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Published on November 15, 2013

Heart of America Medical Center Becomes Altru Epic Partner

Grand Forks, ND – Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, N.D. recently became an Epic partner with Altru Health System. The Epic system, which electronically documents health care encounters with patients, increases communication between providers and thus, improves continuity of care for patients, creates organizational efficiencies, and provides patients with convenient health management tools.

“We are excited to have the same level of sophistication with our computer system as Altru,” states Jim Potvin, clinic administrator of Heart of America Medical Center. “Installing Epic in partnership with Altru shows our innovation in keeping the highest quality of care convenient and local for patients.”

Epic went live system-wide in Rugby on November 1, 2013. “We are thrilled to extend the capabilities of Epic to our regional neighbors,” explains Mark Waind, administrative director of information services at Altru. “We have a long history of working with our region, and Epic allows us to improve the care we provide to our shared patients.” If patients should come to Altru for care, they no longer have to carry or have their paper record sent. Additionally, patients will have access to their electronic medical record through MyHealth.

Since implementing Epic system-wide in 2010, Altru has recognized several benefits including enterprise scheduling and improved documentation of patient care, which enhances provider communication. Patients reap benefits though a combined billing statement, better access to their online health record and safer health care by way of built in checks and balances.

Heart of America Medical Center joins LifeCare Medical Center (Roseau, Minn.), Cavalier County Memorial Hospital (Langdon, N.D.), First Care Health Center (Park River, N.D.), Unity Medical Center (Grafton, N.D.), Pembina County Memorial Hospital (Cavalier, N.D.) and Nelson County Health System (McVille, N.D.) in partnering with Altru with its choice of Epic as the electronic medical record for their facility.

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 more than 200 physicians and 3,800 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $400 million.