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Altru Receives Technology in Healthcare Recognition

Posted OnApril 13, 2022

Grand Forks, N.D. — Altru has been recertified as a HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Stage 7 facility for both its inpatient and ambulatory care settings. Stage 7 is the highest level to which a healthcare system can ascend. This commendation is about the integration of technology into healthcare; specifically, how the use of electronic medical records (EMR) leads to the development of a higher quality of care by providing all the patient’s relevant clinical information directly to the provider at the time it is needed.

Altru ensures decisions about EMR functionality are clinically led, so their technology provides what their practitioners need to develop the best models of care for patients.

“Our strong provider and nursing leadership, paired with a very talented information technology department, has helped us develop the EMR functionality that has been embraced by our clinical teams. The HIMSS Stage 7 status would not be possible without broad acceptance and utilization of this technology by our entire clinical team,” explained Mark Waind, Altru chief information officer.

Altru first achieved the Stage 7 HIMSS status in 2015. The recertification extends for three years, during which time Altru will continue developing tools and technologies around creating the best experience for its patients.

“Altru is extremely proud of the HIMSS Stage 7 recognition,” shared Todd Forkel, Altru chief executive officer. “What this recertification means is we are continually adopting new technologies to achieve world-class patient outcomes.”

About Altru Health System
Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System 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 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

HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is a global advisor, thought leader and member-based society committed to reforming the global health ecosystem through the power of information and technology. As a mission-driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development research and digital health transformation to advise leaders, stakeholders and influencers across the global health ecosystem on best practices. With a community-centric approach, our innovation engine delivers key insights, education and engaging events to healthcare providers, payers, governments, startups, life sciences and other health services organizations, ensuring they have the right information at the point of decision. HIMSS has served the global health community for more than 60 years.