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[November 08, 2012]

Premier healthcare alliance Experts to Discuss Reform, Data Integration and Waste Management in November

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --(Business Wire)--

Each month, Premier healthcare alliance member and executive experts speak around the country to inform, advocate for and support care delivery reforms. This month, they will share insights on current industry topics including reform, data integration and waste management.

Premier President and CEO Susan DeVore will attend an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) post-election event in Washington, D.C. today to speak with healthcare thought leaders about where the industry is going and help lay the groundwork for positive change. During the IHI event titled: Out of the Blocks: Where Does Health Care Go from Here , DeVore will participate in a Hospital Industry panel moderated by Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, former president and CEO of IHI and former CMS administrator.

Denise Hatzidakis, Premier chief information officer, will explain how Premier is integrating its business processes with social and analytical tools during an IBM/Perficient (News - Alert) webcast on November 16. She will also be in Las Vegas on November 20 to present a case study overview for the use of portal technology in conjunction with social software during Gartner's (News - Alert) Applications Architecture, Development & Integration Summit.

Premier Vice President of portfolio strategy and design Randy Thomas will discuss how the PremierConnect™ technology platform integrates clinical, administrative, and financial data during an InformationWeek webcast on November 27.

IBM (News - Alert) worked with Premier, an InformationWeek 50 technology innovator, to build PremierConnect - which was recently recognized with IBM's 2012 CTO Innovation Award. Alliance members nationwide use the platform to make decisions based on a holistic combination of healthcare information and analytics. It is also an enabler for providers to interact as one in communities of common interest, sharing learnings, data and strategies based on thousands of patient outcomes that can be used to benefit treatment anywhere.

Premier will also host the following Advisor Live® webinars, which are free and open to the public:

  • How East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) got ahead of reform and is saving millions - occurred November 6, access the recording here: Similar to other stand-alone providers, EAMC faced softening revenues due to the economy and reform. In an effort to ensure their autonomy, they initiated change that focused on eliminating waste while continuing to deliver high-quality care. Today, they're striving, doing much more with less by carefully analyzing data to find ways to save money. Learn how EAMC worked with Premier to reduce waste, saving $2.5 million last year and potentially $6.6 million this year. Speakers include:
    • Terry Andrus, president and CEO, East Alabama Medical Center
    • Laura Bell, assistant vice president/quality management, East Alabama Medical Center
    • Laura Grill, executive vice president/administrator, East Alabama Medical Center
  • Healthier Hospitals Initiative - sustainability and the role of supply chain - November 28 from 2-3 p.m. ET, register here: learn best practices from Bon Secours Health System on how to reduce costs and serve more patients without compromising the quality of care.

Additionally on November 2, Joe Damore, Premier vice president of integrated engagement and delivery, attended an event at the OSU Alumni Institute in Columbus, Ohio to discuss strategies for the success in managing population health. And, Mark Hiller, Premier vice president of innovative solutions, will discuss bundled payment during a HFMA webinar for its North Carolina chapter on November 8.

Premier is a provider-owned performance improvement alliance of more than 2,700 U.S. hospitals and 90,000 other sites helping healthcare providers improve their patient care and finances.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,700 U.S. hospitals and 90,000 other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier operates a leading healthcare purchasing network with more than $4 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains the nation's largest clinical, financial and outcomes database with information on 1 in 4 patient discharges. A world leader in delivering measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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