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Premier Launches Virtual Healthcare Community

June 7, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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Premier Healthcare Alliance, a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 84,000-plus other healthcare sites, is launching a virtual healthcare community. The community, PremierConnect, will connect to more than 100,000 clinicians, supply chain leaders, hospital executives, and other healthcare providers nationwide, allowing them to interact as one in communities of common interest.

According to Premier, PremierConnect will aim to connect data, knowledge and people in to support evolving care delivery models and accelerate the pace of performance improvement. The virtual community will aim to allow alliance members to instantly share learnings, data and strategies based on thousands of patient outcomes that can be used to benefit treatment anywhere.

“Health systems today need an integrated look into utilization, costs, efficiency and quality,” Michael D. Connelly, president and CEO of Catholic Health Partners, said in a statement. “With this information we can further build out the predictive capabilities that will help us find opportunities and enact corrective actions before they affect patients. This initiative is a critical foundational piece to our mission and the mission of the Premier alliance to improve the health of our communities.” 

The platform will integrate Premier’s clinical, financial and operational comparative databases, containing one in four patient admissions and close to $43 billion in annual purchasing data. The data will be updated every 30 days. . It will also continuously integrate real-time electronic health record data from over 325 hospitals.

For individual health systems, the platform will connect across all of their care sites - hospitals, physician offices, outpatient clinics and more. As a population analytic platform, its capabilities will aim provide insight into how to manage populations for improved outcomes.

“Leaders of healthcare systems will be able to easily make data-driven, evidence-based decisions that improve performance while making their communities healthier places to live. They’ll know which patients are driving undesirable outcomes, which physicians have the highest costs or the poorest performance, and why these scenarios are occurring,” Premier president and CEO Susan DeVore said in a statement.

It will be powered by IBM software.

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