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Published on September 16, 2013

Altru Clinics Identified as HIMSS Stage 6 Facilities

Grand Forks, ND - HIMSS Analytics announced that Altru Health System has achieved Stage 6 on the US Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM.  As of the end of second quarter this year, just 1.23 percent of the more than 19,085 U.S. clinics tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.

“Altru Health System has invested a lot of time and effort into improving technology that we use to serve our patients.  We are very pleased to have received this HIMSS Stage 6 designation now for both our clinics and hospital as it acknowledges the effort that our staff has put into our EMR initiative,” said Mark Waind, administrative director of Altru’s Information Services. “We believe our current system has us prepared to meet the many market transformations exposed to health systems for many years to come.”

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals and clinics in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Stage 6 facilities have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 3,800 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $400 million.