Three Sanford Health Facilities named 2013 Most Wired

Nation’s Most Wired Hospitals Demonstrate Progress Through Innovation

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Three Sanford facilities: Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center, Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls) and Sanford Medical Center Fargo have received Most Wired designations this year.

MW_Winner2013The award list is based on the magazine's Most Wired survey and industry-standard benchmarking study which measure the level of information technology (IT) adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems and is useful tool for hospital and health system leadership to map their IT strategic plans. Organizations with the highest survey scores were named to the Most Wired list.

“Innovation and technology are critical to ensure our patients receive the best care possible,” said Sanford Health chief information officer Arlyn Broekhuis. “Sanford continues to show tremendous progress through our organization’s innovation and dedication to IT infrastructure, development and adaptation.”

Sanford Health has installed its electronic medical records (EMR) system in 30 of its hospitals. In addition, more than 1000 physicians use the EMR in Sanford Clinics. In the next twelve months, Sanford Health will add five more hospitals, 200 more physicians and the Sanford Health Plan to its EMR. Future plans also call for including Home Health on the same EMR.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

Health Care’s Most Wired Surveys, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. More than 659 health care systems representing 1,713 hospitals throughout the United States, which is roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals, responded to the survey.

 

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About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit sanfordhealth.org.

About the Most Wired Survey

The 2013 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.


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Stacy Jones
Sanford Media Director – Sioux Falls Region
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