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Video Visits earns Sanford spot on InformationWeek list

May 25, 2015 02:16PM ● By MED Magazine

Sanford Health’s effort to connect providers with patients using video technology has earned 

 the health system a place on InformationWeek’s Elite 100 list.


Available in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, Video Visits is a technology that allows patients to consult with a provider for non-emergency health care concerns via a mobile device or computer.


The InformationWeek Elite 100, which annually honors innovators in business technology, was announced this week’s InformationWeek Conference in Las Vegas.


Launched in September 2014, Video Visits provides access to providers in four acute care locations. By using an iPhone, iPad, Android device or any computer with a webcam, patients are able to see the provider on their screen. The provider also has access to the patient’s medical record and, if appropriate, medication can be prescribed and sent directly to the patient’s pharmacy.


“We like to think of the Video Visit as a digital house call for non-emergency conditions,” said Arlyn Broekhuis, chief  information officer for Sanford. “This advance saves time for everyone involved and can be less expensive than an office visit, especially for those with busy lifestyles or who live in rural areas.”


This is InformationWeek’s 27th year identifying and honoring the nation's most innovative users of information technology.


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