Business Briefs for July 15

Marco receives Cisco Partner of the Year award

Marco, Inc. received the 2013 Break Away Partner of the Year Award from Cisco. The award was presented at Cisco’s Annual Partner Summit in Boston in June. Marco is the only Minnesota headquartered company to win an award at this year’s event.

Cisco honored Marco for their commitment to planned and well-executed accelerated growth. Marco was recognized for their investment in several specializations. “Marco had an exceptional year and we are proud to call them our business partner. We look forward to their continued success based on the investments they have made,” stated Dave Adair, Central Area Operations Director.

Marco is a Cisco Premier Partner meeting standards set forth by Cisco for networking competency, service, support, and customer satisfaction. Marco’s certifications from Cisco include Advanced Unified Computing Specialization, Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization, Advanced Unified Communications, Advanced Wireless LAN, Advanced Routing and Switching, Advanced Security, and Express Foundation Specialization.

Marco serves customers throughout the Upper Midwest and nationally with offices in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.

Avera Health Named 2013 Most Wired Health System

Avera Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s most wired health systems according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Avera has been named to the “Most Wired” list 14 times.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care.

This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” says Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”

Among some of the key findings this year:

Sixty-nine percent of Most Wired hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded, “Yes.”

Seventy-one percent of Most Wired hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders.

Sixty-six percent of Most Wired hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. Thirty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders.

Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives.

Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.