S.D. provider achieves Stage 7 on HIMSS EMRAM scale

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Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, the largest private employer in South Dakota, is the latest healthcare provider to reach Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

Stage 7 is the highest level on the EMRAM scale measuring healthcare organizations' implementation and use of EHRs. Avera McKennan joins a prestigious group—during the second quarter of 2015, only 3.7 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database reached Stage 7.

"Our staff have been working diligently to implement a fully integrated electronic medical record across the Avera system," Dave Kapaska, regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan, said in a statement.

Avera McKennan is an integrated health system composed of more than 330 locations in 100 communities in a five-state region and employs 16,000 staff and physicians.

The health system is "an incredibly innovative organization that is truly enabling their broad mission with information technology," according to HIMSS Analytics executive vice president John Hoyt, citing Avera McKennan's digital health outreach practices, HIE connections spanning 40 states and cutting-edge use of pharmacogenomics pushes it ahead of the pack.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database. 

Avera McKennan will be recognized at the upcoming HIMSS Conference & Exhibition to be held in Las Vegas starting at the end of February.