Published on October 03, 2019

Altru Earns 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Recognition


Grand Forks, N.D.– The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce that Altru Health System has earned 2019 CHIME Health Care’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 9, receiving a performance excellence award. As a level 9, Altru performed at the 98th percentile of represented organizations. Altru is being recognized as a leader in healthcare technology and is actively pushing the industry forward, implementing advanced technologies, leveraging technologies in innovative ways and encouraging deep adoption across their entire organization. Areas of advancement include:

  • Telehealth solutions
  • Price transparency
  • Access to data at the point of care
  • Tools to engage patients and families throughout the care process

A total of 16,168 organizations were represented in the 2019 Most Wired program, which this year included three separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory and international. The survey’s scoring system includes Most Wired certification at a level (up to 10) that reflects and organization’s overall performance.

“We are honored to receive CHIME’s Most Wired Performance Excellence Award. Technology is at the core of quality patient care and our commitment to the patient has included a focus on innovative IT solutions,” said Mark Waind, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “Altru’s leadership is consistently looking for opportunities to leverage improvements in technology with the implementation of improved tools for our patients to access care and their medical information.”

“Healthcare organizations across the globe are continually striving to raise the standard of care, pushing themselves and their peers to do better,” said CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell. “We designed Most Wired to identify and share those leading practices so everyone can benefit. It is an honor to be among those that perform at the highest levels, knowing that the excellence they achieve will impact patients for years to come.”

This is the second year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. Last year CHIME made numerous improvements to the survey, governance and scoring methodology. This year CHIME added an ambulatory survey in addition to the domestic survey, expanded international outreach and incorporated an improved system that allows participating organizations to better benchmark their level of adoption and outcomes achieved. The system includes Most Wired certification at a level that reflects an organization’s overall performance. CHIME also revised the customized benchmarking report for ease of use and will again publish a report based on Most Wired responses to identify industry trends in 2019.

About CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization
dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), Chief Digital Officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,900 members in 56 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professionals and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

About Altru Health System

Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System is a regional, integrated healthcare delivery system serving northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Altru is a physician-led, multispecialty group practice with an acute care hospital, Level II trauma center, specialty hospital, more than two dozen Grand Forks and regional practice locations, and a large home care network. Altru employs over 300 physicians and advanced practice providers and 3,800 staff. With a focus on advanced technology, Altru deployed the first Mako® Robotic Arm system in North Dakota and enhanced Altru’s Robotics with the recent addition of the DaVinci Xi Robotic Surgical System. In 2018, Altru was awarded fourth Most Wired® in the nation, a recognition for systems at the forefront of using healthcare information technology to improve the delivery of care. Altru Health System has received accreditation from the Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation and has achieved 50 years of CARF accreditation at Altru’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to the patients we serve. For more information, visit altru.org.