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Avera Earns Elite Level Among “Most Wired” Health Systems

Nov 12, 2019 08:20AM ● By MED Magazine

Pictured from left are members of the Avera Health Information Technology team who were on hand to receive the award: Mike Von Bergen, Nancy Hartung, Rebecca Hauge, Jim Veline, Helen Watters (MEDITECH), Andrew Burchett, DO.

Avera earned the highest level of recognition as a Level 10 “Most Wired” health care organization from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in its 2019 program.

Avera was one of three health systems in the nation eligible for Level 10 status and the only health system east of the Rockies to earn this honor. The recognition marks the 20th time Avera was included in the survey as a top performer.

In 2018, Avera was named among the Top 10, ranked at No. 5, and received the “advanced” designation in 2017.

CHIME's Most Wired list aims to recognize health care organizations that have adopted and leveraged technology to improve patient safety and outcomes in the industry.

“Avera’s history of Most Wired awards as well as our latest designation as part of the top three proves we are an industry leader,” said Avera Chief Information Officer Jim Veline. “Advanced technology paired with well-educated, trained and astute clinicians is a combination that is tough to beat. Avera has developed a strong culture of innovation that serves to benefit our patients.”

CHIME reviewed more than 16,000 organizations internationally, which included separate surveys for domestic, ambulatory and international facilities. The surveys examined the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in health care, including the use of electronic medical records.

Based on their survey responses, each participating organization received an overall score plus scores for individual levels in information technology capabilities including infrastructure, security, business continuity/disaster recovery, administrative supply chain, analytics/data management, interoperability/population health, patient engagement and clinical quality/safety.

Those organizations named to the Level 10 status leverage technology in innovative ways and have encouraged deep adoption across their entire organization. As a result, they are realizing meaningful outcomes including improved quality of care, improved patient experience, reduced costs, and broader patient access to health care services. 

“Health care 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.”   

In addition to the CHIME Most Wired designation, Avera Health has an extensive record of achievement including being named a top 15 Top Health System by IBM Watson Health based on quality and patient satisfaction.