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

Sanford Health is one of the MOST HIGHLY integrated healthcare networks in the United States, according to a new report.

(Sioux Falls, SD) - Sanford Health is one of the MOST HIGHLY integrated healthcare networks in the United States, according to a new report. The report ranked Sanford Health on the 2009 SDI Independent Healthcare Networks (IHN) 100®, the12th edition of SDI’s annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated healthcare networks (IHNs).

SDI’s report, regarded as the nation’s premier rating system, evaluates IHNs on their performance and degree of integration. SDI evaluated 570 integrated health networks in the United States. Sanford Health is the only integrated system in South Dakota to make the IHN 100®.

"Integration is often held up as the key solution to many of healthcare’s issues facing us today. True integration means all divisions within our system are equal participants in developing the best in healthcare for patients. We are honored to be included in this elite group of integrated systems that is improving the quality and delivery of patient care," said Becky Nelson, Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with Sanford Health.

The ratings are based on SDI’s IHN Rating System™, which evaluates each network's ability to operate as a unified organization in 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, outpatient utilization and integration categories.

To see the top 100 networks, visit the IHN information page at

About SDI

Since 1982, SDI has been delivering innovative healthcare data products and analytic services to the pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare, medical device, financial services, and consumer packaged goods industries. SDI is the leading provider of de-identified patient-level data analytics and offers a broad array of solutions and insights across the continuum of care. These include custom and syndicated patient-level data studies; localized disease and treatment surveillance and projection; market research audits; healthcare profiles; comprehensive managed care offerings; clinical trial optimization; direct-to-patient pharmacy programs; marketing effectiveness; sales targeting and compensation products; data integration, warehousing, and mining; list services; and direct marketing services. Its current roster includes the top 50 pharmaceutical/biotech companies. For more information, visit or call 610.834.0800.

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