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Published on July 16, 2015

Avera is Again Named to 'Most Wired' List

SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 9, 2015) – Once again, Avera has been named to the list of Health Care’s Most Wired. As a health care system, the 2015 designation is Avera’s 16th Most Wired award. The list is based on the 17th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

This designation demonstrates Avera’s continued commitment to enhance our information technology systems in ways that support improving care delivery, protecting patient information, and engaging patients in their health care,” said Jim Veline, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Avera Health.

The 2015 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data.

As hospitals and health systems begin to transition away from volume-based care to more integrated, value-based care delivery, hospitals are utilizing IT to better facilitate information exchange across the care settings. This includes greater alignment between hospitals and physicians.

Driven beyond the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2, this year's Most Wired hospitals are utilizing the benefits of a patient portal to get patients actively involved in their health. For instance, 89 percent of Most Wired organizations offer access to the patient portal through a mobile application, including AveraChart, Avera’s online portal to its electronic medical record. Avera also recently introduced AveraNow, a mobile video visit with Avera providers, available 24/7.

“We commend and congratulate this year’s Most Wired organizations for improving care delivery and outcomes in our nation’s hospitals through their creative and revolutionary uses of technology,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME CHCIO. “These Most Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of health care transformation.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2015, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of For a full list of winners visit

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