Avera Health was once again named one of the MOST WIRED and MOST WIRELESS health systems in the nation according to a yearly survey done by the American Hospitals Association published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. We asked two of Avera's leadership members why this award means better outcomes for patients.
For 12 consecutive years Avera Health has been recognized as one of the MOST WIRED health systems in the nations. They've gotten the award every year since the American Hospital Association started surveying its members. At the time the Internet was starting to blossom so the association wanted to find out how hospitals and networks were using the World Wide Web. As the Internet matured so too did the provider community with technology. Over the years, the AHA discovered the more wired the health system, the better the patient outcomes.
Avera Sr. VP of Information Systems Jim Veline says, "What we try to do is deliver patient care where the patient lives and we do as much care as we can in their hometown, but on the occasions when referrals occur those specialty physicians have access to the entire continuum of records. They don't have to repeat extra lab tests, blood drawn, expose them to additional radiation, we know what their treatment plan
has been to date and we can move forward. We cut down on patience inconvenience, patient discomfort, travel, family relocation and provide the optimum level of quality care."
Avera Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Tad Jacobs says, "The award is great but what it says is that those of us at Avera are on the cutting edge of that technology and we are connected in a way that no one else is and we are very proud of that."
In this rural area of the country, Avera leadership says it's essential to be able to provide the same quality of care no matter what community you're in. From Rapid City, SD to Redwood Falls, MN to Rock Rapids, IA and everywhere in between, you'll be connected with Avera.
Avera is the only health system in South Dakota to be named to either MOST WIRED or MOST WIRELESS lists this year.