000 square mile, four-state region of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska for over 110 years. Sanford Health is the largest healthcare system between Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Denver, CO. Its divisions include Sanford USD Medical Center, Sanford Clinic, Sanford Health Network, Sanford Health Plan and Sanford Health Foundation.


Contact:
Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Coordinator
(605) 328-7056 | jonesst@sanfordhealth.org