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Published on January 05, 2016

Avera McKennan Earns HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award

The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR

CHICAGO (January 4, 2016) - HIMSS Analytics awarded Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center with a Stage 7 Award. The award represents Community Healthcare System’s attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model™ (EMRAM).

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. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications.

The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.     

During the second quarter of 2015, only 3.7 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Award.

“Avera McKennan is honored to be named as a HIMSS Stage 7 health system. Our staff have been working diligently to implement a fully integrated electronic medical record across the Avera system,” said Dave Kapaska, DO, regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan. “We are grateful to the Avera leaders, physicians and staff who are quick to welcome new technology that advances the safety and quality of our care.”

 Avera Health is an integrated health system comprised of more than 330 locations in 100 communities in a five-state region. A full continuum of care is offered through 32 hospitals, more than 200 clinics, retirement communities, home care, sports and fitness centers, with award-winning care in more than 60 medical specialties. With more than 16,000 employees and physicians, Avera is the largest private employer in South Dakota.

 “Avera McKennan is an incredibly innovative organization that is truly enabling their broad mission with information technology, said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president HIMSS Analytics. “Their outreach through e-health makes them a world class leader. Their HIE connections have reached 40 states, and their cutting edge use of pharmacogenomics  is a true 21st century way to improve pain management for surgical patients. We are very pleased to recognize Avera McKennan as a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 organization.”

Avera McKennan will be recognized at the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Monday, Feb. 29-Friday, March 4 at the Venetian – Palazzo – Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the Stage 7 Award.  

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit

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