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Sanford Health Recognized in 2012 Most Wired Survey

Sanford USD Medical Center Recognized for Improvements

(Sioux Falls, SD)  – Sanford USD Medical Center is recognized as one of the nation’s most improved users of health information technology, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The nation’s Most Wired hospitals are increasing use of health information technology to improve performance in a number of areas, according to Health Care’s Most Wired 2012 Survey released today.
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Sanford USD Medical Center enhanced their electronic medical record in the last year by implementing computerized provider order management (CPOM). Sanford Health as a system has implemented CPOM in 20+ hospitals throughout South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. In next seven months, six more hospitals in the system will have this advanced technology.

“Information Technology has always been a priority for Sanford USD Medical Center and the entire Sanford Health system,” said Arlyn Broekhuis, Chief Information Officer for Sanford Health. “Currently, we have 1,000+ physicians using electronic medical records, and we continue to upgrade and expand our IT systems. This dedication provides tremendous benefit to our staff and patients by allowing us to work more efficiently and effectively.”

Among the key findings this year:  
• Ninety-three percent of Most Wired hospitals employ intrusion detection systems to protect patient privacy and security of patient data, in comparison to seventy-seven percent of the total responders.  
• Seventy-four percent of Most Wired hospitals and fifty-seven percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems.
• Ninety percent of Most Wired hospitals and seventy three percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies.
• One hundred percent of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors

“As shown by these survey results, hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation's hospitals and systems – rural and urban, small and large, teaching and non-teaching, and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed.”

Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 662 surveys, representing 1,570 hospitals, or roughly 27 percent of all U.S. hospitals. 

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in three other countries.

Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 clinic locations and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. For more information, visit

About the AHA
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.  Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.  For more information, visit the AHA website at

About the Most Wired Survey 
The 2012 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME),
and the American Hospital Association. 

Jessica Brovold
Sanford Media Relations - Sioux Falls Region
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