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Published on January 26, 2015

Altru Health System Identified as HIMSS Stage 7 Facility

Grand Forks, ND – HIMSS Analytics announced that Altru Health System has achieved Stage 7 certification on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model in both the clinic and hospital settings. Altru is the first North Dakota health system to achieve this highest level of certification, joining the top 1 percent of provider organizations in the nation who have achieved this dual clinic-hospital designation.

During a two-day on-site survey, HIMSS observed Altru’s adoption to the functionality provided by its Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. Certification criteria included interoperability with other health systems, patient engagement, operating improvements and a near paperless environment.

Altru went live with the Epic EMR in April of 2010 and has been working towards the HIMSS Stage 7 level of adoption ever since. Since 2011, Altru has implemented this same EMR into seven Critical Access Hospitals across the region, and continues to do so.

“Altru Health System has invested a lot of time and effort into improving technology that we use to serve our patients. We are pleased to have received this top HIMSS Stage 7 designation, as it acknowledges the effort that our staff has put into our EMR initiative,” said Mark Waind, CHCIO, administrative director of Altru’s Information Services. “We believe our current system has us prepared to meet future health care challenges for years to come.” 

Altru was recognized as a Stage 6 facility in September 2013. Stage 7, an environment where paper charts are no longer used, is the highest stage in the scoring system. As of third quarter of 2014, only 3.4 percent of hospitals and 4.37 percent of clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database were at Stage 7. 

About Altru Health System
Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty 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 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $450 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.